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 has nearly 300 staff and 1000 students from 50 countries who 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, Thomas Leverton Donaldson, a founding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The faculty was later named after its benefactor, the engineer and contractor Sir Herbert Bartlett.

Our alumni have made waves in the worlds of architecture, design, manufacturing, education and research, curating, urban planning, governance and policymaking, filmmaking and more.

The school’s world-renowned professors have included architectural historian Reyner Banham and Archigram co-founder Sir Peter Cook. Guest lecturers have ranged from Ron Arad to Alain de Botton, Daniel Libeskind to Grayson Perry.

Originally based in the UCL Quadrangle, the school moved to its 22 Gordon Street location in 1974. The building’s refurbishment was completed in 2016 and we expanded to premises in East London in 2018.

You can read more about our history and alumni in a special publication produced in 2016 for our 175th anniversary.

Lindsay Wakeman, computer technician at Wates Houe in c1981, from the Bartlett Archive
Our records 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 2018 has again been rated second in the world for architecture by the QS World Rankings by Subject. 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.