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Thumbs up for architecture at UCLan

05 June 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Official RIBA accreditation has been granted to the course

Staff and students are celebrating after a prestigious professional body gave the seal of approval to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The BSc(Hons) Architecture programme, which was introduced in 2008 and thought to be the UK’s first for 10 years, has been given official accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Officials from the Institute praised the provision on offer to the undergraduates after rigorously analysing the course, staffing, research and facilities.

“To be recognised by the RIBA for offering a superlative student experience in state-of-the-art facilities is a huge boost to the team.”

The visiting board commended:

  • The achievement of a standard of outcomes comparable to many more established courses.
  • The delivery of a high quality of student experience at UCLan through nurturing a strong studio culture, provision of pastoral care and a focus on employability and professional support.
  • The investment by the University in creating enviable facilities.

Maria Murray-Carmichael, Associate Head of The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, said: “The RIBA accreditation is absolutely fantastic news for us. We’ve worked very hard to ensure the architecture provision at UCLan is first class. To be recognised by the RIBA for offering a superlative student experience in state-of-the-art facilities is a huge boost to the team.”

“Our industry links are superb but this approval means we can strive forward to entice even more top architecture firms to work with us.”

The UCLan architecture course is the only one to be offered outside the metropolitan cities of Manchester and Liverpool to the south and Glasgow to the north. It has placed the examination of the agrarian and urban inhabitation of the region and their interrelationship as a core theme of the course.

“This accreditation gives us more prestige and the ability to attract the best students and staff,” said Maria. “Our industry links are superb but this approval means we can strive forward to entice even more top architecture firms to work with us.”

The School will progress to strengthen undergraduate provision with the integration of skills in the fine arts, developing specialisms in architectural research and the commencement of the postgraduate Masters in Architecture which commences in September 2013.