The Master of Architecture is an accredited two years degree. The program provides exceptional students who hold a Bachelor of Architecture a pathway to become an architect engaging with the tools Architecture uses to collectibly shape the world.
The Master’s design studios comprise an experimental pedagogical ecosystem establishing dialogues between different ways of thinking. Every session, 12 studios work on the themes and methodologies defined by their individual studio leaders. Bridging between Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Interior Architecture, the studio briefs explore the ways in which new instruments, techniques and formats allow design to operate on a multiplicity of existing realities. Students learn to build, defend, and rectify their arguments in a dialectical practice that is inseparable from their design endeavours.
The Master’s professional content is an extraordinary accumulation of coexisting conceptual and political positions that can be considered part of the cutting-edge relationship between architectural practices and the present. Four subjects explore architecture’s research methodologies, their intersection with professional practice and the way this encounter shapes architects’ capacity for advocacy/role as public advocate. Students learn to engage with the pragmatics of their future profession critically.
The Master’s electives take a variety of forms: support for design studios that require specialised theoretical or technical knowledge; platforms via which professional consultants contribute to the conceptualisation and production of technical documents; orchestrated interruptions allowing international academics and professionals visiting Australia to deliver short intense seminars; opportunities to travel to the sources when to bring them to the School proves imposible; independent studies for those interested in complete the degree with a thesis. Together with the Master’s sprawling collection of exhibitions, events, lectures, book launches, conversations and publications, they illustrate how architecture production require relentless focuss in permanent state of distraction.
In summary, the Masters program evidences the School of Architecture’s commitment to equipping a new generation of architects with expertise on situated technologies, climate justice, territorial politics, housing equity and policy-making necessary to address the challenges of our imminent future.