About us

Welcome to the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, an innovative centre of academic excellence with an established global reputation. Join our supportive community of experienced teaching staff, passionate researchers, and experts in practice.

Our award-winning R Block on Frenchay Campus is home to inspiring facilities, including computer-aided design (CAD) studios, workshops and digital facilities. Hone your craft in a space that won the Royal Fine Art Commission 'Building of the Year' award for Architectural Education.

We’ve been recognised for providing an outstanding student experience that has led our graduates to attain leading roles at prominent practices. This supports our connections with private, public and voluntary organisations, including strong partnerships with the City of Bristol and Design West.

Through collaboration with local, national and international employers, we’re producing environmental insight which underpins our teaching. From rural to commercial spaces, we’re discovering new ways to create sustainable buildings and empowering future architects to prioritise sustainability.

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Our subject areas

Our research and partnerships

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Our extensive programme of research and consultancy combines academic excellence and policy relevance, for which it has a well-established national and international reputation.

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We keep our teaching and research up to date through regular consultation with a range of employers and professional groups drawn from local, national and international businesses and public sector organisations.


Our facilities

Providing talent for your business

Student consultancy projects offer local organisations free consultancy in exchange for hosting a student or group of students.

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News and events


Find out all the latest from the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. You can also join our social channels:


Find out what architecture and the built environment events are taking place across the University and how you can take part.

Educational Resources for the Built Environment (for academic and professional use)

Education resources for the Built Environment for academics and professionals including films on building construction, history and conservation and a construction website. 

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