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About Us

Our mission

To build on our teaching and research excellence in developing an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to researching and teaching all aspects of architecture, planning, urban design, digital architecture, urban conservation and landscape architecture.

The School is one of the largest and most dynamic schools of its kind in Europe. We are one of the few academic schools in the UK focusing exclusively on the built environment.

The broad emphasis of the School is on making and sustaining places which enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. From our analytical work on understanding contemporary places and place-making to our wide-ranging teaching in planning and design, the School forges new approaches to creating exciting synergies between education, practice and policy-making in the promotion of social cohesion, environmental sustainability and economic development.

You can find out more about the School by watching our School video, made by one of our students, and visiting our Facilities pages.


The School brings together the disciplines of:

  • Architecture
  • Town Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Digital Architecture
  • Urban Conservation

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which are accredited by and have recognition from:

As a design school we pride ourselves on the creativity of our staff and students. You can view examples of student work, and see images taken from teaching studios, in our Gallery.


Research is a core output of the School and our staff have excellent and expanding records in attracting research grants, an extensive range of local, national, European and international research contacts, and a track-record of research collaboration with institutions from around the world.

The School is home to some of the world’s leading researchers in their fields.


Engagement with professional practice and the wider world is an integral part of our teaching and we aim to have ‘research with impact’. Our staff and students are involved in a number of engagement activities.


Banner Image: Metis: Mark Dorrian + Adrian Hawker, Section, Northwich Cultural Centre (2009).