Play Donald Kwaku, MArch Architecture, UCA Canterbury

Our School is a laboratory for architecture and spatial design – a supportive, progressive and experimental educational environment for our students, staff and collaborators. We have been delivering courses in architecture for over 60 years at Canterbury and also offer courses in Interiors, Urban Design and Creative Arts for Theatre & Film. Our award-winning students and staff benefit from developing their creativity within a specialist arts university, sharing an extraordinary range of technical resources on our campuses with the wider academic community of fine artists, designers and designer-makers who share our culture of learning by doing.

We’re committed to an education that is situated firmly in the design studio and the workshop. These dedicated, open and creative spaces are where we embrace and debate the future and foster ways of thinking and making through our design practice. We’re equally committed to exploring the potentials of architecture and spatial design through our actions and agency.  This requires a commitment – a commitment to take a position, to take responsibility and to act with rigor and optimism. In short it requires the kind of entrepreneurship necessary to make a creative contribution as an architect or designer to the future.

All of our courses are project based, and bring our students into contact with communities, and organisations regionally in the South-East of England and London as well as internationally through frequent overseas fieldtrips, workshops and exchange. We encourage this type of collaborative working across the School and are also committed to exhibiting and presenting the incredible outputs of our courses in competitions and conferences. Our current students have won prestigious awards including in 2013 the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award, the Shepherd Robson Student Award at the Royal Academy Summer Show and the Reardon Smith SLEEP Award. Our staff are equally impressive with award-winning architects, designers and researchers including our Professor of Architecture, Will Alsop committed to inspiring our students with their teaching and their own practice.

We believe in teaching that is rigorous and provides both the hard skills (designing, making and representing) and the soft skills (advocacy, activism and entrepreneurship) needed to be effective and successful agents of spatial, social and ecological change. Our graduates are testament to the value of this approach - going on to work in their respective fields and industries for leading architectural and design firms, theatre and film production companies, charities and NGOs and the design and creative industries media.

Allan Atlee
Head of the Canterbury School of Architecture


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