Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Face to Face
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.
2 years full-time.
Face to Face
Quietly change the world.
Architecture at the University of Newcastle is different. We believe in the third space. We look for grey where there is only black and white. We’re about people. We use architecture and bold ideas to create social change. The city of Newcastle is on the cusp of total transformation, making it a unique centre for innovative design practice.
Our students work on live projects that solve real design problems, working side-by-side with communities on an international scale. These projects culminate in spectacular public exhibitions, giving students the opportunity to showcase their work to industry and the local community. The UON architecture design studio is also like no other. An incredibly close-knit and supportive community, students have their own personal-work-station. It’s where inspiration and creativity thrives.
Keeping pace with progressive architecture schools around the world, from 2017 UON’s Master of Architecture will be studio-based; dedicated to projects that allow for the engaged, integrated and applied forms of architectural practice. You’ll spend more time in the studio than you would at any other University in NSW.
To reflect the diverse forms of practice architects are now engaged in through their working lives, we’ve renewed our program to offer you greater flexibility to become the architect you want to be. You will select, initiate and direct your own live and research-based architectural projects.
During each Architecture Studio course you will explore the core information and resources that explain the conditions of the project as site, landscape and place; the technical information required for its development, detail and resolution; together with the historical and theoretical knowledge that underpins architectural design.
You will have the opportunity to engage in live projects with NSW Urban Growth and local government; understand and work within the real architectural projects of our cities and regions.
The Studio provides the learning environment where the design process and the proposition are discussed with your teachers; academics, architects, experts, consultants and stakeholders.
You’ll have the creative freedom to determine how you respond to the challenges of each studio project. Working on architectural projects that you shape yourself puts you in control of your own portfolio, and your career that follows.
There are now two opportunities to undertake elective courses within the program. You can broaden your skills and knowledge, take the opportunity to undertake a study tour, or get involved in working laboratories and other forms of practice-based research.
Newcastle architecture students have access to the best design minds in the country including six leading Australian architects in residence; Lawrence Nield, Kerry Clare and Lindsay Clare, Peter Stutchbury, Richard Leplastrier and Brit Andresen.
These five AIA Gold Medal-winning Professors, two of which are also International Fellows of the Royal Institute of British Architects, are fully involved in design teaching at all levels in the School.
Our Open Lecture Series showcases a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, and Construction Management professions.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
The University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture is well regarded by industry for its emphasis on preparing students for the working reality of practicing 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:
On completion of the Master of Architecture you will be recognised for registration by the:
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 2016 the QS World University Subject Rankings ranked the University of Newcastle's (UON) School of Architecture and Built Environment discipline in the world’s top 50.
Whichever path you choose, you will have the opportunity to contribute professionally to the future of cities, the natural landscape and society.