Architectureat Loughborough

Undergraduate study


at Loughborough University


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.

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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.

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High quality learning experience

WACOM tablet being used

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.

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.

Student work

The images shown are sample student work from our first year students.

Our facilities

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 Annex

W 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’.

The Factory

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.


S Building

A virtual reality dome shared across engineering.

Sir Frank Gibb Building

The building is the home of teaching and research for the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, including for all the other courses within our school too.

Test Houses

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.

Interview 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?