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Your life in the School 

Our vibrant and diverse community of staff and students are enthusiastic about using their architectural talent and knowledge to make a positive difference in the world.

We foster a culture of creativity that includes drawing and making within the School.

You'll learn through a combination of taught courses, lectures, seminars and workshops, and further develop your professional and creative skills in a series of architectural design research units.

Your learning experience

We provide a dynamic research-driven and project-based learning environment and engage with diverse modes of architectural production, communication and practice.

Taught lectures

Lectures support research units providing insights into key concepts, methods and theories that inform design work.


Develop your creative skills with workshops that focus on digital as well as traditional fabrication and representation methods and techniques.


Review sessions allow you to present your ideas to your peers, academics, and external practitioners for feedback on design projects.

Public lectures

Gain an advanced understanding of contemporary challenges and opportunities from internationally-renowned practitioners invited to speak at the student-led public lecture series.

Field classes


Benefit from practical experiences by engaging in field classes, studying architecture on context and connecting with external parties. 

Learn more about field classes

Community engagement

Take advantage of opportunities to engage with the local community and better understand the relationship between community and architecture. 

Design research units

Benefit from specialised design research units, based on collaboration between academic experts and practice-based tutors. 

Develop expertise in a range of subjects related to our research area of "urban living", including place-making, urban regeneration, retrofit and building adaptation, community empowerment, mapping cities and places, and collaborative design.

Work experience

You'll have the opportunity to apply for a period of credit-bearing work experience during your studies. Our well-established links with both the architecture profession and the wider built environment sector will help you expand your professional skills and knowledge. 

You may also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, engaging with various teaching and learning styles of studio architecture with our undergraduate cohorts.

Our facilities

The heart of the School of Architecture is on our London Road campus in a redesigned and refitted character building, re-purposing an old library. 

You'll have access to dedicated studio facilities available seven days-a-week. 

You can also utilise other facilities within the School of Built Environment on our main Whiteknights campus, including digital environments. 

Take a virtual tour of the School of Architecture in 360 degrees

Tools and workshops

Experiment with our range of advanced digital technologies including 3D printing, laser-cutting and immersive virtual reality environments. 

We also offer workshops and activities in other areas such as life drawing, model and architectural photography, as well as casting in concrete and plaster.

How we support you

The University of Reading offers a range of support and development services to ensure you reach your full potential while you study.

End of year show

Showcase your project and design work to industry at our End of year show.

This annual event provides excellent networking opportunities and assists in securing work experience, placements, or jobs after graduation.

Life on campus

Our main Whiteknights campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, only a short walk or bus ride away from our London Road campus. The campus is a thriving community and features the Students' Union, Library and places to eat.
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