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Bartlett retakes title of best university to study architecture


The Bartlett has returned to the top of The Guardian’s annual league of UK architecture schools

The UCL’s faculty of the built environment, which had topped the newspaper’s rankings for three years in a row until it was knocked from top position by Cambridge last year, has once again returned to the top of the charts.

The London school was also rated second best place to study architecture in the world in a recent ranking by higher education data specialists QS.

The top ten remains largely unchanged from 2015 and includes regulars the Welsh School of Architecture, Bath, and Sheffield School of Architecture, while last year’s chart topper Cambridge dropped down to fourth place.

Two schools have made debuts in the top ten after rising up the table this year - the University for the Creative Arts rose a massive 25 places to ninth position while Huddersfield crept up nine places to sixth place.

Other schools making a significant improvement on last year’s ranking include Coventry, Newcastle, Kingston, and Anglia Ruskin, which shot up the list by 21 places.

The top ten architecture schools 2016

  1. The Bartlett
  2. Welsh School of Architecture
  3. Kent
  4. Cambridge
  5. Bath
  6. Huddersfield
  7. Manchester School of Architecture
  8. Sheffield School of Architecture
  9. University for the Creative Arts
  10. Coventry

Readers' comments (6)

  • Where is the AA? Or does that not feature as it is not part of a university?

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  • No RCA in the Guardian ranking either, presumably because it's post-grad. So two leading schools are excluded from the list.

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  • The list ranks universities and so the AA and RCA are not included in the table.

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  • So good to see the Welsh School of Architecture right up there!

    Well done!

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  • Well done for Huddersfield. An excellent establishment

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  • Good to see the Kent School of Architecture ranked 3rd in only its 10th year of operation

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