The Bartlett School of Architecture


Bio-Integrated Design (BioID) MArch // MSc

Our two Bio-Integrated Design degrees are new for 2018, subject to internal approval.

Bio-integrated Design

About the programme  

Our urban habitat today is being fundamentally shaped by revolutions in biotechnology, computation and climate change. Bio-Integrated Design takes these revolutions as the foundation for developing sophisticated design solutions to shape the future of the built environment.

Taught jointly by The Bartlett School of Architecture and UCL’s Biochemical Engineering Department, Bio-integrated Design combines scientific methods with design experimentation, seeking new modes of simulation and production, and exploring how advances in the fields of biotechnology, synthetic biology and material science are changing architectural design.

Two distinct Bio-Integrated Design programmes are available: an MArch degree and an MSc degree. Applicants should choose which to apply for depending on whether they seek to specialise in scientific or architectural outputs.

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

Programme highlights 

  • Work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and designers to establish new forms of design
  • Develop an advanced knowledge of technologies and working methods, which may include digital simulations, synthetic biology and biotechnology and digital fabrication
  • Design innovative bio-integrated systems with a variety of applications
Bio-Integrated Design 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. 

Dr Brenda Parker, Department of Biochemical Engineering, UCL

Key staff

Programme Directors

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

Marcos is the Director of the BiotA Lab and co-founder 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 on over 80 projects that utilise living matter in buildings, most of all the utilisation of bacteria and algae.

Marcos has taught at UCLA, University of Westminster and is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona.

Modes and duration

Full time - two years 
Flexible - three to five years

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Applications need to be submitted by 27 July 2018 for 2018 entry. 


Admissions enquiries: 
Thea Heintz 

Programme enquiries: 
Professor Marcos Cruz (MArch and MSc programmes)
Dr Brenda Parker (MSc programme only)