The Bartlett School of Architecture Undergraduate Guide 2022/23

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Undergraduate Guide 2022–23

2 Introduction

8 Life at The Bartlett School of Architecture

14 Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

18 Architecture MSci (ARB Part 1 & 2)

22 Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc

26 Engineering & Architectural Design MEng

31 How to Apply

36 Your Portfolio

38 Visiting Us

Undergraduate Guide 2022–23


We’re a world-renowned architecture school with a long tradition of innovation and creativity. Our name stands for provocative ideas, boundary-pushing research and leading graduates. The Bartlett is part of UCL, a top-ranking university for both teaching and research, where architecture has been taught since 1841.


Undergraduate Guide 2022–23

The Bartlett has been voted the best place to study and research architecture in the UK by the QS World Rankings 2021. The school has also been voted the best school of architecture in the UK for seventeen consecutive years by the Architects’ Journal AJ100 and boasts more RIBA medal winners amongst its graduates than any other institution.


Undergraduate Guide 2022–23

We teach over 400 undergraduate students across two state-of-the-art spaces – 22 Gordon Street in Bloomsbury, central London and UCL at Here East in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Our undergraduate degrees attract students from all over the world, who have the creativity, skills and drive to design, shape and engineer the built environment of the future.


Undergraduate Guide 2022–23

Life at The Bartlett World-class facilities With two London sites – 22 Gordon Street in Bloomsbury and Here East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – we work with students in environments that encourage and facilitate innovation. B-made, The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, offers students a combination of workshop facilities and expertise unrivalled in London, whilst at Here East there’s the space, technology and expertise to test ideas and learn in an interdisciplinary environment. Boundary-pushing lectures Each year, leaders in architecture and related industries share their practice and expertise as part of The Bartlett’s International Lecture Series. Other regular events include Prospectives, a History and Theory lecture series. We also host many one-off lectures, conferences and open crit sessions throughout the year.


In London The school is part of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, a world-leading university based in the heart of London. Our students enjoy The Bartlett’s specialist environment alongside libraries, sports facilities, bars and cafés befitting a university of UCL’s size and prestige. Across all four degrees, we encourage our students to engage with London as an environment and a cultural melting pot. The school is within walking distance of some of the UK’s flagship cultural institutions, including the British Museum and the British Library.


Undergraduate Guide 2022–23

Big exhibitions Our annual exhibitions of student work are famous around the world. In 2020, we launched an innovative new digital platform for our exhibitions, It has received several accolades at website design competitions, including Archiboo (shortlisted), Favourite Website Awards and Awwwards.

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Undergraduate Guide 2022–23

“The Bartlett is more than an architecture school. It’s a place of abundant creativity, constant change and thought-provoking critique. Our work is part of a global network, engaging with architectural discourse and disciplines on many levels.” Professor Bob Sheil, Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture

Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1) Take a unique approach to the built environment and design with Architecture BSc at The Bartlett – a degree world-renowed for both creativity and rigour About the programme This programme teaches students the skills to practise architecture and an understanding of how to use those skills imaginatively in different contexts.

Programme Directors Luke Pearson and Ana Monrabal-Cook Duration Taught over three years, full time. Entry requirements AAB with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.

Highlights → Learn the skills to practise architecture, exchanging ideas with world-leading practitioners and academics → Work in state-of-the-art bespoke facilities – our studios and workshops are designed for creative flexibility and idea generation → Take part in the UK’s biggest student architecture exhibition, The Bartlett Summer Show.

Professionally Accredited

As an architecture student at The Bartlett School of Architecture, your time will be spent in both the studio and the workshop, with approximately 70% of the programme taught and assessed through your design portfolio. Design teaching is delivered by leading practitioners, specialists and academics in small groups or on a one-to-one tutorial basis with weekly review sessions. Architecture at The Bartlett introduces you to the wider societal forces that affect architectural production, stressing the indivisibility of the architectural, cultural, professional and technological realms. Alongside design teaching, our students take core modules in technology, history and theory, and professional studies.


Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

Accreditation This programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Students who successfully complete the programme are exempt from Part 1 of the ARB/RIBA examinations. Careers Our graduates benefit from excellent employment opportunities. Destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices.

Many of our graduates continue with their training to become registered architects by taking a year out in an architect’s office in the UK or overseas, before applying for their Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2). Some architecture graduates also use their highly transferable skills in other designrelated fields, such as film-making, web design, game development, illustration and visualisation. Contact Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush Admissions Tutor: Manolis Stavrakakis

“Studying at The Bartlett is rigorous and rewarding for students with confidence, grit and curiosity.” Annabelle Tan Kai Lin, 2019 Architecture Graduate

Previous: ‘Save the Ice’ by Ernest Chin. Top right: ‘Arab League Headquarters’ by Heather Black. Botttom right: ‘Florida Peak’ by Heba Mohsen.


