As a student at Kent School of Architecture (KSA), you become part of a creative community that offers innovative programmes, studio-based teaching, contemporary vision, professional links and excellent facilities, all within a highly-rated university.
Kent School of Architecture offers a two-year full-time MArch for those wishing to enter the architectural profession. The School offers four other taught Master's programmes: Architecture and Urban Design, which gives you the opportunity to spend a term studying at our Paris centre; Architectural Visualisation, taught jointly with Kent's School of Engineering and Digital Arts; Architecture and the Sustainable Environment; and Architectural Conservation. We also offer a full or part-time research programme leading to a PhD research degree, including research through design practice.
KSA has an international reputation for the quality of its research. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, architecture at Kent was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity and research quality. An impressive 100% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF. The School has two research centres: The Centre for Research in European Architecture (CREAte) and the Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment (CASE). CREAte provides a focus for research in architecture in the European context, exploring the role and contribution of the humanities to architecture and urban design in the context of urban and regional regeneration. CASE's research focus is on sustainable design and encompasses different aspects and scales of the sustainable built environment, from the individual building to the urban block. Our academics contribute to and organise conferences, evening lectures, and other events including digital projections in public spaces, most recently for the anniversary of Dreamland, the restored vintage fairground in Margate.
CREAte established a bi-annual conference series in 2010. The Riverine conference in June 2014 explored the relationship between architecture and rivers; and most recently in 2016, KSA hosted Writing Buildings, which examined critical intersections between architectural journalism and academic discourse.
Live projects in the local region with global issues
Much of the project work involved in the Kent School of Architecture is located on 'live' sites in the local region, using real clients and engaging challenging issues. Students in all stages of the school have been introduced to real urban and architectural design challenges in Lille, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Rye, Chatham and, of course, Canterbury. Much of this work involves liaising with external bodies, such as architects, planners, council and development groups.
We have excellent contacts with businesses and other organisations in the local area, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues.
Kent School of Architecture students who graduated from Kent in 2015 were the most successful in the UK at finding work or further study opportunities (DLHE). Many of our students go on to work at professionally respected architectural practices across the world, such as Grimshaw and partners. The school also maintains links with local practices in Canterbury and Kent, with many of our students and graduates working alongside each other on projects directly affecting the local region.
Ambitious and engaged student association: KASA
The Kent Architectural Students' Association is an expanding and developing association established to promote all aspects of spatial design, whether interior or exterior, ‘for the students, by the students! The group organises an Open Lecture series featuring notable speakers, such as Will Alsop, Piers Gough, CJ Lim and partners from practices, such as Rogers, Stirk and Harbour, Grimshaw and dRMM. These lectures are often recorded and displayed on the KSA website. KASA also organise regular social events throughout the year.
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