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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 winning 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
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 Jess Bryne-Daniel Mark Burgess Justin Burns Dennis Burr Catherine Burrage Jennifer Chalkley Jennifer Chen James Chinneck Ian Clare Helen Clarke Lucinda Clements Maxwell Clements Ian Collins Richard Colman Anja Connor-Crabb Helen Cross Freya Crowley-Bennett 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 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 Jenny Prendergast Professor 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 Liz Stirling Craig Stott Peter Suchin Raj Takhar George Themistokleous Dr Maria Theodorou Vernon Thomas Melissa Thompson Ian Truelove Petros Tsitnidis Nick Tyrer Gerasimos Vamvakidis Amanda Wanner Simon Warren Ellen Whitworth Aidan Winterburn Dr Francesco Zuddas
Broadcasting Place

Take a look inside our design studios and workshops

Our Facilities

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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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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

View the faculty’s latest Research & Enterprise Brochure.


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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A student setting up an exhibition

School news

World-renowned landscape architect gives free Leeds talk

A top figure in the renowned Dutch landscape design and interior architecture practice, Inside Outside, will share the secrets of her success with students and practitioners in Leeds.

Landscape architecture students celebrate the unsung heroes of the plant kingdom with RHS Chatsworth Flower Show garden

A team of landscape architecture students at Leeds Beckett University are among the first to showcase their innovative garden design at the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this summer.

April: Good News in Brief

A round-up of the latest news in April, from the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

School events

May 4

INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series: Jana Crepon

The final event in the INSIDE/OUT lecture series welcomes Jana Crepon from Dutch landscape practice Inside Outside.

Jun 3

School of Art, Architecture & Design - End of Year Show

The annual end of year show where students from the School will be showcasing their best work from their final year with us.

Jun 8

An Introduction to Landscape Architecture as a Career

To coincide with the 50 years of landscape at Leeds Beckett University we are hosting an event for careers professionals to find out more about landscape architecture as a career.

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