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AJ100 practices name Bartlett ‘best school’ – yet again

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AJ100 practices have once again named the Bartlett as the UK’s best architecture school

Initial findings from the AJ’s annual survey of the UK’s largest practices – which will be published in full later this week – show University College London’s architecture faculty ranked as the nation’s number one school for the 14th successive year.

The continued support from the profession is, however, at odds with the Guardian’s league table of architecture schools which has seen the Bartlett dip in the rankings again – falling from second to third place in the 2018 table,

According to the newspaper, the University of Cambridge remains the best architecture school in the UK.

Yet 32 per cent of the AJ100 practices who responded made the London school their top choice, with Cambridge not even making the top 10.

The Bartlett’s nearest rival remains the University of Bath, followed by the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University and the Mackintosh at the Glasgow School of Art. 

The AJ100’s top four architecture schools

  1. The Bartlett, University College London
  2. University of Bath
  3. Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University
  4. Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art

Among the other schools to have narrowly missed out on the top five were the AA, Nottingham University, University of Westminster and Manchester School of Architecture.

The winners of all the AJ100 awards and the full rankings will be announced at the AJ100 gala dinner at the Tower of London on 14 June.

The Guardian’s top 10 architecture schools 2018

  1. Cambridge (2017 ranking: 1)
  2. Bath (3)
  3. The Bartlett (2)
  4. Sheffield (15)
  5. Nottingham (12)
  6. Huddersfield (8)
  7. Queen’s, Belfast (21)
  8. Welsh School of Architecture (4)
  9. University for the Creative Arts (5)
  10. Kent (7)
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  • Have you ever thought of explaining why a large London-based school always comes out at the top, of a London-dominated profession, compared to smaller, higher quality schools outside London?

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