Architecture at London Metropolitan University provides you with the practical skills and confidence needed to excel in the profession. Teaching staff come from some of London’s most exciting architectural practices and combine experimentation and research with extensive practical experience. As a student, you'll also have access to the amazing range of specialist analogue and digital workshops at our school.
Our graduates go on to work as architects, architectural assistants, interior designers, urban designers or in related fields such as research, journalism and procurement. We enjoy close links with the people and organisations that shape London. Our Live Projects happen locally and around the world, currently in places such as India, Nepal, Japan, Sierra Leone, Russia and Brazil.
The Metropolitan Architecture Students Society (MASS) is very active in organising lectures, events, socials and have a wide network of industry sponsors. To see what they're up to, follow MASS on Instagram and @massatmet on Linktree.
The School is housed in Calcutta House on our Aldgate campus. You'll benefit from our central London location and its close proximity to internationally renowned creative and industry hubs. The School's extensive networks and teaching practitioners will encourage you to expand your knowledge and skills through lectures, events and practical advice, leaving you with excellent career prospects.
Architecture Education Declares
Architecture Education Declares (AED) is a climate change initiative that sits alongside other environmental, social and political themes broadly designated as a "duty of care", which has been cultivated in the architecture courses.
Architecture RIBA 2 MArch
Architecture: Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA 3) - PG Cert
Architecture Apprenticeship (RIBA 2 and 3) - MArch
Architectural History, Research and Writing MA
Design for Cultural Commons - PG Dip
Architecture Undergraduate studios
UG Architecture Studio 01: The City: After the Office
Jillian Jones, Andrew Budd, Kieran Wardle
Studio 01 will be exploring a new future for the City of London no longer dominated by the office. Developing new housing models and public buildings that provide the social infrastructure for new residents of the City.
UG Architecture Studio 02: Back to Front
Charlotte Harris and Colin O’Sullivan
As the need for alternatives to building anew with unsustainable material becomes increasingly urgent, Studio 02 will continue to explore the themes of tolerance and compromise, through appropriation of existing structures and vacant sites, from innovative imaginative insertions to ambitious adaptations, that offer something other to the city.
UG Architecture Studio 03: How will we live in urban cities and rural areas post-Covid?
Sandra Denicke-Polcher, Jane McAllister and Rita Elvira Adamo (Academic Facilitator for Calabria Project)
Lockdown! "It’s reminiscent of the post-apocalyptic horror film, 28 Days Later. For many cafes, pubs, shops and restaurants, the pandemic could be terminal... Others cite London as a social, cultural and economic drain on the life of our country. They believe that declining big cities give us an opportunity to revive towns, to end the suburban commuter crawl, restore lost industries, embrace home-working and cut carbon emissions." (BBC4, 29 July 2020)
UG Architecture Studio 04: rework, reuse, redefine
Jennifer Gutteridge, Katherine Nolan, Alex Butterworth
Studio 04 will consider the architecture of city-making at the scale of the building. We will explore how urban areas have been left vacant during the pandemic, as people work from home. How can we transform existing office buildings to activate the city?
Architecture Postgraduate units
PG Architecture Unit 02: Creative Kentish Town
Tony Fretton and Jillian Jones
Exploration of the social and urban possibilities of contemporary work and leisure, and designing unusual forms and facades.
PG Architecture Unit 03: A Museum For Now
Pippa Nissen, Marie-Lise Oulmont, Andrea Hickey, Kate Coghlan
Our unit is looking at architecture from the point of view of experience and how we can design a series of spaces as a carefully choreographed route. We are working on two projects over the year. Firstly, a smaller building to house an exhibition, and then a new museum building in the Hackney Marshes. We will ask you to think about themes around light and materials and how we can make our cultural buildings relevant today; how has the pandemic changed our view of culture and society?
PG Architecture Unit 04: Virtual Laboratory; Wilderness In The Making
Jonas Lundberg, Nate Kolbe
How can we plan cities and buildings adapted to physical distancing, remote working and increased resilience to extreme natural events? How can we reduce our ecological footprint by making new provisions for public space both real and virtual at the same time as we embrace the COVID induced thriving biodiversity of our cities? We work with digital tools in two design projects direct to factories in the exploration of engineered timber: timber pavilions and tall timber towers.
PG Architecture Unit 05: The Borrowed Landscape
Michael Dillon, Amy Bradley Smith, Lauren Shevills
This year we explore the layers between outdoors and indoors in dwellings. Forming skins and spaces that mediate climate. By manipulating thermal enclosure, we look to reduce the material consumption of building and make landscape more manifest in the interior. The borrowed landscape transgresses ideas of ventilation, enclosure, live/work and a more cyclical and outdoor life-cycle. We are actively engaging with the climate emergency, designing to reduce embodied energy.
PG Architecture Unit 06: Loose Fit City
Professor Maurice Mitchell, Dr Bo Tang
This year, Unit 06 will be investigating two London settings looking for ways to transform hard boundaries into loose borders into which students will introduce appropriate social infrastructure to create and expand common civic grounds. We will encourage you to find new ways of representing your ideas, fostering cooperation between fellow students and provoking new ways of looking, imagining and representing.
