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Study architecture, design and planning

Graduate with globally recognised qualifications

As one of the world's top 25 schools in the field of architecture/built environment,* we have been leading the way in teaching and research across architecture, design and planning for 100 years.

At Sydney, we strive for intellectual excellence, creative thinking and evidence-based research. Much of our work, and yours, will be centred on answering global challenges around urbanisation and sustainability – the foundations of a healthy and productive way of life and future.

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Why study architecture, design and planning at Sydney?

When you study with us, you will benefit from the latest facilities – the only indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory in the southern hemisphere, an extensive research lighting laboratory and outstanding audio and acoustics facilities, including an anechoic chamber and recording studio.

The Wilkinson Building has one of the best-equipped design, modelling and fabrication labs in Australia and provides dedicated studio space for students.

During your studies you can take advantage of exchange programs with leading universities and international elective units of study, to visit destinations across North and South America, Scandinavia, China, Indonesia, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning is large enough to attract world-renowned researchers and teachers, yet small enough to provide a distinct, collegiate environment.

We have an active events and alumni program that sees visiting scholars and architects speaking in lectures, symposiums and debates, while our Tin Sheds Gallery provides a calendar of stimulating, provocative exhibitions to advance our research.

We are committed to providing you with an education that promotes architecture, design and planning as ways of improving environmental and social outcomes.

Inspired by the work of renowned architect, activist and University of Sydney academic – the late Col James – with his work in the Aboriginal community of Redfern in the 1960s and ’70s, the school recently sent 16 Master of Architecture students to the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah, North Queensland to work on designs for affordable housing.

The school offers a broad range of scholarships and prizes to support and reward talented students. Read about our specific scholarships for architecture, design and planning students.

Expand your personal, academic and professional experience through a wide range of international travel opportunities available when you study with us. Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or research student there is a broad range of international studios, exchange programs and travel for research purposes on offer each year.

We offer plenty of opportunities for our students to study abroad as part of their degree, on both short-term and long-term placements. By taking on one of our international study opportunities you'll learn new skills, test your adaptability and gain a global perspective.

Exchange program

Participating in an exchange program is available to students in most of our degrees. Our International Exchange Program enables you to graduate with a truly global perspective while having your studies overseas credited towards your degree at Sydney.

International studios

There are many opportunities for you to travel as part of your study, and we regularly create new options. For example, you can count International Studio units of study as credit towards your degree.

To ensure you graduate with relevant professional insights, you will have the opportunity to engage with partners across the built environment and interactive design industries.

Many of our staff have roles in leading industry organisations, including the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Architects Registration Board, Planning Institute of Australia, and national accreditation panels. Our adjunct academics bring their expertise to teaching and offer opportunities for engagement and employment.

As a student here you will be able to participate in real-life industry projects driven by innovation and focusing on elements such as architectural design, prefabrication, manufacturing, advanced building technologies, computational prototyping, robotics and more.

Collaborate with leading organisations and practices such as Arup, Lendlease, Bates Smart, the NSW Government Architect, Neeson Murcutt, Gehl, BVN, Atlassian, Cox Architecture, FJMT and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

We also host visiting international scholars for symposiums, exhibitions, workshops and lectures.

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