School of Architecture

  • Virtual campus tour

    The School of Architecture is based in the Abercrombie building which has state-of-the-art facilities which will prepare you for practice. The building houses studios and learning spaces linked by glass bridges which span the full height atrium. The studios are flexible open plan which allows for cross-School collaboration and individual design studio spaces. The Glass Tank Gallery is located on the ground floor and is where our students host exhibitions and shows of their work.

  • Studios

    Two large open-plan studios equipped for both traditional and digital working form the hub of the educational experience offered by the department open 24 hours a day. Our digital facilities enable students to use the latest high-end software programmes including CAD, Rhino and 3D Studio Max for modelling, together with leading web, image, and movie editing software, all running on a bank of 75 powerful workstations. Equipment and software are updated on a regular basis and are fully networked to digital projectors, a wide range of high-quality printers and plotters, and a laser cutter. In addition pooled rooms for use of programmes such as AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and Photoshop are available throughout the university for student use.

    Print room

    AB305, 3rd floor Abercrombie: The Architecture Print room is run by Marcelo Gunther and is open Monday to Friday between 9am-5.00pm. 

    The print room has the following facilities:

    • A0 plan copier/scanner/black and white printer - available on plain or tracing paper 
    • Colour plotters - a large-format reproduction of high quality digital images. Available on either matt or semi-gloss paper, from any digital image file sent from the nearby Digital Studio, A1 in size or longer
    • A0 guillotine
    • Equipment for plastic comb and wire binding
    • SLR cameras, digital cameras, tripods, lenses and a video camera all available for short-term loan
    • 3D printers for the production of scale models


    John Payne Building: The Architecture Workshop is run by Joel Chappell, and assisted by James Whitty. It is open every weekday from 9am-5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm) with extended hours for busy times. It provides a dedicated space for machining/joining materials, mainly wood/composites, and bench space for laying out projects in progress. There is a wide range of equipment, both analog and digital. Digital equipment includes - Three Trotec Laser Cutters,a 1.2m x 2.4m CNC Router, Projet 3D Printer, two MakerBots, Ultimaker 2, Next Engine 3D Scanner, EinScan Pro Handheld scanner, Boxford 4 axis CNC Router. Students are instructed on a one to one basis when using the equipment. Toolboxes and cordless drills are available to hire.


    The School maintains a dedicated and well equipped technology laboratory suitable for structures tests and demonstrations in steel, concrete and timber. The laboratory includes several large reaction frames, concrete mixing and casting facilities and cladding testing equipment.