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MA Architecture (ARCSR) Scholarship Awards


The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University and the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources research (ARCSR) research area invite applications from outstanding graduates for MA Architecture (ARCSR) studentships for entry in 2019-20.


The MA Architecture course builds on 15 years of experience working with NGOs and low-income communities in urban and peri-urban situations, combining research, teaching and practice. It offers a new and exciting opportunity for architectural engagement within a rich urban physical and cultural environment. 


Resources and Research Area

This design-led research focussed course will allow you to develop your own creative and intellectual thesis. Drawing on the strengths of The School in architecture, design and research, it is taught in parallel with the MArch (RIBA 2) Architecture course. The range of tutors and interests represented across studios provides a strong platform from which to develop your own MA thesis, with an option (subject to complying with RIBA 1 requirements) to transfer to the RIBA 2 course. 


Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) is an emergent area within the practice of architecture. It has an established teaching pathway at Degree and Diploma levels with a strong track record in research at PhD level within the School of Architecture. 


Students will have access to previous and ongoing live projects and related design work within the ARCSR research, teaching and practice cluster, as well as a broad research and design community and culture. The Cass has extensive student workshop facilities and ARCSR annually organise hands-on making workshops at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. Students will have the opportunity to work with long-standing partner NGOs in India, Nepal and Sierra Leone and new partners recently established in Greece and Calabria.



The ARCSR research cluster is led by Professor Maurice Mitchell and Dr. Bo Tang, who teach on the BA and MArch courses within the School of Architecture.


Course Content

The course is centered on project work located in a transitional settlement in a rapidly changing city. ARCSR aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enable architects to facilitate individuals and communities in the transformation of the places they inhabit in urban situations where resources are scarce and where both culture and technology are in a state of rapid change. ARCSR aims to extend understanding of the sustainable construction and curation of domestic and community buildings and common civic places using shared techniques of making, adaptation, repair and management whilst locating these ambitions within the spatial and institutional order of the slowly changing topography of the city. MA Architecture Design and Thesis modules are centered on project work located in a transitional settlement in a rapidly changing city. Supporting modules explore contexts and practices of research and appropriate research methodology. 


The course can be taken as full time (12 months) or part time (24 months). ARCSR scholarships are only available for full time study.



There are scholarships for course fees (up to 100%), with possible additional field trip subsidy, available to new applicants for September 2019 entry for research relating to the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources. The Water Trust (ARCSR), a UK registered charity (no. 1160565) which supports ARCSR at The Cass, will be offering a limited number of bursaries to applicants. Application for a scholarship must be made in parallel with formal applications for a place on the course. Applicants should indicate their wish to apply for a bursary on the form used to apply for the course. 


If you have any questions about the MA Architecture course or the scholarship, contact Dr. Bo Tang for further information: Matthew? Further information about the course can be found at:


Deadline for scholarship applications*: 31st July 2019 June?


*or until all scholarship places have been filled.

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