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Architecture, Planning & Urban Studies


Architecture and Landscape Architecture lie at the heart of innovation and development. If the combination of art and science inspires you, and you are interested in designing buildings or planning the outdoor environment, then Architecture or Landscape Architecture will unleash your creative potential.

UCD has the widest range of facilities in Ireland, and the most established and respected courses to ensure that you achieve that potential.

UCD Architecture is Ireland's longest-established and most prestigious architecture course. It is the only course of architecture in Ireland that is accredited by the recognised professional institutes of both Ireland and the United Kingdom (RIAI & RIBA). The School of Architecture is also pursuing accreditation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the USA.

UCD is currently the only university in Ireland to offer an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture. This course is accredited by the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) and recognised by the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA).

Our programmes are taught in unique facilities in the Richview/Newstead buildings on the Belfield campus. These facilities include design studios, which are at the heart of both programmes, a well-equipped workshop and building laboratory, exhibition spaces and the best architectural library in the country.

The studio programmes are largely taught by practising architects and landscape architects, among them many of the leading figures in their profession, whose work is widely recognised in national and international competitions and awards.
On entering first year you will be introduced to the idea of learning by doing. From the outset, there is a very direct relationship between acquiring knowledge and skills, and their application. Short exercises are set in the studio to acquire skills of observation, analysis and understanding through the media of freehand drawing and model making. As your skills in architectural drawing, model making, surveying, scale and measurement are developed, design projects of increasing complexity are introduced in which these skills can be applied.

You will be involved in creative endeavour - proposing, testing and developing design ideas. In fostering this creativity, there is a strong emphasis on group work and learning from your fellow students in a friendly and cooperative environment. Small class sizes, open space studios and individual and small group tutorials all contribute to an exhilarating educational first year experience.
UCD is building an environment that will support researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines and that encourages collaborative research. Several research institutes and centres have been established to provide state-of-the-art resources and a critical mass of academics, including:
  • UCD Urban Institute
  • UCD Energy Research Group
  • Humanities Institute of Ireland
  • UCD School of Architecture
  • Among our accomplished alumni of UCD Architecture are:
  • Yvonne Farrell
  • Roisin Henegahan
  • Justin Kilcullen, Director of TrĂ³caire
  • Shelly McNamara
  • Kevin Roche
  • Duncan Stewart, Architect and TV Broadcaster
  • RuairĂ­ Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills