Masters in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University

Masters in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University


I came here in 2010 for an open day. It was quite a wonderful experience and I pretty much had my mind made up. Advanced Architectural Design is a course that challenges your perception of what architecture is. The course is unique I think in the country in that it works with experimental design with an aim to making a movie at the end of the year. The subject we’re dealing with at the moment are the shibboleths of modernism. We’re trying to rethink modernism in order to arrive at a new kind of architecture. So the three modules of which the course is made up deal with different aspects of that: urban cultures, what life is like lived in the 21st century, what the new nature of design might be and how we would go about representing that in the 21st century with the moving image. During this year I’ve had very, very good tutelage. I’ve had a one-on-one sit down with basically all of my tutors and they’ve helped you and guided you on every step of the way. Times when you were confused and didn’t understand what you were doing, they’ve always, always supported you and they have such a vast knowledge and understanding of architecture that it then improves you not only as an architect but as a person because you then understand that you don’t always have to see things the way every normal basic architect will see things. You can have a unique perspective on the world and Professor Andrew Holmes who is our module leader is very, very, very meticulous and is unique and, if not for anything, he’s one of the reasons this year’s been very great and very wonderful. The MArch course is made up almost entirely of students who come from all over the world and one of the things we try to do is get them to bring something of themselves with them with their culture and to exchange ideas in the room, in the studio. A lot of emphasis is put on students thinking for themselves arriving at their own concepts. My advice for someone who’s coming to study at Oxford Brookes: Understand this might seem like a challenge, but it’s a challenge worthwhile. It’s like a veil is lifted off your eyes and you can see things that you wouldn’t see normally in a different light and approach them a different way. That for me is like it’s onwards because I keep telling my friends and people around me “I don’t stop doing this.” This is a really fun time and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.

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