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Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

  • A QS World top 200 ranked department (2017).
  • Ranked 3rd for Architecture and 8th for Building (including Quantity and Building Surveying) among the Modern Universities in the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • Our programmes in Architecture and Real Estate have achieved over 90% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Ranked 23rd in the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework 2014, UoA16), with nearly half of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Successfully awarded funding for a wide variety of projects in areas ranging from social housing, hot lime technology and material erosion, through to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. We actively engage with industry, professional institutions and UK/overseas bodies and research networks, including Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), The Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) and the Conseil International du Bâtiment (CIB).
  • Extensive professional body accreditations including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Architects Registration Board (ARB), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
  • Architecture is ranked top in the North East for sustained employment, both one and three years after graduation. Northumbria is also the highest ranking university in the North East for both male and female earnings in Architecture, Building & Planning one year, three years and five years after graduation.
  • Northumbria's Building Pathway (JACS K2), which covers Built Environment disciplines, has one of the highest percentages of graduate leavers obtaining professional employment (Times Destination Survey 2016).
  • Developed successful and long-standing relationships with international partner educational institutions, ensuring we attract undergraduate and postgraduate students from around the world including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In addition, we offer an MSc Real Estate (International) course.
  • Currently investing in new state-of-the-art architecture studios, designed by Page and Park Architects, who have won over 150 national and international design awards. An extension of Northumbria’s historic 18th century Sutherland Building, which is the home to the Built Environment, the new studios will open in early 2019, providing World-class facilites for staff and students from the School of Architecture.
  • A growing reputation for ‘Live Projects’ (student/industry collaborations) within Architecture, including the recent Land of Oak and Iron Centre in Gateshead and the Angel of the North Visitors Centre, which is soon to be built.
  • Our academics are key founders of the Times Higher Education (2017) “most innovative Business-University collaboration” award-winning BIM Academy Enterprises (Ltd), a unique joint venture with Ryder Architecture Ltd for construction digital services with commissions in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Far East and Australasia. Its high-profile projects include the Sydney Opera House and the M+ Museum in Kowloon, Hong Kong.


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Our Architecture & Built Environment students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our Architecture & Built Environment courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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