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London’s first Timber Technology masters launched in response to growing demand

Alison Carter
27 Jan 2020

The course from London Metropolitan University will help tackle the UK housing crisis, as local authorities increasingly establishing a ‘timber first’ approach to planning

The Cass at London Metropolitan University is launching the capital’s first postgraduate programme in Timber Technology. This will address key skills shortages in the architecture and construction sectors, stimulate economic growth, and respond to the growing demand for sustainable building. 

England requires an estimated 240,000-340,000 new homes per year in order to tackle the housing shortfall. Research from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Timber Industry has identified timber as a potential solution to the housing crisis facing the country with all major political parties committed to supporting the building of new homes.

In June 2019, Architecture’s Subject Standards Board RIBA declared a ‘climate emergency’ with chief executive Alan Vallance stating: “RIBA Council’s commitment to the climate emergency declaration is an important moment for the institute and the profession – a catalyst for the further action and change that is needed to ensure that architects and the built environment sector are at the forefront of a zero-carbon future.”

As the only widely available construction material that allows for carbon negative construction, timber will be central to future sustainable development of London, the UK and internationally, with many local authorities establishing a ‘timber first’ approach to planning policy as part of a series of moves towards a green economy.   

The MSc Timber Technology will equip its graduates with the necessary expertise to directly shape these exciting shifts in design and construction, who will see professional benefit from the increasing demand for their specialist skills.

Professor Christian Frost, Head of Architecture at London Metropolitan University said: “London is home to some of the largest timber buildings in the world, and has been an early adopter of mass-timber buildings in Europe. The skills and expertise of London Metropolitan University’s academic staff, who have had successful professional careers in architecture and design, make us well placed to offer the capital’s first MSc Timber Technology.

“The architecture sector is currently worth around £2 billion to London’s economy, and has been growing year-on-year. The increasing demand for timber construction means students will have the opportunity to be truly innovative as they develop their skills, and we’re looking forward to working with the first cohort on exciting new creative projects.”

London Metropolitan University has an excellent reputation for delivering architecture courses with practical application, and enjoys close links with the people and organisations that shape London. In the last year alone, the University has seen significant recognition for its alumni and staff, including Gatti Routh Rhodes named as 2019 Young Architect of the Year; Dr Paulo Moreira shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA President's Research Award; and David Leech Architects, whose principal instructs at London Metropolitan University, winning the 2019 AJ Small Projects Award.

Prospective students can apply here: https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/timber-technology---msc/


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