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Architecture & Design

UK Quality Assured

Our multi-award winning Architecture and Design department offers creative, innovative and professionally accredited postgraduate courses, and the chance for students to collaborate on exciting architectural projects in an area of massive regeneration.

  • unconditional recognition

    Our courses have the unconditional recognition of RIBA and the Landscape Institute where applicable. Our MArch Architecture course provides exemption from the ARB and RIBA Part 2 examination - one of the 3 Parts required to achieve qualification to register as an architect in the UK.

  • Turner prize shortlist

    Our staff includes celebrated practising architects, and four of our lecturers are part of an architecture collective that's been shortlisted for the 2015 Turner Prize. 

  • superbly equipped studios

    Study at UEL and you’ll have the opportunity to work in our superbly equipped studios, with wood, plaster, metal and photography workshops and a full digital fabrication laboratory that includes 3D printers, routers and laser cutters.

Why us?

UEL has earned an international reputation for the quality of its architecture and design courses and its superb facilities, which is reflected in a string of awards and honours.

For example, two of our lecturers are part of an east London-based architecture collective that won the UK's most prestigious visual arts award - the 2015 Turner Prize.

In 2014, one of our students was elected as the only student representative on the Royal Institute of British Architects Council, while another won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) student award.

We also achieve professional success. In 2013, three of our graduates were on the project team that won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize - Britain's biggest architecture accolade.

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And our students engage with events nationally and internationally.  In 2014, they exhibited as part of the Venice Biennale and the London Festival of Architecture.

Our Architecture MArch provides exemption from Part 2 of the ARB/RIBA examinations, while we also offer specialist architecture MA courses in the fields of computing, sustainability, urbanism, landscape and critical theory.

All but the last feature both design and theory components and offer rich opportunities for hands-on practice. You will be working at an advanced level with accomplished tutors and contributing to new thinking in your field.

Learning By Doing


Studying the Part 2 MSc Architecture course at UEL pushed me to achieve things I didn't know I was capable of.  The experience enabled me to get the kind of job that I wanted and continues to motivate me in practice.

Marcus Andren , MSc Architecture
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What we're researching

Our academic team combines world-class teaching with an enquiring research approach.  Our staff includes celebrated practising architects such as Maria Segantini, partner of C+S Architects, Tony Fretton, principal of Tony Fretton Architects, and Katherine Clarke, partner of Muf.

Roland Karthaus and Alan Chandler are recognised experts in the fields of urban design and conservation. Their recent research has included advising on the development of a new capital city in India and the reconstruction of a historic palace in Santiago de Chile – projects which engage with heritage and modernisation.

We’re also a course partner of Article 25 - the UK’s leading architectural aid charity. You could be helping to design, manage and deliver sustainable building solutions in areas affected by disaster, poverty and need - opportunities that will set you up for meaningful employment. .

Closer to home, current students worked on a sustainable timber house for the prestigious Studio Bark practice (founded by a UEL graduate, Wilf Meynell), which has featured on C4’s Grand Designs.

We put concepts such as sustainability into action. We are currently working with Muf and the residents of a London housing estate on a major regeneration project, helping them to make alternative plans for their future. We are also delivering a community cafe for the London Borough of Newham and a new 'speakers corner' for the London Borough of Croydon. 

We have advised the London Mayor’s office and the London Legacy Development Corporation on the use of public space and we’ve worked with the US Green Building Council to develop new sustainability standards.

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