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Overview

This 12-month post-professional programme explores the frontiers of advanced architecture and design, with an emphasis on the latest technological advances, particularly computation and robotics.

Why choose The Bartlett

We are:

  • one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world
  • located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities
  • the UK’s highest-rated department for architectural research (REF 2008, 2014), and ranked the best British school of architecture by AJ100 for 13 consecutive years
  • based in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of whom are partners
  • host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills
  • the school where students have won a total of 6 Bronze, 3 Dissertation, and 10 Silver RIBA Presidents medals

About the course

On this course you will

  • gain an understanding of the role computation plays in complex design synthesis
  • work with an international body of experts and students
  • be introduced to highly advanced coding, fabrication and robotic skills, and the latest approaches to AI, CNC fabrication, 3D printing, supercomputing, simulation and interactivity
  • have access to B-made, one of the most advanced fabrication workshops in Europe
  • have the chance to choose your own field of enquiry from three ‘Labs’: Wonderlab led by Alisa Andrasek, BiotA Lab led by Professor Marcos Cruz and Richard Beckett, and the Urban Morphogenisis lab run by Claudia Pasquero

Who should apply

We’re looking for recent graduates in architecture, as well as design professionals, who want to be part of a more speculative design environment.

Key staff

B-Pro Director: Professor Frédéric Migayrou

B-Pro Deputy Director: Andrew Porter

Architectural Design Programme Leader: Alisa Andrasek

Opportunities

Graduates from The Bartlett’s MArch Architectural Design programme in demand at top architecture practices across the world.

See examples of their professional work in AD book on issuu.

B-Pro

B-Pro is the School of Architecture’s incubator for new and emerging professional practice, and the overarching structure for its MArch Architectural Design and MArch Urban Design post-professional programmes.

Attracting high-calibre staff from all over the world and led by Chair of School Professor Frédéric Migayrou, B-Pro includes a number of research ‘Labs’ dedicated to advanced experimentation in architectural and urban theory.


B-Pro Director: Professor Frédéric Migayrou
B-Pro Deputy Director: Andrew Porter
MArch AD Programme Leader: Alisa Andrasek
MArch UD Programme Leader: Mark Smout
B-Pro & Programmes Administrator: Tom Mole

Labs

The MArch Architectural Design programme offers a number of research-focused Labs, all of which allow students to pursue a rigorous approach to architecture within a highly speculative and creative context.

RC1 2015 Wonderlab
Alisa Andrasek: Wonderlab’s main area of expertise is in innovating new computational territories for applications in design and fabrication processes ...
RC7 2014-2015 BiotA Lab
Marcos Cruz: BiotA is a new and innovative design research lab that merges architecture, biology and engineering ...
placeholder Urban Morphogenesis Lab
Claudia Pasquero: Details coming soon ...

Clusters

The MArch Architectural Design programme offers a number of research-focused clusters, all of which allow students to pursue a rigorous approach to architecture within a highly speculative and creative context.

AD RC1 2016 Cluster 1
Alisa Andrasek, Daghan Cam, Andy Lomas
Information coming soon ...
RC2 2017 Cluster 2
Maj Plementias
Our continuous Experimental Architectural Design interest, driven by the rigorous design research is focused on Cross Scale Design ...
RC3 2016 Cluster 3
Ruairi Glynn, Jessica In, Yuri Suzuki, Matt Jacob
-  moving to MArch Design for Performance & Interaction (DfPI) in 2017
AD RC4 2016 Cluster 4
Gilles Retsin, Manuel Jimenez, Vincente Soler
Information coming soon ...
AD RC5 2016 Cluster 5
Guan Lee, Adam Holloway
Information coming soon ...
RC6 2016 Cluster 6
Daniel Widrig, Igor Pantic, Soomeen Hahm, Stefan Bassing
Information coming soon ...
RC7 Cluster 7
Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Chris Leung, Javier Ruiz Information coming soon ...
RC8 Daniel Koehler The Mereological City Cluster 8
Daniel Kohler - Research by Architecture is intended to investigate the effects and potential of digital practices in the scale of the city ...

