Architecture and Urban Design Studio 2

Experiment in contemporary architectural and urban design


Providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this five week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design.

Edinburgh’s historical urban development is well documented. Using methodological prompts from key theorists and practitioners including pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes, a former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, the course will be framed around a small design project situated within the city.

The design project will require you to develop an understanding of the range of scales between people, buildings, city and metropolitan landscape, combining creative fieldwork with interpretive historical paradigmatic research and design. You will have the chance to develop your techniques in creative fieldwork, using specific artefacts and sites of study to assess the context of the design project and the relevant spatial interventions and urban design principles.

You will have the opportunity to work in a studio environment to develop your own portfolio for use in further study or in your career.

For students not planning to enrol on a postgraduate course, but who would like to sample postgraduate-level study, a three week non-credit version of this course is available.

Who should choose this course?

This course is ideal for students with a background in architecture or urban design who are considering postgraduate study. A high level of drawing skills will provide an excellent platform for obtaining the most from this course.

Students must possess a first degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or Urban Design. A portfolio must be submitted as part of the course application.

The University of Edinburgh also runs Postgraduate programmes in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


Course format

Designed as a studio-based experience, this course will combine theoretical and methodological study, delivered through lectures, seminars, and fieldwork in the urban environment in Edinburgh. You will work both individually and as part of a group.

The course will run each week day, for up to 9 hours per day throughout the five-week duration, either in studio or on fieldwork. Guest lectures, seminar sessions and tutorials will take place regularly and students will be given detailed course documentation which will provide information on specific activities and required production for assessment.

Students on the course will be expected to demonstrate an immediate and ongoing productive output that will conclude with exhibition and presentation material.

  • Lectures: 10 hours (5 lectures)
  • Seminar/Tutorials: 20 hours
  • Fieldwork: 20 hours
  • Students will be directed to undertake fieldwork: supervised (x 2); and unsupervised (as determined necessary by individuals, groups and/or tutors)
  • Practical: 100 hours
  • Total Hours:  200



The course will present a series of architectural and urban interventions as models, drawings, films and text that will conclude with an exhibition and presentation.

Feedback will be given regularly throughout the Course on either a group or individual basis.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand both contemporary debates and scholarly traditions within the history, theory and design of buildings and cities
  • Display advanced methodological training in architectural design-led research and research-led design
  • Demonstrate rigorous design and research skills and practices
  • Show In-depth knowledge of the theories of Patrick Geddes and other urban paradigms
  • Relate architectural research to interdisciplinary fields of inquiry 

A number of fee packages are available for the Summer School. Full fee information can be found on the Fees page.

All fee packages include tuition costs, selected social activities, and your chosen accommodation type. Full information on our accommodation options can be found here.

Costs are provided per week. To calculate your total cost, select your package type, then multiply this cost by the number of weeks in your course.

e.g. A student selecting a Silver package for a 4-week course in July would calculate:

£776 x 4 weeks = £3104

To secure your place at the Summer School, you will be required to pay a deposit of £125 which can be reclaimed towards your fee package.

Please note that study in the UK may incur additional costs e.g. visa application fees.

If you submit your application and deposit before 31 January 2018, you can claim our special early bird rate. We also offer a range of special rates for students at our valued partner institutions. Please see our Fees page for more details.