Master of Architecture
Research initiatives and studio workshops led by eminent visiting professors and internationally recognised professionals offer students an opportunity to develop their architectural skills on a global scale. In addition to the permanent Faculty of award-winning practicing architects and published scholars, the Abedian School of Architecture has developed partnerships with leading educators and professionals around the world who actively contribute to the architectural program.
State of the art resources
Students have complete access to all the Architecture equipment and studios. The School is characterized by very small class sizes in a dedicated studio environment. Students have 24/7 access to the brand new architecture building, designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio, London. A strong studio culture is driven by student collaboration, social engagement, and consistent one-on-one interaction with academic staff. The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture. Studio, workshop and digital based learning are core components of Architectural studies with practical hands-on projects contributing to a large part of the programs.
About the program
The Master of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture is designed to develop the emerging architectural professional to be fearless in their design ability, as well as possess the confidence to change the world and the habitats of the future through their creative design skills, imaginative vision, strategic thinking and technical proficiency. The Master of Architecture is delivered through a comprehensive design studio environment, current issues are debated through historical and philosophical architectural thought as well as contemporary states of urban habitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. Professional architectural concerns in law, contracts and ethics are also examined which prepare students for the commercial world of architectural practice.
This master's program academically prepares the graduate to acquire the requisite work experience to gain eligibility towards the professional status of architect in Australia or overseas. Professional status is governed at the State level in Australia. Professional registration overseas is governed by the relevant professional authority.
This master's program enables graduates to enter the architecture profession in a variety of careers including architectural firms, government, construction, development, infrastructure and planning industries both in Australia and around the world.
The strategic thinking, visual creativity, public engagement, design and technology skills, strategic management and entrepreneurial outlook developed in this degree also provides graduates with a wide range of career opportunities in the creative industries . Many architectural graduates establish careers in design studios, virtual design, web and graphic design, fashion, advertising, industrial design, arts management and the visual arts.
The Master of Architecture also prepares graduates for a pathway into higher education. The research dissertation offers a level of academic work in a student portfolio that is typically acceptable in applications for doctoral studies.
We practice what we teach
Architecture students will expand their skills within the landmark Abedian School of Architecture building. The building was designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham of internationally renowned firm Cook Robotham Architecture Bureau (London).
The unique design of the School provides an exceptional student learning experience. The concept of the building aims to foster collaboration at all levels from undergraduates to postgraduates where architectural students and academics can learn, create and exhibit in an open plan studio environment. The striking design of the building also acts as a teaching tool where theory comes to life, and will inspire innovation and creativity in students. The floating mezzanine, spiral stair cases, and internal ‘street’ are just some of the design features that will excite and stimulate a contemporary education space in which students, industry and the community can learn, gather, and exhibit.
Students will benefit from exclusive access to seven new design studios, computing and fabrication laboratories, a digital robotics laboratory, traditional workshops, reading and resource rooms, an atelier as well as impressive exhibition and event space. The School is one of a select number of architectural schools worldwide that incorporate architectural design through digital robotics, providing opportunities in design as part of the new generation of architecture.
The Abedian School of Architecture features one of the lowest student to staff ratio of any architectural program offered in Australia, ensuring unrivalled access to state of the art equipment, as well as personalised attention and mentoring.
The Australian Institute of Architects and the Board of Architects of Queensland currently recognise and accredit the Master of Architecture program. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is recognised as the normal pathway to the Master of Architecture.
The Master of Architecture program is delivered within a comprehensive design studio environment. Each studio contains a combination of practical and professional applications, theoretical studies, technical proficiency and conceptual rigour. Each studio forms a discrete stage in the Masters sequence, culminating in a Master’s Thesis studio in the final semester of study, bringing integrated skills and knowledge together.
Structure & subjects (12)
You must complete the following subjects:
- Architecture Design Studio 7 (20cp) (ARCH72-401)
- Architecture Design Studio 8 (20cp) (ARCH72-402)
- Architecture Design Studio 9 (20cp) (ARCH72-501)
- Architecture Masters Thesis Studio (20cp) (ARCH72-502)
- Contemporary Architectural Theory (10cp) (ARCH71-112)
- Special Topics in Design Communication (10cp) (ARCH71-110)
- Special Topic in Design Technology (10cp) (ARCH71-111)
- Supervised Independent Study (10cp) (ARCH71-109)
- Professional Practice 1 (10cp) (ARCH71-113)
- Professional Practice 2 (10cp) (ARCH71-114)
- Research Analysis and Representation (10cp) (ARCH71-115)
PLUS one (1) Faculty elective from the Faculty of Society & Design list of postgraduate subjects.
