New architecture school to be opened at University of Reading

Students in and around Berkshire will be able to consider a new beacon for education in architectural design, in the form of a school of architecture that is to be launched at the University of Reading in 2016.

The School of Architecture will take on around 40 students in its first year and will enhance the institution's existing world-class teaching and research reputation in relation to the built environment, with the teaching staff being drawn from academia, the architecture profession and wider industry.

In designing 'live' projects for genuine clients, the new school's students will be able to develop the creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills that they require to thrive as commercial architects.

Sir David Bell, the University of Reading's Vice chancellor commented: "We are thrilled to have the unique opportunity of starting a School of Architecture alongside internationally recognised courses in construction, surveying and real estate.

"Our performance in the recent Research Excellence Framework, ranking sixth in the UK by research power in the category of Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, reinforces Reading's expertise in this field."

Recently recruited as leader of the new school is the seasoned architect and educator and former deputy head of the University of Portsmouth's School of Architecture, Lorraine Farrelly.

Also previously Professor of Architecture and Design at Portsmouth, Farrellyhas a strong track record of helping to progress the most professional architectural education through her work with both practitioners and the wider community.

Her research interests range from representation and drawing techniques to the design of higher education learning environments and innovative interior environment materials. She also frequently plays a part in course validation at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), having chaired validation visits both in this country and abroad.

She has also written several books, including The Fundamentals of Architecture, and is involved in the South Coast Design Review panel, advising on the strategic master planning of regional development projects.

Professor Farrelly said: "The new School of Architecture at the University of Reading will build on the extensive existing staff expertise and reputation around education and research in the built environment, such as the University's strong School of Construction Management and Engineering.

"We want students to benefit from the professional focus the school will have, which will be strongly linked to the architectural and building practice agenda. And there are some fantastic spaces that the students will be using to support their learning experience."

Information on the architecture degree's fee structure and financial support will be published later.