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Bio-Integrated Design (Bio-ID) MArch // MSc

Our two bio-design Master's degrees integrate biotechnology, advanced computation and fabrication to create a radically new and sustainable built environment.

About

Our urban habitat today is being fundamentally influenced by revolutions in biotechnology, computation and our exposure to the long-lasting effects of climate change. Bio-Integrated Design takes these life-changing phenomena as the foundation to explore radical, sophisticated, yet also critical, design solutions that will shape our future society. Nature plays a central role in the programme, beyond that of a model or inspiration, it is the medium of a new multi-layered design approach that is biologically, materially and socially integrated. 

Taught jointly by UCL's The Bartlett School of Architecture and Biochemical Engineering Department, Bio-Integrated Design brings together a spectrum of multi-disciplinary academics, practitioners and students, combining design experimentation with scientific methods, seeking new modes of simulation and production, and exploring how advances in the fields of synthetic biology, material science and digital fabrication are changing future design practices. 

The programme is taught in UCL's cutting-edge facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a space renowned as a hotbed for technological innovation and home to some of the UK's leading performance and design companies. These world-class facilities provide an ideal space for the large-scale construction of installations, as well as for public events.

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Highlights 

  • Explore biologically integrated design, including digital simulations, synthetic biology and biotechnology and digital fabrication with experienced, interdisciplinary experts
  • Work within state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Biochemical Engineering Labs and architectural fabrication facilities offered by The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange
  • Study at a world-leading architecture school, with unrivalled connections to industry and research in London.

Key information

Two distinct Bio-Integrated Design programmes are available: an MArch degree and an MSc degree. Applicants should choose which to apply depending on their background and whether they seek to specialise in more exclusively design or more science-driven outputs.

Bio-Integrated Design is part of B-Pro, a group of five programmes at The Bartlett with a unique shared philosophy. 

Modes/duration

Full-time: two years 
Flexible: three to five years

Entry requirements

MArch
A minimum of a second-class UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 

A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work along with a short piece of writing once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.

MSc
A minimum of a second-class UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants will also be asked to submit two short pieces of writing. Details on this will be provided once the completed application has been received by the department.

All applicants to Bio-Inetgrated Design will be invited to an interview (in person or via skype).

Read the full entry requirements in the UCL Graduate Prospectus for:

Application deadline

Applications open for this programme on 15 October 2019 and close on 26 July 2020 for 2020 entry.

We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are oversubscribed and competition is high. 

Fees and funding

  • Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.
  • For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.

Staff

Professor Marcos Cruz, Programme Director

Marcos Cruz is a Professor of Innovative Environments at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Marcos was the Director of BiotA Lab (2014-18) and is co-editor of Syn.de.Bio where he has investigated design that is driven by advances in bio-technology and synthetic biology as well as computation, fields that he believes are radically changing the future of architecture. He has worked and taught over 80 projects that utilise living matter in buildings.

Marcos has taught at the University of Westminster, University of California Los Angeles and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona.

Dr Brenda Parker, Programme Director

Brenda Parker is a Lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering. Her research focuses on industrial biotechnology, in particular using algae for sustainable chemical production. Her approach is highly interdisciplinary, and she regularly collaborates with architects and designers, focusing on work at the interface between engineering, molecular biology and synthetic biology.

Bill Hodgson, Departmental Tutor

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This Master’s programme is for students who are equally fascinated by advanced technology and things that grow – architecture and biochemical engineering. We’ll be working together to build and apply interdisciplinary knowledge and develop complex ideas, prototypes, projects and plans, which integrate nature, science and architecture in new ways.

Professor Marcos Cruz, Programme Director, Bio-Integrated Design MArch/MSc 

“Biological design and architecture will only grow in significance in the 21st Century, as we see our world shaped by environmental factors beyond our control and in need of greater scientific and architectural innovation. A Master’s in Bio-integrated Design brings together biologists and designers to create sophisticated solutions for the future of the built environment.Biological design and architecture will only grow in significance in the 21st Century, as we see our world shaped by environmental factors beyond our control and in need of greater scientific and architectural innovation. A Master’s in Bio-integrated Design brings together biologists and designers to create sophisticated solutions for the future of the built environment.Biological design and architecture will only grow in significance in the 21st Century, as we see our world shaped by environmental factors beyond our control and in need of greater scientific and architectural innovation. A Master’s in Bio-integrated Design brings together biologists and designers to create sophisticated solutions for the future of the built environment.Biological design and architecture will only grow in significance in the 21st century, as we see our world shaped by environmental factors beyond our control and in need of greater scientific and architectural innovation. A Master’s in Bio-integrated Design brings together biologists and designers to create sophisticated solutions for the future of the built environment.

Dr Brenda Parker, Programme Director, Bio-Integrated Design MArch/MSc 


Careers

Bio-Integrated Design MArch and MSc prepare graduates for practice – innovating within established architectural practices or establishing their own. As an emerging field, the programmes also equip students for further research at PhD level. 

The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked architecture schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities. Students on this programme will have the opportunity to disseminate their work by participating in a number of exhibitions and conferences. Students studying the programme in both the full-time and flexible mode often undertake paid work within or related to the field.

International students
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Contact 

Programme Director: Marcos Cruz and Brenda Parker 
Admissions enquiries: Thea Heintz 
Programme administrator: Alice Whewell

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