MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development
This course prepares you for a practical and leading role in organisations involved in architectural regeneration and development. It is international in focus, with an emphasis on field research and design projects.
The MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development is based on the ethos that the regeneration and development of the inherited built environment, with its social and cultural fabric, is an essential component of sustainable development.
Building on an understanding in the fields of anthropology of architecture, urban conservation, rural development and cultural sustainability, the programme promotes an interdisciplinary approach that combines critical thinking and analysis with creative design. The programme draws on two established areas of expertise at Oxford Brookes University: international vernacular architecture studies and architecture in regeneration.
The combined processes of globalisation, environmental change, the depletion of natural resources and technological development have resulted in an increasingly dynamic and inter-connected world in which concerns for the loss of cultural heritage and identity are ever present.
The role of professionals involved in the rehabilitation, regeneration and sustainable development of the inherited built environments around the world is to respond to this ever-changing context in a critical, dynamic and creative way. More innovative approaches and new ways of thinking have now become essential to secure a viable future for historic urban environments, traditional settlements and the world’s vernacular architecture. The essence of a successful place is often the practitioner’s ability to propose interventions that are as much innovative as they are historically, socially and culturally sensitive.
Teaching learning and assessment
The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge and tools that will enable you to recognise the potential of, and contribute creatively to, the appropriate and sustainable regeneration and development of the inherited built environment, including vernacular architecture. The course will help you develop a critical awareness of the cultural embodiment of the inherited built environment and associated regeneration and development processes, and will give the design ideas, skills and tools that are necessary to propose and implement innovative yet culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable interventions.
Teaching methods include a combination of lectures and seminars, design studios, workshops and group discussions, field study and master classes. Students are assessed on project work and presentations, other seminar presentations, written assignments and coursework. MA students are also assessed on a subject presentation, literature review and 18,000 word dissertation.
Jobs in architectural regeneration can include a wide range of prospects including private sector consultancy assignments, public sector decision making positions or working for not for profit organisations delivering or assisting the regeneration process.
Graduates of this programme have gone onto work in a wide range of positions in the regeneration field internationally. Much of the success of a career in regeneration is combining the knowledge and skills learnt in the programme with professional skills gained in previous study and practice. Although we are unable to directly ‘find’ jobs for programme graduates, we regularly make recommendations through a good network of contacts and alumni and share employment opportunities with current students and graduates of the programme. Graduates with architecture backgrounds often go on to work in specialist practices specialising in regeneration or rehabilitation. Younger graduates have found that regeneration expertise has given them an edge and therefore more responsibility in practices they are working at. Those with more experience have found opportunities to diversify and gain positions in consultancy or multi-disciplinary practices.
There are also a wide range of jobs in the non-governmental sectors, ranging from managing small non-governmental (charitable) organisations to working on projects for major donor bodies like UNESCO. We currently have an Indian graduate working on post disaster rebuilding in Haiti, a Japanese graduate working on the preservation of vernacular architecture in Vietnam, and a Canadian graduate running donor assisted construction programmes in Papua New Guinea. Closer to home, a UK graduate with a background in law is managing a townscape heritage initiative on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Overseas students in particular, who have joined the programme from public sector assignments, have found that the degree has helped them both specialise and progress in their departments on their return. One recent graduate has gone onto head the procurement team in the Ministry of Municipalities specifically dealing with major regeneration projects.
Other graduates have used the programme as a stepping stone for PhD study, at Brookes or elsewhere. Several former graduates are now teaching regeneration and conservation at degree and postgraduate levels.
The course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants are welcome from any relevant academic discipline, as well as those in work and seeking continuing professional development.
Admission is normally open to those who:
- hold a good honours degree (2.1 or above) in a related discipline
- hold a recognised postgraduate diploma or professional qualification in a relevant subject
- are mature candidates, not satisfying either of the above conditions, who can demonstrate considerable practical experience in a related field.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.