School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

About Us

About Us

The School is one of the few in the UK focusing exclusively on the built environment.

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Our School

A decade ago, the world’s population reached a tipping point where more people now live in cities than in rural areas. As this trend accelerates, it's vital for societies to engage with all aspects of the production of designed environments. We need to further appreciate how they’re imagined, planned, modelled, drawn, constructed, inhabited, and conserved. We need to address how they allocate, consume, and generate resources. And we need to understand better how they produce communities, cultures, ideologies, and inequalities. Knowledge about designed environments can often be separated into disconnected professions with specialised languages and habits. In contrast, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University both addresses our professions and works across and beyond them. Our internationally renowned experts pursue methods ranging across the social sciences, humanities, creative practice, and engineering to achieve the latest insights. We work across Europe and the globe, inspired by our place in the North East of England.

As a member of the UK’s Russell Group of leading research intensive Universities, we engage in research-led education. We want to equip our students not just for their first day in work but to lead in the professions they will retire from. We believe knowledge to be a collective cultural endeavour which is best realised through a dynamic approach to research and education, developed through an ongoing process of research-driven inquiry in which staff and students are both participants. We aim to deeply engage students in their education as critical and creative thinkers, rigorously challenging and empowering them, supporting them to stay ahead of a changing world. 

Teaching and research

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes which have been devised by some of the leading researchers in their fields. Our academics have written a number of core teaching textbooks used around the UK.

Our teaching programmes are accredited by and have recognition from:

Our Research is ranked 4th in the UK for intensity and power in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).

In both teaching and research, we strive for 'excellence with impact'. Both strands of our work are influenced by each other. We place emphasis on working in partnership with people, communities and organisations outside academia.

As a design school, we pride ourselves on the creativity of our staff and students. You can view examples of student work in our gallery.