At Part 2 (MArch) level, Professional Studies ensures that students have the opportunity to evidence how they have gained knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning.
Through a series of lectures by staff and practising experts, the students gain a better understanding of the professional world of architecture before demonstrating how they can apply that on their own projects.
This year the students revisited a previous studio project in the context of the ARB’s guidance on Fire & Life Safety, Climate Change and Sustainability to demonstrate how, on reflection, they could improve it with their enhanced professional studies knowledge. They formed proto practices to showcase their business acumen, often reaching beyond the 'traditional;' model of practice. This year there have been an inspirational set of proposals with firm environmental or digital foundations, considering: post-occupancy evaluation, the reuse of empty buildings, circular economies and the role of artificial intelligence and games in the future construction industry.