Staff

Professor Frédéric Migayrou
B-Pro Director
Frédéric Migayrou is Chair, Bartlett Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris. He was the founder of the Frac Center Collection and of ArchiLab, the international festival of Prospective Architecture in Orléans. Apart from recent publications and exhibitions (De Stijl, Centre Pompidou, 2011; La Tendenza, Centre Pompidou, 2012; Bernard Tschumi, Centre Pompidou, 2013; Frank Gehry, Centre Pompidou 2014), he was the curator of Non Standard Architectures at the Centre Pompidou in 2003, the first exposition devoted to architecture, computation and fabrication. More recently, he co-organised the exhibition Naturalising Architecture (ArchiLab, Orléans 2013), presenting prototypes and commissions by 40 teams of architects working with new generative computational tools, defining new interrelations between materiality, biotechnology and fabrication. In 2012 he founded B-Pro, The Bartlett’s umbrella structure for post-professional architecture programmes.

Andrew Porter
B-Pro Deputy Director
Andrew Porter studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture and has collaborated in practice with  Sir Peter Cook and Christine Hawley CBE. In 1998 he and Abigail Ashton set up ashton porter architects, they have completed a number of award winning commissions in the UK and prizewinning competitions in the UK and abroad. Andrew is co-leader of The Bartlett’s MArch Architecture Unit 21, and has been a visiting Professor at the Staedel Academy, Frankfurt and guest critic at SCi-Arc, Los Angeles and Parsons New School, New York.

Alisa Andrasek
AD Programme Leader, Wonderlab Director, RC1 Tutor
Alisa Andrasek is a director of Biothing and Bloom Games. She is a Reader at The Bartlett, and Professor at the European Graduate School. She has taught at the Architectural Association (AA), Columbia, Pratt, UPenn and RMIT. Her work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; New Museum, New York; Storefront, New York; FRAC, Orleans; and TB-A21, Vienna. She curated exhibitions for the Beijing Biennial 2006, 2008 and 2010, and is a co-curator of the PROTO/E/CO/LOCICS Symposium in Rovinj, Croatia.

Richard Beckett
BiotA Lab Co-Director, RC7 Tutor
Richard Beckett is Manager of The Bartlett’s 3D printing centre, RC7 tutor and leader of MArch Unit 20 with Marcos Cruz and Marjan Colletti. He recently co-created Syn.de.Bio with Marcos Cruz. Before studying architecture, Beckett studied physiology and biochemistry and worked as a physical properties scientist. His investigations in to architecture have remained cross-disciplinary, focusing on the impact of biotechnology on architecture and investigations into the use of living or semi-living materials in our built environment.

Dr Marcos Cruz
BiotA Lab Co-Director, RC7 Tutor
Marcos Cruz is an architect and Reader at The Bartlett School of Architecture. He was the Director of the School from 2011-2014. He leads BiotA Lab and co-leads The Bartlett’s MArch Unit 20 with Marjan Colletti and Richard Beckett, and recently co-created Syn.de.Bio, a forum for bio-digital work at the crossroads of design, biology and engineering. Cruz’s research has focused for many years on the design and creation of innovative environments in architecture, particularly the use of living matter, such as algae and bacteria, in buildings. Cruz has written, taught and exhibited internationally.

Stefan Bassing
RC6 Tutor
Since completing the architecture and design programme at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, Stefan Bassing has been involved in numerous national and international design projects. His work is focused on contemporary design methodologies involving computation and object- orientated research for the capacity to comprehend and respond to architecture at a multiplicity of scales.

Daghan Cam
RC1 Tutor
Daghan Cam is an architect and a researcher whose work is focused on supercomputing. He holds an MArch degree from the AA. Previously, he worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and taught at AA Visiting Schools and on various other workshops.


