The Bartlett School of Architecture


MArch Design for Manufacture

This 15-month Master's course will teach students how to place their design skills in the context of pioneering developments in construction, fabrication, assembly and automation (including robotics).

About the course

On this course you will:

  • develop, learn and innovate with advanced manufacturing processes, including robotics for fabrication and assembly, 3D printing, CNC milling, water jet, 3D scanning and laser cutting.
  • have access to large-volume space for 1:1 prototyping at Here East in close proximity to complimentary disciplines and expertise in civil engineering, computer science, architectural computation, environmental design and performance design. 
  • work collaboratively to design and prototype elements, such as furniture systems, structures and enclosures, set within the context of contemporary challenges such as sustainability, production, cost, and assembly.
  • work with B-made, The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, our state-of-the-art fabrication resource staffed by experts in craft, making, manufacturing and robotics.
  • have access to simulation and fabrication software within a new experimental factory-based environment
  • contextualise design innovation and design practice within theoretical discourse on architectural and engineering design, digital design, automation and industrial processes. 
  • participate in the triennial FABRICATE conference.

Programme summary

There is an abundance of advanced design and engineering tools in the UK that an elite workforce develop and deploy to export their expertise worldwide. Yet there is currently a shortage of skilled workers at the point of production tasked with delivering increasingly sophisticated and challenging projects by clients, in line with rising expectations on quality and regulation.

The Design for Manufacture Masters course aims to prepare a new professional workforce of highly skilled, creative and adaptable experts, with tacit and explicit knowledge in design, engineering, material behaviour, analogue and digital craft, and advanced systems operations.

This course will expose students to new forms of advanced design and engineering methodologies  – such as robotics and 3D scanning – that are currently reinventing core approaches to shaping, making and refitting the built and manufactured environment. 

Affiliated practices and institutes

Our staff are very closely linked to several practices and institutions both outside of and across UCL, in particular: 

  • Arup
  • Buro Happold
  • Foster + Partners
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Price & Myers
  • ScanLAB Projects
  • UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)
  • UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE)

    Who should apply?

    Candidates with enthusiasm for hands-on fabrication from diverse backgrounds in architecture and engineering, design and craft, product design, art and sculpture.

      More information

      • To find out more about this programme, please send your name, address, details of your first degree and/or experience to: architecture@ucl.ac.uk
        The Programme Director will respond to you ASAP. 
      • Visit our programme overview page for core course information, including how to apply
      About the Bartlett
      • The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, one of the world’s top universities.
      • The School is located in London on two sites: Bloomsbury and Here East on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – East London’s most dynamic neighbourhood and a destination for creativity and invention
      • The School has established links to world-leading industry partners including, Arup, Foster + Partners, Buro Happold, Price & Myers, and Laing O’Rourke, as well as an extensive and award-winning alumni network
      • The Bartlett School of Architecture is the UK’s highest department for architectural research (REF 2008, 2014) and is ranked second in the world for architecture (QS World University Rankings)
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