Architecture at The Cass 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 The Cass.
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 Twitter @massatcass or for more information email email@example.com. MASS and other architecture-related events can be viewed at cassculture.org.
The School is housed in Calcutta House in Aldgate. 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 Undergraduate Studios
Studio 01: Generosity
Alex Bank and Sam Casswell
Studio 1 will explore the potential of generosity in architecture. Generosity comes from the design of real things simply expressed; the interrelation of exterior / interior spaces; the gesture of a building; structure / construction; proportions, materials, textures, colours. Practicing these fundamental aspects of architecture will require effort, intellect, humour and a good eye. We will investigate how architecture can bring a lasting sense of delight and pleasure to sites in central London.
Studio 02: After City 2 – Tolerance and Compromise
Colin O’Sullivan and Charlotte Harris
Studio 02 will continue its explorations of European rural settlements, this year in Alentejo, Portugal.
Studio 03: Crossing Cultures Industrious Edgelands: a productive threshold between town and country
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister
The studio offers students to be part of a larger research group and develop architecture proposals and strategies for the depopulated mountain village, Belmonte Calabro, in Southern Italy. Working with local stakeholders, migrants and graduates, Studio 3 proposes an “Industrious Edgeland” to re-animate the town of Belmonte; preforming as an inhabited live-work threshold and engaging the surrounding landscape with the civic town centre.
Studio 04: Frame and Horizon
Anna Ludwig and Rufus Willis
Studio 4 will consider the topography of London’s city wall and how, through the good governance of urban institutions, sanctuaries in the city can be created to provide support and opportunities for its citizens. Our speculations, informed by two closely related representational conceptions: Frame and Horizon, will assert a public realm in which edge conditions become borders for exchange not boundaries of separation.
Studio 06: The Experimental House
James Payne and David Leech
"While it is true that concentrating on the individual house is socially irresponsible...the little house should not be scorned." Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, Some Houses of Ill-Repute, essay 1971.
Studio 07: Looking Outwards
Robert Barnes and Dr Bo Tang
Studio 07 offers students the opportunity to engage in a transitional setting in Europe; a migrant gateway for refugees in Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
Studio 09: The Foundation: Private Realms, Public Rooms
Jillian Jones, Ewan Stone with David Howarth
Studio 09 are interested in how buildings engage with the public life of the city. We will be working in London and Venice, examining the evolution of domestic architecture from places of living to spaces for exhibition and display.
Studio 10: Both Directions at Once: Architecture After Brexit
Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams
What will be the Architecture of Brexit? How can the way we build represent a democracy pulling in both directions at once? A flawed memory of the past and an imagined future are the basis of many voter’s reasoning for voting in the 2016 EU referendum. We will be visiting historic buildings around the UK to reimagine defunct architectures to offer a commentary on the divergent identities emerging across the UK, looking to the past to say something surprising about the future.
Architecture Postgraduate Units
Unit 02: Ideal World
Ideal World is about creating delight with the basic components of architecture: urban design, plan and facade making, construction and drawing.
Unit 04: Virtual Laboratory | Adaptation to Extreme Topography
Jonas Lundberg, Andrew Grant and Nate Kolbe
Buildings and infrastructure of the Sicilian volcanic landscape in the vicinity of Mount Etna have integrated with the extreme topography by exploiting the available building material and construction methods. Unit 04 strives for an architecture adapted to the extreme topography but with character and ubiquitous qualities springing from a combination of digital design technique and a meticulous exploitation of the local volcanic and timber materials used in combination with emerging technology.
Unit 05: The House and Garden
Alex Ely and Michael Dillon
Focusing on first hand experience, developing working methods and understanding context, we will examine the complex constraints of modern housing. We will look at vertical living in London, and communal space as a method of improving connections between the interior and exterior of all dwellings.
