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MA Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation

University of Westminster

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Course Description

This course enables you to explore the relationship between cultural identity (such as race, gender, and ethnicity) and architecture in the context of an increasingly globalised world. An examination of the history of Western architecture and architectural discourse reveals that, for the most part, issues of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and the intense cultural changes brought about by globalisation do not figure in the study of architecture or the built environment. However, in a number of disciplines parallel to architecture, important questions concerning cultural identity have arisen which have challenged perceived notions of truth, beauty, power and form. In literature, cultural studies, postcolonial studies and gender studies, to name but a few, the question of ?difference? has been explored in new, complex and innovative ways. The course believes these issues are also central to architectural design and research, and offers you a unique opportunity to participate in this stimulating and increasingly relevant body of knowledge. Course content The course promotes multimedia investigations and innovative methodologies beyond the usual architectural design processes. A primary objective of the course is to contextualise works of architecture to reveal how wider cultural influences and global networks inform their production. This is done through examining key theoretical discourses from the disciplines of architecture and cultural studies, undertaking experimental design projects, and evaluating the work of architects, artists and filmmakers. You will explore a range of techniques to engage, interpret and design for communities and clients, based on an in-depth understanding of their complex cultural contexts. There is a strong emphasis on international transformations of notions of cultural identity (explored in part through the course?s international field trip), combined with a focus on London as a historical and contemporary centre for cultural exchange. The ultimate objective of the course is to enable you to develop as ?culturally sensitive designers?. The course team is made up of dedicated individuals with considerable experience in the subject area. The team, together with visiting academics and practitioners, promote a dynamic studio environment which fosters creativity and is characterised by debate, dialogue and exchange. Core modules ?Design Project 1 ?Design Project 2 ?Major Thesis Project ?Representations of Diaspora, Cultural Identity and Difference ?Theories of Identity, ?Culture and Globalisation ?Thesis Development Associated careers The course enables you to identify your particular specialist interests early on and to construct a final portfolio which reflects your ambitions beyond the MA. Students who have successfully completed the course have obtained positions or taken greater responsibility in architectural practice or other branches of spatial design, taken up teaching posts in schools of architecture, and also gone on to work overseas. Former students have also used the MA as a platform for continuing study in academia and research, and it may lead to study for an MPhilPhD or PhD by Design degree.

This course enables you to explore the relationship between cultural identity (such as race, gender, and ethnicity) and architecture in the context of an increasingly globalised world. An examination of the history of Western architecture and architectural discourse reveals that, for the most part, issues of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and the intense cultural changes brought about by...

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Entry Requirements

You will normally hold a good Honours degree in architecture or a related built environment discipline. You may be required to attend an interview, and to bring a portfolio of work demonstrating prior experience and interests. Overseas candidates may submvered atItemalue+oSn++???A????#? ?+???????????????????????????????????+S?++??????,???@#iItem????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????{?????W?????????W???W????{*?W?W??????????????A???A?

You will normally hold a good Honours degree in architecture or a related built environment discipline. You may be required to attend an interview, and to bring a portfolio of work demonstrating prior experience and interests. Overseas candidates may submvered atItemalue+oSn++???A????#?...

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