This is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research. The course explores current topical issues in architecture, including historical and philosophical thought, contemporary conditions of urban inhabitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. The design studio groups encourage an individual approach to architecture in relation to city, regional, national and global design perspectives and collaborate with external agencies, industry partners or other cultural or educational institutions. There have been many successes as a result of this ethos during 2019/20. MArch Students, collaborated with BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Design students and their competition entry won the Edmund N. Bacon International Design Awards, with the group being invited to present their winning design entry in Philadelphia, USA. The Greatham Creek Seal and Bird Hide in Middlesbrough by MArch Abstract Machines Studio, made the RIBA MacEwen Award 2020 long list. Simon Feather, (MArch student) is a RSA Student Award winner and his project in the ‘Branching Out’ category, Re-‘Foresting’ focused on using woodland resources to create nine innovative, model villages in England. Howard Kent (MArch student) was commissioned to build a sculpture by Leeds Art Gallery to be exhibited in their 'New Natures Exhibition' 2020. MArch studios travelled to Genoa, Beijing, and Philadelphia as part of the studio agendas.
The MArch studio themes are linked to the defined research clusters with The School of Architecture: Agency and Live Project Pedagogy; Digital and Material Morphology; Scene, Sequence and Mediated Commons; New Ecologies and Territorial Architectonics; Displacement, Other-ness and Multiplicity.