Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

The Basil Spence project

Follow the progress of our student groups as they design a new exhibition pavilion for Weymouth

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Reconstructing Porto

The award winning MArch project reinvents Porto’s industrial heritage.

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Postgraduate virtual open day

Find out what it's like to study at the University without having to set foot on campus.

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Student insights blog

Our students share their experiences of projects, placements and research.

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PhD studentship opportunities

Find out what funded and self-funded research project opportunities we are currently offering Find out more »




About us

Student working collaboratively

Welcome to our joint Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. We are at the forefront of teaching, research and consultancy in the modern built environment. We have an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for advancing women's careers in higher education and research.

Key facts

  • Number 1 for Architecture (Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • Top 5 for Civil Engineering (2018 Complete University Guide)
  • 93% student satisfaction for Architecture & Civil Engineering (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Number 1 in the 2014 REF in the Architecture, Built Environment & Planning unit of assessment

Our research

As a joint department we engage in interdisciplinary research organised into four groups:

  • BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM)
  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA)
  • Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn)
  • Research Unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR)

Film: low impact building materials

Our film explores how we are working with BRE to promote low impact building materials to the construction industry.

Latest news and events

  • 06
    From Oxford station to Waterloo station: how the Basil Spence project prepared Gemma for her career
  • 10
    Basil Spence 2017 begins: keep track of progress on our Storify
  • 24
    Graduate wins IStructE Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year

Contact us

Undergraduate admissions
+44 (0)1225 383019

Postgraduate admissions
+44 (0)1225 385115

General enquiries
+44 (0)1225 385394

Faculty of Engineering & Design