The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

Develop a unique approach to the built environment and design with Architecture BSc at The Bartlett – a world-renowned degree for both creativity and rigour.

About the programme

This three-year programme teaches students from across the globe the skills to practise architecture and an understanding of how to use those skills imaginatively in different contexts.

As an architecture student at The Bartlett, your time will be spent in both the studio and the workshop, with approximately 70% of the course taught and assessed through your design portfolio. Design teaching is delivered by leading practitioners, specialists and academics in small groups or on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions.

As well as being vocational preparation for practising architecture, this programme introduces students to the wider societal forces which affect them and architectural production, stressing the indivisibility of the architectural, cultural, professional and technological realms. Alongside design teaching, our students take core modules (Technology, History & Theory, Computing and Professional Studies) which are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays and examinations.

Programme highlights

  • Learn the skills to practise architecture, exchanging ideas with students from across the globe as well as leading practitioners and academics
  • Work in state-of-the-art bespoke facilities – both our studios and workshops are designed for creative flexibility and idea generation – and take part in the UK’s biggest architecture Summer Show
  • Choose one of our famous Design Units in Year 2 and 3, with whom you’ll develop your own unique project and undertake substantial field work and trips
  • Enjoy being part of a world-leading community for studying, teaching and researching architecture and the built environment
It’s the fearlessness and sheer determination of the students, motivated by the school’s eagerness to question preconceptions, that makes The Bartlett so unique.

Rory Noble-Turner, Architecture BSc student, 2017

    Key staff

    Programme Directors: Luke Pearson and Sara Shafiei
    Admissions Tutor: Emmanouil Stavrakakis

    Entry requirements


    Architecture BSc is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Students who successfully complete the programme are exempt from Part 1 of the ARB/RIBA examinations.

    Year 1

    About Year 1

    Director: Frosso Pimenides
    Associate Directors: Lucy Leonard, Gavin Robotham, Emmanouil Stavrakakis

    Tutors: Alastair Browning, Joel Cady, Zachary Fluker, Johanna Just, Alicia Gonzalez-Lafita, Ness Lafoy, Stefan Lengen, Samantha Lynch, Agostino Nickl, Tom Parker, Rupert Scott, Jasmin Sohi, Graeme Williamson, Umut Yamac

    In the first year, architecture is explored individually through cultivating ideas, exploring imagination and nurturing curiosity. Students explore, describe and communicate their ideas through a range of two- and three-dimensional techniques. The aim is to be serious, passionate and experimental - always pushing the boundaries of possible realities.

    To complement work in the design studios, the first year includes lecture courses on history and theory, the production of the built environment, and technology, as well as a field trip to a major European city in the second term.

    Year 1 modules

    Year 1 students take all of the following modules:

    Design Projects (Frosso Pimenides)
    Environmental Design (Blanche Cameron)
    History of Cities and their Architecture (Professor Mario Carpo)
    Making Cities (Jonathan Kendall)
    Structures, Materials and Forming Techniques (Steve Johnson)

    Years 2 and 3

    Year 2 modules

    Architectural History and Theory (Dr Nina Vollenbroker)
    Architectural Practice and Enterprise (Jane Paterson)
    Computing for the Built Environment (Bill Hodgson)
    Design Projects (Luke Pearson and Sara Shafiei)
    Design Technology (Luke Olsen)

    Year 3 modules

    Architectural History and Theory (Dr Nina Vollenbroker)
    Design Projects (Luke Pearson and Sara Shafiei)
    Design Technology (Luke Olsen)

    Design Units 

    In Years 2 and 3, the Design Projects modules are organised around ‘units’: communities of around 15-17 students from across both years. Each design unit is led by distinguished tutors from academia or professional practice, usually both.

    To get a detailed understanding of Architecture BSc at The Bartlett, please read the 2017-18 briefs for our 13 Design Units


    Material display
    Murray Fraser (on sabattical), Sara Shafiei, Michiko Sumi


    Mads Peterson, Elie Lakin


    High-density hybridised urban inhabitation
    Aleksandrina Rizova, Soomeen Hahm


    In rêverie
    Ifigeneia Liangi, Daniel Wilkinson


    Ana Monrabal-Cook, Luke Pearson


    High altitudes: dreamland alps
    Julia Backhaus, Pedro Pitarch


    Paolo Zaide, Farlie Reynolds


    Wasn't the future wonderful?
    Pascal Bronner, Thomas Hillier


    Everything loose will land: adventures in the false field
    Thomas Pearce, Greg Storrar


    Met[a]ropolia 2046
    Jessica In, Chee Kit Lai


    Informed by materiality
    Guan Lee, Kostas Grigoriadis


    Jennifer Chen, Maren Klasing


    'Escape - disrupt'
    Matthew Springett, Johan Hybschmann


    Upon completion of the programme, many of our students continue with their training to become registered architects by taking a year out in an architect's office in the UK or overseas, before applying for Architecture MArch or another postgraduate degree.

    Graduates of this programme benefit from excellent employment opportunities and destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices. Some architecture graduates also use their highly transferable skills in other design-related disciplines, such as film-making, website design and furniture design.


    Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush
    Admissions Tutor: Emmanouil Stavrakakis

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