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In today’s complex and growing cities, architects need to be equipped with a diverse range of skills that will enable them to tackle social, environmental, commercial and aesthetic concerns critical to the built environment.

Architects design the buildings in which we live, work and play. The breadth and variety of work they undertake, from small-scale domestic projects to large commercial buildings and even the planning of entire cities, is already vast and opportunities are growing.

We offer a wide choice of architectural programs, each one supporting a variety of career pathways, opportunities for further study, and personal ambitions.

When you study with us, you will benefit from a uniquely flexible course structure. You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories and digital fabrication equipment, and will be able to use our traditional modelling workshops.

Opportunities for industry internships and international travel will further broaden your thinking as a design professional. In addition, we have an active calendar of events and an alumni program that sees visiting international scholars and architects delivering lectures and taking part in symposiums and debates. Our Tin Sheds Gallery provides a series of stimulating and thought-provoking exhibitions that will stimulate your ideas.  

If you are a passionate learner and aspire to be an innovator in the practice of architecture, our programs will help you to realise your ambitions.

Whether you conclude your studies with an undergraduate degree, or proceed to one of our range of professional master’s degrees, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge to operate successfully in today’s complex and globalised built environment industries.

Career pathways include:

  • architect
  • building designer
  • property and real estate developer
  • project manager
  • design manager
  • urban planner
  • construction manager.

Undergraduate degrees

Bachelor of Architecture and Environments

The Bachelor of Architecture and Environments offers you a career pathway into the future of architecture, design, construction and urban planning. This multidisciplinary degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s complex global construction industries.

Bachelor of Design in Architecture

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture will introduce you to the rewarding profession of architecture, and is your first step to becoming a registered architect. This degree will enable you to conceptualise designs, test assumptions, evaluate results, and refine your craft. Through a studio-based program, you will learn to solve design challenges by working on real-world projects.

Double degree: Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)/Master of Architecture

Coupling the undergraduate Bachelor of Design in Architecture with the postgraduate Master of Architecture, this double degree is tailored to empower a small group of highly capable students to become leaders in the architecture profession.

You will undertake all subjects that are core to the two standalone degrees and at the same time study a select suite of research-rich subjects that lead to the attainment of undergraduate honours, which otherwise requires an additional full year of study.

Postgraduate degrees

Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture builds on your undergraduate experience and emphasises integrated and research-led design enquiry through studio-based projects, supported by core subjects in architectural history and theory, technologies and professional practice.

Our inspiring students

Zahin Chowdhury

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (second year)

“Being mentored by Professor Tom Heneghan of the Tokyo University of the Arts during a week-long intensive studio course was an enthralling and rewarding experience, learning about feats of architecture from around the world and understanding the principles which define their importance”.

Nicoletta Andreou

Bachelor of Architecture and Environments (second year)

“In my first year, I was extremely fortunate to intern at Arup in the Integrated, Design and Planning team and also work closely with the Arup International Development Team. This was made possible through CareerTrackers, an Indigenous Leadership program.

“This internship has helped with my confidence and design capabilities. It became the practical application of what I’m studying and has helped to build on my skills. I have experienced first-hand how the units I have already taken, and the concepts learnt from them, can then be applied and are relevant to career options”.

Henry Charles Brown

Master of Architecture, 2018
Architectural Assistant, TEAM-B

“The highlight of my postgraduate studies at Sydney was the winter elective that I undertook last year. I was accepted into a position under the Hezlet Bequest Travelling Scholarship whereby I was able to travel to Philadelphia in the United States to observe, interact and study how the city has changed over time. It was an opportunity to witness the visible effects of Abandonment, Collection and Reuse upon one of North America's most historic cities.”

Vania Alverina

Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) and Master of Architecture

“The first thing to say really, is how exciting it was for me as an international student, to see historical evidence of time at the School you are studying in. Additionally, the university is also multicultural; students come from all over the world and this gives more opportunity to know other people of different culture. Throughout my course, I had the chance to travel to Japan, study its culture, environment and architecture, utilising what I have studied so far to produce a design project.

"I personally think the numerous opportunities to travel and observe architecture firsthand are the highlights of this degree. My advice to future students is to not stress about anything; you will easily fit in but do use this opportunity to know other people of different cultures, improve your English and perhaps learn a new language!”

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Inspiring alumni

Emmy Omagari

Emmy Omagari,  Master of Architecture 2015, Graduate Architect, Bates Smart
Master of Architecture 2015, Graduate Architect, Bates Smart

“The highlight of my studies was being awarded the Hezlet Bequest Travelling Scholarship that allowed me to undertake a design-based elective in Santiago, Chile. The studio posed the question of how architects could creatively address Pan-Pacific coastal erosion through site-specific interventions, making one think about the role of architects outside of traditional modes of practice.”

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