MA coursesMaster of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Course Overview

The MArch at AUB explores the possibilities of new architectural practices that make, innovate and collaborate, exploring diverse processes of community development and transformation.

The “construction” of the “sites” of our interventions in the public sphere includes involvement with other institutions, governmental agencies and other actors at a local, regional, national, and global level. 

Where are the options? What is at stake? Are there really options? How should we choose? At the centre of the investigation is the body: architectural, institutional and corporeal. 

The MArch at AUB program is structured around the idea of architectural intervention, interrogated in relationship to its duration and effects in and around the community where it takes place. The notion that there is any singular definition of the architectural profession is, at least on the margins, continuously questioned. But the ‘middle’ is strong, and the very fact that a multiplicity of ‘other’ agendas and their attendant methodologies are marginalised attests to this strength. So if you are looking for something different and fresh in your route to becoming an architect in a changing world, the MArch at AUB  aims to produce: performative, projective enablers and architecture, cutting into societies deepest darkest myths; building interventions in the utopias and dystopias past, present and future; and launching architectural careers and journeys via its laboratory practice, where the body and somatic practice is at the fore.

The periphery is important geographically, as from there you can see the centre. Both the urban region, the rural and the coast has a a great surface for interventions. Join the eclectic global and local, MArch student body, be ready to catch a big one from the Piers and the Portland Stone cliffs or disappear into the New Forest (Mirkwood) to live like a hobbit. The urban density of the campus sees an insertion of a Drawing Studio by visiting professor Peter Cook. The AUB has been using the the ‘rural’ arts centre in Sway by the architect, Tony Fretton as a part of its portfolio of spaces AUB to the main campus and its multiple workshops, studios and laboratories.   

Although this course is relatively new there is a fascinating history of drawing and representation. In former lives, architects Michael Hopkins and Peter Cook were educated in Bournemouth with bright lights and late night inflatables on the beach. The emerging, social, political, and architectural in its many forms, are being professionally, crafted through practice. A new collaboration is being forged with Bournemouth Borough Council in development of both research unit and practice office. From the first three graduating cohorts there many fascinating stories – ecological strategies from Haiti, Bangledesh, Lapland and Wessex and students are both practicing and making/fabricating  The students come from different schools from around the world and have the opportunity to collaborate across the arts. The MArch at AUB broadens and deepens the architect’s range of activities, and empowers its community through its members’ ability to actually make a difference.

Ed Frith, Architect, MArch Course Leader & Prof Oren Liebermann, Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design

Arts University Bournemouth also offers BA Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) study.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this course, or details on the application process, please contact Astrid MacKellar on: or 01202 363384.


  • QAA 2011

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