A study tour is also available as an elective option for students.
Completion of a Bond University Bachelor of Architectural studies at a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0) AND/OR high quality portfolio of design work. Completion of an undergraduate degree program approved by the Australia New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) with a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0) AND/OR high quality portfolio of design work. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.0/4.0 are required to include a portfolio for further consideration for entry.
A combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree program approved by the Australia New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) with a credit average (GPA 2.0/4.0 or 5.0/7.0) PLUS high quality portfolio of design work. English language IELTS 7.0 (no sub score less than 6.5) or equivalent Bond University approved language test.
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
The portfolio should be a single pdf file, no larger than 10MB, containing graphic and three dimensional architecture, design, and/or other creative work, including evidence of professional experience (if applicable).
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
"The decision to study architecture a graduate level in Bond University was one I made even before completing my Bachelor’s degree in Kenya. I was motivated to study at an institution that challenges students to confidently assert change in the world, while maintaining a sense of inquisitiveness about acquiring significant skills that will make these changes relevant. So far, the aspect that I have been most grateful for is the access to highly developed workspaces that have made studying something to look forward to every day. These include the Architecture FabLab/Workshop, the Digital Media Studio, and my all-time favourite: the Level Up Lab.
If I could sum up my Bond experience in one word, it would be fulfilling. Because of the meaningful connections that I have made while at Bond, I believe that I have advanced not only as a designer but as a person. It is truly stunning to just step back and think about the high calibre of people that I have had the opportunity to interact with. From world renowned architects to internationally acclaimed professors and lecturers, it has been an exceptional learning experience. The strong relationships between tutors and students, especially heading into a profession that relies predominantly on efficient communication, have been inspiring. Furthermore, as a self-proclaimed ardent technophile, unique facilities such as the FabLab (where we get to interact with robots!) have given me a better appreciation of what it means to use technology to our advantage in education.
Bond has provided me with experiences and collaboration prospects that I would not have had access to anywhere else. My interest in the Mixed Reality Research Lab has led to several thought-provoking and hopeful conversations about my future as an architect with a fondness for technology and education.
Having grown up in a fairly conservative country known mainly for its growth potential, it has been delightful to experience that ‘potential’ develop into something more. The opportunities for inter-faculty interaction and collaboration have so far been the main difference that have enriched the value of learning at Bond. Moreover, access to state of the art workspaces has stood out to me.
I would highly recommend studying at Bond, without hesitation. I believe that with the kind of all-round formation that Bond offers, the qualification received is not just a reward for the time spent here, but rather, for the holistic person you’ve become."
"My time as a masters’ student in the Abedian School of Architecture has been a memorable experience that could be summed up as holistic, challenging and exciting. Having a building that has practically no internal barriers allowed us to be constantly involved with bachelor and masters’ students, as well as staff. This, together with its small student to staff ratio, provided the base for a cohesive and collective school culture. Spreading over just a period of one and one-third year, the masters’ course is both challenging and highly rewarding. Having generous support such as ample time with thesis advisors and studio masters, coupled with an enviable environment, we could push ourselves to produce the best we could. This ‘family’ spirit of the school is one you might not find anywhere else."
"Architecture is also one of those degrees that paves a way for so many careers in the design field. Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture has helped enhance my passion for design, through the classes, guest lecturers and being able to use the workshop equipment whenever desired. I have learned to express my ideas in so many ways, through collages, drawing, model making and more. The practicality at the School has enabled me to gain so many distinctive skills that I wouldn’t have been able to learn anywhere else."
"I studied in Italy and New Caledonia before moving to Australia to study at Bond. I was studying Interior Design before taking a much keener interest in Architecture. After undertaking some English classes through Bond University College, I enrolled and graduated from a Bachelor of Architecturial Studies, and am now completing my Masters in Architecture at Bond University.
I love the fact that Bond offers the opportunity to study in small classes, this is particularly important when studying Architecture – receiving constant feedback is essential in developing ideas. For this reason, you get the opportunity to interact frequently with the academic staff, which really enriches the study experience. We also have great opportunities to interact with industry experts and start building a professional network. The academic staff are very helpful with providing job related information, and providing job contacts.
Bond offers great facilities, including a state of the art workshop with 24hr studio access. The school provides such a vibrant and inspirational study environment.
I currently work in Architectural model making services and conceptual drawing services for ME Architects – The work I professionally produce now, is very similar to what I learned, and what I would produce for studio projects while studying at Bond. I would have to describe my time studying at the Abedian School of Architecture as one of the best experiences I have ever had! I have been provided the opportunity to study the things I am passionate about, while being surrounded by other truly passionate people, both student and staff."