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Architecture and Physical Design

Where ideas are shaped

  • second in london

    Our Architecture courses are ranked second in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

  • official recognition

    We enjoy unconditional recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), giving exemption from Part 1 of their professional examinations.

  • perfect place to study

    You’ll study in one of the biggest regeneration areas in Europe – perfect for placements and field trips to see how architects are applying theory to practice.

About us

In Architecture and Design Cluster (A+D) we foster a broad and inspiring education to establish a rich foundation for a creative professional life. We are a career led school of Architecture and Visual Art. Our Architecture and design programmes challenge assumptions and set new agendas for design in the 21st century.

We balance the development and support of our students’ talents with the understanding that Architecture & Design is contextual, socially constructing and political. We believe that the design conversation in studios between students and staff across models and drawings is central to creative development.

Our students are encouraged to undertake study trips internationally in each year of study to deepen an understanding of people and places. Our teaching balances a respect and understanding of the past and the present with an inspirational, poetic and innovative stance towards the future.

Our staff teach at the highest level and maintain an enquiring research approach to physical and intellectual contexts. We embrace real situations with passion and creativity. We believe that a depth of enquiry and poetic experimentation develops from the experience and understanding of making, drawing and materials in well-crafted output. We believe that Architecture and Design is thought, experienced and built.

Our school acts as a forum for ideas and thought across a wide range of disciplines. We host a national and international lecture series which acts as a magnet for theorists and practitioners to contribute to the discussion and debate in the school. We have extensive workshops and facilities for the creation of real and digital artefacts.

Official recognition

Our BSc (Hons) Architecture and MArch Architecture enjoy unconditional recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB), giving exemption from Part 1 and Part 2 of their professional examinations.

Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) allowing you to be an Associate Member upon graduation and progressing to full chartered membership.

Our MA Professional Landscape Architecture course is also accredited by the Landscape Institute.

Perfect place to study

UEL has an international reputation in architecture, reflected in a series of awards and achievements, both by students and staff.

You’ll study in one of the biggest regeneration areas in Europe – perfect for placements and field trips to see how architects are applying theory to practice. At the core of our teaching philosophy is the relationship developed between staff and students and the play of the design process.

You will be taught in small groups, one to one, in studios, in workshops, and lecture halls and now on-line. Our project work follows a systematic pattern of investigation, experiment and innovation.

Our courses will set you on the path to becoming an architect, architectural technologist, interior designer, or landscape architect. Depending on your pathway, you can gain exemption from parts 1 and 2 of the ARB/RIBA professional examinations and the Landscape Institute.

You’ll learn in small classes with practising architects and designers in workshops and studios, and you’ll use professional quality equipment and facilities. You’ll also gain lots of hands-on experience working on real-life projects.

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The hands-on approach to architecture that UEL gave me provided key knowledge in the field of architecture that’s unique compared to anywhere else.

Kent Gin , BSc (Hons) Architecture graduate
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Our facilities

We have dedicated workshops and laboratory facilities for architecture and visual arts housed in the AVA building as well as in the new, digital fabrication DFUEL lab  at our Knowledge Dock building on the Docklands Campus. These provide an ideal environment for students to experience design processes and master practical skills. Our facilities include:

  • Woodwork workshop
  • Metal welding workshop
  • Plaster, mould making and ceramics workshop
  • Analogue
  • Dark room for photography
  • Risograph printing
  • Digital Fabrication (DFUEL) facilities include a robotic arm, 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser cutters, clay printers, and many other digital fabrication technologies.
  • High spec computer labs equipped with the latest architecture softwares and programmes
To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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Research

What we're researching

Our Architecture and Design courses develop practice and research to enhance our lives in relation to people and places. Our academic team teach at the highest level and maintain an enquiring, research-based approach.

As an undergraduate, you’ll be able to travel abroad each year to study places, their history, and the people who live in them. Our teaching balances a respect and understanding of the past and the present with an inspirational, creative and innovative stance towards the future. 

‘Sustainability’ is on the lips of politicians, charities and big businesses around the world. How can societies thrive in the face of population growth, climate change and an increasing demand for natural resources? 

Our researchers have advised on the development of a new capital city in India and the reconstruction of a historic palace in Santiago de Chile. We’ve also advised the London Mayor’s office and the London Legacy Development Corporation on the use of public space and worked with the US Green Building Council to develop new sustainability standards.  

Careers

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme

Each academic year, we work collaboratively with the RIBA to offer the Student Mentoring Scheme to undergraduate RIBA student members during the autumn and spring each academic year. The mentoring scheme is intended to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. RIBA student members taking part in the scheme are matched with mentors and meet at an informal event at their School during the autumn. During that meeting, mentors and their mentees arrange to hold at least two meetings of at least two hours before the end of February the following year. These meetings cover: an introduction to working life at the practice; a successful project; follow-through of a current live project

Employability Events

The architectural profession and most teaching environments are generally still not inclusive and there is a lack of visible everyday role models from all diverse backgrounds and circumstances. Throughout each academic year we invite professionals - chosen not only for their outstanding achievements, but also to reflect the diversity represented by our students - to talk about their education, careers and the ups and downs of professional life. The brief presentations are followed by thought-provoking discussions and questions and answers with the students.

The diversity also extends into various design-related occupations and showcases the multitude of career paths possible post-graduation. Many of the guests are involved in initiatives to advance the urgently needed diversity in the profession and are mentoring or otherwise supporting students/young professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.

Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they’re looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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