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What are the best universities for Architecture and Building?

24 Sep 2020 - Barni Homden

Architecture and Building graduates are always in high demand by employers worldwide, because no matter where you are based, there will always be a need to design and construct buildings. This makes these a degree in this field especially attractive for international students.

Kaplan works with fantastic universities in the UK and USA offering degrees related to Architecture. Below you’ll find our recommendations for the best universities for Architecture and Building.

So, what are the best universities for Architecture and Building in the UK?

The UK has many examples of innovative building and architecture, and is well known for pioneering infrastructure development. Thanks to this, Britain’s universities can offer students valuable insights into this highly practical discipline.

University of Brighton

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The seaside city of Brighton is home to some fantastic examples of architecture, such as the Grade I-listed Royal Pavilion, designed by 19th-century architect, John Nash. In fact, many of the city’s streets are lined with historic, grand houses built in a unique and beautiful style known as Regency period architecture.

The University of Brighton has a wide range of Architecture and Building-related degrees, such as Architecture, Building Surveying and Interior Architecture. It also has great rankings! The University ranks top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects in Building (Complete University Guide 2021), and top 15 in the UK for teaching effectiveness in the subject (Guardian University Guide 2021). This means you can be sure you’ll get a great education in Architecture and Building at the University of Brighton, and start your path to a fantastic career in a related field.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University also enjoys great rankings for Architecture and Building-related subjects. It ranks 6th in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2021). Study Architecture at Nottingham Trent, and you’ll be taught by experts in the field and can enjoy great career opportunities after graduation  — in fact, it ranks 17th in the UK for graduate prospects in the subject (Complete University Guide 2021).

At Nottingham Trent University, you can study subjects such as Architectural Technology, Architecture, and Building Surveying. You’ll have options at undergraduate and postgraduate level, so you’ll have plenty of choice at Nottingham Trent.

University of Liverpool

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Based in the vibrant and student-friendly city of Liverpool, the University of Liverpool is a great choice for students wishing to study a degree in Architecture. You’ll be surrounded by inspiration, as the city is home to iconic examples of architecture, such as the famous Liver Building, and the pretty Royal Albert Dock.

Perhaps this is why the University of Liverpool has such a great reputation for Architecture, ranking 6th in the UK for the subject (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). With Kaplan, you can study subjects such as Architectural Engineering and Architecture at this great institution.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham also runs a number of degrees related to Architecture, including Architectural Environment Engineering and Architecture & Environmental Design. These are available at both bachelor’s and master’s level.

The University of Nottingham is one of the top universities in the UK for Architecture and Building. Currently, it ranks 15th  in the subject (Complete University Guide 2021). It’s also home to some wonderful examples of the practice, from the 16th-century Wollaton Hall to the ancient Nottingham Castle!

University of Westminster

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Of course, if you’re looking for stunning examples of architecture and building, London may be your ideal study destination. It is home to many fantastic buildings by world-renowned architects, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Christopher Wren in the 17th century, and number 30 St Mary Axe, better known as the Gherkin, designed by one of the most famous modern-day architects, Norman Foster.

In the heart of the City, you’ll find the University of Westminster, which ranks 19th in the UK for Building (Complete University Guide 2021) and 29th for Architecture (Complete University Guide 2021). Kaplan students can study Architectural Technology, Architecture or Building Surveying degrees at Westminster.

UWE Bristol

Finally, UWE Bristol is also highly regarded in Architecture, ranking 12th nationally in the field (Guardian University Guide 2021). A wide range of related degrees are available at UWE, including Architectural Engineering and Architecture & Planning.

Meanwhile, the University also ranks 8th in the UK for Building (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). Apply through Kaplan and you could go on to a great career by studying Building Surveying at UWE.

Bristol isn’t only famous for its universities though: it’s also home to the iconic Clifton Suspension bridge, designed by the legendary  Engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Perhaps if you study Architectural Engineering or another Architecture-related subject, you could follow in his footsteps!

Best universities for Architecture in the USA

Universities in the USA offer well-regarded degrees in architecture.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) is a top US university. This great public university in sunny, metropolitan Phoenix is ranked #3 master’s degree in architecture in the USA (SR Education Group). Frank Lloyd Wright made his winter home in Arizona and ASU is surrounded by eclectic buildings that bear his design influence, including Gammage Memorial Auditorium on the Tempe campus. The university has also been named number 1 in the USA for innovation an impressive 6 years in a row (U.S. News 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016).

With Kaplan, you can apply to a number of exciting architecture degrees at ASU. These include Architectural Studies, Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture, Energy Performance/Climate Responsive Architecture, and Interior Architecture.

How to enter a UK or US university

If you would like to study a degree in Architecture or Building in the UK or USA, Kaplan can help. We offer university preparation courses that can help you can access to a degree at any of these top universities. Click on our handy degree finder to find Architecture and Building degrees in the UK and USA.

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