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Architecture and Built Environment Facilities

Find out more about the facilities and equipment you can access at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment

Whatever your aspirations in architecture and built environment, you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios. Throughout your work, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to survey, visualise, model and take your ideas out of the Department and into the world around you.


Rapid Prototyping Room

Bring your design projects to life in our specialist Rapid Prototyping room. Housing over £250,000 worth of equipment, including a variety of computer-controlled 3D printers and flatbed precision laser cutters, you will be able to make parts for your projects and create scale colour prototypes. Our specialist technicians have over 20 years’ expertise, meaning you are excellently supported.

Modelling Workshop

Get hands-on with modelling your designs using our range of specialist equipment in this open access 9-5 workshop. After an induction, you will be able to use everything from the saws, sanders and drills to the vacuum form, hotwire benders, cutters and spray painting booths to create the perfect finish. Our specialist technicians are on hand at all times to supervise and offer their expertise to help you achieve your vision.

Building & Construction Materials Lab

Put your materials through their paces using our range of specialist materials testing equipment in our building and construction materials laboratory. With expert technicians on hand to help, you can use everything from our soil test apparatus, laser scanners and surveying equipment, to our house masonry rig, concrete testing apparatus and impact machine.

Architecture Studios

Unleash your creativity in our dedicated Architecture studios, accessible to Architecture and Interior Architecture students from all year groups to promote learning from other students. With plenty of space, facilities to bring your own computer and student work all around you, the studios have a great community feel. The studios are open around 8am - 10pm for unsupervised work.

Virtual Reality and Visualisation Studio

This facility enables advanced visualisation teaching, research and consultancy activities and is equipped with an active stereo projection-based system. Polarized glasses enable the viewing of 3D stereo images by groups of up to twenty people. The Studio has state of the art PCs where you can carry out research and visualisation activities.

The Zone

The Zone is a recently opened 24/7 light and airy open plan area popular with students undertaking group work or individual study. Based in the entrance from Northumberland Road to Ellison Building, it provides individual and group computer work stations with large screens to help students tackle their own work and group assignments comfortably.

The Hub

The Hub is a working space with computer stations and large round tables to facilitate individual working and group work. Based in the Sutherland Building, it is ideally located for breaks in lectures and seminars. The Hub provides hard copy reference materials, journals, periodicals, archive of past dissertations, photocopier, A1 plotter, project tables and break out areas. It can be accessed from 7am – 10pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on weekends.

Further Self Study Areas for Engineering & Environment Students

Pandon Basement and Studios

Recently refurbished, Pandon Basement is a 24/7 open access area with a range of computing facilities. Specialist studios with industry standard software including music technology, games, animation and green screen filming are also housed here. In addition there is a Go Café in the Basement and vending machines as well as soft seating so that students can take a break without needing to venture too far.

The Matrix

The Matrix is located on the ground floor of Pandon Building. Soft seating and interactive workstations make it an ideal place to relax or have a group discussion. The matrix can be accessed from 7am – 10pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on weekends.

The Space

The Space is an open plan area with individual computer work stations, soft seating and a meeting room to enable individual working and group discussions. Based on the third floor of Ellison Building E-Block, it is ideally located near Physics and Electrical Engineering teaching laboratories and our Think Physics, Think Engineering Outreach laboratory. The Space can be accessed from 7am – 10pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on weekends.


Architecture & Built Environment Courses

With a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning Architecture & Built Environment courses, whatever you want to get out of university, let us show you why you want Northumbria University, Newcastle!


Architecture & Built Environment Staff

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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Undergraduate Open Day Events

Looking to study in September 2019? Our Undergraduate Open Day Events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about our wide range of courses and world-class facilities.

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