The Masters of Architecture explores new approaches to architectural practice, through making, innovation and collaboration. This course is a design based professional qualification, accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
This two-year, studio-based course, which is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), is structured around.
You’ll work alongside fellow makers, collaborators, and enablers who have come from different schools around the world and you will have the opportunity to collaborate across the arts. The modelmaking, printing, and workshop facilities encourage a culture of making and production.
You will cut into society’s deepest, darkest myths, and build interventions in utopias and dystopias past, present and future through the Three Ecologies (Guattari, 1989) mental, social and environmental.
The course starts with the mythology of the body in architecture and its spatial rhythms with an architectural intervention, before taking these into a variety of ecologies in the urban and landscape context. The third and final unit of the first year is a research to support the second year’s Thesis Design. The Thesis unit gives you the opportunity to develop a complex project, based around themes of mutability and identity, with professional and technical aspects, on a site of your choice individually or in a group. Locally projects have been based in Bournemouth, Boscombe and the New Forest; internationally they been based in Cyprus, Bangladesh and New York. The course’s unique location near a dramatic rolling and beautiful landscape (i.e. New Forest & Jurassic Coast), and within a vibrant, expanding, socially divided, seaside town that is becoming a city, provides a great context for research projects and interventions.
On this Masters, you’ll join an eclectic architecture student body, with weekly visiting lectures from international and national guests ranging from architects Lord Foster to architectural glass artist Brian Clarke. You will take part in the Venice Biennale, supported by the Mike Davies Fund and have the opportunity to be selected as a British Council Fellow. If you’re looking for something different and fresh in your route to becoming an architect in a changing world, then the M.Arch at AUB is for you.
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Watch one of this year’s Honorary Fellows, Pompidou Centre Architect Mike Davies, speaking at Graduation 2019.
What students are doing
Our students have been selected as British Council Fellows at the Venice Biennale, and the whole student body with a Mike Davies International Fund Bursary all played a part in the British Pavilion. You’ll join the eclectic architecture student body, with weekly visiting lectures from international and national guests ranging in the last year from Norman Foster and Mike Davies, to Jessie Brennan and Shumi Bose.
In former lives, architects Michael Hopkins and Peter Cook started their architectural education in Bournemouth.
You can take a look at some of the projects that our students have been involved with in our 2017 Graduate Show catalogue here.
Studios and Resources
You’ll work in our recently renovated studios and have access to 3D workshops with manual and digital manufacturing equipment.
The course’s unique location near a dramatic rolling and beautiful landscape (New Forest & Jurassic Coast) and within a vibrant and energetic seaside town, with a proposed urban project by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides a great context and research for projects and interventions. The modelmaking, printing and workshop facilities encourage a culture of making and production
The campus itself is enhanced by its new, ‘very blue’ drawing studio with ‘exceptional light’ by Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, Honorary Fellow and visiting professor, and opened by the late Zaha Hadid. Watch timelapse footage of the Drawing Studio from inception to completion on Youtube.
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Staff on the course
Our teaching staff are all specialists in their fields. You can find out more about their interests and experience by exploring their profiles below.
MA Course Leader for new MArch (ARBPart2) in focusing on architecture & performativity at AUB, the Arts University Bournemouth. Educated at Bristol, Cambridge, Princeton and Columbia Universities and has taught at Bath Birmingham and Greenwich Universities. As a director and architect at Moving Architecture he has developed performance pieces and buildings in the UK, China, US and across Europe. His Greyfriars Surgery Project, in Hereford has been exhibited at the Royal Academy and won an...Full profile
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