Postgraduate MA

Architecture Futures

Develop your expertise in architecture and the built environment. You’ll find new, creative and socially responsible ways to practice.

Architecture Futures

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    12 Months
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Prepare to engage in the landscapes of architectural production, culture and politics. You’ll address the wide range of tasks and modes of operation performed by architectural practitioners besides traditional work in an architectural office.

During your course, you’ll focus on one of four interdisciplinary strands:

    Explore the crucial issues of architectural agency and its forms of social engagement
    Use computational techniques in architecture to produce solutions within material and social systems
    Experiment with alternative visual and immersive methodologies to conceive, make and experience space
    Consider issues of displacement of people, objects, identities and aesthetics

As part of your course, you'll also:

  • Gain an understanding of the traditional craft and spatial logic of architectural design
  • Use a range of media throughout your writing and design projects to explore a defined area of research
  • Develop a unique set of competencies that will enable you to think creatively


This is a distinct programme that is related to our MArch Architecture and MA Urban Design courses. It builds on the increasingly inter or trans-disciplinary nature of architectural practice not constrained by the current RIBA/ARB accreditation framework.

Understanding design research

You’ll begin to identify and understand the status and methods of design research. Your objective will be to explore the kinds of projects and research that arises from architecture and its possible futures within an interdisciplinary context. You’ll study this as an intellectual problem. Your work will explore the relationship between theory and design for knowledge production and discipline development. You’ll also examine a practical problem and how design research can feed into practice.

Student work

For examples of the work produced in our architecture studios, check out our Leeds School of Arts website, our Leeds School of Arts Festival 2020, our End of Year Show Guide 2019, or our 2019 Research Yearbook; Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4 & Volume 5. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Like minds

You'll join a community of fellow postgraduate students from architecture, landscape design and urban design. We’ll encourage you to collaborate with your peers to create a forum for exploration, experimentation, discussion and group-based learning.

Guest lectures

You’ll have access to the Leeds School of Arts INSIDE/OUT lecture series. The lectures bring together some of the most exciting names from the fields of art, architecture, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts and beyond. You can catch up on previous lectures by visiting the Leeds Arts Research Centre site. You'll also have the opportunity to attend events being held as part of the Leeds School of Architecture Open Lecture Series and Symposia.

Specialist facilities

You'll have access to a learning environment that includes multimedia studios equipped with computers, pin-up areas and dedicated desk areas. In addition, you’ll have access to the school 3D Model shop, a 24/7 library and specialist workshops.


Why study Architecture Futures at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Explore architectural design alongside skills and ideas from design, arts, media and humanities
  2. Benefit from the school's close links to architecture practices in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  3. Gain from the course team's extensive industry knowledge and professional networks 
  4. Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses and 170 years of inspiring, challenging and innovative practices
  5. Take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the the school - gain access to a vast range of ideas, skills and facilities which will allow you to shape your practice to suit you

Architecture Study how to employ imagination alongside practical and technical skills.