The field of Architecture and Urban Design is closely linked to some of today’s most pressing societal, environmental and cultural challenges. It encompasses a wide range of capabilities, from design and technology to critical thinking.
The Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design provides the skills and knowledge needed to practice professionally. The programme emphasizes a research-oriented approach in order to anticipate future challenges for architects and urban designers. Its profile is design led and practical, as well as academic and theoretical.
A majority of the coursework is project-based and it takes place in design studios led by experienced architects and researchers. These studios function as lab environments that target current specializations within the field. Studios are supplemented with course modules that focus on history and theory, design and technology, as well as leadership and professional practice.
The Department of Architecture at Chalmers houses an excellent infrastructure in the form of studio spaces, an architecture library, model workshops and digital fabrication, a robot lab and several research groups and centres. A national and international network is provided through collaborations and partnerships with external practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and industry.
Who should apply
The programme welcomes students that hold a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, urban design, architecture and engineering, interior architecture, or landscape architecture. A portfolio containing architectural and/or urban design work is required.
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.
Studio spaces – all students have personal desks and storage areas in studio spaces with 24/7 access. Studio spaces are equipped with workstations, printers and large scale plotters, as well as Wi-Fi.
Architecture Library – has an extensive collection of printed volumes, journals and magazines within the fields of architecture and urban design.
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 (2), 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.
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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.
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor’s degree with a major in: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Spatial planning or Urban design.
Prerequisites: A portfolio is required, demonstrating a documented proficiency in architectural design, interior design, landscape design and/or urban design. A majority of the work included in the portfolio should have been undertaken from the framework of the academic education.
Instructions specific to Chalmers on how, when and where to submit your portfolio are available under section 7 on the page
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