The GSA’s three post-graduate architecture programmes – Professional, Post-Professional Master's and PhD – encourage an open-ended, experimental spirit of enquiry that responds to shifts in society, technology and culture. We promote excellence across all our programmes, constantly challenging our staff and students to think beyond the boundaries of the profession and discipline as we currently understand them.

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
(PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMME)

In 2018, our Master of Technology Professional Programme (M Tech Prof) will be renamed Master of Architecture Professional Programme (M Arch Prof), bringing it in-line with local and global degree nomenclature.

The two-year professional programme leads to Candidate Architect status, as defined by SACAP, and provides students with a solid intellectual and professional understanding of the history, theory, technologies and design practices of architecture. It introduces students to advanced critical perspectives on contemporary architectural issues and examines the complex and shifting relationship between architecture and cultural, political, social and economic changes.

The course is taught along the Unit System curriculum lines, with a number of design-research ‘Units’ or studios offered at the start of each academic year, to which students apply. All teaching is done through the students’ individual Units, and a high degree of synthesis is encouraged between the four modules that make up the M Arch (Prof) Programme: History & Theory Dissertation, Design Realisation Portfolio and Professional Practice.

There is an emphasis on work being conducted at a graduate level, with the expectation that students will, through reading and research, define their own particular area of study in relation to the wide range of frameworks set by the Unit tutors. The course stresses innovation and continually highlights the value of propositions, their social impact and professional requirements. Design is thus always conducted within a broad and rigorous intellectual framework provided by the Unit tutors, the culture of the school and the external expectations placed upon it.