Students will benefit from close teaching by established experts both from academia and the architecture profession, as well as from superb industry links. They will develop crucial skills such as critical thinking and creative problem-solving required to design buildings, and have the opportunity to design ‘live’ projects for real clients.
Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “We are thrilled to have the unique opportunity of starting a School of Architecture alongside internationally recognised courses in construction, surveying and real estate. Our performance in the recent Research Excellence Framework, ranking 6th in the UK by research power in the category of Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, reinforces Reading’s expertise in this field.
Leading the new School will be Lorraine Farrelly (pictured) who joins the University as the Foundation Professor of Architecture.
Professor Farrelly was previously Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Portsmouth. An experienced architect and educator, she has always worked alongside practitioners and the broader community in progressing a professional mode of architectural education.
Prof Farrelly commented: “The new School of Architecture at the University of Reading will build on the extensive existing staff expertise and reputation around education and research in the built environment, such as the University’s strong School of Construction Management and Engineering.
“We want students to benefit from the professional focus the School will have, which will be strongly linked to the architectural and building practice agenda. And there are some fantastic spaces that the students will be using to support their learning experience.”
Recruitment for the first intake of around 40 students begins later this year.