Architecture and Urban Planning

Loughborough University has a long history of excellence and influence in design and making, rooted in its earliest traditions of ‘learning through doing’ as Loughborough Technical Institute (1909).

Why choose Architecture and Urban Planning at Loughborough?

Our courses bring together best practice in education with practical experience, alongside the latest thinking and technologies in architecture and urban planning. Specialist subject expertise, practitioner-led teaching, and hands-on experiences develop architecture and urban planning graduates who can lead in their respective fields.

Why study Architecture at Loughborough

Meet our first ever Architecture cohort, and find out why they chose to study Architecture at Loughborough University.

Our architecture courses speak for themselves...

You'll have the chance to go on a professional placement year

Placement students will benefit from our full support in securing a placement that best suits their skills and professional aspirations.

Unlike many other architecture courses, our BArch course integrates the essential professional practice experience crucial to becoming a qualified architect directly within the course at the end of the second year. You will meet back with us through periodic workshops, so that you return to Loughborough even better equipped to deliver an outstanding final year portfolio.

Our Urban Planning course will include an optional placement year allowing you to gain essential practical experience and professional contacts to propel your career forward.

Our teaching is research focused

Our team of international experts bring their cutting-edge research, incorporating the latest digital, environmental, material and structural innovations, directly into the taught curriculum, and this is combined in the BArch Architecture degree with a thorough grounding in the histories and theories of architecture and urbanism, the arts and heritage.

Our Urban Planning course combines the research and teaching expertise of the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering with Geography and Environment. As such, the course will help you understand the interdisciplinary perspectives needed in developing strategies for urban change. In turn, you will also develop the innovative skills required for a future driven by digital and data informed planning.

We're always investing in new facilities

At over 3,000m2 our purpose-built, open-plan laboratory is one of the largest in the UK. It has been designed by our staff to maximise your practical learning opportunities and has benefitted from over £1 million in refurbishment and new equipment in the last five years, from traditional work-benches and hand-tools through to state-of-the-art robotic arms, laser cutters and brand-new digital fabrication and mixed-reality design suites.

The BArch Architecture course is based within its own building with two floors of open-plan studio space. Each student has an allocated workspace which allows cross-fertilisation of ideas between years for the formation of a lively, tight-knit creative culture.

Academic, technical and design staff are readily accessible to help develop a culture of continuous, informal learning and support outside of the scheduled timetable.

The facilities are fantastic, and the teaching is very creative and captivating. I love being able to use my imagination to create something tangible and interesting.

DeAndre BArch Architecture