The UQ School of Architecture was ranked 43rd in the world in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. The School was also placed in the top three Australian universities for architecture in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.
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.
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 options for Bachelor of Architectural Design graduates include employment in:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English
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 the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:
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:
Graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:
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