For those scrolling through this thread, I just wanted to add that I was accepted, I have now completed the course, and it has been absolutely life-changing. Seriously, as I'm an old...er person, my Cambridge experience has put me on a happy and now well-illuminated path from here until the day they carry me out on a stretcher. I'm truly not kidding - I see the next 20 or hopefully 30 years with clarity. While I shall keep my "day job" likely for the next three years or so, I have five or six more research papers to write now, as the logical next steps from my dissertation. To accomplish that, within a structured format, I'm hoping (after getting my feet on the ground teaching again this fall, evenings back here in Chicago) to return to Cambridge for Michaelmas Term 2024, in the hybrid MSt (IDBE) program(me).
I feel so blessed to have found ICE and the AdvDip course (I got a First, btw!). Dr. Carter was an extraordinary resource, always available, enthusiastic, and helpful, as were other ICE staff as well as administrators from the University and my Department (Architecture, evidently mine was the first AdvDip in that subject). First and foremost though, my dissertation supervisor, Dr. Shah was truly extraordinary. Clearly deeply committed both to teaching and research, his background as a PhD materials scientist with an appointment in the Architecture Department simply could not have been more ideal for my research and investigations. I was always flattered that one of the smartest people I've ever met always spoke with me as a peer, a fellow explorer - he was firm but clear in his direction, likely because he was always spot on.
If you have any inkling whatsoever of pursuing and AdvDip at ICE, I want to encourage you to go for it. It is a unique and exceptional experience.