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Architecture facilities

Our students work with a range of industry-standard facilities across our Architecture courses. From the studios to the workshops to the study centre, there is space and resource for everyone to work, learn and develop designs and projects.

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Take a look at the facilities used on our architectural technology courses.

Architecture studio based in our Grade II* listed Arkwright building
Architecture studio space

Studio spaces

As a BArch (Hons) Architecture or BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design student you'll have full access to our dedicated studio space, based in our Grade II* listed Gothic Revival Style Arkwright building.

These are big, open creative spaces where you'll sketch, develop models, collaborate through group work. In here you'll find desk space, computers with all the software you need, tutorial bays, printers, scanners and our Heliodon.

Interior Architecture and Design studio, based in the University's Grade II* listed Gothic Revival Style Arkwright building
Interior Architecture and Design studio space

Studio spaces

We provide a dedicated studio for every course – each one an inspiring learning space, flooded with natural light. This is where ideas happen!

Architecture students working in the model making workshop in the Maudslay building on the City Campus
Students developing their models

Model making studio

You'll be able to develop your projects in this well-equipped space, facilitated with expert supervision from our workshop technicians. In here you'll find bansaws, sanders, 2D and 3D hot-wire cutting and vacuum forming machinery, milling machines, lathes and drills.

MAU woodwork workshop
Students in our wood workshop

Wood workshop

For some projects that involve creating models from wood, you'll work in this space filled with the equipment and technical expertise required to support.

Light testing equipment for architecture projects


Based in our workshop’s dark room is our state-of-the-art Heliodon, a fantastic device that accurately demonstrates the motion of the sun, aiding the design of solar responsive architecture and spaces.

Students working on computers in the study centre, Maudslay building

Study centre

Based in the Maudslay building, this space is perfect for private study and is equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, online journals and publications.

CNC waterjet
The waterjet cutter in action

Flow Corporation CNC waterjet

Waterjet cutting is one of the fastest growing major machine tool processes in the world and this £100,000 piece of equipment is able to cut almost any material to a depth of 150mm. You'll be taught to operate this machine and supervised by expert technicians.

MAU CNC lathe
Our CNC lathe in the Maudslay workshop

CNC lathe

You'll be taught to use this machine for cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, and deformation of metal based materials. You can use this equipment for metalworking, woodturning, metal spinning and thermal spraying.

CNC 4 axis milling machine
Our milling machine at work

CNC 4 axis milling machine

Using a milling machine is one of the most commonly used processes in industry for machining parts to specific sizes and shapes. You'll use our HAAS machine develop and design your projects.

3D printer
3D prints made in our machines

3D printers

Produce models and full scale prototypes on the latest model of this medical grade printer. You'll receive training and advice on how to full utilise this fantastic piece of equipment.

CNC 4 axis router

Develop your projects on this computer-operated machinery, ideal for small model making in wood, plastic, Styrofoam and more.

Laser cutting machines

You'll be able to work with our large and small format laser cutting machines to progress your designs in a range of materials.

Spray booth

Colour your designs in our spray booth, based in the Maudslay workshops. It's a ventilated room used for the spray painting of fabricated items and project work, with a waterfall backdrop to trap overspray.

Building services laboratory

This workshop space is filled with industry-standard equipment and dedicated to projects focused on testing air flow, electrics and heating systems.

Plasma cutter

Plasma cutting is the process of cutting through materials through accelerated bursts of hot plasma. You can use our high quality machine, which is able to cut metal from 0.5mm – 15mm.

Workshop store

This is where you'll come to get your hands on the materials you'll need during tutorials and group and individual project work. The store is well-equipped, staffed by our expert technicians, and used by all students in the School.

Computer-based software

You'll have access to a range of software to aid your project developments:

- Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium CS5 (including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamworks, Acrobat Pro);

- Autodesk Productivity Suite (including AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max Design with VRay);

- Cinema 4D Artlantis, Rhino, Solidworks, Primavera, Vectorworks and Hevacomp; and

- Microsoft Office

Architecture facilities

  • Subject area: Architecture and civil engineering
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces; Teaching facilities

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