At Homerton, we have been welcoming Architecture students since 2020. We are also home to the University’s graduate Architecture apprentices. The Department of Architecture is located at the southern end of the town centre, only a short distance away from the College. As an Architecture student at Homerton, you will be able to apply for support from the College for material, equipment and research expenses. The College is in the process of completing a spectacular new dining hall, designed by Fielden Fowles, following a major competition.
In your first year you will be taught by: Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, architect, architectural historian and course leader for the MSt Architecture Apprenticeship; and Dr Sofia Singler, architect and architectural historian from Homerton; Dr James Campbell; Ingrid Schroder; Dr Irit Katz; and Dr Nicholas Simcik Arese and Dr Maximilian Sternberg.
In addition, you will be taught by Design Fellows who are practising architects.
The Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge is one of the best-known university schools in the world in its field. You'll find it a stimulating environment where you can mix with world-class researchers from across all the aspects of architecture, and you will be taught by Architecture Design Fellows. The department is located in a small, welcoming building with a garden and has access to growing workshop spaces and a wonderful specialist library
We take the view that various combinations of subjects make a good Architecture student; most students take a mix of Arts and Sciences, but there are no set subjects that we look for from Architecture applications. The majority of applicants have studied Art A-level, and some Colleges also ask for Maths A-level. Most offers of study will require A*AA grades.
Interviews are held in the first two weeks of December and at this stage you will be asked to show a portfolio of your most recent work. Further information about the portfolio requirement is available here. You don’t need to bring architectural drawings; instead interviewers want to see portfolios that demonstrate your interests, experience and ability in the visual and material arts, while a sketchbook with your own hand drawings is particularly useful. Normally drawing and painting should form the basis of your portfolio, but other media such as sculpture and photography may also be included. You may bring work prepared at school for examinations, but creative work that you have done outside of your academic courses is also welcome. Some Colleges may also ask you to bring – or submit — written work.
During the interview week, you will also have to sit a short, one-hour assessment, made up of a 30-minute essay exam and a 30-minute drawing test. The written exam will ask you to formulate a response to a topical question within architecture, and in the drawing test you’ll be asked to draw a particular space, such as the room that you are in, to demonstrate your skill in representing space through hand drawing. You can find full information about the assessment and an example exam paper here.
While a degree in Architecture can lead to a wide range of careers, the University of Cambridge BA in Architecture course also carries Part 1 ARB/RIBA status. This is the first stage of qualifying to become an architect, which the majority of students across the University decide to pursue.