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About the course
This course has been created as a direct response to the changing needs of architectural practise, to rethink the possibilities for the graduating architect and reimagine the relationships between professions. It sees value and unlimited potential in the multidisciplinary school in which it is situated.
The educational model is grounded with early real world experience and practical applications allowing creativity and imagination to flourish rather than be limited by it. It is focused on the craft of architecture, on the processes of designing, constructing and occupying buildings.
The course provides the breadth of knowledge required of the architectural discipline as a profession along with an increased focus on building science, business acumen and digital design and fabrication to give graduates the ability to make an immediate impact in practise. The course is taught by a diverse mix of international experts dedicated to student experience and growth.Curious about architectural education?
2018 Summer School
This summer, Architecture at Loughborough University will launch its inaugural Summer School – Food + Wood.
The international event will partner students from the course with students from Japan and Serbia to design and construct an apple store on campus. The workshop will use digital fabrication and innovative material research to drive the design and to fill the pavilion with ‘content’ - activities that can give the building a purpose and give back to the community and the University.View the flyer
High quality learning experience
We are committed to the provision of an exceptional educational experience with small cohorts of 40 to 60 students. Where many other architecture courses have increased their numbers, our approach is to focus on quality over quantity allowing for significant dialogue with tutors and excellent access to facilities.
The School’s exceptional resource support includes a dedicated workspace from day one within our open-plan studio spaces which allow for the cross-fertilisation of ideas between years and the formation of a lively, tight-knit creative culture for peer-to-peer support and learning. Further, every student will receive a Wacom tablet loaded with all the software to succeed on the course. The student experience is enhanced from practitioner engagement and contributions to the teaching delivery along with opportunities to participate in ‘live’ build projects.
Professional Accreditation - RIBA / ARB
We have recently been awarded Candidate Course Status* by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). An RIBA exploratory board visited us in early June 2018 and they praised the programme for the ethos, collegiality and enthusiasm of the staff, student experience, pedagogy, and the resource commitment of the University. This means the course is on the right track to meet the RIBA accreditation procedures.
We will continue to work with the RIBA so that we meet all required stipulations to achieve full accreditation in due course. When we receive accreditation it will be retrospectively applied to all students so the first graduates will finish their course with the appropriate accreditation. Accredited courses provide a fast-track to full chartered status and are often looked upon favourably by employers, thereby improving career prospects.
* Subject to confirmation by the RIBA Education Committee
Key course features
We have developed a number of key features that we feel collectively sets our course apart from others and creates a unique flavour of architectural education.
By developing a new course at this time we are in a strong position to address the recent RIBA recommendations enabling us to deliver an innovative course in terms of content, delivery, timeframe and structure.
We offer a BArch degree which brings the elements of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) together to allow our students’ creativity to flourish with a sound technical understanding.
Integrated placement year
Theory and practise
Early exposure to practise exploits the University’s long history of learning through production and practical implementation. The course is one of only two undergraduate architecture courses that require a placement year as part of the undergraduate education. The paid experience can count as RIBA’s Professional Practise Experience (PPE).
Collaborative over individual
The course stresses multidisciplinary learning with every year containing modules that are co-taught with students from other courses, providing opportunities to appreciate and engage with other school disciplines and broader design professions.
Education over assessment
The course will foster the opportunity for deeper learning and understanding of fundamental aspects of Architecture through year-long modules. This format reduces summative assessment and makes more efficient use of exam weeks.
Culture of making
Mind and hands
Taking advantage of our exceptional lab facilities and engineering expertise, students will be immersed in hands-on experiences that cultivate a deep understanding of materials, their properties and technical capabilities that inform the craft of architecture.
Evidence and intuition
Ranked 1st for Building research in the Times Good University Guide 2016, the cutting-edge knowledge that flows from this informs the content of the course. Students will learn from year one how to conduct evidence-based design as a way to underpin their design intuition.
Modules are coordinated with workshops that bring in leading practitioners and experts in other fields to provide intense learning experiences to enhance motivation, knowledge and skill development.
‘Live’ build projects
Design and Fabrication
Students will have the opportunity to construct their design ideas as ‘live’ projects on our large, evolving green campus and engage the wider local community members and organisations through such initiatives as the University’s Edible Campus project.
Study abroad opportunity
Here and there
The School has two existing exchange courses: ERASMUS and International with top international universities that will allow interested students to study abroad. New relationships have begun to emerge including Summer School opportunities.
Savvy over naïve
Practitioners often complain that graduates have poor business skills; this shortcoming strongly relates to one of the school’s core strengths focused on design, cost, time and value management.
Process and product
Design is about more than just form and imagery; identifying one’s own design process and designing for construction and occupation are key.
Rethink the possibilities
We have sought input from leading design practises to inform the content of the course. Their continued involvement in co-authoring and co-delivering the course is critical to the strength of the course.
The course is about introducing beauty into something that is inherently technical. Where architecture and engineering meet practise.Graham Morrison Allies and Morrison Architects
There is a problem in architecture with a lack of serious research – there is a lot of ‘bad’ science. Good research can be used as design evidence to sell architectural values.Alison Brooks Alison Brooks Architects
Professional practise module should not be about ‘contract administration’, but about ‘design leadership’Dale Sinclair AECOM
Graduates need to be able to ‘tune-in’ to people who will be using their buildings.Andy Mytom David Morley Architects
Our own building allows small cohorts to work across two levels of open plan studio space to allow the cross-fertilisation of ideas between years and the formation of a lively, tight-knit culture for peer-to-peer support and learning.
Other facilities include an analogue workshop for wood, metal and plastic and a digital fabrication lab equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines.
Keith Green Building
The devoted home to Architecture. Rather than treating the building as a finished object, it will be used as a ‘living’ lab – a tactile and interactive part of our teaching and research environment. For example, the fully glazed south west facade for the studio spaces will contain dynamic electro chromatic glazing. The tint level will respond to the amount of light detected by a number of sensors placed on the exterior of the building.
The W building will provide additional double-height studio and crit space. The building is currently being over-cladded and refurbished to allow for an open plan, well-lit studio environment.
An open green space in front of the Architecture building which will become a lively, interactive test ground for architectural interventions as it evolves as the place to ‘hang out’.
Sir Frank Gibb Laboratories
The School has over 3,000sqm of lab space spread across materials, geotechnics, structures, building energy, hydraulic engineering and more. The lab space is in the process of refurbishment to create a dedicated analogue workshop, a digital fabrication lab, a large double-height assembly space and mixed reality and robotics research lab (MR3L) all of which will allow students to test and explore ideas.
The university’s dedicated engineering facility full of state-of-the-art workshop, digital fabrication and computer laboratories.
A virtual reality dome shared across engineering.
Sir Frank Gibb Building
The building is the home of teaching and research for the School of Civil and Building Engineering, including for all the other courses within our school too.
The school owns several test homes where research is conducted with various monitoring technologies.
Portfolio Submission Guidance
Your portfolio is a significant part of the admissions process - while your grades signify your academic achievements, your portfolio displays your creative ability. For additional information on your portfolio submission please download the guidance.
There is no guarantee what questions you’ll be asked, but it may be helpful to consider:
- Why do you want to study architecture?
- Why do you want to study at Loughborough?
- What are some of the concepts behind the work in your portfolio?
- What is your favourite piece of contemporary and historic architecture?
- What questions do you have for us?
- Can you reflect on the strengths and ways to improve your work?