Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability in Architecture (CRESTA) MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or better in an appropriate field of study.
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Module details

Please note: programme and module details are illustrative and subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Climatic Design for Sustainable Architecture (ARCH716)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aims of this module are: (i) to develop a good understanding of the climate-related data and techniques that are relevant for the sustainable environmental design of buildings; (ii) to demonstrate how such designs should be carried out in a climate sensitive manner; (iii) to explain the role and importance of the microclimate between buildings; (iv) to enable students to select and use appropriate analytical tools and methodologies that can be integrated to show a holistic approach to climate sensitive design that considers climate, sustainable design,choice of materials, energy use and landscape.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of this module students should have developed the skillsand understanding necessary to successfully undertake the followingtasks:• The design of buildings and their surroundings optimised withrespect to climate, environmental and energy issues.• The acquisition and subsequent analysis of climate information anddata in a way that informs design decisions in a successful andappropriate manner• The appraisal of building schemes from a holistic environmentaldesign point of view and the use of a variety of relevantenvironmental assessment techniques to analyse criticallyproposed and built design solutions.

Designing for A Changing Climate (ARCH719)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aims of this module are (i) to provide an introduction to the physical basis of climate change; (ii) to discuss how a changing climate might impact upon the built environment; (iii) to consider what adaptation and mitigation actions can be taken to reduce this impact; (iv) to develop an understanding of how climate-resilient buildings can be designed.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the basis and impact of climate change

(LO2) Relate this knowledge and understanding to the built environment

(LO3) Apply this knowledge and understanding to a specific building design project

(LO4) Analyse, using appropriate tools, how effective the design project performs for future climates

(S1) Research skills

(S2) Information and digital literacies

(S3) Employability skills

Environmental Assessment Techniques (ARCH717)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

There are both regulatory and environmental pressures on architects and engineers to develop sustainable building design solutions. There are now a range of environmental assessment techniques that allow buildings to be analysed in terms of their overall sustainable performance. These techniques range from spreadsheet analysis, such as SAP, LEED and BREEAM, to very sopisticated computer modelling software, such as and DesignBuilder and Radiance. The aims of this module are (i) to provide knowledge of the type and range of environmental assessment techniques currently available; (ii) to explore how some of these techniques are used; (iii) to examine how some of these techniques can be employed to enhance the sustainable performance of a building design.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of this module the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts in environmental assessment.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the use of building environmental modelling software.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate an awareness of how assessment techniques can inform sustainale design decisions.

Thesis : Dissertation (ARCH721)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation OR to submit a design thesis with supporting documentation on an approved topic or brief of their choice. The second of these alternatives responds to current research agendas in the field of architecture, sustainability, digital design or BIM.

To develop and practice academic skills in identifying a research topic, formulating a research design, managing the extended research process and achieving milestones, and drawing relevant policy conclusions from the research findings.

To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of literature.

To develop analytical skills and critical thinking on current research issues.

To develop writing, presentation and bibliographic skills in preparing and submitting a high quality, fully-referenced dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To identify an appropriate research topic that can be investigated and reported on through sources of information that be in the form of written and/or design output.

(LO2) To manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time.

(LO3) To gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic in a chosen subject area.

(LO4) To form independent and objective views on issues in a specialised subject area.

(LO5) To produce a well-written, clearly presented consistently referenced and properly formatted Dissertation.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills.

Research Methodology (ARCH707)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to equip the student with the key skills needed to prepare a written dissertation or design thesis at postgraduate level in architecture, with visiting lecturers describing their own research and dissertation preparation and methods, with the overall aim of assisting students to select, define and launch their dissertation/thesis projects.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Setting up and managing a research project

(LO2) Identifying a topic and understanding the stages of developing and conducting a research project.

