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BA Architecture overview

Our specialist arts environment at NUA nurtures inventiveness and provides a forum for exploration and collaboration, while the wealth of inspiring historical and contemporary architecture in the City offers a stimulating backdrop to your study.

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This ARB Part 1 prescribed course supports you in making the first step towards becoming a registered architect or embarking on a related career. In the inspiring and historical spaces of your Boardman House studios we will help you to become raconteurs of the past and future; salvagers for sustainability; manipulators of materials; appropriators of spaces and disseminators of critical debate.
Most importantly, you will be asked to challenge assumptions about what architecture can be through studio sessions; critiques with architects such as RIBA award-winning Anthony Hudson; talks by inspirational speakers such as Stirling Prize winner, Will Alsop OBE and field trips to cities such as Prague, Belfast, Berlin, Porto and Santiago de Compostela.
By year three you will develop a portfolio of projects that display critical thinking, spatial awareness and an engagement with diverse social-political situations – all of which provide a firm foundation for your future career.
An aptitude for 3D making, artistic abilities and an interest in how people interact with their environment are the key ingredients to becoming an inquisitive and imaginative architecture student.

Supporting documentation

Margaret Belle, Norwich University of the Arts Illustration student


"NUA means opportunity. An opportunity to engage with something you desire to explore; in every way possible through the support of the University."

Margaret Belle, London
BA (Hons) Architecture. Read Margaret's blog on Industry Lectures at NUA →

Boardman House

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See the inspirational new studio environment provided for students in the RIBA award winning Boardman House.


Documenting all the success stories to come out of NUA.

NUA BA Architecture student Nicholas Cassidy poses for a photo against elaborate metal bannister in Boardman House while he talks about his experiences at the university


"I’ve become more adventurous when developing design, the course encourages you to test concepts and always seek alternatives. But it’s not just my practice that’s developed, I have so much more confidence."

Nicholas Cassidy
BA (Hons) Architecture Graduate

Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Jane Wernick
    Jane Wernick Associates
  • Robert Sakula
    Ash Sakula
  • Rod Heyes
    Caruso St. John

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.

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