Working with industry

As an industry-focused school, we integrate direct industry contact and experience into our courses to give students the best preparation for employment. We also work closely with organisations to share knowledge and consult on projects.

Level 7 Architect Apprenticeship

We are expanding our offering to apprentices and industry with our new Level 7 Architect Apprenticeship. This programme provides a new work-based route for Part 1 graduates to gain the necessary qualifications to become registered architects. So if you are looking to take the next step towards registration, or you are looking to develop your employee - we can help you get there.

Industry experience integrated with study

It is essential that architecture students can learn in line with sector developments and industry needs. That's why we integrate industry contact and experience into each of our programmes from day one.

Our members of staff are not only world-leading academics in a variety of fields, but they are also professional practitioners who bring a wealth of experience and expertise direct from industry to help you hone your skills and development.

At Kent you will take part in real design briefs with real clients to help develop your design skills and preparations for working in architecture. Past projects have ranged from the rennovation of a historic church to the redevelopment of a leisure centre, and have proven to be valuable opportunities to strengthen the links between students and industry.

We are particularly proud of our strategic aim to establish the School as an agent for change and impact, to address professional, environmental and societal needs.  Our staff are very active within professional communities, shaping policy and professional practice, sitting on steering committees and contributing to the development of professional guidance.

Professional practitioners

Courses are delivered not only by lecturers, but also a team of established industry practitioners. Coming from a diverse range of studios and firms, practitioners ensure that Kent students can always learn from the perspectives and needs of the industry. Read about some of our practitioners below:

Your industry journey at Kent

Industry contact starts from day one and continues throughout your time at Kent. The courses are fine-tuned to ensure that you are developing modern and industry-standard skills, perspectives and approaches that are required to secure your future in professional practice.

BA Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) - Stages 1 & 2

Introduction to industry

Stage 1 and 2 architects receive a thorough grounding in industry practice and approaches. Through modules designed and taught by experienced practitioners, students are introduced to modern sector requirements and issues.

BA Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) - Stage 3

Preparing for practice

In Stage 3, students are empowered to confidently enter the workplace through experience on real-life development scenarios, workshops with hiring practitioners, the RIBA Future Architects mentoring scheme and a wealth of support from the School.

MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2) - Stages 4 & 5

Establishing yourself

Capitalise on your industry experience and diversify your skillset. The MArch's units are based on industry projects and are designed to extend your understanding of and experience with sustainability, collaboration and professional practice. 

PDip Architectural Practice (RIBA Part 3)

Become a qualified architect

The PDip draws on the School's wealth of professional experience and requires you to produce a Case Study on your own architectural experience. Modules on Law, Practice Management and Procurement are all delivered by experienced practioners.

It’s exactly what it’s like when you start working and networking. There is a LOT of collaboration!

Yeni Ope-Ewe is a BA Architecture graduate who now works at HTA Design and is involved with the Black Females in Architecture organization.

Civic Studio

The Kent School of Architecture & Planning’s Civic Studio provides opportunities for our staff and students to put our teaching and research excellence into practice and directly contribute to the needs of the wider community. Building on the diverse expertise of our staff, Civic Studio provides opportunities for individuals, and public, third sector and commercial organisations to collaborate with University of Kent researchers on their projects, developments, initiatives and goals. Through a research-led and agile consultancy model, Civic Studio enables clients to benefit from the School's range of capabilities, in ways that meets their specific requirements and budgets.

Founded in 2022 to promote the extensive experience of staff within the School to a wider public, Civic Studio is set up to support a wide range of projects, from research and feasibility, visioning, analysis and social engagement, material and environmental investigations, policy and strategy development, in all aspects of the built environment. With specific competencies in areas of heritage and conservation, environmental and participatory design and sustainability, Civic Studio can help clients develop projects which meet their needs, build their capacities and knowledge and enhance collaboration and support their growth and change.