Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering


Working collaboratively

Play the video Architecture students discuss the benefits of group work with Civil Engineering students.

Fundamental to the ethos of the department is the premise that exemplary, meaningful and enduring building design is the result of effective collaboration between architects and engineers.

Architecture and Civil Engineering students work together on group design projects throughout their studies. Developing this working relationship mirrors the real-world relationship between the two disciplines, giving Bath students a sophisticated and well-rounded approach to apply in their future careers.

Our students learn from and influence each other, exploring aspects that the other may not have considered, and pushing the boundaries of their design project work.

Architecture project work

Play the video A profile of final year project work from Architecture students in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

Students are set design projects where they conceive, develop and represent architectural proposals in response to a given brief. This process is supported by regular tutorials and reviews, where the work is explained and presented to an invited panel.

The first year is designed to be a foundation in which students gather a broad range of experience, with the second year building on the development of these core skills.

The third year explores the that ideas generate architecture. One of the projects is based within a continental city (locations include Malta, Barcelona and Berlin) as part of a study trip, while the second semester is undertaken in a professional office. Students can elect to study abroad with partner universities under the Erasmus Exchange programme.

Semester one of the fourth year includes the Department's flagship design competition, The Basil Spence Project. The second semester provides the opportunity for students to fully explore and demonstrate their own architectural interests and expression, by choosing both a building type and site location set within an overall city location and in response to a philosophical brief set by the year leader.

Civil Engineering project work

Play the video Undergraduate Civil Engineering students share the benefits of collaborating with Architecture students.

Substantial design projects are carried out in purpose-built studios throughout your studies.

The year one, semester one group design project acts as a foundation for the rest of your studies.

The third year group design project is the first opportunity for Civil Engineering and Architecture students to work as separate disciplines and allows students to use the technical knowledge obtained in the first two years. Third year students also undertake an individual research project allowing them to participate with the Department on world-leading research ideas, going beyond the theoretical and actually furthering state-of-the-art knowledge.

The final year for MEng students includes our flagship design competition, The Basil Spence project, and provides the opportunity for students to fully explore their knowledge of civil and architectural engineering. In the final semester, Civil Engineering students undertake an individual civil infrastructure design project, and Civil and Architectural Engineering students undertake an individual building environment design project.