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The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Undergraduate Guide 2019–20

Undergraduate Guide 2019–20


Introduction 5

Life at The Bartlett School of Architecture 6

Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1) 8

Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc 10

Engineering & Architectural Design MEng 12

The Bartlett Summer School 14

How to Apply 16

Visiting Us

Clockwise from top left: putting the final finishes on the Year 1 area of The Bartlett Summer Show, admiring work displayed at Open Crits, in the studio and laying the ground for visitors to the UG9 unit area of The Bartlett Summer Show.

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Introduction 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 for over 175 years. The school has been voted the best school of architecture in the UK for fifteen consecutive years by the Architects' Journal AJ100 and is currently ranked second in the world in the international QS World University Rankings by subject. 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 three undergraduate degrees attract students from all over the world, all with the creativity, skills and drive to design, shape and engineer the built environment of the future.


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Clockwise from top left: Taking in The Bartlett Summer Show, UCL at Here East, 22 Gordon Street and receiving feedback from industry during crits.

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Life at The Bartlett School of Architecture World-class facilities With two London sites – 22 Gordon Street in Bloomsbury and Here East at The 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 and learn in an interdisciplinary environment. Big exhibitions Our annual exhibitions of student work are famous around the world. Our yearly Summer Show, in which all three undergraduate degrees exhibit, is the biggest of its kind in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors each year. We also host medium and micro exhibitions of student and professional work throughout the year.

Boundary-pushing lectures A roster of international industry leaders lecture at The Bartlett throughout the autumn and spring as part of our International Lecture Series. Currently the school also hosts an interdisciplinary event series, Constructing Realities, an Architectural History series, Situating Architecture and a number of one-off lectures 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 three degrees, we encourage our students to engage with London as an environment and a cultural melting pot. The Bartlett School of Architecture is within walking distance of some of the UK’s flagship cultural institutions, including the British Museum and the British Library.


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Architecture BSc ( ARB/RIBA Part 1)

Professionally Accredited

Programme Directors: Matthew Butcher & Mollie Claypool


Take a unique approach to the built environment and design with architecture at The Bartlett – a world-renowned degree for both creativity and rigour

Taught over three years, full time Typical Entry Requirements are AAB with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage

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. 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 which 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.

Highlights → Learn the skills to practise architecture, exchanging ideas with students from across the globe as well as leading practitioners and academics → Work in state-of-the-art bespoke facilities – both 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. 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 design-related fields, such as film-making, website design and furniture design. Contact Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush Admissions Tutor: Manolis Stavrakakis

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“It’s   the fearlessness and sheer determination of the students, motivated by the school’s eagerness to question preconceptions, that makes The Bartlett so unique.” Rory Noble-Turner, Architecture BSc student, 2017


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Architectural & I nterdisciplinary Studies BSc Programme Director: Elizabeth Dow


Combine the study of architecture with complementary modules from across UCL to create a bespoke degree

Taught over three years, full time, with a four-year option offering a study year abroad Typical Entry Requirements are AAB with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage

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, popular choices. The greatest strength of the programme is its interdisciplinary nature. As such, the course 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.

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 → Enjoy the opportunity to study abroad for a year, further developing your interdisciplinary skillset → Take part in the UK’s biggest student architecture exhibition, The Bartlett Summer Show. 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

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“I  have been able to draw together a wide range of disciplines that have informed one another and enriched my creative practice.” Natalie Newsome, Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc student, 2017

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E   ngineering & Architectural Design MEng

Seeking Professional Accreditation

Programme Director: Luke Olsen


Combine architectural knowledge and vision with a robust understanding of engineering for the built environment

Taught over four years, full time Typical Entry Requirements are AAA with no specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of relevant work required at interview stage

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. Placing creativity and design at the centre of engineering education, this multidisciplinary programme gives you the chance to understand and develop advanced 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.

This programme is a pioneering collaboration between three UCL departments: The Bartlett School of Architecture, The Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) and The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)

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. Accreditation This programme is designed to meet Engineering Council MEng and Architecture degree-level requirements. We are also actively seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM, which includes IStructE and ICE), the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Architects Registration Board (RIBA/ARB) Part 1 exemption. 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

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“Historically,   architecture and engineering skills were indivisible – entirely symbiotic. UCL’s new venture at Here East recognises that what are now commonly regarded as separate disciplines can in fact be brought back together, under one roof, within a unified academic course.” Norman Foster


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The Bartlett Summer School Programme Director: Sabine Storp


Explore imaginative thinking, drawing and construction in our outstanding workshops and studios with our introductory-level short course.