(LO3) Using bibliographies, referencing, citations and quotations

(LO4) Understanding the principles of preparing and performing an effective oral presentation

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Time and project management - Project planning

(S3) Research skills - All information skills

(S4) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

Sustainable Environmental Design (ARCH734)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning the environmentally sustainable design and develop skills for more sustainable design practices in areas such as passive design, sustainable construction and low impact building materials. The module recognises that sustainable development is not limited not only to environmental considerations but also to the establishment of a social, economic and cultural balance - hence, some time is spent considering the eco-refurbishment of existing buildings within their traditional communities. The module will take the form of a series of lectures and design studio tutorials that will introduce basic principles and examples of good practice. For the assignment, students will be expected to derive a design solution and an environmental strategy for a building type and site, and demonstrate both at a strategic and technological level.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Develop an understanding of the principles underpinning environmentally sustainable design in the wider context of sustainable development.

(LO2) Develop sustainable design skills through the completion of a comprehensive building design project that is based on clear environmental design strategies and sustainable architecture principles.

(LO3) Develop an ability to conduct an environmental assessment of own design project according to well established assessment tools.

(LO4) Develop drawing, model making and oral skills for clear communication and presentation of ideas in reviews.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

Optional modules

Architectural Theories From 1900 to the Present (ARCH712)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to introduce a broad framework of architectural concepts, themes and theories that have influenced the field of architecture globally from 1900 to the present. This framework can then serve as the critical foundation for design modules as well as the final 60-credit design project or dissertation.

The module also aims to introduce study, research and writing skills and methodologies and to link rigorous academic practices to real world and employment-related scenarios. Finally, the module aims to provide opportunities for the development of presentation, teamwork and time management skills via a variable and flexible seminar series and multiple activities throughout the semester.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Identify a range of theories that have been influential in the field of architecture from 1900 onwards.

(LO2) Recognise and discuss the significance and evolution of key concepts and themes and how these reflect the development of architectural trends from 1900 onwards.

(LO3) Evaluate the content and different perspectives of various written architectural sources.

(LO4) Research, situate historically, critique and present visually and verbally – orally and in writing – the relationship of specific theories to relevant built or unbuilt architectural projects or to the oeuvre of an architect or an architectural practice.

(LO5) Plan and manage a written project.

(LO6) Prepare a well-documented, referenced and appropriately illustrated academic essay.

(LO7) Use well-documented and referenced research in a shorter written format appropriate for real life or employment-related purposes.

(S1) Reading, research and writing skills.

(S2) Critical thinking skills.

(S3) Visual and verbal communication skills.

(S4) Teamwork skills.

(S5) Time management skills.

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication 1 (ARCH729)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To gain knowledge in the use of parametric modelling tools digital/fabrication techniques and apply them in the design and production of a prototype component.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and application of parametric tools.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to meteriality.

(S1) Basic knowledge and application of parametric tools.

(S2) Basic knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(S3) Ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(S4) Ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to meteriality.

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication 2 (ARCH730)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To deepen the knowledge of parametric modelling and digital fabrication techniques.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of parametric tools/fabrication techniques.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to present and communicate design and fabrication demonstrate ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate advanced ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to meteriality.

(S1) Advanced knowledge and application of parametric tools/fabrication techniques.

(S2) Advanced knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(S3) Ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(S4) Advanced ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to materiality.

Sustainable Construction and Management (ARCH733)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

1) Students will evaluate the implications of construction and management in sustainable design. 2) Students will have an understanding of the common construction techniques. 3) Students will examine the practicalities and implications of sustainable construction and management and analyse current practice for commercial developments. 4) Students will appreciate the impact that sustainable construction and management have on building design. 5) Students will appreciate the environmental impact of specification choice. 6) Students will understand the principles of environmental comfort and link with sustainable design. 7) Students will evaluate the role of the architect in creating a sustainable building and more specifically the financial implications.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to assess design, economic and sustainability implications of sustainable design and construction on a whole life basis.

(LO2) Students will be able to make value judgements and develop optimal solutions by considering what options are realistic in the current market.

(LO3) Students will be able to identify and develop alternative strategies based upon passive design methods.

(LO4) Students will be able to develop design strategies and technical solutions to design structural and environmental problems.

(LO5) Students will be able to understand the impact of climate change on design solutions.

(S1) Ability to critically analyse construction and management

(S2) Industry ready knowledge of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

(S3) Clear understanding of how sustainable design can be achieved