Architecture MSci (ARB Part 1 & 2) Develop real-world knowledge and practice alongside sophisticated design research and skills with our five-year integrated degree

Duration Taught over five years full time, with a final year on placement. Entry requirements AAB with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.

About the programme Architecture MSci integrates the development of architectural design skills with an understanding of the complex social and technical environments in which buildings are produced. The programme guides students to become architects who are expert researchers and are both the initiators of building designs and effective members of the building team.

Highlights → Work closely with world-class academic tutors and practitioners to explore and research design and construction issues that shape today’s built environment → Integrate the development of architectural design skills with an understanding of social and technical environments → Learn about architectural practice firsthand during an architectural placement.

This design-based degree combines undergraduate and postgraduate architecture and is structured around four years of consecutive study and a final year on placement. In the first four years, students explore the most pressing design and construction challenges facing the built environment, learning how to incorporate specialist disciplinary information with creative sophisticated designs, in response to an annual theme.

Programme Director Sara Shafiei

Professionally Accredited


Architecture MSci (ARB Part 1 & 2)

The final year of the programme is spent on placement or, if unavailable, students have the option to join the final year of the school’s Architecture MArch programme. Students choosing to exit the programme at the end of Year 3 can obtain Architecture and Practice BSc (ARB Part 1). Accreditation Architecture MSci is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Students who successfully complete the programme are exempt from Part 1 and Part 2 of the ARB examinations.

Careers The structure of Architecture MSci encourages close ties with practice from day one, whilst the final-year placement gives students the opportunity to develop real-world experience, build their professional network and knowledge of the industry, and potentially accelerate their earning power. Contact Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush Programme Director: Sara Shafiei

“We’re proud to be taking a fresh, innovative and groundbreaking approach to training tomorrow’s architects and responding to the need for alternative routes to registration.”  Sara Shafiei, Programme Director

Previous: ‘Light Formulating My Halls of Residence’ by Salyme Gunsaya. Top right: ‘Choreography of Environmental Occupation’ by Toby Prest. Bottom right: ‘A Social Respiratory System’ by Toby Prest. All student work by current first year Architecture MSci students.


Architectural &  Interdisciplinary Studies BSc Combine the study of architecture with complementary modules from across UCL to create a bespoke degree About the programme This programme is unique in the UK, allowing you to tailor your own degree by taking modules at The Bartlett School of Architecture alongside modules from across UCL, including Anthropology, Art History, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, and Mathematics, to name just a few recent choices.

Programme Director Elizabeth Dow Duration Taught over three years, full time, with a four-year option offering a study abroad year. Entry requirements AAB with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.

Highlights → Learn key architectural ideas and spatial strategies at a world-leading architecture school, working in state-of-the-art, bespoke facilities → Tailor your degree to your own fields of interest and take modules from across UCL, nurturing an individually focused skillset → Take part in the UK’s biggest student architecture exhibition, The Bartlett Summer Show.

The greatest strength of the programme is its interdisciplinary nature. As such, Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies is ideal for highly motivated, independent students who are interested in architecture, design, and urban studies, but who also wish to take advantage of electives on offer elsewhere in UCL. Our students enjoy being part of a select and close-knit community, led by dedicated staff, many of whom are working practitioners in their fields.


Architectural &  Interdisciplinary Studies BSc

Careers Graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities and pursue careers in the fields of art, journalism, set and theatre design, film, media, and curatorship, as well as related fields such as environmental and urban planning or project management.

Contact Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush Programme Director: Elizabeth Dow

Please note, this programme is not professionally accredited nor seeking professional accreditation.

“ This programme gives students unique freedom. I really enjoyed how intellectually demanding The Bartlett was from day one.” Alexia Koch, Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies student, 2020

Previous: ‘Turning Inwards’ by Eleanora Levis. Top right: ‘Auditory Strata’ by Tyler Ebaiya & Rosy Todd. Bottom right: ‘Drawing a Landscape of Conjecture’ by Henri Khoo.


Engineering & Architectural Design MEng Fuse architectural knowledge and vision with a robust understanding of engineering for the built environment About the programme Designed in close collaboration with industry leaders, this programme combines the major disciplines of the built environment, architecture and engineering, to prepare future industry leaders.

Programme Director Luke Olsen Duration Taught over four years, full time Entry requirements AAB with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.

Highlights → Develop the skills to discover and grow your unique architectural and engineering vision → Imagine, evolve, simulate and test your designs, both in the design studio and the lab → Learn how to apply advanced virtual tools and physical 3D printing to produce and test prototype designs that transform your ideas into reality → Master leading software tools used across the global engineering and architectural industry. Seeking Professional Accreditation

Placing creativity and design at the centre of engineering education, this multidisciplinary programme gives you the chance to understand and develop advanced architectural design methodologies whilst becoming an expert in how they are augmented and resolved through engineering. As a student on this programme, you’ll enjoy unrivalled spaces to work in, including new facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as centrally located departments in Bloomsbury.


