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School of Art, Architecture & Design


Together we question and we solve problems

The Leeds Beckett School of Art, Architecture and Design, with a history that spans over 170 years, is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. We have an exciting and experimental approach to contemporary, creative practice – set in the heart of a culturally energised city. Our aim is to instil in you the confidence, curiosity and commitment to thrive at University and beyond, and to give you the freedom and independence to both think, and to make.

This is more than a School, it is a community of creators and collaborators; a community nurtured by our practicing academic staff, many of whom are researchers of national or international standing. This is a united, artistic family, pushing boundaries with a variety of courses and talent – from our unique Landscape Architecture course (recent graduates the Rich Brothers are the winners of two Chelsea Flower Show golds); to a series of Arts lectures featuring renowned practicing artists including the school’s own Senior Lecturer, Nathaniel Mellors; to innovative Art & Design modules, led by award wining artist-curator Peter Lewis.

Our School's principle of learning through theory and practice is enabled by deep and meaningful links with industry, community and the professions. These include prestigious partnerships with The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The British Art Show and engagements with influential developers such as Citu and Bruntwood.

Our advanced, state-of-the-art technical equipment, workshop support and studio spaces will allow you to immerse yourself in live design and development projects, supported by a team of experienced staff on hand to challenge, listen and encourage.

Because at the end of the day, our aim is to ensure the art, design and architecture we create is rooted in human relevance. No better example than the recent £700k lottery funded project, led by students and staff, to develop a new social hub, The New Wortley Community Centre, a project borne out of the school’s dynamic, ethical, RIBA accredited architectural consultancy, Project Office. A unique example of real-world learning and creating, preparing you for the cross-disciplinary nature of the working world.

Together we question and we solve problems. We embrace the traditions of what we do whilst adopting new technical advancements. And we help embed the skills that will make you the best you can be.

Our Academic Team
Carl Allport Ruwan Aluvihare Keith Andrews Dr Sean Ashton Kristyna Baczynski Ashley Ball Dr Kiff Bamford David Beckitt Lucy Bergman Dr Doreen Bernath Tom Bliss Chris Bloor Sally Booth Alyson Brien Jonny Briggs Robin Brinkworth Jessica BryneDaniel Mark Burgess Justin Burns Dennis Burr Catherine Burrage Jennifer Chalkley Wendy Mayfield Jennifer Chen James Chinneck KwangHo Chung Ian Clare Lucinda Clements Maxwell Clements Ian Collins Richard Colman Anja ConnorCrabb Helen Cross Freya CrowleyBennett Beth Dawson Sarah Dodsworth Jak Drinnan Andrew Du Feu Dr Alan Dunn Andrew Edwards Hannah Edyvean Peter Ellis Trudi Entwistle Laura Ettenfield Ian Fletcher Alex Gaites Joanna Geldard Dr Jill Gibbon Dr Mohamad Hafeda Ben Hall Jeannie Hamblett Joanne Hamill Dr Claire Hannibal Dr Chris Harris Marion Harrison Joanne Hassall Sarah Hegab Dr Caroline Hemingray Steven Heywood Graham Hibbert Katie Hill Dr Claire Hope Helen Humphrey Barry Jefcoate Dr Greig Johnson Ben Judd Juha Kaapa Dr Antigoni Katsakou Dr Konstantinos Kizis Edwin Knighton Katie Lenton Peter Lewis Christian Lloyd Joan Love John MacCleary Julie MacDermott Huren Marsh Michael Marston Angus Mcarthur Joanne McGonigal Nathaniel Mellors Sarah Mills Mark Moppett Lauren Moriarty Professor Simon Morris Liam Mouritz Sama Norman Kevin O'Brien Harold Offeh Emma Oldroyd Elisa Oliver Dr Clara Oloriz Sanjuan Dr Casey Orr John Orrell Giorgio Ponzo Daniel Powell Jennifer Prendergast Andrew Pye Raymond Quek Martyn Rainford Jose Ramirez Galindo John Regan Simon Ringe Hazel Robinson Nicholas Rose Chris Royffe Natalie Sarabia Dr Anne Schiffer Dr Geoffrey Seavers Amanda Sexton Maurice Shapero Richard Sharp Professor Alan Simson Dr Lisa Stansbie Ann Stewart Dr Elizabeth Stirling Professor Teresa Stoppani Craig Stott Peter Suchin George Themistokleous Dr Maria Theodorou Vernon Thomas Melissa Thompson Ian Truelove Petros Tsitnidis Nick Tyrer Gerasimos Vamvakidis Amanda Wanner Simon Warren Lynne Webster Ellen Whitworth Aidan Winterburn Dr Francesco Zuddas
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INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series

INSIDE/OUT offers a platform for internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. More information on the series. 


Leap: End of year show

The 2016 show 'Leap' took place between 3 - 10 June 2016
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Students in a landscape garden

Celebrating 50 years of landscape design at Leeds Beckett University

Landscape at 50

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Leeds Architecture Awards

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For Business

Project Office

The Project Office is an architecture consultancy that provides a full architectural service for business. It is a design and research collaboration of staff and students who have a commons interest in ethical, social and resilient architecture and design.

Research and Enterprise

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Further Information

For more information on the school and the courses offered you can also click on the link below:
Leeds School of Art, Architecture & Design

To find out more about the Leeds School of Architecture click on the link below:
Leeds School of Architecture



Our School in Pictures

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A art exhibition put together by our students
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An art student stood by his work
A student setting up an exhibition

School news

Leeds Beckett welcomes New Head of Architecture

Internationally-renowned architectural educator and historian, Professor Raymond Quek, has been appointed as the Head of the Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University.

Yorkshire-born Turner Prize-winner to give free public talk

Wakefield-born, Turner-Prize winning artist and musician, Martin Creed, will inspire the next generation of artists when he delivers a free public talk at Leeds Beckett University on Thursday 2 March.

Architecture students take part in educational expedition to Hamburg

A group of BA (Hons) Architecture students took part in an international visit to Hamburg, Europe’s largest inner city development area, last week.

School events

Mar 4

Performance & Uncertainty

An International Symposia programmed by Kiff Bamford & Harold Offeh.

Mar 7

Working with Children and Young People

Interested in a rewarding career, working with children and young people? Come along and speak directly to a range of organisations to find out about the opportunities available to students from any course. There will also be a session with Leeds Beckett graduates where they will be sharing their experiences of working in this field.

Mar 9

INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series: Erica Baum

Flying in from New York City, the American artist Erica Baum will be speaking about her celebrated art practice. This lecture is in association with the Laurence Sterne Trust who have made this visit possible by accommodating Baum as their artist-in-residence for one week in Shandy Hall, Coxwold, North Yorkshire.

Mar 21

Lines Are Not Design by Paul Hensey

An appreciation of detailing will improve design ability and delivering a scheme that is fit for purpose. This talk will illustrate that lines on a page do not always equate to design - it is enlightenment and not the devil that hides in the detail.

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