Studying at KSA

The Kent School of Architecture, based at the University’s Canterbury campus, offers programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The School is ranked 3rd in the country for architecture in the 2015 Guardian University Guide. 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.

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 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.

Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou [1], Dr Manolo Guerci [2] and Dr David Haney [3] are just a few of the active research staff of the Kent School of Architecture. Along with other academics, they engage and disseminate their research into the teaching curriculum of the school. The Centre for Research in European ArchiTEcture (CREAte [4]) is an integral part of the school, organising open lectures, conferences and research seminars. The newly inaugurated Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environments (CASE) will pursue research activities in the fields of energy, ecology, sustainability and planning.

The Kent Architectural Students’ Association [5] 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 [6] 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 [7] also organise regular social events throughout the year.

Students studying at the Kent School of Architecture experience a wide range of learning environments, both formal and informal, experienced as an individual and in groups.