The Bartlett School of Architecture


MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

This two-year full-time Master’s course has an international reputation, encouraging a rigorous professional approach to architecture within a highly creative context.

About the course

Operating through a design unit system, the course stresses innovation and a broad intellectual framework.

On the course you will:

  • follow one of the leading Part 2 courses in the UK
  • be encouraged to take a rigorous, professional approach to architecture, working in a highly speculative and creative context
  • study within a design unit system that puts an emphasis on innovation
  • gain a range of design, technological and related skills, and the chance to develop your own approach to the study of architecture

Programme Co-Directors

Julia Backhaus
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Marjan Colletti
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Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory)

Tania Sengupta
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Design Realisation (Technology and Professional Studies)

James O'Leary
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Dirk Krolikowski
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Dr Edward Denison
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Dr Robin Wilson
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Oliver Wilton
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For unit tutors, visit our units page.

Who should apply?

RIBA/ARB Part 1 is not a prerequisite of the MArch Architecture programme, and we make some offers to candidates – usually from overseas – without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from a previous degree. 

Careers and employability

Graduates from The Bartlett’s MArch Architecture programme are in demand at top architecture practices across the world.


The MArch Architecture programme offers students a number of research-focused design units: 

Unit 10

2016 – 2017: CJ Lim, Simon Dickens

Unit 10’s objective is to speculate, prioritize and redefine the poetics of ‘relocation’ and ‘utopia’.

Unit 11

2016 – 2017: Laura Allen, Mark Smout

U11 is established as a laboratory for research, invention and spatial imagination which we pursue through iterative, inquisitive and imaginative processes. The unit is primarily interested in space and materiality, with a focus on the future of landscapes and urban cultures. This year we will dream of future pasts with a focus on the interaction of old and new, the historic and modern. 

Unit 12

2016 – 2017: Matthew Butcher, Elizabeth Dow, Jonathan Hill

In Unit 12 we will explore the idea of 'the new' and its effects on the ways we think about and produce architecture. We will seek to understand what newness is and how it can be a decisive context for design processes.

Unit 14

2016 – 2017: Evan Greenberg, Dirk Krolikowski

Unit 14 is a test bed for exploration and innovation, examining the role of the architect in an environment of continuous change. We are in search of the new, leveraging technologies, workflows and modes of production seen in disciplines outside our own. We test ideas systematically by means of digital as well as physical drawings, models and prototypes. Our work evolves around technological speculation with a research-driven core, generating momentum through astute synthesis.

Unit 15

2016 – 2017: Amanda Levete, Ho-Yin Ng, Maximiliano Arrocet, Alice Dietsch, Raffael Petrovic

Unit 15 will be rooted in the practice and thinking of AL_A. It will be run by all four directors of AL_A and Raffael Petrovic, which is a reflection of the collaborative way we work. As a studio, we are interested in the identity of places and how the transformation of a piece of city can be occasioned by buildings rooted in place.

Unit 16

2016 – 2017:  Johan Berglund, Colin Herperger

U16 is design laboratory that enjoys the challenge of making difficult things. We seek to generate work and ideas that hold the confidence to find their own language of expression and invention. There is a strong emphasis on exploration through a range of made and drawn physical production. 

Unit 17

2016 – 2017: Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Niall McLaughlin, Michiko Sumi

Unit 17 takes a progressive and experimental approach to architecture that is specific to place and culture. Our work develops through open inquiry. It is founded on the recognition that the architect works both as scientist and poet being equally engaged in empirical analysis as well as abstraction, speculation and invention. 

Unit 18

2016 - 2017:  Isaie Bloch, Ricardo de Ostos

MArch Unit 18 or Generational Phantoms mission statement is to produce expressive material research out of contentious and disputed natural/urban contexts proposing architectures which bring a sense of surprise and adventure. We call that political materiality. We believe that architecture is part of an essential interface between the human, the world and the environment. We use both local crafts and advanced digital designing tools so to enable a balance between the historical and an imaginative progressive material response.

Unit 19

2016 – 2017: Mollie Claypool, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin

Unit 19 believes that we can engage more radically with the building industry as well as with the public, who desperately need better solutions to housing that raise, not reduce, their living standards.

Unit 20

2016 – 2017: Marcos Cruz, Marjan Colletti, Javier Ruiz

We are currently witnessing the emergence of a new paradigm in which an intensified use of new technology allows us to increase the precision of design and manufacturing and customised replication of components, but also helps us embrace a novel sense of materiality in architecture that can be both analogue and digital, conceptual and physical, hard and soft, technical and poetic, etc. 

Unit 21

2016 - 2017: Abigail Ashton, Andrew Porter, Tom Holberton

Unit 21 draws on the social, human and environmental factors to explore new methods of forming space, controlling light or innovative materials. The unit is interested in the manifestation of such hybrids of immaterial and physical space into outcomes that are resolutely framed as design propositions.

Unit 22

2016 – 2017: Izaskun Chinchilla & Carlos Jimenez

Unit 22 is interested in understanding the role technology has to play in today’s society and how it is shaping the built landscape. 

Unit 24

2016 – 2017: Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite, Kei Matsuda

Unit 24 is a group of architectural storytellers, employing film, animation, drawing, VR/AR and physical modelling in pursuit of spatial propositions that harness the potential of time-based media. We nurture freethinkers who investigate ideas and techniques in collaboration with other like-minded experts. We find inspiration in the dialogue between film and architecture and their intertwined histories; film has the power to construct the psyche of a city while architectural ideas are changing the way that film is generated and understood.

Unit 25

2016 – 2017: Nat Chard, Emma-Kate Matthews

Unit 25 is an experimental unit – both through an interest in experimental practices in architecture and a belief in the benefits of experimentation as a productive educational method. Two of our key sites of experimentation relate to how ideas are teased out by and embodied in media - the tools and materials through which we design and the materials and processes through which ideas are made real in architecture.

Unit 26

2016 - 2017: Simon Kennedy Gabby Shawcross

Unit 26 is the FILM unit, our aim is to explore the potential of moving image to develop new forms of architectural practice. We create filmic architectures and architectural films that explore animated and augmented relationships between people and place. Predicated on the belief that architecture is experiential and time-based, and that people are profoundly influenced by ephemera and atmosphere, we use cinematic techniques to investigate, simulate and speculate.

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About the Bartlett School of Architecture
  • one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world
  • located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities
  • the UK’s highest-rated department for architectural research (REF 2008, 2014), and ranked the best British school of architecture by AJ100 for 13 consecutive years
  • based in a new building at 22 Gordon Street in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of them partners. From 2017/18 we will also have new high-volume facilities for experimentation, making, and performance at Here East in Hackney Wick, East London
  • host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills
  • the school where students have won a total of 6 Bronze, 3 Dissertation, and 10 Silver RIBA Presidents medals