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4.2.2.2    Master of Architecture with specialisation in Urban Design

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Programme Objectives

The rapid urbanisation of the Asian landscape and the equally swift transformation of its cities create an urgent need in the region for design professionals, especially practising architects and planners, to deal with problems of designing within existing urban fabrics and in the periphery of rapidly growing cities. Exposure to a wide scale of design issues ranges from the layout of towns and the restructuring of inner cities to the shaping of streets as settings for public life. The provision of open spaces that nurture civic consciousness also require in-depth consideration.

The M (Arch) programme with specialisation in Urban Design aims to offer a broad based education in the theory and practice of urban design to enhance the knowledge and abilities of professional architects involved in the design, creation, and evaluation of urban spaces. More specifically, the programme hopes to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Produce environmentally and socially responsible professionals who are committed to the provision of good urban public areas.
  2. Develop analytical and methodological skills that are critical foundations to urban design processes.
  3. Provide exposure, at an advanced level, to the full range of issues that bear upon the design and realisation of large scale urban space.
  4. Prepare students for advanced careers in urban design, consulting, research or public service, or in preparation for further academic training.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include completion of the M (Arch) preparatory programme with minimum CAP of 2.50, and minimum ‘B+’ average for AR5801 Options Design Research Studio 1 and AR5802 Options Design Research Studio 2 with portfolio review.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the M (Arch) (specialisation in Urban Design) requires a candidate to complete 80 MCs of eleven essential modules and five electives. To graduate, students have to fulfil the degree requirement of:

  • Minimum CAP of 3.00 and
  • Minimum C in UD5601 and UD5602 with at least ‘B’ – in either UD5601 or UD5602

Period of Candidature

The programme is conducted on a full-time basis lasting two years consisting of four semesters. The maximum period of candidature is limited to six semesters.

Syllabus

Syllabus

M (Arch) Prep Year MCs
Semester 1
AR5801     Options Design Research Studio 1 8
AR5321     Advanced Architectural Integration 4
AR5601     Urban Design Theory and Praxis 4
Elective 1 4
Semester 2
AR5802     Options Design Research Studio 2 8
AR5423     Architectural Practice 4
Elective 2 4
Elective 3 4
Total MCs 40
M (Arch) Final Year (specialisation in Urban Design)  MCs
Semester 1
UD5601   Urban Design Studio 1 8
UD5521   Planning Process: Quantitative and Policy Dimensions 4
UD5622   Methods of Urban Design and Urban Analysis 4
AR5221   Contemporary Theories 4
Semester 2
UD5602   Urban Design Studio 2 8
UD5628   Sustainable Urban Design and Development 4
Elective 4 4
Elective 5 4
Total MCs 40

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