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Lancaster School of Architecture

Develop an unbeatable mix of practical skills, creative vision and real-world experience. Your career in Architecture starts here

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Our Values

The three concerns underpinning everything we do at Lancaster School of Architecture are Future Practice, Digital Crafts and the Climate Crisis.

Future Practice: Issues such as future cities and rapid urbanisation, changing societal and family structures and patterns of working, new materials and accelerating digitalisation necessitate a new kind of architectural professional, equipped to address such challenges.

Digital Crafts: Digital fabrication, agile production, rapid prototyping, disruptive technologies, advanced manufacturing, learning-by-doing and the maker movement: our students will not just be familiar with these ideas but will go on to become future pioneers.

Climate Emergency: Addressing the climate crisis is an imperative. Climate change will be seamlessly integrated into to everything we teach and we will strive for it to become utterly normalised so as to be part of our everyday conversation in studio, all the time.

Five additional, facilitative themes help us address these.

  • First is Radical Creativity, since they can only be tackled via highly creative, innovative and socially embedded, solutions.
  • Next is Ethics: we are becoming a more unequal society and so applied ethics is integrated in our professional practice.
  • Furthermore, People lie at the heart of the design process and human-centred design is part of all our teaching.
  • Place is important to us since our school is located next to the Lake District and we take full advantage of this uniquely exceptional setting to address issues of place, landscape and context.
  • And finally, how is all of this achieved? Through integrating education and Research
Lancaster School of Architecture Values: Future Practice, Digital Crafts and the Climate Emergency

TEA talks

We regularly run TEA talks: a series of informal talks on the theme of Technology, the Environment, and the role of Architecture, now and in the future. On our event page you can find information about forthcoming talks and videos from previous events.

Find out about our next talk

Professional Accreditation

Architects Registration Board

Both the BA (Hons) Architecture (Part I) and the M Arch Master of Architecture (Part II) are fully accredited by the ARB (Architects Registration Board).


The BA (Hons) Architecture is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Professional Accreditation Path

Architecture in the UK is a regulated profession which means that you must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to practise using the title ‘architect’. ARB is the statutory regulator and competent authority for architects in the UK. As a regulator it is ARB’s role to maintain the Register of Architects and to ensure that standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and for architects.

There are three main routes to registration, but typically, if you are studying in the UK, you will take a three-year full time first degree in architecture (often referred to as ‘Part 1’) followed by a year of appropriate professional experience. Then a two-year full time second degree or diploma in architecture (often referred to as ‘Part 2’) followed by a further year of professional experience. Then the Professional Practice Examination – or Part 3.

You will need to have all three qualifications in order to apply for registration together with a minimum of 24 months appropriate practical training experience.

Architecture professional accreditation path as described above

A place to call home

The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) is the home of our new architecture programmes. The Institute encompasses artdesignfilmtheatre and architecture. LICA is housed in an award-winning building with impressive facilities and equipment. It won the BREEAM Higher Education Award and the Green Apple Environment award in 2012.

Innovative Design-Led Research

Based on the future of architectural practice, addressing real contemporary global problems including the climate emergency, work force automation, data security and the aging population.

Why Choose Lancaster School of Architecture?

Download the subject guide to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Architecture, and what you'll study.

Architecture subject guide
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Portfolio guidance

Students apply to the Lancaster School of Architecture with a variety of skills: it is not always the case that applicants have studied Art or Design at A-level or GCSE for example, nor is this necessary.

Please refer to the Lancaster School of Architecture portfolio guidance document.

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A level subjects

At Lancaster School of Architecture we don’t require any specific A level / BTEC subject. Any combination of subjects will work for architecture – often a mix of more creative subjects and science subjects work quite well for architecture.

Discover how each A level subject is related to architecture

Your ideas count

We work with leading national and international architectural and urban design practices. Live projects and briefs will be integral to the BA (Hons) Architecture.

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Strength in research, excellence in teaching

Our academics are tackling some of the most pressing challenges in the built environment, from reducing urban pollution and making our homes smarter to developing ground-breaking building materials and designing healthier homes.

A new £13 million research project will include initiatives focused on architecture.

Meet the Architecture team

Lancaster University School of Architecture brings together academic and practicing architects whose interests, specialisms and experience ensure the School benefits from a rich and diverse set of views on architecture.

Eden North

We are passionate about Architecture and exciting new developments in the North West of England.

Eden Project
Eden North

An inspiring environment

Lancaster has invested over £500m in its modern campus since 2003, with a further £400m planned in the next five years. The University has many award-winning buildings and a commitment to sustainability. From our student eco-residences to our new Health Innovation Campus, you will find inspiring architecture all around you.

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