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Architecture at Cambridge

The Department of Architecture at Cambridge is an exciting place to study. Regularly lauded as one of the leading architecture schools in the world, students study under the guidance of world-renowned researchers and ground-breaking practitioners. Creativity, curiosity and strong intellectual grounding are central to the course. Our innovative design programme – delivered by tutors working at the cutting edge of contemporary architecture – is balanced with outstanding teaching in the history and philosophy of architecture, contemporary culture and urbanism, as well as construction, structural design and environmental design. The small, friendly Department has a very good staff to student ratio, and the supportive community atmosphere gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of the field and to extend their own abilities in exciting new directions. Facilities include a superb library, studios and spaces for larger installations, and reprographics areas and workshops.

Why Study Architecture at Corpus?

Corpus is centrally located and close to the Department, making it easy to get to and from lectures and practical classes. Professor Peter Carolin, a Life Fellow of the College was previously Head of the Department and is still involved in mentoring our students. Our Director of Studies in Architecture is Mr. Oliver Cooke, who is a Design Fellow in the Department of Architecture and Director, Cooke Fawcett Architects.

What do we look for in applicants?

Architecture requires a broad background and students reading Architecture benefit from studying a wide range of subjects at A-levels including both arts and sciences. There are no mandatory subject requirements at A-level (or equivalent), however Art (Fine Art) is desirable, and is generally preferred to Design Technology or similar subjects. One subject in the humanities is also a helpful preparation for studying Architecture at Cambridge. Our typical minimum offer is A*AA for students sitting A-levels, and we look for 41-42 overall, with a 776 in HL subjects for those taking the International Baccalaureate.

All applicants invited to interview are expected to show a portfolio of recent work at the interview but this isn't expected to be work of an architectural nature (eg plans, sections etc). We would like to see something that will illustrates your interests, experience and ability in the visual and material arts. This may include drawings, paintings, sculpture and/or photography may also be included. It's usually sufficient for three-dimensional work to be exhibited in photographs. All applicants will sit a college registered written assessment before their interviews. 

A sketchbook with ongoing drawings is extremely helpful and applicants are encouraged to take one to the interview. It may be in any media (pencil, charcoal, crayon etc) and should include a variety of subject matter. The work can be material prepared for school-leaving examinations but creative work executed outside formal courses is also welcome.