Unit 06: Civic Edgelands
Professor Maurice Mitchell, Dr Bo Tang, Jane McAllister and Sandra Denicke-Polcher
A city, a countryside from a distance is a city and a countryside; but as you approach, they are houses, trees, shingles, leaves, grass, ants, legs of ants and so on to infinity: all this is enveloped in the name [edgelands] (apologies to Blaise Pascal in Thoughts). Unit 6 offers students a choice of three settings each consisting of migrant gateways and transitional settlements: Eleonas, Athens, Greece; Belmonte, Calabria, Italy or Kaningo, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Unit 07: Polyvalent Models
David Grandorge and Paloma Gormley
This year, the unit will focus on the practice of architecture as a partially autonomous discipline, addressing the issues of polyvalence and material culture in the design of a city scaled building and a structure that will be built at 1:1 on Margent Farm in Cambridge.
Unit 08: Both-And Midland cities III
Takero Shimazaki (t-sa) and Summer Islam
Unit 8 will explore the language of architecture in relation to the ethics of construction. Beginning with Venturi’s definition of design which is ‘Both-And’ - that which embodies contradictory levels of meaning and use, we will propose civic buildings in Stoke on Trent which allow inconsistencies and redundancies, encouraging the seemingly dissimilar to exist side by side.
Unit 09: Gigantism and the Baroque
Stephen Taylor, Theodoros Thysiades and Jamie Dean
Unit 9 will make large residential buildings in London that explore a shift in scale well beyond their immediate context. The Architecture of the Baroque will be explored for its artistic and compositional qualities of scale and distortion.
Unit 14: Roding Riverfront
Pierre d’Avoine and Pereen d'Avoine
Unit 14 will study the Roding River in Barking, East London. We will engage with a variety of protagonists with interests in the area to evolve proposals for the Roding riverfront and environs.
Unit 15: Good Values
James Binning, Ellie Howard and James Pockson
Unit 15 will work across Erith in the London Borough of Bexley, proposing projects for public sites across the town. Against a backdrop of deepening cuts to public services, ailing high-streets and a purge of industry from the city, we will explore forms of civic architecture, social enterprise and proactive policymaking with the potential to positively and radically renew the built environment.
Architecture - BA (Hons)
This undergraduate architecture degree is your first step towards a professional career in architecture as you'll complete the course with exemption from RIBA Part 1. Through our combination of practical design work, formal teaching and field work, you'll gain the skills and experience necessary to continue on to complete your RIBA part 2 and 3.
Architecture - MA
The Architecture MA degree will focus your skills and give you all the support you need to develop your own MA thesis.
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.
News from The Cass
The Cass Session 5 is published
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2018-19 academic year.
Projects led by Cass tutors shortlisted for inaugural RIBA award for housing
The Neave Brown Award recognises the best new example of affordable housing in the UK.
Acclaimed choir formed at The Cass presents: Le marteau sans maître
Saturday 6 July from 6.30pm
Musarc, the choir established at The Cass, present Le marteau sans maître their third ‘folk meet on a midsummer day until dusk‘ at the former Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Architecture graduate wins prestigious scholarship
Merethe Granhus named among 2019 Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund winners.
Architects, designers, artisans and artists - Belmonte Calabro needs you!
Applications open for a unique international summer workshop in Italy, co-organised by lecturers from The Cass.
Architecture studios with links to The Cass claim awards at RIBA London Awards
Mæ Architects, HASA Architects and Gatti Routh Rhodes Architects were named winners for their work in the past year
Rewild My Street shortlisted for Sustainable City Awards
Siân Moxon, senior lecturer and sustainability coordinator at The Cass, garners another big achievement for her campaign
Architecture and Optimism
1 June 2019
Cass hosts event for London Festival of Architecture in collaboration with Lithuanian Art and Culture
Graham Foundation Success
Cass alumnus and former Chevening Scholar awarded grant to develop book project.
Young Architect of the Year Award 2019
Gatti Routh Rhodes, a practice established by Cass graduate, wins a prestigious prize from Building Design.
The Creativity of Difference
Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6pm
Inaugural professorial lecture by Dr. Jos Boys.
Cass Summer Shows 2019 – dates announced
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
Signy Svalastoga Memorial Exhibition
Thursday 2 May 2019 at 7pm
In memory of our friend, teacher and colleague Signy Svalastoga, 1957-2018.
Double success at AJ Small Projects Awards 2019
Architecture studio lead David Leech wins prestigious annual prize and alumnus led practice Teatum + Teatum named People’s Choice.