Mollie Claypool

Report Tutor
Mollie Claypool is a writer, designer and theorist with research interests in mechanisation, production and fabrication, the philosophy of science and computational methodologies. She is a Teaching Fellow in Architectural Design at The Bartlett, where she is the BSc Architecture Programme Leader and runs MArch Architecture Unit 19.

Lisa Cumming
Report tutor
Lisa is currently working with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, London. She graduated from the Architectural Association with a Masters in Architecture and Urbanism. Prior to this, she studied in both New Zealand & Denmark, gaining her BArch from Victoria University Wellington. Lisa has tutored within architecture in New Zealand and has worked in a number of architectural practices both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Natsai Audrey Chieza
Report tutor
Natsai is a designer and researcher at Studio Natsai Audrey, a London-based Design Futures R&D studio working within the realm of living technology, or biodesign. The studio's research and creative endeavours are driven by a desire to develop, prototype and question resilient systems of manufacturing and design-making through the convergence of life science technologies and design craft processes. In addition to a growing portfolio of R&D projects for industry, she is also deeply passionate about her role as an educator in this field, and is always keen to share new ways of thinking and making with students in Design and Architecture. Natsai holds a degree in Architectural Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters from MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins.

Manuel Jimenez Garcia
RC4 Tutor
Manuel Jimenez Garcia holds an MArch from the AA (AADRL) and has previously taught at the AA, Universidad Politecnica Madrid and Universidad Europea Madrid. As well as teaching on AD, he is Unit Master of MArch Unit 19; co-curator of the Bartlett Plexus and co-founder of Emeidiem, an architecture practice based in London.

Professor Stephen Gage
Report Module Coordinator
Stephen Gage studied at the AA and has worked in the UK and California. He has taught at The Bartlett since 1993, where he is Professor of Innovative Architecture. He has been an external examiner at The University of the Arts and the University of Liverpool; he is part of the RIBA architectural course validation panel.

Soomeen Hahm
RC6 Tutor
Soomeen Hahm is a senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects. Her interests are focused on generative and algorithmic design through the use of computer coding. She is also involved in various educational projects, such as Plethora-project.com – where she is Director for China, as well as being Director of the AA Seoul visiting school.

Dr Guan Lee
RC5 Tutor
Guan Lee graduated with a BSc in Architecture from McGill Montreal, and received a Diploma and MA in Landscape Urbanism from the AA. He holds a PhD in Architecture by Design from The Bartlett School of Architecture. His practice, Grymsdyke Farm, is set in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire.

Dr Christopher Leung
RC3 Tutor
Christopher Leung trained as an architect at The Bartlett and earned a doctorate from UCL for his work on passive thermal actuators applied to environmental control in buildings. His work explores the relationship between machines, occupants and buildings, and has been published in peer-reviewed journal articles, together with his collaborations in the sixteen*(makers) group.

Gilles Retsin
RC4 Tutor
Gilles Retsin’s work investigates new architectural models which engage increased computational power in design and fabrication. He is interested  in the impact of computation on the core principles of architecture – the bones rather than the skin. Prior to founding his own practice, he worked in Switzerland with Christian Kerez, and in London with Kokkugia.

Vicente Soler
RC5 Tutor

Daniel Widrig
RC6 Tutor
Daniel Widrig founded his studio in London in 2009. After graduating from the AA, Daniel worked for several years with Zaha Hadid. He has received international critical acclaim and has been published and exhibited internationally. He is a recipient of the Swiss Arts Award, Feidad Merit Award and the Rome Prize.


Applying

Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a second-class BA or BSc from a UK university, or an overseas equivalent, or a relevant degree of a lower classification plus extensive professional experience at a senior level. Once we’ve received your application, you’ll be asked to submit a portfolio of your design work.

For more information on entry requirements, funding opportunities and deadlines, check UCL’s Graduate Application and Entry page.