This programme is designed to extend the existing capabilities of architectural graduates (and similar design graduates) to enable them to evaluate and address the performance requirements of buildings and their associated services from a strategic client perspective. It will enable the student to understand how design decisions impact on key operational factors such as flexibility, serviceability, adaptability, sustainability and life-cycle costs. It will also enable them to understand the pressing demands of the client in an environment where the building process is not a 'one-shot' process but a continuously evolving one.
Graduates from the programme will be able to:
* understand the complex operational requirements of clients and other stakeholders engaged with facilities;
* understand the evolution of architectural design, its cultural context and the influence of globalisation;
* analyse how design and operation can influence sustainability at the building, neighbourhood and city level;
* understand the integration of structural, environmental and architectural elements in the design of contemporary building envelopes to meet demands for flexibility and adaptability in facilities;
* exercise a critical understanding of the relationship between building design and service effectiveness in relation to areas such as front-of-house, security, cleaning and hospitality;
* understand the role of space planning and space management in optimising the effectiveness of operational facilities.
How You Will Be Taught
The programme will be jointly delivered with the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, taking advantage of the different skills available in each institution using a distance-learning mode.
The total credit weighting for the course is 180; 60 credits from modules offered by Heriot-Watt, 60 credits from modules offered by the University of Edinburgh and 60 credits for a dissertation supervised by either institution.