Taught over two or four weeks during summer Open to applicants aged 16–18

About the programme The Bartlett Summer School is ideal for students looking to bridge the gap between school and university and bolster their understanding of architecture school. Each summer we welcome students from around the world to work with our esteemed tutors and experience The Bartlett’s studios, workshops and our unique approach to design from the inside. The summer school is taught through a series of small group and individual tutorials over a period of either two or four weeks, finishing with a joint one-day exhibition of work. All students will have the opportunity to develop their imaginative thinking and their understanding of speculative design and construction, whilst students on the four-week programme will also have the opportunity to start to put their new skills into use in and around London, developing their own style and approach. The Bartlett Summer Studio For students over 18 who are already studying architecture or a related discipline, we also offer The Bartlett Summer Studio, which offers the chance to refine skills and build a substantial portfolio. Search Bartlett Summer Studio for more information.

Highlights → Experience life at a world-leading architecture school from the inside → Work with expert tutors and students from around the world to develop your architectural and design skills → Explore and experiment in world-class studios and workshops. How to apply Applications for our summer school are made directly by completing an online form. Each year, we begin to accept applications from mid-November for the following summer. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when applications open. Contact Email

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“The   course is packed with exciting trips, hours of drawing and preparing for presentations with people from all over the world. I had a brilliant time and it has definitely made my decision about whether architecture is the right path for me a lot easier.” Hannah Slater, Summer School 2017 student

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We are looking for excellent and ambitious students who are ready to make an intelligent, innovative impact on the world around them. All applications to study one of The Bartlett School of Architecture’s undergraduate programmes are made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

1. 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. 2. Makes 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. 3. Complete your UCAS application before the January deadline Places on our programmes are in high demand, so make sure you get your UCAS application in on time. The deadline for 2019 entry is 15 January 2019.

4. 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, 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.

5. 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. 6. 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.

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What makes a good portfolio? Whether you’re preparing ten items to upload or a physical portfolio to present to us, we’re interested in seeing your ability to think creatively, intellectually and threedimensionally, and to draw and utilise different media. You might include sketches, drawings, photography, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, models, product design, computer code, fashion design, lighting design and jewellery to name a few ideas. We particularly like to see work completed outside of A-level, IB or GCSE courses and are interested in seeing personal sketchbooks and unfinished work.

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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 open for prospective undergraduate students to visit on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June and Saturday 8 September 2018 as part of UCL-wide Open Days. We also present our work and meet students at the UCAS Create Your Future exhibition at London’s Excel Centre.

Lectures Throughout the autumn and spring terms we run two public lecture series – The International Lecture Series in Bloomsbury and Constructing Realities at UCL at Here East. Check our website to find out more about our invited speakers and the themes they’ll be discussing. Lectures are usually free to attend and don’t require booking – seats are allocated on a first-come, firstseated basis. Exhibitions Each summer, autumn and winter we host a major exhibition of architectural student work. The annual Bartlett Summer Show attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe to experience the creativity and innovation of our three undergraduate programmes and our Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2) students. It’s an excellent way to discover more about the school’s unique philosophy and personality.

Photography taken by Graham Whitby Boot, Ana Escobar, Kirsten Holst, James McCauley and Richard Stonehouse. Š The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Design by Disclaimer The information in this booklet is intended as a general guide to the courses offered at The Bartlett School of Architecture. Although the information provided is believed to be correct at the time of publication, the school reserves the right to make changes to the content or delivery of courses or the facilities and resources which support them. For the most up-to-date information, please visit UCL's online undergraduate prospectus –

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The Bartlett School of Architecture Undergraduate Guide 2019-20  

A guide to all the undergraduate courses available at The Bartlett School of Architecture for students beginning their studies in 2019.

The Bartlett School of Architecture Undergraduate Guide 2019-20  

A guide to all the undergraduate courses available at The Bartlett School of Architecture for students beginning their studies in 2019.