Master of Architecture MArch

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Are you fascinated by the buildings and landscapes that make up the world around us? If you ask yourself why they are there, how they were created, and what the future might hold, then this is the programme for you.


We encourage a creative and individual approach to the future, knowing that more career paths are opening up each moment, and knowing that understanding design is crucial to the 21st century. RIBA Part I is awarded on completion of the degree.

As XJTLU students will join Year 2 at The University of Liverpool, this PDF provides relevant module information for the following programme(s):

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Programme Year Two

The programme aims to provide a comprehensive foundation in architecture, which demands knowledge of many different but interrelated disciplines and the development of personal as well as technical skills. In recognition of this, the programme is divided into a series of modules, which allows you to explore design alongside humanities (urban studies, history, theory and technology, structure, construction and environmental design).

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Context 2.1: History and Theory of Architecture (ARCH271)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to investigate, in depth:

    The attributes of selected examples of twentieth-century architecture and their associated cultural, social and intellectual framework.

    To demonstrate, through building analysis, the influence of historical and theoretical concepts on the spatial, social and technological aspects of twentieth-century architecture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies which influence the design of buildings (RIBA GC2.1).

    (LO2) Knowledge of architectural history and theory on the spatial, social and technological aspects of architecture (RIBA GC2.2).

    (LO3) The influence of the theories, practices and technologies of selected areas of the fine arts on architectural design (RIBA GC3.1 and GC3.2).

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills).

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading.

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing: (Locating relevant information) (Identifying and evaluating information sources).

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills.

    (S6) Research skills - Awareness of/ commitment to academic integrity.

  • Context 2.1: Urban Studies (ARCH221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To promote an understanding of cities as complex ecological and cultural systems. To explain different morphological features of cities in relation to their unique socio-cultural political and economic contexts. To stimulate students' critical thinking on the roles architects, urban designers and planners play in the transformation process of cities. To allow students to learn basic urban design principles, philosophies and obtain skills appropriate to urban design practice. To make students be aware of current debates and measures on urban sustainability. This module complies with RIBA mapping criteria as described in the following document: http://www.liv.ac.uk/media/livacuk/architecture/downloads/ARB,Mapping,per,criterion.pdf

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) After this module, students will be able to: understand how cities emerged and the diverse socio-cultural, political and ecological factors that have shaped their histories – including the ways in which cities have been represented.

    (LO2) Students will be familiar with key issues in urban design (including such issues as complexity of human – environmental relationships; history and theory of urban architecture; politics and material culture; heritage conservation and the diversity of meanings of ‘place’ and ‘public space’).

    (LO3) Students will be informed on current debates about sustainable development and urban quality of life; and be able to apply their knowledge of these debates and other issues in the module to other aspects of their degree programme.

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

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

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills).

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills.

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness.

  • Design 2.1 (ARCH202)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To design a small to medium size building, or a series of buildings of small to medium complexity, to a specific schedule of accommodation, and on a given site or number of sites.

    To specifically address the architecture of public institutions and / or public housing.

    To explore qualities of public and private space and their respective thresholds.

    To introduce concepts of type, context and urban morphology as parameters for architectural design.

    To explore the relationship between structure and enclosure of a building.

    To investigate appropriate structures and materials.

    To introduce awareness of acoustics, daylighting and lighting.

    To produce a complete set of drawings and models for a final pin up assessment or portfolio review (typically consisting of a set of general arrangement drawings in scale 1/100, plus detailed drawings ranging from scale 1/1 to 1/50).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will further their knowledge and skills of drawing techniques and the representation of space.

    (LO2) Students will gain experience of translating a brief into an architectural project with careful consideration of spatial and tectonic options available to them.

    (LO3) Techniques of reading and analysing the city.

    (LO4) Interpreting the brief into an appropriate architectural project.

    (LO5) Planning of architectural spaces.

    (LO6) Appropriate choice of structure and building fabric.

    (LO7) Representation of material qualities of architectural spaces.

    (LO8) Students will have considered the following issues: Transformations of public & private space trough architectural intervention.

    (LO9) Students will have continued to investigate the design and representation of: Material and sensory qualities of architectural space with consideration, among other issues, of acoustics, day‐lighting and lighting.

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

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading.

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

  • Environmental Design 2 (ARCH211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To develop from user requirements an introduction to design of  passive and active environmental systems for buildings, their integration into building fabric and structural systems, and selection of appropriate design options, equipment and materials.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students to be able to identify plausible strategies and material use from vernacular architecture to use in modern buildings to reduce energy consumption.

