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MA Architectural Design

Student presenting at their final review

The MA in Architectural Design (MA AD) is aimed at students who are looking for a rich, advanced and engaging postgraduate programme which focuses on the multiple facets and relationships between design and research.

By pursuing the MA AD, students will get the necessary skills to become sophisticated design-research thinkers and practitioners, enabling them to ground their design-driven knowledge in complex environments.

How to apply

For more information on course content, structure, fees and how to apply, please visit our MA Architectural Design course information page.

Key events

DatesSchedule
9 December 2019End of term reviews (Architectural Design Research module)
22 April 2020Architectural Design Research portfolio review
1 June 2020Design Thesis final crit
26 August 2020 (non-resit students)Design Thesis dissertation vivas
14 September 2020 (resit students)Design Thesis dissertation vivas

Design units

You will work in small groups called ‘design units’ under the guidance of a Unit Leader. They will be an experienced tutor in research and architectural design. Units include:

  • Unit A: EMUVE Palermo 2020 refugees and migrants
  • Unit B: Synergetic landscapes
  • Unit C: Circular landscapes
  • Unit D: Questioning the ambivalence of urban commons: a comparative investigation

Full unit descriptions are available in the MA AD Handbook.

My professional skills and architecture knowledge improved a lot thanks to the learning process. Having an in-depth understanding of the background of a project, taking full account of multi-dimensional factors in architectural design, as well as identifying research issues and objectives meant the process was distinctive from what I had learned at my original university.

Xiaran Sun, 2018-2019 MA AD student

Course team

Course Director and Unit Leader

Dr Federico Wulff

Dr Federico Wulff

Lecturer of Architecture and Urban Design
MA AD Course Director

Email
wulfff@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0307

Unit Leaders

Dr Marie Davidová

Dr Marie Davidová

Lecturer in Architectural Design

Email
davidovam@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)74 9373 4284
Dr Marianna Marchesi

Dr Marianna Marchesi

Lecturer in Architectural Design
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Email
marchesim@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0923
Dr Giorgio Talocci

Dr Giorgio Talocci

Lecturer in Architectural Design

Email
taloccig1@cardiff.ac.uk

Teaching Assistant

Mamuna Iqbal

Mamuna Iqbal

Research student

Email
iqbalm4@cardiff.ac.uk

Admissions support

Architecture Admissions