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Architecture students

About us

Explore our School of Architecture and Planning and meet our staff.

About our School Who we are
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Our research

Discover our major areas of research and scholarly activity.

Research and scholarly activity
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Student life

As an Architecture student, you will have the opportunity to learn abroad in Italy, or on field trips within the UK.

Life as a student architect
Student exhibition

Student work

Explore our end of year exhibitions and students' work, such as the Flex Pavilion building.

Explore students' projects 1:1 hands-on experience End-of-year exhibition
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How to apply

Visit our course pages to find out more about how to apply and entry requirements. If you have any questions about building your portfolio or the next steps in your application, email [email protected] for information.

A group of students in hi viz working on the 2021 Flex Pavilion on ARU's Chelmsford campus Watch our 2023 End of Year Virtual Show

End of Year Virtual Show 2023

Watch our 2023 End of Year Virtual Show for Architecture, Town Planning, and Architectural Technology.

The 2021 Architecture Pavilion, One Stroke One Oak See our 2021 Pavilion take shape

ARU Pavilion 2021: One Stroke One Oak

In 2021, the theme for our annual Pavilion project for first-year students was 'One Stroke One Oak'.

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Portfolio preparation

A portfolio is a well-organised and reflective collection of your best work as a designer, an artist or generally as a creative individual. Find out how you could make yours stand out.

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Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Our Architecture course has been awarded RIBA Part 1 Full Status, unconditionally. This gives further credibility to our degrees and offers greater career prospects to our students.

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Architects Registration Board

Our Architecture course is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board. When you complete our course you'll fulfil the first part of the three-part process to become a registered architect in the UK.

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Our Town Planning course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and provides two years' free student membership of the institute alongside a route to full Chartered status of the Institute attainable two years after graduation.