Top Architecture Universities in the UK

Usually, we rank architecture universities depending on how difficult the admission standards are, on how much it costs or how old the school is. But are these factors really important? We are proposing a top of the UK Architecture Universities based on how original the outcome projects are and how innovative the architectural approach suggested by the teaching staff is.

  1. Architectural Association School of Architecture

It has been a real struggle to choose between the Architectural Association and the Bartlett as our top school. It may seem cliché or to convenient to choose it as our top school, but let’s be honest – the AA is one the most unique architectural schools in the world. From the basic studios, which emphasize material research, new digital approaches and unconventional themes, to the more famous studios such as the AA – DRL (Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory), which is the ultimate trend setter design speaking, the AA is for sure the best school if you want to spread your wings as an architecture student and go beyond conventional architectural paradigms. Additionally, the AA Workshops and Visiting Workshops throughout the world are definitely the best choices to learn new form finding techniques.

Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain, Sebastian Andia, Thomas T. Jensen

Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain, Sebastian Andia, Thomas T. Jensen

  1. The Bartlett

The Bartlett has become a “go to” source when trying to find new architectural styles. The famous Architecture Research Group have heavily impacted the school trend and the Bartlett is now famous for the interdisciplinary project approach, which guarantees new and unconventional mannerism in architecture. The Bartlett also hosts a multitude of workshops, which propose out-of-school activities in order to better students from various other universities as well. If you are a fan of digital research and ultra-contemporary design, the Bartlett is a safe choice for you.

Courtesy of Sara Shafiei

Courtesy of Sara Shafiei

  1. Royal College of Art

As the name suggests, this university has a more artistic approach, which we found to be highly needed in the present architectural scene. However, it would be an error to consider the works developed in the Royal College of Art as highly conceptual or unrealistic – the university has one of the best series of manufacturing workshops, focusing on the actual physical modelling of objects, which aids its students to become familiar with various materials, a much needed element in order to develop good design.

Courtesy of RenJie Huang

Courtesy of RenJie Huang

  1. University of Sheffield

Architects are nowadays faced with the question: can you become a household name in this area if you are not a good entrepreneur? Possibly, but it is highly difficult. This is why the University of Sheffield proposes, alongside traditional architectural courses, to teach its students political, social, and business classes, which architects rarely learn early on. This offers its students obvious advantages in front of other graduates, and enables them to become self-sufficient instead of being dependent on big architecture firms to create a name for themselves.

Courtesy of University of Sheffield

Courtesy of University of Sheffield

  1. Cambridge University

With a long-standing tradition in Architecture, the Cambridge University focuses on something contemporary architects tend to forget as an important factor in design: urban contextualization. Paired with emphasis on sustainable building, manual labor and digital research, the Cambridge University offers a versatile and complete methodology.

Courtesy of Isabel Perry

Courtesy of Isabel Perry

  1. London Metropolitan University

The skill that is developed in a unique manner in this University is the writing one. Heavily focusing on the manner in which students develop their brief and research for their projects, we recommend the The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design within the London Metropolitan University as a school to attend if you passionate in the field of architectural press.

Courtesy of Themba Mtwazi

Courtesy of Themba Mtwazi

  1. Glasgow School of Art

Famous for the MacMag magazine, written for students, by students, the faculty of architecture of the Glasgow School of Art particularizes itself by the projects assigned to students – from realistic, site-assigned themes to competition themes, the approach varies and develops in a multi oriented manner.

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  1. Kingston University

With a hands-on approach, marked by the motto “thinking through making”, the Kingston University is a school that heavily relies on the importance of manual work, which offers a different towards form and material than digital modelling.

Courtesy of Kingston University

Courtesy of Kingston University

 

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