Architectural education at the University of Newcastle is different. We not only teach the art, science, business and philosophy of architecture, we also help our architecture graduates realise their potential as agents for social change.
Newcastle is in the midst of an exciting transformation. Once a heavy industry, coal-export hub, it is shifting into a knowledge and creative innovation centre, offering a unique context for community-engaged architectural education and practice.
Through live projects in our city and beyond, our students develop design principles that emphasise social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Now a national grass-roots movement for urban revitalisation, Renew Australia began in Newcastle where it continues to stimulate community rejuvenation, economic development and the arts. Our architecture students engage with Renew through hands-on projects and public exhibitions.
UON students also collaborate with organisations like Healthabitat, improving the housing and health of disadvantaged people, in remote Australia and developing countries such as Nepal, PNG and Bangladesh.
Drawing on these experiences, our students become confident, consultative problem solvers with exceptional communication skills. They learn to develop design solutions that are pragmatic and humanistic, rather than grandiose.
If you see yourself effecting positive change through architecture, then Newcastle is the place for you.
Facilities and community
Students who come into the Masters with an undergraduate degree from elsewhere in Australia or from overseas are often amazed at the studio environment here at Newcastle. Our facilities are considered to be the finest in the country.
Our Masters students have a substantial allocation of studio space which they can access 24-hours a day, settle into and make their own. They also have access to state-of-the-art facilities to realise their design projects. The School has invested in the latest prototyping technologies including 3D Printers, a 10-tool CNC router, a fully-automated vacuum former and a large-format laser cutter.
These spaces and generous facilities foster creative freedom and help build a strong, non-competitive community, encouraging our students to support each other and provide peer-to-peer feedback. Take a look at our Masters students' blog to gain insight into their experience.
Newcastle architecture students have access to the best design minds in the country including five leading Australian architects in residence; Lawrence Nield, Kerry Clare and Lindsay Clare, Peter Stutchbury and Richard Leplastrier. These five AIA Gold Medal-winning Professors are fully involved in design teaching and act as specialist mentors for students.
Our Open Lecture Series brings other national and international leaders in the field to share their latest projects and ideas with our students.
Is it for you?
Conceived around team-oriented principles which are fostered within a professional architecture working environment, the University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture will prepare you for your career as a professional architect.
Completed over two years full-time, you will engage in real life projects designed to extend your practical knowledge and skills. The majority of the Masters program is focused on architectural design studio courses, supplemented by studies in construction technology and services, research, construction ecology, and architectural management and practice.
Our architecture degrees culminate in spectacular public exhibitions showcasing students' work to the professional community. In 2014, Newcastle’s often overlooked King Street car-park was remade for [un]made, a one-of-a-kind public architecture show displaying student visions of the city. You can view photos of this exhibition on the University of Newcastle Architecture Facebook page. Our Masters students have a second annual exhibition in Sydney, held for the past few years at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay. This event has a reputation in the industry for being Sydney’s most exciting graduate architecture exhibition.
Award winning graduates
In the past four years, our graduates have received six NSW RAIA design medals and commendations. Take a look at our student's work and you'll understand why. We also received both commendations in the Australian Bluescope Glenn Murcutt prize with four of the 13 students selected to be part of the competitive 2014 Architecture Student Biennale traveling exhibition.
The University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture is well regarded by industry for its emphasis on preparing students for the working reality of practising architecture.
Providing you with a range of architectural skills and knowledge, upon successful completion of this advanced program you can look forward to a diverse range of career opportunities in areas including:
- private and commerical practice
- project management
- property development
- town planning
- infrastructure planning
- overseas aid
Professional and International Recognition
On completion of the Master of Architecture you will be recognised for registration by the:
- State Boards of Architects
- Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects
- Royal Institute of British Architects
These qualifications are also internationally recognised and reciprocal arrangements exist with many countries.
This international recognition is supported by University’s own reputation in the field. In 2015 the QS World University Subject Rankings ranked the University of Newcastle's (UON) School of Architecture and Built Environment discipline at number 40 in the world.
Whichever path you choose, you will have the opportunity to contribute professionally to the future of cities, the natural landscape and society.