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Engineering and Architectural Design MEng

We're challenging the most able students to develop robust knowledge and experience of architectural, environmental and structural design and engineering in buildings.

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Programme highlights

  • Develop the skills to discover and grow your unique architectural and engineering vision
  • Imagine, evolve, simulate and test your designs, both in the Design Studio and the Lab
  • Learn how to apply advanced virtual tools and physical 3D printing to produce and test prototype designs that transform your ideas into reality
  • Master leading software tools used across the global engineering and architectural industry
  • Develop advanced leadership and communication to prepare you for a successful and rewarding career 
As technical advances impact on the design process, component production, building site construction techniques and post-occupancy evaluation, there is an ever-growing imperative for more holistic design thinking. This course promises to deliver new professionals set to engage with these criteria to define our future built environment.

Ian Taylor, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 


About the programme

This four-year programme has been designed in close collaboration with industry leaders to combine the major disciplines of architecture and engineering of the built environment and prepare graduates to be future industry leaders.

Placing creativity and design at the centre of engineering education, this multidisciplinary course gives you the chance to understand and develop advanced design methodologies whilst becoming an expert in how they are augmented and resolved through engineering. 

As a student on this programme, you’ll enjoy unrivalled spaces to work in, including new facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as centrally located departments in Bloomsbury.

Historically, architecture and engineering skills were indivisible – entirely symbiotic. UCL’s new venture at Here East recognises that what are now commonly regarded as separate disciplines can in fact be brought back together, under one roof, within a unified academic course. It is hugely encouraging.

Norman Foster, Founder of Foster + Partners, speaking about our new programme and facilities, which bring together architecture and engineering for the first time in the history of UCL. 


Modules 

Year 1 

First-year students take all of the following modules:

Year 2

Second-year students take all of the following modules:

Advanced Mathematical Modelling and Analysis (Dr Santosh Bhattarai)
Design Practice 1: Introduction to Building Design (Matthew Butcher)
Environmentally Responsible Building Systems (Dr Esfand Burman)
Structural and Foundation Analysis (Dr Fabio Freddi)
Urban Physics (Dr Jonathon Taylor) 

Year 3

Third-year students take all of the following modules:

Mechanics of Buildings
Sense, Sensing and Controls
Practice and Project Management
Making Buildings
Design Practice 2: In-depth Building Design

Year 4

Core modules

Design Practice 3: Advanced Building Design
Dissertation

Optional modules
Students will select two optional modules from a range of available modules, depending on their interests and the skills they wish to develop. Modules developed specifically for this programme are anticipated to include:

Advanced Structural Design and Use of Parametric Modelling
BIM and GIS for Design and Retrofit
Tall Building Design
Organisational Learning and Dispute Resolution 
Technology and Integration


    Affiliated practices and institutes

    The programme team are very closely linked to practices and institutions: 
    • AKT II
    • Arup
    • Buro Happold
    • CIBSE – Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
    • EI – Energy Institute
    • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
    • Foster + Partners
    • Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
    • ICE – Institution of Civil Engineers
    • IStructE – Institution of Structural Engineers
    • Laing O’Rourke
    • Price & Myers
    • RIBA – Royal Institution of British Architects

    Accreditation

    The programme is designed to meet Engineering Council MEng and Architecture degree-level requirements. We are also actively seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM, which includes IStructE and ICE), the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Architects Registration Board (RIBA/ARB) Part 1 exemption.


    Careers

    Students on this programme acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to meet the educational and professional standards for a senior career in engineering and architecture design.

    The programme equips graduates with the creative engineering and architectural design skills and critical faculties that are key to solving the complex challenges of the built environment.


    Key information

    Entry requirements

    Key staff

    A world-class teaching team is drawn from The Bartlett School of Architecture, the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE), and the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), as well as leading practitioners from across the globe. 

    Programme Director and Architectural Design Lead: Luke Olsen
    Structural Design and Engineering Lead: Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein
    Environmental Design and Engineering Lead: Professor Dejan Mumovic

    Contacts

    Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush
    Programme Director: Luke Olsen


     

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