PG Architecture Unit 07: Self Build: Furniture, House and Housing with an Emphasis on Timber Construction
David Grandorge, Ted Swift
Unit 07’s primary interest this year is self build, by which we mean to self construct as well as to procure and manage the construction of a dwelling or dwellings. This idea will pursued at two scales at two sites in the London Borough of Hackney. The two projects will address some of the issues raised by the housing crisis and the impact of architecture on resource depletion and climate change.
PG Architecture Unit 08: Enough Already
Takero Shimazaki, Paolo Emilio Pisano and Karabo Turner
We have enough already: enough resources, enough buildings, enough space. Unit 8 explores the notions that everyone might enjoy private sufficiency and public luxury, and that of a '15 Minute City'. Leading from a provocation that daily life can be organised within a small. accessible radius, we will propose singular architectural interventions, challenging ideas of private and public space, re-use of resources and building stock, minimal intervention, and juxtaposition of programmes and spaces.
PG Architecture Unit 09: Rus in Urbe
Stephen Taylor and Theodoros Thysiades
This year in Unit 09 we will explore how architectural projects that sustain a feeling of the countryside whilst living in the city could be developed. We will work in a suburban setting and test how good design could help cultivate a sense of community and liveliness. We will aim at creating environmentally sustainable and economically viable architectural forms, suitable for a diverse urban society able to live in harmony with nature.
PG Architecture Unit 12: The Dream of the Metropolis
Peter St John, Fabienne Sommer, Ben Speltz and James Hand
At a time when its celebration is under threat, the studio will look at how we protect public life and sociability, by looking at the provisional and the festive social spaces of the city. Reflecting on some important questions of this time, we will look at architecture that is independent of the permanent city fabric, and is instead immediate, short-term, diverse and public. We will start with the design of a small interior, a café or a bar, and finish large with the design of a public park.
PG Architecture Unit 13: Industry in the City
Jane Clossick, Beatrice De Carli, Colin O’Sullivan, Mark Brearley
If you want a city with industry, with makers and menders as part of its diversity, join us to develop bold proposals for a chunk of the Old Kent Road. Start with the design of a large scale multi-let workshop building, later work to shape and advocate alternative plans to save the area from becoming a super-suburb of residential conversion and make space for industry and craftsmanship. Embrace one of the city’s big design challenges, and join the tussle over how this place should evolve.
Architecture (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)
This course is designed to offer an alternative route into higher education if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements for the three-year degree.
Architecture (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)
This Architecture BA (Top-up) degree has a focus on making, exploration and your environmental responsibility as a creator. Completion of this course is one of the first stages towards gaining a career in architecture.
Architecture RIBA 2 - MArch
Our MArch Architecture RIBA 2 course is design-driven and will enable you to focus your skills and develop excellence in your work.
Design for Cultural Commons - PG Cert
An introductory course in developing a Commons-based practice or innovation in new models of practice to improve on the institutions which shape today's world.
News from the School
London Met ranks ninth for social mobility
New research found the University to be one of the best in England for social mobility.
Citizen participation in planning
London Met's Dr Beatrice De Carli will reflect on the needs and challenges of citizen participation in the planning and development of informal settlements in a virtual debate.
Designing and learning in the context of migration
An experimental course will centre on the lived experiences of migration to understand how urban spaces can produce or challenge exclusion.
Oliver Morgan, second-year Journalism BA student, interviews course leader for Textiles at London Met, James Hunting, about the success of the course and the industry.
London Met academics among the most cited in the world
Five researchers from the University feature in the top 2% most impactful academics globally, according to a study by Stanford University.
Acts of Resistance
London Met lecturer and artist Marianne Forrest will lead a community drawing initiative at the launch of the Portsoken Community Centre.
Dwelling on the Future
Hannah Parr reports on a celebration event for a new book by architect and academic Pierre D'Avoine, which explores the design of dwelling environments.
Siân Moxon, senior lecturer, sustainability coordinator, and environment lead for London Met Lab, offers her advice on feeling positive about the future of the planet.
Postgraduate architecture student wins top prize in prestigious competition
Francesca Tattersall was the postgraduate winner of this year’s Architect’s Journal Part 2 Student Prize.
Ecological Dialogues: Sustainable Communities and the Question of Nature
New talks series from the London Met Lab explores some of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today.
Remembering Gabriele Oropallo
Dr Gabriele Oropallo will be remembered for his intellectual curiosity, his passion for research, his commitment to his students, and his sense of humour.
London Met professor hosting gender equality and climate change event at COP26
Dr Anne Karpf, Professor of Life Writing and Culture in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, will be chairing a major COP26 fringe event in Glasgow.
Hundreds of trees to be planted by London Met community
Students and staff will plant a range of tree species as part of the annual event at Mudchute City Farm to promote sustainability and biodiversity.
The Vanished East End: Special Event
6 November 2021
Additional guided tour announced of photography exhibition at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives- with curator Susan Andrews and three of the exhibiting artists