Summer School - Architecture and Urban Design Studio 2, 4 July - 5 August 2016, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publish Date: Oct 16, 2015

Deadline: Apr 08, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 04, 2016 12:00 to Aug 05, 2016 12:00

About Architecture and Urban Design Studio 2 Summer School

This course provides an introduction to post-graduate studies in Architecture through the vehicle of a five-week studio-based design program. It will use methodological prompts from Patrick Geddes and other theorists and practitioners for experimenting in contemporary architectural and urban design propositions within Edinburgh.

Course entry is sought from students with a degree in Architecture who have an interest in developing into post-graduate education.

This course is available to students with a demonstrable background in Architecture and/or Urban Design who are considering progressing their learning at a post-graduate level and wish to be involved in creative studio output. A high level of drawing skills will provide an excellent platform for obtaining the most from this course. The course is open to different design sensibilities but requires all students to fully participate with a high level of production.

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

For summer 2015 this is our only credit-bearing post-graduate level course, and for those students who are about to enroll on our MSC in Architectural and Urban Design, this course can constitute a 20-credit optional module to be carried forward onto the MSc.  

Course Organiser: Dr Dorian Wiszniewski

Registered Architect since 1986.  Professional practice work has won many awards and has been exhibited and published internationally. Academic output primarily focuses on the research-led design and design-led research: exhibited and published nationally and internationally.  Academic papers have been published in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, and the USA.  My core research interests are architectural-political-philosophical overlaps on issues of architectural design, representation, and production.  I was Visiting Professor for Architecture and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sassari, Sardinia, 2011-12.  I was a board member of Architecture + Design Scotland between 2005-2009.  I am a member of the Architectural Humanities Research Association.

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.

Students are required to develop an understanding of the range of scales between people, buildings, city, and metropolitan landscape.

The course will combine creative fieldwork, interpretive historical paradigmatic research, and design work, delivered through lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and practical output. Students will work as individuals and in groups.

The course will run each weekday, for up to 9 hours per day throughout the three-week duration, either in the studio or on fieldwork.

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

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

Guest lectures, seminar sessions, and tutorials will take place regularly throughout the five-week course and students will be given detailed course documentation which will provide information on specific activities and required production for assessment.

Total Hours:  200

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

The fees for this course have been laid out fully on our course fees page.

As course fees and accommodation costs are payable separately, it will not be possible to reduce the tuition fee cost for those students who opt to arrange their own accommodation off-campus.

Tuition Fee

£575 per week


You have a choice of accommodation options for varying prices, dependent on your preferences:

  • Standard Single, DB&B: £294.00 per week
  • En-suite Single, DB&B: £469.00 per week
  • Self-Catered, Shared: £168.00 per week

Social Programme

To enhance your experience at the University of Edinburgh Summer School, a variety of social and cultural activities will be organized to allow you to explore and discover the history, traditions, and beauty of Scotland whilst meeting people from across the world. Each student can participate in the social and cultural activities which are included in the course fee.  A free gym membership is included as well as a variety of fun and interesting things to do and see in Edinburgh.  Additionally, students can book today's and weekend tours to explore the rest and best of Scotland (at a discounted rate for Summer School students).

Other costs

Please note you will also need to pay for any essential books on the reading lists provided and any entrance fees for exhibits and other related fees on study visits.

Scholarship - Scottish Summer Endeavour

The scholarship application opens on 1st December 

Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.  


The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.

 In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.

To apply:

1. Choose the course you are interested in.

2. Go to your preferred program page and select ‘click here to apply now, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.

2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:

  • one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
  • (interim) degree transcripts
  • Evidence of an internationally recognized English language qualification (if appropriate).

4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.

5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.

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