    (LO2) Students to be able to select appropriate passive strategies for the climate of the building.

    (LO3) Students to be able to appreciate the importance of using computer simulation to analyse their design options and BIM.

    (LO4) Students to be able to select appropriate materials, including consideration for re-use and re-cycling.

    (S1) Teamwork.

    (S2) IT skills.

    (S3) Problem solving skills.

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning.

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Time management.

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills.

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S8) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.

    (S9) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Studio 2.3 Design (ARCH252)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this module are a continuation and further exploration of the issues investigated in ARCH202.

    Design of a public and/or institutional building (or series of buildings), and associated landscape, to a specific schedule of accommodation, and on a given site or number of sites.

    To investigate concepts of type, context and urban morphology as parameters for architectural design.

    To explore qualities of public and private space and their respective thresholds.

    Design of a building envelope exploring issues of building enclosure, structure and tectonics.

    To introduce awareness of acoustics, daylighting and lighting.

    To investigate appropriate structures and materials.

    To introduce awareness of acoustics, daylighting and lighting.

    To produce a complete set of drawings and models for a final pin up assessment or portfolio review (typically consisting of a set of general arrangement drawings in scale 1/100, plus detailed drawings ranging from scale 1/1 to 1/50).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Development of Architectural Space in tandem with structural design. Students will further their knowledge and skills of drawing techniques and the representation of space.

    (LO2) Students will further their experience of translating a brief into an architectural project with careful consideration of spatial and tectonic options available to them.

    (LO3) Interpreting the brief into an appropriate architectural project and in the context of a specific urban context

    (LO4) The selection of appropriate materials to reinforce the architectural quality and considering environmental performance.

    (LO5) Planning of buildings and detailed design of architectural spaces and implications for their characteristics.

    (LO6) Appropriate choice of structure and building fabric, as well as the representation of material qualities of architectural spaces.

    (LO7) The representation of buildings and spaces using CAAD software.

    (LO8) Students will have considered the following issues: Transformations of public & private space trough architectural intervention.

    (LO9) Students will have continued to investigate the design and representation of: Material and sensory qualities of architectural space with consideration, among other issues, of acoustics, daylighting and lighting.

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

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

    (S3) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

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

  • Technology 2.2: Structural Design (ARCH261)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module will illustrate how Structural and associated technologies can be effectively and productively integrated into the architectural design process. Certain case studies will be taken as illustrations of how this integration of technological issues can be accomplished effectively. A range of designers will figure in these case studies, but the work of certain architects and engineers such as Peter Rice, Anthony Hunt, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Frei Otto will receive particular attention. Cases that exemplify good architect engineer relationships will be covered in more detail. This module aims to build upon the 1st year module ARCH161. Students entering directly to Year 2 should have covered a similar module prior to entering the degree

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The intended learning outcomes are:

    The students will be shown the value of a well-integrated building design solution in which technological issues are managed alongside all of the other architectural issues to deliver an optimal, well balanced and effective overall design solution.

    (LO2) The students will appreciate that different structural strategies, construction technologies and materials are appropriate for different design problems.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

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

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping.

    (S5) increased awareness of different professional roles in the construction industry.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Context 3.1: History and Theory of Architecture (ARCH321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop final year undergraduate skills in the evaluation and presentation of an historical project through seminar-based group study. This module also presents an opportunity for final year students to work in areas where staff are active in research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will demonstrate:

    Knowledge and understanding of specialised aspect of modern architecture.

    (LO2) The ability to research and report on an area of modern architecture.

    (LO3) The ability to work in groups.

    (LO4) The ability to recognise taught material in a slide test.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

  • Environmental Design 3 (ARCH311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Develop from user requirements an introduction to the design of environmental systems for large buildings.

    Give insight and background for the selection of appropriate equipment and materials, and their integration into building fabric and structural systems.

    Develop background needed to enter into technical discussions in design teams.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Develop from user requirements an overview in design of environmental systems for large buildings, selection of appropriate equipment and materials, and their integration into building fabric and structural systems. NB This module has been mapped against RIBA validation criteria GC9.

    (LO2) Demonstrate technical knowledge in the three topic areas: Artificial Lighting, Acoustics, and Thermal Environment.

    (LO3) Be able to engage in technical discussions and show awareness of the various technical requirements on buildings.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

    (S2) Information skills - Evaluation.

