Cambridge IDBE Masters for design, sustainability and leadership in the built environment

Cambridge IDBE Masters for design, sustainability and leadership in the built environment

The Cambridge IDBE Masters programme gives its graduates a broad strategic understanding of the social, economic and environmental context of design and of the current challenges and opportunities facing the production of the built environment.

The course emphasises strategic decision making, inventive problem solving, team leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration. It equips its students with the skills needed to create buildings, spaces and neighbourhoods that are visually attractive, supportive of social activities, ecologically friendly and economically viable. One of the key aims therefore is to help students from different disciplines to work effectively together, harnessing their knowledge and expertise in the design and delivery of an integrated product.

The architectural profession continues to attract people, but the scope of architectural services is ever narrowing as others take over roles once belonging to architects.

Diversification and the acquisition of new expertise and interests can deliver distinct advantages when competing for work. IDBE aims to better prepare architects to:

  • lead and contribute to design teams with an increased understanding of the specialist knowledge and goals of fellow team members
  • take on greater responsibility within their organisation
  • take a confident part in the increasingly complex and political world of the client, developer, government and private finance bodies that procure infrastructure and buildings 
  • attain the confidence and initiative to start up new ventures
  • make use of new network of contacts across the built environment and construction
  • diversify and look for new opportunities in design, management and technical innovation.

During each residential study period, the teaching programme typically includes lectures and seminars, workshops, studio projects and meetings. Between residential sessions students conduct research and prepare the written work needed to achieve the degree. This comprises a case study, two essays and a thesis.

Dr Sebastian Macmillan, Course Director, IDBE
Alice Moncaster, Deputy Director
Becky Stanley, IDBE Administrator
Tel: 01223 760117
Fax: 01223 332960