The Leeds School of Architecture operates within the School of Art, Architecture & Design at Leeds Beckett University. The school established itself in the early 1900's and continues to go from strength to strength providing an ideal environment for the development of critical and collaborative practices in architecture.
Based in the award-winning Broadcasting Place at our University’s city campus the school prides itself on providing an environment in which its students and professionals can work together and learn from one another.
The School delivers Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validated Part One (BA (Hons) Architecture), Part Two (Master of Architecture, MArch) and Part Three (Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice) courses. It offers also an undergraduate BA (Hons) Architectural Studies course for those who wish to pursue a career in related fields, a range of specialisms and research opportunities in the postgraduate MA Architecture, and the PhD in Architecture programme for those looking to develop a career in academia and research.
We aim to educate problem-raising, change-provoking professionals who advance and challenge the discipline. We promote and practice architecture as a cultural and critical act in society and in the physical environment; we support ambition, vision and courage. We study, teach, research and practice the complexity of the architectural disciplines and their multifaceted roles and responsibilities.
Our dynamic studio-based courses address, in different ways:
- the critical and creative role of the contemporary architect in relation to physical and social contexts.
- the specificity of the architectural discipline in relation to other spatial and creative practices
- the revitalisation and the sustainability of the urban environment.
- community participation and the pedagogy of ‘live projects’.
- the application of forms of digital fabrication and new technologies.
- the exploration of new media to reinvent the languages of architecture in multidisciplinary practices.
Studio work is supported by architectural context studies in the areas of history, contemporary criticism and social agency; building and digital technology studies which benefit from consultancy from advanced practice; professional studies that operate in connection with local practices and in osmosis with the school’s collaborative Project Office.
The Leeds School of Architecture prides itself on the experience and expertise of its teaching staff, its diverse and exciting studio spaces and equipment as well as its links to professional architectural practice. Its base within the School of Art Architecture & Design also encourages creative collaboration across other creative and design disciplines.