Bachelor of Architectural Studies

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3 years full-time +1 year honours option
2019 Lowest Selection Rank
2020 Guaranteed Entry Rank
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Create inspiring architecture of social and environmental value

Behind almost every building - from modest to intimate rooms to extraordinary and monumental spaces - lies the disciplined creativity of architecture. An architect designs buildings and their settings to meet the needs of individuals and the community. Architects design buildings and cities through the consideration of sustainability, culture and economy.

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies provides you with an academic education in the practice and theory of architecture.

In combination with the Master of Architecture, it is designed to deliver an architectural education appropriate to contemporary multidisciplinary professional practice.

Key Information

Program details

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a 3 year program consisting of 23 courses (144 Units Of Credit/UOC).

The program includes:

  • 6 Design Studio Courses
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 2 Interdisciplinary Courses (BEIL) 
  • 2 Open Elective Courses (choose from within UNSW Built Environment or other faculties)
  • 2 General Education Courses (choose from other faculties)

Key Areas of Study
Architectural Design
Architectural Communications
Architectural History and Theory
Architectural Science and Technology
Architectural Construction and Structures

Professional Registration
To become a registered architect, you must complete this degree as well as the two year Master of Architecture. 

For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 



About this course
Completing an honours program gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of architectural design methods, knowledge and history by undertaking a significant research project. The research project, a thesis, could be a written report or essay, but could also be represented in creative formats that are compatible with the research topic and methods. 

During the year you will also undertake research methods courses that assist you to prepare a thesis and will be supervised by an academic and often an architect of practice.

Following completion of the Honours year, you may apply to enter the Master of Architecture or apply to undertake a research degree such as the Master of Philosophy, Masters by Research or a PhD.

Program Details
The Architecture Honours program is a one year program (48 Units of Credit/UOC), that can be completed before undertaking the Master of Architecture.

The program includes:

  • 1 Research Methods Core Course
  • 1 Critical Review of Literature
  • 1 Thesis 
  • 2 Prescribed Built Environment Elective Courses

Entry requirements
To be eligible for this program you must have a completed accredited undergraduate architecture degree with a credit average or above (WAM 65+ or equivalent).

For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook



The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is an undergraduate pathway to the professionally accredited postgraduate Master of Architecture, which has professional recognition from the NSW Architects Registration Board and Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). To become a registered architect, you must also complete two years of professional work experience and undertake the professional practice exam.

Students of architecture are able to join the national student-membership body of the Australian Institute of Architects, SONA. SONA aims to advance the interests of architecture students, architectural education and architecture through the promotion of student work and thinking.

Career opportunities

Behind almost every building – from modest and intimate rooms to extraordinary and monumental spaces accommodating complex needs – lies the disciplined creativity of architecture.

An architect designs buildings and their settings to meet the needs of individuals and the community. In their professional work, architects design buildings and cities through the consideration of sustainability, culture and economy.

It is an exciting and dynamic profession that works closely with other built environment professionals and is the only one responsible for considering the building in its entirety.

Career opportunities

  • Consulting architect in private practice

  • Specialist architect in areas such as heritage

  • Building scientist

  • Environmental consultant

  • Architect within multidisciplinary design practices

  • Roles within large commercial architectural firms

  • Architectural critic, academic or researcher

Many of our sought-after graduates 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. 


Why UNSW Built Environment
  • The only faculty in Australia with a Pritzker Prize winner (regarded as the Nobel Prize in architecture) Professor Glenn Murcutt, UNSW alumnus, on our teaching staff.
  • The only faculty in Australia 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 aims to lead research and education to support disadvantaged communities displaced by natural disasters, geo-political conflicts, socio-economic exclusion and environmental factors. Professor Mattheos Santamouris holds the Anita Lawrence Chair.
  • UNSW ranks 25th in the world and 4th in Australia in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World Rankings 2019)
  • World class alumni connections
  • UNSW Australia ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2017-2018)
  • UNSW Graduates are the most hired by LinkedIn's top 30 most in-demand employers in 2015
  • UNSW has invested over $1.2 billion in student facilities and accommodation
  • Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8)
  • Strong industry links and partnerships
  • In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.
Students work

2016 Graduation projects



Entry requirements
How to apply
BE Portfolio Entry
Fees and expenses
Our students

“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 UNSW Built Environment.”

Alumnus, Christopher Tran

Our staff

Associate Professor Maryam Gusheh

Associate Dean

Dijana Alic

Head of Discipline

Dr Philip Oldfield


Professor Xing Ruan
Professor of Architecture
Professor David Sanderson
Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture
Professor Mattheos Santamouris
Professor Kenneth Maher
Professor Richard Johnson
Professor Glenn Murcutt

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Francesco Fiorito
Associate Professor Lan Ding
Convenor of High Performance Architecture Research Cluster
Associate Professor Harry Margalit

Senior Lecturer

Ainslie Murray
Dr Paola Favaro
Coordinator Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Built Environment Coordinator Master of Architecture Urban Stream, Architecture Program
John Gamble
Dr Paul Hogben
Dr Peter Kohane
Russell Lowe


John Carrick

Research Associate

Laura Bruce
Research Associate Laura Bruce