Leicester School of Architecture
The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) was established in 1897, as part of an Arts College with Architecture taught alongside other building related crafts and trades. By 1927, the LSA had a formally ratified Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited course formulating the architectural discourse throughout the UK.
Today, the LSA is a contemporary design school offering the full spectrum of architectural education. The school’s high quality was recognised by the latest Sunday Times league tables, which placed the Architecture BA in the top 10 architecture courses in the country. The school has a high national and international standing, gained from successes in design competitions, work placements, teaching and learning developments, research, and extensive links overseas. We have particular interests in sustainable architecture, urban regeneration, and the role of clients and users in cross-disciplinary design education.
We continually review our provision to ensure it is relevant and responds to real-world need. As part of that process we have launched a new course, the Architectural Technology BSc , which is specifically designed to meet a skills shortage identified by the industry.
Research is a key element of the LSA, with academic staff actively engaged in community and practice-based research in a range of areas such as architectural design, architectural history, theory and criticism, and the built environment in the developing world.
Becoming an architect
The route to becoming an architect in the UK is described by the RIBA:architecture.com/RIBA/becomeanarchitect
The Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) offers a suite of courses in support of a professional architectural pathway:
Architecture BA (Hons)
This is a three year full-time undergraduate architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Part I examinations. A period of employment between ARB/RIBA Parts I & II (Architecture BA (Hons) and the MArch) is not a requirement. Architecture BA (Hons) graduates in employment are encouraged to enrol in PEDR 1.
This is a professional level architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Part II examinations, and grants graduates with requisite professional experience eligibility to undertake a licensure preparation course and related examinations. The MArch at LSA is available as atwo year full-time programme or a three year part-time programme.
Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice
This is a professional level architectural education that offers exemption from ARB/RIBA Part III examinations, and grants graduates the eligibility to join the Architects Registration Board’s register of Architects.
A minimum of 24 months of logged professional experience, recent to the date of completion of assessments or examinations at Part III level in total is required to sit the part 3 examination, of which 12 months minimum should be undertaken in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man under the direct supervision of an architect. In order to log this supervised experience, the LSA offers a graduate monitoring programme:
This is a 15 month monitoring post-ARB/RIBA Part I programme where Professional Studies Advisors at LSA review, guide and endorse your professional experience.
This is 12 month monitoring post ARB/RIBA Part II programme where Professional Studies Advisors at LSA review, guide and endorse your professional experience.
The Architecture Hub
The Architecture Hub is our online learning space. It provides access to lots of vital information for students studying on our courses including details of mentoring schemes and links to e-journals as well as information about our series of open lectures.