London Metropolitan University: Architectural History, Research and Writing

InstitutionLondon Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Telephone 020 7133 4202
Study type Taught


**Why study this course?**

The Architectural History, Research and Writing MA degree offers an exciting platform for architectural research and writing.

We approach topics and stories through various styles and methods of writing, you'll study architecture through academic contributions, journalism, short reflections and creative writing. The interdisciplinary discourse draws on its tutors’ research expertise, it provides a space for thinking about and interpreting architecture in the rich context of allied practices (fine art, design, film, anthropology, music and poetry) as well as other domains such as philosophy and ecology.

**More about this course**

The interdisciplinary nature of this course creates a strong sense of openness. Students with backgrounds in other disciplines, such as art and design have directed their practice towards a newly developed interest in architecture. Writing groups held by tutors and students have for a long time existed in parallel with the course.

At our School of Art, Architecture and Design you'll enjoy access to a rich variety of lectures, workshops and research activities such as the weekly Research Seminars. You'll have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with students from other MA programmes such as the Architecture RIBA 2 MArch, Architecture MA, Architecture and Urbanism MA and our other MA Design courses. You'll also reap the benefits of the commonly taught dissertation module, in which you'll be taught together with the PhD, MPhil and other MA students.

The tutors have a common background in the history and theory of architecture but each tutor also brings their own expertise into the course, alongside them you'll explore specialist topics including architectural practice, architectural education, music, filmmaking and creative writing/poetry.

You'll have the opportunity to take part in a field trip which usually takes place in late January, typical destinations include Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples. This is your opportunity to test a field work approach in the context of your course work and to further your research. You'll also have the opportunity to take your first step into teaching, by assisting tutors in offering guidance to undergraduate students on writing techniques.

**What our students say**

"The MA has proven instrumental to the development of my work. While continuing to work as an artist, I have founded flat i, a publishing project that publishes the research and process behind single works of art. Three years ago I began teaching artistic research at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Art in Rotterdam, where I get to implement many of the ideas and skills I obtained during the MA, and share, discuss and push them further together with a new generation of artists and designers."

Michiel Huijben, artist and founder of Flat i publishing; lecturer in artistic research at Willem de Kooning Academy

“The MA course was a wonderful moment in my architectural education. This intense study of meaning, origins and invention richly enhanced and informed my subsequent design studies and my professional work as an architect. The themes explored during the MA course continue to inform my approach.”

Anna Crosby, architect, co-founder of Tecten Architectes


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Whether you’re looking to change careers, improve your job prospects or simply pursue your passion, London Metropolitan University is an excellent choice for postgraduate study.

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The University’s courses are specifically designed to include work-related study elements so that you’ll be one step ahead when you graduate – a strategy that is clearly paying off. The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey revealed that 96.7% of London Met students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates are working for organisations including the Bank of England, Google, Great Ormond …

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