Oxford Brookes University Architecture
The Oxford School of Architecture was founded in 1927. Forming part of the Oxford City Technical School, this became the Oxford College of Technology in 1956, the Oxford Polytechnic in 1970 and Oxford Brookes University in 1992. Now called the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Technology, Design & the Environment, it is one of the largest architecture schools in the UK, with around 600 students and 70 staff. The school has become one of the most competitive architecture schools, ranking in the top 50 Architecture schools in the world in the 2015 QS World University Rankings.
The school’s courses are validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
According to the RIBA, the department is ‘a thriving school, attracting high-quality students and offering innovative and diverse programmes which benefit directly from its associated research institutes/centres’.
The school operates mostly open plan studio spaces, with students from all years sharing working space. A digital studio was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects and new studio space provided subsequently followed a similar design. The School of Architecture building was refurbished and extended by Winchester-based firm; Design Engine Architects with the scheme completing in 2012.
Centre for Development and Emergency Practice. CENDEP was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and is well known for its programme for humanitarian practitioners. CENDEP provides an academic setting for the study of cities, humanitarianism and refugees. Singer and activist Annie Lennox is patron of the Master’s Course in Development and Emergency Practice.
Oxford Architecture Society
The school has a student-run society called the Oxford Architecture Society also known as ‘OxArch’. It hosts a variety of guest lectures, workshops, competitions, films and socials throughout the academic year.
Launched in 2014 and published three times a year, the student-led OSA magazine offers a platform for students to publish original and edited articles and projects related to the theme of each issue.