  • Practice Management (ARCH371)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Aims: To provide students with a background in management theory and business organisation, and how these relate to the management of design practices in the UK.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Learning Outcomes: This Module will enable students to: Appreciate the principles of business management

    (LO2) Develop an awareness of how small businesses (architecture practices) operate

    (LO3) Understand how buildings are designed and built in the context of architectural and professional practice and the framework of the construction within which it operates

    (LO4) Apply management principles to design working practices

    (LO5) Understand the principles of quality assurance and the effects of recent safety and design liability legislation

    (LO6) Understand the principles, practicalities and problems of planning and management of the design process

    (LO7) Develop an awareness and understanding of the procedures for appraising working practices

    (LO8) Develop an awareness and understanding of the principles of whole lifecosting and environmental life cycle assessment at the design stage

    (LO9) This module contributes to GC6, GC7.2, GC10 and GC11 RIBA validation criteria

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving practice for Year Out work placement

  • Studio 3.1 Design (ARCH302)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop the necessary skills to design small or medium scale buildings taking into consideration a wide range of architectural, urban, socio-cultural, economic and political issues that are inherently connected with architectural practices.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an ability to design buildings taking into consideration all its aspects: structure, materials, function, interior and exterior space as well as all *urban issues that concern the building. Represent ideas appropriately using the most effective media to convey a clear message.*urban meaning urban/suburban pertaining to location.

    (LO2) Demonstrate an ability to understand theoretical issues in order to develop an individual critical posture in relation to the design project.

    (LO3) Demonstrate an ability to identify research sources and methods that are appropriate for the development of the project.

    (LO4) Demonstrate an awareness of environmental, sustainability, health & safety and disability issues that are central to contemporary architectural agendas.

    (LO5) Demonstrate effective representation of ideas using the most effective media to convey a clear message.

    (LO6) Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between people and buildings and their environment.

    (LO7) Demonstrate an understanding of architectural tectonics.

    (LO8) Demonstrate the application of an architectural agenda and design approach which has been driven/informed by research findings.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative and sensitivity

  • Studio 3.2 Design (ARCH352)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The final design project of the BA course in Architecture provides an opportunity for the students to demonstrate that he/she has acquired all the necessary skills to design a complex building and to explore the detailed resolution of selected technical aspects.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an ability to design buildings taking into consideration all its aspects: structure, materials, function, interior and exterior space as well as all *urban issues that concern the building. Represent ideas appropriately using the most effective media to convey a clear message. *urban meaning urban/suburban pertaining to location.

    (LO2) Demonstrate an ability to understand theoretical issues in order to develop an individual critical posture in relation to the design project.

    (LO3) Demonstrate an ability to identify research sources and methods that are appropriate for the development of the project.

    (LO4) Demonstrate an awareness of environmental, sustainability, health & safety and disability issues that are central to contemporary architectural agendas.

    (LO5) Demonstrate effective representation of ideas using the most effective media to convey a clear message.

    (LO6) Demonstrate an understanding of architectural tectonics.

    (LO7) Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between people and buildings and their environment.

    (LO8) Demonstrate the application of an architectural agenda and design approach which has been driven/informed by research findings.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S6) Information skills - Critical reading

  • Technology 3.1: Integrated Technical Project Design (ARCH361)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    Develop a critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction.

    Develop technical knowledge and awareness about the environmental performance of buildings.

    Develop technical knowledge and awareness of current and emerging technologies and their application in construction.

    Develop an understanding of contemporary construction practice techniques such as prefabrication.

    Develop skills in detailed design and presentation through the process of analysing contemporary construction and digital practices.

    Develop basic knowledge about contemporary digital practice and its application in architecture and construction.

    Develop the ability to represent/communicate technical solutions in appropriate ways and media.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Develop a critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction.

    (LO2) Develop technical knowledge and awareness about the environmental performance of buildings.

    (LO3) Develop an understanding of contemporary construction practice techniques.

    (LO4) Develop skills in detailed design and presentation through the process of analysing contemporary construction and digital practices.

    (LO5) Demonstrate an ability to represent and communicate technical solutions successfully, at different detail scales and in appropriate ways and media in order to communicate ideas to clients and other professionals.

    (LO6) Understand and use intermediate, current and emerging design technologies in architecture.

    (LO7) Understand and be able to employ different materials, processes, methods and techniques that apply to architectural design and building construction by investigating and analysing architectural precedents.

    (LO8) Be able to reflect holistically on design and materials, structure and environmental strategy choices as well as the proposed construction methodology.

    (LO9) Learn to work collaboratively on a group assignment that mimics real-life architectural practice and, in the process, develop ownership and individual accountability, a sense of collegiality, critical thinking, self-questioning and negotiation.

    (S1) Problem solving skills.

    (S2) Teamwork.

    (S3) Communication and presentation skills.

    (S4) IT skills.

    (S5) Time management.