What Will You Study

Lancaster University is ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. Building on our institutional reputation for excellence, the BA (Hons) Architecture programme was a new course for 2020 and aims to be one of the UK’s leading destinations for aspiring architects.

Your degree

The degree is made up of a series of modules, which will cover:

  • Advanced digital design skills
  • Advanced building design
  • Building materials, sustainability and site context
  • Professional practice and employability

When you start your degree we'll assume no prior knowledge of Architecture, but that you do share our enthusiasm and passion for the subject. Alongside lectures, small group seminars and practical workshops you will have one-to-one tutorials and plenty of opportunity for hands-on work in the studio. You’ll get to know others on the course through project work and group work. Our teaching staff are architecture professionals, and much of the course work will be in the form of portfolios.

Lancaster University School of Architecture

You'll be joining our School of Architecture where we are exploring the future of architectural practice through experimentation and research into issues of global importance. You will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to be agile and ethical in your practice, and ready to meet the challenges posed by contemporary global problems such as climate emergency, work force automation, data security and the ageing population.

Our design studios and immediate surrounding environment provide space to reflect, debate and create. Lancaster’s green campus features woodland and ponds, and is situated close to the Lake District World Heritage Site. It is a perfect location from which to investigate the global climate emergency, and to test alternate means of working and living using the sustainable and lean construction methods and materials.

The School’s areas of interest are inspired from our unique geographic position on the edge of the industrial north of England yet surrounded by a wealth of natural beauty. We are also ideally positioned to use resources on campus such as the Ruskin Library, the Lancaster Environmental Centre, and the new Lancaster Health Innovation campus, and we are excited about the proposed second Eden Project which is due to open in nearby Morecambe in 2023.

There is further information about the School below.

Our facilities

As well as an individual working space in our studios, you'll use our workshops which provide facilities for model-making at various scales, encompassing hand tools and digital fabrication equipment including 3D printers and laser cutters. Digital facilities will include laser scanning, visualisation equipment and large-scale printing, as well as access to the full Adobe Creative Suite and other specialist software.

Preparing for a career in Architecture

Lancaster University places a strong emphasis on providing opportunities to gain the skills, experience and support that will enable you to fulfil your career ambitions, which is why our students are so successful at gaining professional level work after they graduate. While many students on this programme will wish to become an Architect, a degree in Architecture will also provide a platform to start a career in related jobs in the field such as urban design, planning, conservation, property developing and other design areas.

The Architecture course is designed to prepare you for the first stage of your professional career, with a strong understanding of building design and construction including the technical components and processes of realisation. This includes construction detailing, materials, specification and technological innovations in architectural technology.

Throughout the course, we aim to include site visits and field trips, as well as opportunities to meet and work with Architecture professionals.

Professional accreditation

The BA (Hons) Architecture is intended to be the first stage (Part I) of the three-stage process of professional qualification as an Architect in the UK. We are also planning to introduce a Master of Architecture programme, which would form the second stage (Part II). The University is seeking prescription of both courses by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and we expect this to be in place in 2020. This would be followed by validation by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). We anticipate that this will be confirmed after an RIBA validation visit during 2022/23, which will be the final year of study for our first cohort of undergraduate students. The third stage of the process of professional qualification is gaining professional experience.