The Scottish Widows building in Edinburgh is a modular, modernist building which offers the opportunity to become Sùbailteachd, a flexible learning space for flexible post-secondary education. By combining the flexibility of virtual learning with in-person hands-on specialised learning spaces where collaboration can occur, the possibilities of the future of education can become endless in their variety. Students’ education will no longer be defined by restrictive course requirements, and they will be able to create and define their own education based on what they want to learn and what practical applications will be needed in their desired career path.
The modularity of the building will allow for it to be split up into sections such as the Western portion, which includes large lecture theatres, the central portion, a double/triple-height library atrium space and the Eastern portion of the building, a flexible collaboration space opening up onto the calming landscaped gardens and a pedestrian bridge connecting the site to the University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls Campus.
The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.
Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.
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