The Bartlett School of Architecture


About us

Welcome to The Bartlett School of Architecture, one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world, setting the agenda for what architecture is and could be.

Building on a long tradition of innovation and ingenuity, The Bartlett School of Architecture’s 260 staff and 900 students from 50 countries continue to explore new challenges with a passion for inventiveness, intelligence, effectiveness and wit.

Our staff are among the most sought-after in the field and are at the forefront of international research and teaching. They are responsible for pioneering research and award-winning buildings all over the globe.

Our students are recognised for their creativity and drive. In the past 20 years, they have received more RIBA medals than any other school. Many have gone on to occupy leading roles in established practices worldwide and are now part of our vibrant alumni network.

Our vision and values

A student presenting his work during the Open Crits 2017

Our vision is to operate as a vital and creative agency in a world in which architecture – as a method of critical thinking and creative exploration – is valued for its capacity to enhance human experience, understanding, and legacy, and to improve global environmental conditions.

We seek to encourage big questions that address social, cultural and economic challenges; radical questions that approach history, technology and practice with an open and critical mind; and risky questions that provoke a deeply imaginative response through speculative design projects.

Our history

Ollie Palmer project 2013

In 1841, UCL became the first British university to appoint a chair of architecture, and the faculty was later named after its benefactor, the engineer and contractor Sir Herbert Bartlett.

In 1914, planning education began at The Bartlett and the 1960s saw its restructure as a multidisciplinary faculty covering all facets of the built environment.

Its world-renowned alumni have included architectural historian Reyner Banham, Archigram co-founder Sir Peter Cook and the pioneer of urban planning in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Otto Koenigsberger, who founded development planning here in 1971.

Lindsay Wakeman, computer technician at Wates Houe in c1981, from the Bartlett Archive
Our record and network

Paul Monaghan of AHMM Architects at the Open Crits 2017

The Bartlett School of Architecture continually features among the UK's top architecture schools compiled by the Guardian, Architects’ Journal and others, and in 2017 has again been rated second in a global study by higher education specialists, QS. We’ve been the UK’s highest-rated department for architectural research for over a decade (RAE 2008 & REF 2014).

Our network includes many of the world-class architecture and engineering firms based nearby in central London, and our students have access to part-time staff from firms such as AHMM, Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Make, Grimshaw Architects, Hopkins Architects, Arup, Buro Happold, and Max Fordham.

Applying to study at The Bartlett

A student presents her work at The Bartlett during the Open Crits 2017

You’ll find information about all the programmes and short courses we offer at The Bartlett School of Architecture on our programmes page.

For further information about applying to study at The Bartlett, visit the applications overview page.