Master's in

Architecture

Specialist Focus on Urban Planning
  • Schedule
    Daytime schedule
  • ECTS Credits
    120
  • Language
    French
  • Location
    Mons

Description

Core Curriculum

The aim of the Master’s degree is to deepen the knowledge acquired from Bachelors in the fields of architecture, contemporary arts, urban and landscape environment, urbanism, sociology, stability, technology and equipment building, and digital culture. It is also supplemented by subjects specific to the practice of the profession, such as legislation and ethics.

Theoretical courses are, for the most part, included in the first year of the programme, leaving more time later in the course for the dissertation.

The architectural and urban composition course is the foundation of the course.

It is organised into small units, taught to groups of fifteen students, and promotes collective work conducive to creativity, reflection and analysis.

Four optional courses are offered to students:

  • Architectures and Heritage
  • Architectures – Territories – Strategies – Landscape
  • Architecture, Local and Regional Development, and Urbanities
  • Habitat Laboratory: Diversity

Students in both years of the MA, who are registered on the same specialist focus, are grouped in the same workshop: they work on the same projects – sometimes in groups, sometimes individually. The level of difficulty varies according to the year of study. The students’ projects are presented before a board made up of teachers from the Faculty and external members, including architects and specialists of the proposed subject.

Students must write a dissertation on a chosen subject, related to their course under the supervision of a teacher of their choice. This work is presented and defended before a board in the last year.

Specialist Focus on “Urban Planning”

Nowadays, the teaching of urban planning, a multidisciplinary discipline since its creation, refers to many broad disciplines, but we have not yet reached the point where there is a sufficient form of “urban action”. Indeed, urban planning must integrate design methods, decision-making mechanisms, and project processes in order to produce intelligent territories.

Faced with this failure, where project planning remains unexplored, the FA+U of UMONS is expanding its course to train architects in the art of building cities and territories in light of the many questions of sustainable development. Through our course, attention is also given to the evolution of urban and territorial issues, such as the rise of reflections on urban renewal, the adaptability of cities and territories, and many others.

This Master’s degree focuses on the analysis of actors’ dynamics, as well as the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject matter, to fully understand the building of innovative projects conditioned by their environment.

This course is structured around four themes: Habitats, Heritage, Landscape, and Urbanity. The workshops are designed with an active teaching approach dedicated to projects that are developed under control conditions. They are designed to enable students to acquire urban design methods based on technical and societal issues.

The Faculty intends to train its students to master all aspects of project planning, intelligently considering the dimensions of a place, reaffirming the need for any intervention to be strictly contextualised and territorialised. In other words, our students will come away knowing that projects must be designed to be integrated into their different contexts (physical, climatic, functional, socio-cultural, human and constructive).

In addition, our teaching makes it possible to collaborate with the research centre, U.R.B.A.In.E, which acts as an interface between teaching and research, questioning the relationship of higher education to “urban action” in the broad sense where projects also become “producers of knowledge”.

Access conditions

Consult the website of the Registration Office

Target audience

Holders of a Bachelor’s in Architecture

Program and structure

  • Core curriculum: 90 crédits
  • Specialist focus: 30 credits

Credits repartition

  • Architectural and Urban Planning Composition
  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Humanities
  • Construction Technologies and Equipment
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Work Placement

Opportunities

The increasing complexity of building processes, construction-related tasks and new urban and environmental challenges offer young architecture graduates a wide range of professions.

The course leads to many occupations in the construction of urban and suburban buildings, town planning, regional planning, heritage restoration, and energy, to name but a few.

These opportunities concern new constructions, urban planning, the expanding market of renovation, redeployment, and reconversion.

Many of our alumni have been hired in these different areas.

Graduates may also embark on a PhD at UMONS or another university. The research areas and supervision developed by the FA+U constitute a favourable framework to carry out this work.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the Master's, students will be able to design urban architecture projects of differing scales, and for various spaces and public needs, all the time taking into account the technical, environmental, socio-economic and urban aspects. They must describe, explain and defend the project.

Competency framework

Core Curriculum

  • Address a question on architecture and urban planning
    • Identify the different working hypotheses in relation to a problem of architecture or urban planning
    • Identify and articulate the various components constituting an architectural, urban or territorial context
    • Transversely coordinate the various disciplines related to land development
    • Master the contemporary societal issues of spatial planning
    • Develop teamwork
    • Consolidate their architectural and urban culture with a research approach
    • Finalise architecture and urban planning projects adapted to a context
  • Develop an identified spatial response
    • Adopt an applied scientific approach
    • Develop a sustainable architectural or urbanistic approach
    • Develop a project methodology integrating the various constraints of spatial planning
    • Demonstrate innovation and creativity in constantly evolving situations
  • Interact with all actors
    • Contribute to the development of knowledge and its dissemination to the public or professionals
    • Adopt a professional attitude
    • Work in a team
    • Integrate actors' different expectations related to architecture, urban planning and spatial planning
    • Develop management and governance skills specific to architectural and urban processes
    • Make choices
    • Demonstrate reflexivity, openness and initiative
    • Demonstrate ethical values
    • Demonstrate independence of thought and action

Construction

  • Address a question on architecture and urban planning
    • Identify the different working hypotheses in relation to a problem of architecture
    • Identify and articulate the various components constituting an architectural, urban or territorial context
    • Transversely coordinate the various disciplines related to architecture
    • Master the contemporary societal issues of architecture
    • Develop teamwork skills
    • Consolidate their architectural and urban culture with a research approach
    • Finalise architecture and urban planning projects adapted to a context
  • Develop an identified spatial response
    • Adopt an applied scientific approach
    • Develop a sustainable architectural or urbanistic approach
    • Develop a project methodology integrating various architectural constraints
    • Demonstrate innovation and creativity in constantly evolving situations
  • Interact with all actors
    • Contribute to the development of knowledge and its dissemination to the public or professionals
    • Adopt a professional attitude
    • Work in a team
    • Integrate actors' different expectations related to architecture, urban planning and spatial planning
    • Develop management and governance skills specific to architectural and urban processes
    • Make choices
    • Demonstrate reflexivity, openness and initiative
    • Demonstrate ethical values
    • Demonstrate independence of thought and action.

About this training

Sector
Science and Technology
Field
Architecture and Urban Planning

Contact us for more info

Carl Pasaro, Appariteur
+32(0)65 55 48 10