Architects shape city skylines and design solutions for problems like affordable and sustainable housing. If you're interested in designing spaces that are beautiful and functional – architecture is for you.

  • The Bachelor of Architectural Design is the first step to becoming a professional, registered architect in Australia. It's taught by leading academics and researchers at one of the top three architecture schools in Australia.
  • Enjoy the format of studio-based design courses, which provide you with opportunities to develop special areas of interest. You might collaborate with industry, research solutions to design problems, meet real clients, or visit projects.
  • Learn to design in response to climate and context, from lecturers with strong local industry links and an international perspective. You'll study design principles, sustainability, emerging technologies, the history of buildings and culture, and more.
  • On completion, progress to the Master of Architecture to finish your training as a professional architect. The BArchDes is the preferred pathway into the master's program, and aligns with international benchmarks in architectural education.

The Bachelor of Architectural Design provides you with the foundational knowledge, technical skills and creative imagination to shape our built environment and design the cities and spaces of tomorrow.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The UQ School of Architecture was ranked 49th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. The School was also placed in the top three Australian universities for architecture in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.


  • Teaching staff

    Award-winning teachers

    During your studies you'll be taught by leading academics, local and international architects, and visiting researchers. In 2015, one of our professors, Paul Memmot, was awarded the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Award – the highest accolade for teaching from the Australian Institute of Architects.

  • Why study

    Take the next step – Master of Architecture video

  • Teaching spaces

    Studio culture

    Studio culture

    UQ is one of the few Australian universities to offer dedicated 24/7 design studios for students. The studios are the principal learning space for students, alongside the workshop, and fabrication and computer labs for testing your ideas and developing your designs.

Career outcomes

Career options for Bachelor of Architectural Design graduates include employment in:

  • allied design professions,
  • government departments,
  • statutory bodies,
  • local authorities,
  • commercial development companies, or
  • research organisations.

Architectural education can lead you in many directions in addition to becoming a practicing architect, such as fashion, interior or product design, magazine editorial work, property development, research, and education.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design are not legally allowed to call themselves "architects" or seek registration with architect registration boards in Australia.

To be eligible for professional registration, you have to complete a master's level qualification and a period of professional experience.

Overwhelmingly, graduates progress into the Master of Architecture program, which provides the necessary postgraduate qualifications and training for registration as a professional architect.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

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  • Students

    Scholarship opportunities

    The Birrell Scholars program recognises outstanding architecture students and gives them priority access to industry networks, events, and exchange and industry-sponsored opportunities. The School also awards more than $55,000 in scholarships and prizes annually.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Research

    Research leaders

    The School of Architecture is home to two leading research centres: the Centre for Architecture Theory, Criticism and History and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre. Our research fuels our teaching, which means you'll learn the very best and very latest ideas. 


  • Beyond the classroom

    Student exhibition

    Student exhibition

    Every year the School showcases the best works from our architecture students. The exhibition is sponsored by major industry partners and brings together Brisbane's architectural community to review our graduates' work and celebrate. 

  • Students
    When I moved to Australia from the Middle East in grade four, my parents decided they would buy me Lego sets if I got top grades, and my interest in architecture grew from there... Straight out of high school I enrolled in architecture at UQ. It’s been two years now. The close friends, the experiences, and knowledge I’ve gained have cemented my passion. Shehzad Jeevaji, current student, Bachelor of Architectural Design,
  • Beyond the classroom

    UQ Architecture lecture series

    UQ Architecture lecture series

    Each year, the School of Architecture, in collaboration with the SLQ's Asia Pacific Design Library, coordinates a lecture series featuring internationally renowned speakers. Lectures aren't just about presenting established superstars, but also discovering rising ones, who are creating new knowledge and exciting designs.

  • Why study

    Our social commitment

    During your studies, you'll learn to design with an awareness of people’s needs, with a respect for the past and a vision for the future. The School's curriculum aims to equip graduates with the skills to solve the social and environmental challenges facing tomorrow's cities and their inhabitants.



Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Architectural Design are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Architectural Design. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Architects

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Board of Architects of Queensland and the Australian Institute of Architects

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Design may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

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