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Architecture

Architecture is an exciting multi-disciplinary subject which will allow you to develop your creative thinking, encompassing history, environmental study, construction and structures.
βŒ›οΈLast updated: April 28, 2020, 9:03 p.m.

Application Resources

Here are some general resources related to Architecture. These should be a useful introduction, regardless of which Architecture-related course you’re interested in and where you might want to study it.

Documentaries on YouTube

Richard Rogers: Inside Out πŸ”—

Renzo Piano interview: On the Shoulders of Giants πŸ”— 🌟

Frank Lloyd Wright: Man Who Built America πŸ”—
These might be useful to listen to while preparing a portfolio, or to consider a broad range of architectural styles.

Books

Ian Sutton’s β€˜Western Architecture: A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present’ - an excellent summary of architectural history with photos

Juhani Pallasmaa’s β€˜The Eyes of the Skin’ - gives a fascinating insight into the philosophy and experience of architecture

William Curtis’ β€˜Modern Architecture since 1900’ - although a large and perhaps daunting book, it is useful to pick out certain sections on the main buildings to read more thoroughly and gain an idea of the chronology of architectural history.

Podcasts

BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' podcast' πŸ”— This provides an insightful introduction to the first major treatise on architecture.

Michael Murphy's TED Talk πŸ”— 🌟 This talk, entitled 'Architecture that's built to heal', gives an inspiring insight into the capabilities of architecture.

Websites

Cambridge Architecture Department research projects πŸ”—
University of Bath architectural research πŸ”—
University College London architectural research πŸ”—
Have a look at some of these websites by various universities to see the types of research and studies currently being undertaken.

Architecture Review magazine πŸ”— 🌟
Dezeen Architecture and Design magazine πŸ”—
ArchDaily architectural news πŸ”—
It might be good to look at opinion columns on the latest prize-winning buildings or the environmental strategies in architecture to help you form your own opinions.

Visits

London Architecture Diary πŸ”— 🌟
This is useful for checking the latest architecture and art exhibitions, talks and tours in London, but going to any architecture-related exhibition will be excellent preparation.

Open House London and visiting buildings πŸ”— 🌟 This takes place yearly in London (and some other locations in the UK) in September, allowing you to visit buildings and have guided tours. Some of the buildings featured are rarely open to the public such as the US Embassy and also provide great architectural experiences which you can write about in your personal statement or discuss in interview. You can also collate photography for your portfolio. However, visiting buildings wherever you are, writing about your experiences (tactility, smell, appearance, use of light, materials) and recording through sketching and photography is also great for developing your observational skills and preparing your portfolio.

Image credit: Gonville and Caius by Akil Hashmi