The Bartlett School of Architecture



The BSc Architecture programme offers students a wide range of teaching-focused design units.

Browse the sections below to find out more.

Year 1

2016–17 Directors: Frosso Pimenides, Carlos Jimenez Cenamor, Gavin Robotham

Tutors: Emmanouil Stavrakakis, Lucy Leonard, Ifigeneia Liangi, Nick Westby, Umut Yamac, Emma-Kate Matthews, Gavin Robotham, Eva Ravnborg

The main intention of the first year at The Bartlett is to explore 'ways of seeing' - understanding and interpreting objects/events/places and learning to look beyond the visible into the unseen and 'absurd' qualities of things and places. In this way, a place can also be seen as something with its own identity, which each student can personally interpret. The importance of 'character' and 'personality' is emphasised throughout the design process, whether it concerns analysis, site interpretation or architectural vision. A number of recording techniques are used as a way of clarifying the subject rather than as purely graphic representation. Through being aware of the possibilities and limitations of various techniques, each student is learning to express and then develop critically and appropriately, through their own intuition, an idea for an architectural proposition.

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 ruthlessly experimental - always pushing the boundaries of possible realities.

Being open and naïve in their working method, students are encouraged to take risks - not being afraid of making mistakes is forming the basis of the approach as they often form the basis of a new idea, a different way to see the world around them. It is the path to new possible architectures.

Students start their year with an initial set of projects centring on each student's passage to London and the adjustments made in their personal life during this transitional period. This is followed by a collective group installation set in Sir John Soane's Country House Pitshanger Manor in Ealing. After that students embark on a one-week study trip to a major European city, exploring the social and cultural topography. These projects form the basis for each student's personal building project set in London.


2016–17 Murray Fraser (on sabbatical), Tamsin Hanke, Sara Shafiei
This year Unit 0 students will be investigating and conceiving projects that promote urban delight. 

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2016–17 Jon Lopez, Hikaru Nissanke

Unit 1 will explore the relationship between landscape, modernity and labour.

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2016–17 Aleksandrina Rizova, Soomeen Hahm

This year UG2 will explore the notion of spontaneous procedures on an architectural and urban scale through digital simulations, analogue prototypes, material tests and digital fabrication

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2016–17 Luke Olsen, Graeme Williamson

Unit 3 explores the parallel worlds of the physical (made) and the illusory (cinematic).

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2016–17 Ana Monrabal Cook, Luke Pearson

UG FOUR explores architectures that embody a character, challenge a stereotype and engage with the public through all the varying media that the contemporary designer has available to them. Our unit is intrigued by contemporary pop culture mediated by new technologies, and how this may be introduced into architectural design methods. 


2016–17 Julia Backhaus, Martin Tang, Pedro Font Alba

Unit 5 is a testing ground and laboratory for imaginative thinking, research and speculation. We look into the history and culture of a place to be able to imagine futures that we can’t fully foresee.


2016–17 Paolo Zaide, Tim Norman

UG6 will approach the theme of migration as an invitation to allow your imagination to drift and to speculate.

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2016–17 Pascal Bronner, Thomas Hillier

This year UG7 will explore humankind’s relationship with water, which has shaped civilisations, sculpted cities, inspired writers and artists, and captivated architects. Today the fundamental relationship between water and human habitation is transforming in the wake of an escalating global crisis with water. 

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2016–17 Colin Herperger, Thomas Pearce

Unit 8 will explore the fringes of failure as a space of seduction and a vehicle of creative opportunity. We are interested in the subtle delights at the edges of failure. How can we inhabit and cultivate this nimble edge?

Failure takes us beyond assumption into the world of the unexpected and hence is an essential part of any form of artistic production. In architectural education most are scared of the very idea of failure. Why? Perhaps it could be considered the point where learning begins, a liberated escape from the shadow of rehearsal. 


2016–17 Jessica In, Chee Kit Lai

Unit 9 is interested in an architecture that mediates matter and form, and the relation between design and occupation. We are interested in the celebratory, the continually reconfiguring and reinvented. The Ephemeral City is a constellation of settings for human activity, encouraging short-term inventiveness as a testing ground for the permanency of future projects, both social and architectural. 

BSc UG10

2016–17 Guan Lee, Arthur Mamou-Mani

UG10 will focus on learning through making and place. Engaging with digital tools and material experimentation is our modus operandi. 

BSc UG11

2016–17 Kostas Grigoriadis, Sofia Krimizi

This year UG11 will attempt to rewrite material understanding via a radical interpretation of the design process. In our pursuit of this we will construct a material specific narrative that focuses on material behaviour and at the same time on historical, geographical, cultural parameters.

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BSc UG12

2016–17 Matthew Springett, Johan Hybschmann

UG12 will explore how we express personal and cultural identity.

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