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About us

Welcome to the Welsh School of Architecture, a world-leading and agenda-setting school of architecture in Cardiff.

Our School was first established in 1920. Today, we combine a strong tradition of architectural education with an international reputation for research excellence.

We provide a vibrant, collaborative environment for teaching and research; our students and staff communities encompass diverse national, cultural and professional backgrounds. We foster a strong studio culture, encouraging student architects to confront complex situations and issues with intelligence and creativity.

While the School has always been based in the Bute Building in Cathays Park, this long-standing home has recently undergone a major redesign and refurbishment. As well as design studios for undergraduate and postgraduate students, it provides many different types of teaching and learning spaces, a dedicated zone for craft and digital fabrication, a hybrid studio, a ‘Living Lab’ (a space where academics, communities and industries can work on collaborative projects) and a new auditorium for hosting symposia and conferences.

We offer a range of opportunities for study at undergraduate and postgraduate level in areas connected to our wide-ranging research expertise.

Many of our students have occupied leading roles in the fields they have entered following their studies including architectural practice worldwide and academia.

We are located in the cosmopolitan capital city of Wales and see our contribution to the cultural life and development of Cardiff, Wales and its communities as a significant part of our identity.

Though our research and teaching cover a wide spectrum of topics and aspects of architecture, our mission as a School is to contribute to the creation of a built environment that enhances people’s lives now while contributing to the wellbeing of future generations.

Dr Juliet Davis Head of the Welsh School of Architecture

Teaching

We are one of the top schools of architecture in the UK, as indicated by our position in key league tables and professional rankings. We are listed as one of the top 40 Schools in the world specialising in architecture and the built environment (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).

We have high rankings for student satisfaction, coming top in the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). In 2017, the 100 largest UK architectural practices also ranked us in the top three best schools in the country.

Our long-standing record of teaching excellence means that our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are popular and our graduates are in high demand.

Research

Our research spans the physical sciences, social sciences, humanities and design to foster excellence in key areas of architecture, urban design and the built environment.

Our internationally recognised academics work closely with our thriving postgraduate research community on many research projects which have a significant impact on the built environment and the profession, developing innovative building practices, changing behaviours and creating sustainable design solutions.

We have productive research links with practice, industry and with universities in other countries. We also work closely with local communities to enable the sharing of our expertise to achieve common goals.