Architecture at Kingston University is centred on design, reflecting the course’s context within an art and design-based faculty. The curriculum builds on the fundamental creative processes of observation and making, and its ethos could be summarised as ‘thinking through making’. This concern culminates in an engagement with live projects across many scales, both within courses and ‘vertically’ through all levels.
Many of the teaching staff are from top London practices and are able to share their first-hand knowledge of the industry.
The Department’s progress over the last few years is reflected in the positive National Student Survey results, particularly for the BA(Hons) Architecture course, which showed at 90% overall satisfaction rate, the highest in London and amongst the best in the country. Employment prospects are also outstanding with BA(Hons) Architecture students emerging as the most employable in London.
FADA’s was one of only two UK schools of architecture invited to present to an international audience at the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice.
The opening paragraph of Jamie Fobert’s external examiner’s report reads as follows: I had first taken note of a change in the Architecture School at Kingston through the quality of CV’s arriving in my practice over the past four years. It was clear something was afoot. Work of real quality, thought and skill was apparent. The two days spent at the school reviewing the work and meeting both teachers and students confirmed this fully.