Course Leader

Benson Lau

This year, the BSc AED course will have its first graduating cohort and a good number of well-designed thesis projects were produced by the final year students. All Yr3 students worked together as a group to conduct in depth historical, cultural, social and site microclimate analysis of a number of specific sites in Hackney Wick. They then individually chose a particular site which suited their individual thesis project which, supported by the Cultural Context module, helped students to set the architectural, environmental and theoretical grounding for their thesis projects. As part of the final thesis project, the Prototype Fabrication and Testing module delivered in the second semester required students to identify and develop a particular building component or façade design in detail. Special thanks to the Professional Studies and the Work Placement Team for their joint efforts in organising the Placement Scheme for our final year students. The course was granted RIBA Part 1 Candidate Status in March 2019 following the visit of the RIBA Exploratory Board. The University is confident of gaining full validation from the RIBA in 2020 following the graduation of its first cohort. At this point all students who have successfully completed the course will be awarded a RIBA (Part 1) validated qualification required for Professional Registration.