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NUA has a strong reputation for design expertise and architecture students benefit from being in this environment. There is a natural progression through each year of study, with spatial practices, design, cultural contexts and technology being central to all projects.

Reenie Elliott
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • Experiment with spatial design techniques and craft skills required for 2D and 3D fabrication.
  • Learn fundamental architectural design and construction through a variety of drawing and modelling approaches and techniques.
  • Investigate major architectural and artistic movements from early civilisations through to the present day.
  • Typical project brief:
    Trades and Myths
    Researching the trades associated with Norwich will lead you towards designing a trading space that facilitates social interaction, emerging technologies and cultural activities. Submission will include research, design ideas and a series of measured drawings that demonstrate accuracy and precision.
  • Year Two
  • Investigate a range of critical and conceptual tools for site analysis and urban design.
  • Learn about frame and cladding design, daylighting, acoustics, environment and integrated structural design.
  • Examine the social context of architecture through design projects and texts, which introduce theories from other disciplines such as film studies, cultural geography and fine art.
  • Develop professional understanding through a series of evening lectures offered by architects and associated professionals, guided site visits and exhibitions.
  • Develop design propositions, which become more refined as the year progresses.
  • Year Three
  • Prepare a research report which investigates an architectural project through the lens of critical and cultural theory.
  • Develop a contextual architectural design project with a range of speculative design methodologies, which address public spaces, sustainable urbanism, environmental design and the social impact of design on cities and landscapes.
  • The year culminates in completing a critically engaged comprehensive design project supported by technical research projects and related theoretical propositions.

“We are very fortunate to have such a supportive community of local architecture practices who have been extremely generous with their expertise and time since the course was first conceived.”

Professor Hilary Carlisle
Dean of Design and Architecture

Visiting Lecturers

  • Jane Wernick
    Jane Wernick Associates
  • Robert Sakula
    Ash Sakula
  • Rod Heyes
    Caruso St. John
LSI site visit

Students visit innovative site

NUA students made a site visit to view a new student accommodation being developed for the UEA by LSI Architects. As part the professional studies component of their studies, the students viewed the construction’s innovative CLT panels and learned how it has been designed to be made on a very tight schedule while achieving BREAM standard for sustainable building.

Jane Duncan and Anthony Hudson at NUA

Students share portfolios and design work with RIBA President

Architecture students met with Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President Jane Duncan on campus at NUA. Read more about the visit to NUA.

Learning and teaching

Find out more about learning and teaching on this course and how NUA courses are assessed.