Architecture at Murray Edwards College
The Cambridge Architecture BA course is a studio-centred course oriented around design - from the scale of the city to that of furniture - that is supported by lecture courses which draw upon the humanities (history and theory) as well as upon the sciences (construction, environmental design and structures). The course is validated by the relevant professional bodies and its successful completion leads to exemption from the first part of UK professional architectural training, ARB/RIBA Part 1.
Unusually in Cambridge Architecture is a course whose teaching is predominantly department based. All lectures, design tuition and most supervisions are given in the department.
Mary Ann Steane is Director of Studies for Murray Edwards College. Her research interests centre on environmental design issues, with a particular emphasis being given to the study and evaluation of natural lighting strategies.
Murray Edwards College usually has 4 or 5 architecture students across the three year undergraduate course. A BDP Bursary is available for one architecture student each year.
Further information can be found on the Departmental website.
What are we looking for?
Candidates to read Architecture at Murray Edwards College are interviewed to assess their many qualities and potential development as responsible and talented architects. Although such qualities are hard to quantify, there are a few identifiable characteristics which can be communicated. The following are some of the criteria used for accepting undergraduate candidates into Architecture:
It is not necessary to have a background in technical drawing prior to beginning the Architecture course. The Department of Architecture offers a list of requirements and expectations, as well as guidance on compiling a portfolio.
Architecture candidates are given two interviews, a subject interview of 25 minutes at which candidates should expect to discuss the portfolio of work they have brought with them, and a shorter general interview. Each candidate will be expected to write and submit an illustrated essay prior to interview.
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Checked by ER, August 2011