Studying at SSoA

About us

Architecture with a view…

Our School is known around the world for its strong social ethos. We believe in architecture that makes a difference and know that it has the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life of those who inhabit and use it.

The Sheffield approach

Through our teaching, research and partnerships we engage with real architectural, societal and environmental issues

As a UK top 4 research School we fully integrate research and design at all levels. Teaching is delivered by academic staff at the forefront of their field and students develop into skilled and critical researchers.

We fully engage with the City of Sheffield which offers a unique and exciting context in which to study architecture. Our generous environment promotes collaborative working and a community feel. The Well is the physical and social heart of the School and The Arts Tower offers unrivalled views across our green City and beyond.

We are proud to have an inclusive, open and approachable working environment and unique studio culture. We believe in supporting and enabling people to develop their own approach as individuals.

Our Students, Staff and Alumni produce outstanding architecture and research. They are having a positive and lasting impact on the global built environment.

We are shaping the future of practice and leading on cutting edge, interdisciplinary architectural education through our teaching initiatives, research and collaborations.


We are acknowledged as one of the leading schools of architecture - consistently ranked as one of the best in the UK. We have a strong record in league tables and some of our successes include:

  • 1st in The Guardian University League Tables 2019
  • 3rd in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2019
  • 3rd in the Times Good University Guide 2019
  • 21st overall and top 4 UK School in QS World Rankings by Subject 2019
  • =3rd in the AJ100 Practices Survey 2018

The RIBA 2017 visiting Board Report commended us for "the open and collegiate culture of the school with staff, students and external examiners all contributing to the ongoing development of the courses".

At this school your teachers will include world class researchers and practitioners working at the cutting edge of their fields. Our school is regarded with great affection by our alumni network who loyally support our current students in lots of ways all across the world.

Students vote University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union best nationally for tenth year running

The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been voted best in the UK for the tenth year in a row by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.

​​Results published today (Thursday 22 March 2018) also placed the University fifth best nationally for providing the best overall student experience - the eighth year the University has ranked in the top five.

The findings from the annual survey of more than 20,000 students also placed the University third for both Good Social Life and Good Societies; top 10 in Good Facilities as well as joint seventh for the University they would most recommend to a friend.

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Our graduates are sought after by employers who recognise that our students develop excellent skills.

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We have a range of high quality facilities that are available to all staff and students within the School.

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