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Human activities, not the least manifested in the built environment, are responsible for a large amount of the stress our societies put on the environment and there is a global challenge in meeting the need for sustainability while adapting to a local reality and situation. This programme focuses on methods and design approaches for understanding and analysing different local contexts in order to propose adequate solutions in designing for a sustainable future.

Programme description

Sustainable development is a set of a political visions that entails huge challenges for social and technical innovation all over the world. It has consequences for all professions, not least for architecture and urban design, since it is here the full complexity of societal development has to be addressed and managed through design for sustainable development. Sustainable development today is to be integrated into all master’s programmes at Chalmers as a major demand. However, the current master’s degree of the MPDSD program differs from most other master’s programmes by staying at the forefront of sustainable development within the respective major subject (here Architecture, Urban Design and Planning). Therefore, this master’s programme’s clear sustainability agenda and profile is clarified by the programme’s name “beyond sustainability”, which is an internationally viable concept for the development of knowledge, methods and perspectives that follow as the next step in traditional sustainable development.

Programme aim

The aim of the programme is to provide skills and methods valid in challenging situations of change in which architectural and urban design approaches are required. Students will be trained to find solutions that support sustainable development in a large variety of contexts. The perspective is holistic and systemic, comprising system levels and scales from urban structures, buildings and technical support systems to detailed construction elements and products. The programme is based on design studios in which real situations are handled in close contact with local stakeholders and actors. The overall point of departure is the everyday life of people and the support of dignified lives and livelihoods in rapidly changing and sometimes extreme environments. This is done through the development and implementation of aesthetic, affordable, socially and 4 culturally appropriate, energy and material efficient, healthy and user-friendly, always innovative design solutions.

Why apply

Chalmers school of architecture is noted for:
– Its humanistic view of architecture
– Design projects based on real tasks and problems in society
– Contacts with users in briefings and designing
– Open interaction between teachers and students
– An inspiring atmosphere, free of prestige Emphasis also lies in:
– Integration of research in education
– Respect for existing built structures as cultural, social and economic resources
– Co-operation with other disciplines

The Chalmers School of Architecture fosters a humanistic view of architecture and emphasises an explorative orientation and research by design approach in order to unfold the professional profile, skill and scope of the architectural design professions. The ambition is to promote convincing joint future visions for the development of the built environment. We also emphasise the integration of research in education, the respect for existing built structures as cultural, social and economic resources and interdisciplinary co-operation.

Educational methods

The pedagogical approach is to support you in developing your design skills through a series of design studios, dealing with complex design tasks in very different situations and contexts e.g., neighbourhoods and municipalities in Sweden, informal settlements in developing countries, and technical and social challenges of sustainable building and transformation.

This approach challenges and develops your ability to analyse and situate local situations in relation to broader contexts. Design studios contain experience-based learning, fieldwork, tailored lectures, literature studies, seminars, workshops, design project work, and exhibitions. A common thread through the studios is the use of a systems approach to design although both problems and potential solutions will vary significantly.

Professional qualification

There are some qualifications that lead to a specific profession, for example architecture and engineering . In many cases, you must have completed a specific programme (five year at Chalmers) in order to be licensed to work in your profession. These qualifications are called professional qualifications.The professional degree Master of Architecture/Arkitektexamen, 300 credits, is awarded to students completing the five-year programme at Chalmers. In exceptional cases a student with a Bachelor degree from another university may be eligible for the professional degree after a thorough assessment of his/her academic merits. Recognition of an Bachelor degree and different courses from another educational provider which corresponds to our bachelor programme can be used as part of a Chalmers degree.

 

Research facilities

Studio spaces – all students have personal desks and storage spaces in studio spaces with 24/7 access. Studio spaces are equipped with workstations, printers and large scale plotters, as well as Wi-Fi.

Chalmers Architecture Library – has an extensive collection of printed volumes, journals and magazines within the fields of architecture, urban design and planning, and a special focus on design for sustainable development.

CAD-lab – houses workstations with software for CAD-drawing, 3D-modelling, desktop publishing, video editing, and GIS.

A-Workshop – is a fully equipped architecture workshop with wood, plastics and metal working equipment. It also contains a number of computer controlled (CNC) machines for model building and rapid prototyping, including: Laser cutter, 3D-printers, CNC Mill and CNC Foam cutter.

Robot Lab – is a research facility that investigates robotic technology in architectural design. Equipment includes three robotic arms.

Centre for Healthcare Architecture – conducts research and graduate studies and encourage education and training within the field of physical environments for care.

Centre for Housing – is a national platform for transfer of knowledge, debate, development and research in the field of residential housing.

Mistra Urban Futures – is a centre for sustainable urban development with the ambition to become a world leader in the field in the near future.

The Spatial Morphology Group – is engaged in urban research within the fields of urban morphology, space syntax and design theory.

​Entry requirements (academic year 2019/20)
General entry requirements 
An applicant must either have a Bachelor’s degree in Science/Engineering/Technology/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.

General entry requirements

Specific entry requirements
Bachelor’s degree with a major in: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spatial planning or Urban design.
PrerequisitesA design portfolio is required, demonstrating a documented proficiency in spatially contextualized design work.

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