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Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research

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Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research (pgCAAR)

Architecture and engineering have a history where research and practice go hand in hand, where many great practices have grown as a result of fundamental research and where many research projects arise from groundbreaking design. This is especially true during periods of economic inactivity when recent modes of working are called into question and new modes (sometimes based on rediscovered historical precedent) are established.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Research (pgCAAR) is designed to help postgraduate students to take their individual work to a higher level of design and/or theoretical development. This could materialise in the form of new physical or drawn work that strengthens the individual portfolio, or in the form of a personal exhibition or as a written piece that extends an earlier piece of writing to become a conference paper or journal article. The latter is also an ideal framework for those students who are thinking of taking a PhD and need help in formulating their research question. Candidates will be allocated an appropriate personal tutor to guide them closely in their work.

Outputs from the course include group exhibitions, such as ‘Constructing Realities’, which was organised at Arup's Phase 2 Gallery in central London in 2011 (curated by Professor Stephen Gage and Ruairi Glynn; designed by Nick Westby). It showed how some of the best Masters portfolios and thesis contain the seeds of serious design research proposals, and how these might be taken forward to create new types of place, novel interactive building elements and new façade and structural systems.

Duration and entry requirements

The course lasts 3 months full-time or up to 18 months part-time. The standard entry requirement is a Masters Degree in Architecture or an equivalent professional architecture or design qualification. Applicants should note that acceptance onto the course can only be given if the UCL English language requirements have been met before the course commences.

Graduates from the pgCAAR course are currently researching and teaching at UCL and elsewhere and are publishing their work on an international stage.

If you are interested please prepare a proposal indicating the area of research that you wish to take forward and contact Professor Stephen Gage to discuss the matter.

If you wish to make a formal application please contact Thea Heinz in the Faculty Office.