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
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.
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
View the faculty’s latest Research & Enterprise Brochure.
Leeds School of Art, Architecture & Design
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Our School in Pictures
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.
Performance & Uncertainty
An International Symposia programmed by Kiff Bamford & Harold Offeh.
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.
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.
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.