Architectural Studies

About Architecture

Learn from the best

UNSW Built Environment is the only faculty in Australia with an international Pritzker Prize winner (regarded as equivalent of the Nobel Prize in architecture) Professor Glenn Murcutt, UNSW Alumnus, on our teaching staff.

Why study Architecture at UNSW Built Environment?

Benefit from close industry connections

Join many of our sought after graduates who find work in leading practices and are valued for the range and depth of their skill and knowledge. Some successful alumni include Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA) Gold Medalist, Keith Cottier, who formerly lead an award winning architectural practice (Allen Jack & Cottier) with offices in Sydney and Beijing and Built Environment Adjunct Professor Diane Jones, Executive Director, PTW Architects.

Unique in Australia

UNSW Built Environment is the only faculty endowed with three Chairs, the Seidler Chair in the Practice of Architecture, the Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture and the Anita Lawrence Chair in High Performance Architecture. The Seidler Chair aims to deliver excellence in design studio education and is held by Pritzker prize winner Glenn Murcutt AO. The Judith Neilson Chair is held by Professor David Sanderson and Professor Mattheos Santamouris holds the Anita Lawrence Chair.

The Judith Neilson Chair, the first of its kind in Australia, was established earlier this year with a $10 million endowment from philanthropist and White Rabbit Gallery owner Judith Neilson. It aims to lead research and education to support disadvantaged communities displaced by natural disasters, geo-political conflicts, socio-economic exclusion and environmental factors.

Be distinctive

In addition to obtaining cutting edge computational skills, you will also develop timeless craftsmanship giving you a distinct advantage regarding your career in architecture.

“The degree encourages freedom and considers technical application. The highlight for me was the Glenn Murcutt Studio. It was an incredible privilege to learn under the mentorship of Professor Glenn Murcutt. Studios run by practicing architects, which are a core aspect of the course, are one of the most engaging, challenging and fascinating experiences at BE.”

Alumnus, Christopher Tran


Use Sydney as your lab

Your study will involve using the city of Sydney as an experimental lab for architecture and urban design projects.

Work and study at the same time

UNSW Built Environment has well organised timetables, allowing you to work part-time and study full-time. This flexibility gives you a strong advantage in practical and industry experience.

Tailor your degree to your desired career

You will have a choice of electives allowing you to tailor your degree and expand your knowledge according to your ambitions and desired career.

Your pathway to a Master Program

The three year Bachelor of Architectural Studies is your pathway to the two year Master of Architecture. Completion of this professionally accredited postgraduate degree will meet the educational requirements for registration as an architect.

Benefit from international exchange programs

During your study with the UNSW Built Environment you will have the opportunity to go on international exchange programs. UNSW has over 200 of these programs available.

What is the role of an architect?

As an architect, you will consider the design of a building and its setting in its entirety during the city making process. Your architectural designs will meet the needs of people who use the city, its buildings, clients and the broader community.

In your design practice, you will be mindful of sustainability, cultural and economic considerations and their effective creative integration.

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