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Cambridge knocks Bartlett from top spot in architecture schools ranking

Cambridge University has knocked The Bartlett off the top spot in The Guardian’s annual league of architecture schools

The Bartlett, which had topped the newspaper’s league for three years in a row, has dropped down to second position, despite topping the AJ100’s poll of the best architecture school for the eleventh consecutive year.

Bartlett director Bob Sheil welcomed the competition. He said: ‘We congratulate Cambridge on top spot this year and enjoy the healthy incentive that such competition provides.’ 

The top ten list remains largely similar to last year, with just Oxford Brookes and the Kent School of Architecture dropping out. Queen’s University, Belfast has inched its was up from thirteenth to seventh, bagging a place in the top ten. The school has been joined by Northumbria which seized its top ten place at number six.

Surprisingly Glasgow School of Art was down the bottom of the league table at 43, dropping 11 places, which will be a blow to the school which was hit by fire last week. AJ readers voted the school the fifth best in the UK in this year’s AJ100.

The University of Greenwich which was propping up the bottom of the league last year, has shot up to 21, being replaced in the lowest placing by the Arts University Bournemouth.

Top ten UK architecture schools

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. The Bartlett, University College London
  3. University of Bath
  4. Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff
  5. Queen’s University, Belfast
  6. Northumbria University
  7. Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
  8. Manchester School of Architecture
  9. Newcastle University
  10. University of Edinburgh

The AJ100 poll of best UK architecture schools

28% The Bartlett, University College London

7% Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

6% University of Bath

5% Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art

4% Architectural Association

Previous story (04.06.13)

Bartlett named best architecture school - again

The Bartlett has come top of The Guardian’s annual league table of architecture schools

Based at University College London, the school has now headed the newspaper’s league for three years in a row. Last month the Bartlett also came top of this year’s AJ100 poll of the best architecture school.

The University of Greenwich props up the bottom of the league, despite attracting a number of Bartlett staff back in 2011 including its ex-professor and vice dean Neil Spiller.

The top ten list remains largely the same as last year, with just two schools, Liverpool and Northumbria, dropping out, to be replaced by Oxford Brookes and Manchester School of Architecture.

The University of East London, which was bottom of the league last year has moved up just one place.

Top ten UK architecture schools

  1. Bartlett, University College London
  2. Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff
  3. University of Bath
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. Newcastle University
  6. Kent School of Architecture
  7. Oxford Brookes
  8. Manchester School of Architecture
  9. Sheffield School of Architecture
  10. Edinburgh School of Architecture

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