The LICA building

Architecture at Lancaster

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

Lancaster School of Architecture

“...We want students with a passion not only to become professionals but to be activists as well - to be the generation of architects who will fundamentally change the profession - we will give them the tools to do this...”

   - Ruth Dalton, Professor of Architecture

Lancaster University was named International University of the Year 2020 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide), and has a TEF Gold rating.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - International University of the Year 2020
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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 practiceaddressing 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 course booklet to find out more about studying architecture at Lancaster University

Meet the Staff

Professor Ruth Dalton

Professor Ruth Dalton

I am Professor of Architecture with experience in both architectural practice and research. My research interests are centred around the relationship between the spatial design of buildings and environments and their effect on how people understand and interact in those spaces. I am an expert in a method of spatial analysis known as space syntax, as well as research into how we experience architectural spaces and pedestrian movement/wayfinding. Above all, I am passionately interested in placing the user at the centre of architectural design.

Professor Nick Dunn

I am Chair of Urban Design and am interested in the future of cities, architecture, infrastructure, modelling and visualisation. I have written numerous books on architecture and urbanism, including model making and digital fabrication in architecture, and had my creative work exhibited across the UK, China, and the Ukraine. I am passionate about the role of architecture in shaping a better world for future generations. I am very excited to contribute towards the BA (Hons) Architecture course at Lancaster University.

Professor Nick Dunn
Des Fagan

Des Fagan

I am the Director of Architecture at Lancaster - my research interests are in future methods of practice. Prior to working in academia, I worked on several international award‐winning projects, including as Project Architect for the London Olympic Village and Glasgow Transport Museum for Zaha Hadid Architects, winner of European Museum of the Year. I also am currently director of a live architecture practice inside University that works with real clients across the UK.

Dr Ana Rute Costa

I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and see the world as a big house that we all need to look after; together we can make a change and contribute to a better-built environment. As an architect, researcher and academic I am interested in the relationship between people and architecture and understanding ways of conception, occupation, appropriation and interpretation of the built environment. Through my PhD and further research, I have developed an expertise on learning and teaching spaces and the relationship between Architecture and Education. If you'd like to know more about me please visit my website.

Dr Ana Rute Costa
Engineering building

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 £13million research project will include initiatives focused on architecture

As a top ten ranked institution, that is rated gold by the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, Lancaster has a proven track record for high-quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities, and the good careers our graduates attain.

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.

Eden North

Eden North

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

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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.

Architecture Courses


We anticipate launching a Masters of Architecture during 2020 with a first cohort of students starting in October 2021, subject to full validation by Lancaster University.

Professional accreditation

It is intended that the BA (Hons) Architecture will be the first stage (Part 1) of the three-stage process of professional qualification as an architect in the UK. The M.Arch. would be the second stage. The University is seeking prescription of both courses by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to be followed by recognition by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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