An introduction to the course by Dr. Wassim Jabi

The MSc Computational Methods in Architecture course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems.

Our multidisciplinary approach will provide students with the knowledge and skills to discover innovative computational methods for use in the creative and design industries. In particular, we will look at form-finding using parametric and generative methods, preparing digital information for further rigorous analysis, and integrating the logic of digital fabrication into the early stages of design.

You will be taught by experts across the subjects of architecture, computer science and engineering, which will give you a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to looking at design.

The ethos of the course is based on the concept of rigorous creativity where algorithmic thinking, systematic parametric design, analytic methods, creative intuition and tectonic sensibilities are integrated into a more innovative design outcome than traditional methods currently allow.

During the course, you will be able to develop and specialise in areas of interest to you through a range of optional modules and your choice of dissertation topic. Topics you may specialise in include algorithmic thinking in parametric design and form-finding, performance-based design and analysis, or design for digital fabrication.

I applied for the MSc Computational Methods in Architecture in Cardiff because the course offered the interdisciplinary approach to learning I was looking for to challenge myself. The available equipment at the Welsh School of Architecture, including a Kuka robotic arm, 3D printers, and a fully equipped wood workshop, was an added bonus. Cardiff as a city is also a very welcoming place and definitely student friendly.

While studying at the Welsh School of Architecture I encountered continuous support from the lecturers but was also challenged to learn to work more independently. Throughout the year it was a balanced mix of group work and solo assignments. The modules covered a wide range from parametric design courses, to programming and hands-on fabrication, and were taught as a collaboration between different schools. I enjoyed the challenge of working with students from different backgrounds. Finally, during the dissertation stage I was able to combine all of the newly gained knowledge and pursue research following my own interests.

Aileen Honerloh

Distinctive features

  • Study in one of the top Schools of Architecture in the UK
  • Learn innovative algorithmic design methods in architecture.
  • Build your own digital tools through visual programming and scripting.
  • Gain practical experience with our in-house advanced digital fabrication equipment, including a large industrial robotic arm.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teamwork that mirrors professional practice.
  • Benefit from multi-disciplinary expertise from research staff across the schools of architecture, computer science and engineering.
  • Tailor your learning to your own interests and needs and develop specific expertise through optional modules and a student-led research project.