Engineering & Architectural Design MEng

Accreditation This programme is designed to meet Engineering Council Requirements at MEng level and Architecture prescription at degree level. It has been awarded provisional accreditation for Chartered Engineers (CEng) by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The school is actively seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineering (CIBSE), the Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 1 and validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Careers The programme equips graduates with the creative engineering and architectural design skills and critical faculties that are key to solving the complex challenges of the built environment. Contact Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush Programme Director: Luke Olsen

The “  programme reaches into subjects far beyond my first impressions of architecture. There is a space for everyone’s interests to be nurtured - you just need to find your own balance within it.” Kaia Wells, Engineering & Architectural Design MEng student, 2020

Previous: ‘Celebration of Rain’ by Leo Kauntz Moderini & Ralf Saade. Top right: ‘Storey’s Gardens, the Flowering Symbiote of Thorney Island and the Inhabitable Wall’ by Praefah (Muse) Praditbatuga. Bottom right: ‘Terracotta Research Facility’ by Leo Kauntz Moderini.


How to Apply

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Decide which programme you would like to study This booklet is just the start. Visit our website, join us for an open day or take a look at our schedule of public events online. Make sure you understand the entry requirements and are likely to meet them You’ll find the typical entry requirements detailed in this booklet, but you can find more details online. Complete your UCAS application before the deadline Places on our programmes are in high demand, so make sure you get your UCAS application in on time. → The deadline for 2022 entry is 15 January 2022


Get ready to share your work with us If you meet the UCAS deadline and are judged to meet the entry requirements, our admissions team will invite you to share your work with us in one of the following two ways: → For Architecture BSc and MSci You’ll be invited to submit an assessment task, responding to a brief. The brief for this task changes every year, and we’re looking for a quick, creative and spontaneous response.


→ For Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc and Engineering & Architectural Design MEng You’ll be invited to upload a small portfolio of up to ten images of your creative work to the UCL Applicant Portal page. Your submission will be assessed and if you’re successful you’ll be invited for an interview.


Your interview Interviews at The Bartlett are our opportunity to get to know you, your work and why you want to study with us, but also your chance to get to know the school. You’ll have a chance to tour our studios, meet current students and discuss the programme with tutors. If you’re invited for interview, you’ll be asked to provide a short personal statement, which summarises why you’d like to study architecture with us. You will also be asked to prepare your portfolio of creative and original work.


Await a decision Decisions will be made as soon as possible after your interview, however at certain points in the year the decision may take longer due to the high volume of applications we receive.


Your Portfolio What is a portfolio? A portfolio is a collection of work that showcases your skills, personality and creative potential. It should illustrate your passions and obsessions, as well as your ability to research and develop ideas using different materials, themes and techniques. What makes a good portfolio? Whether you are preparing ten items to upload or a physical portfolio to present to us, we are interested in seeing your ability to think creatively, intellectually and three-dimensionally, and to draw and utilise a range of different media. Your work should allow us to see how you start with an idea and develop it. What should I include? You might want to include sketchbooks, drawings, collages, photography, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, models, films, soundscapes, graphic design, product design, fashion design or even creative writing. We particularly like to see work completed outside of A-level, IB or GCSE coursework, which might include work from summer schools, internships or your hobbies.


If you’re attending an interview in person, try to bring original work. For digital portfolios it’s important to scan or photograph your work at a high resolution, so the qualities of the pieces are not lost. How many pieces should my portfolio include? Unlike other schools, we don’t prescribe how many items to include in your portfolio, nor the medium of the work. Instead we ask you to present a selection of no more than 20 pieces of original work that show the very best of your creative ability, at least some of which demonstrate your ability to draw and make. Can I present process work? We don’t want to only see finished pieces. Show us how you work through ideas and include the process, from your initial inspiration and sketches, failed attempts and where your ideas have most recently progressed to. Please do not send or upload a portfolio to the school when you first apply. Our admissions team will contact you with an invitation to share your work, if you meet our entry requirements.


Visiting Us We run a dynamic programme of events, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year, many of which are open to the public and of interest to prospective students. Open Days This year, the school will be running virtual open days for prospective students in the summer and autumn terms as part of UCL-wide Open Days. Lectures In 2020–21, we are running many public online events, including our International Lecture Series in a brand new format. Check our website to find out the latest events we have planned; many of them are free. Exhibitions Each summer, autumn and winter we host major exhibitions of architectural student work, which attract thousands of visitors a year. In 2020, The Bartlett launched a new and innovative online space for its exhibitions, including The Summer Show. Visitors can experience our student work in a new way by visiting Our shows are an excellent way to discover more about the school’s unique philosophy and ethos.


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