Lucy Cavendish aims to admit one undergraduate in Architecture each year, and recent students have performed strongly in both Part I and II of the course. We share our Director of Studies with Newnham, making for a small but close-knit subject community across the two Colleges, and actively encourage collaboration amongst Architects.
The BA in Architecture combines the intellectual rigour common to all Cambridge degrees with a strong focus on creative design, and studio work accounts for over half the marks awarded. The course is approved by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and carries exemption from the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Part 1 examinations; successful graduates may go on to take a RIBA validated MPhil and Part 3 professional practice course.
There are no subject-specific entrance requirements for Architecture and we have in the past accepted applicants with a variety of British and international qualifications in both science and the humanities. Mathematics and/or Physics is helpful, but not essential, and Art tends to provide a better preparation for the Cambridge course than subjects such as Design and Technology.
Candidates invited for interview will be expected to show a portfolio of recent artwork. This may include not only paintings and drawings, but also photographs, computer graphics, and three-dimensional items such as sculptures or jewellery; work too large to be carried may be presented in photographic form. We recommend that you bring along a sketch book, as well, evidencing your powers of observation, competence in drawing, and interest in design.
Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.
Please note that Architecture is not available as an affiliated entry course.
Onusa grew up in Bangkok and completed secondary education there before winning a Thai government scholarship to do A-levels and an undergraduate degree in the UK. From my first year, I enjoyed the very supportive environment in the college. The college staff were very kind and helpful. Having college friends from a wide range of ages and backgrounds also opened my eyes to new perspectives on life. On my course, I particularly like the close attention given by the design tutors and supervisors. I also enjoy the way the theoretical part of architecture is given a lot of importance, which is one of the unique features of the Cambridge course. I received an award from the college which allowed me to support the costs of architectural equipment purchases. And, all of my friends said the formal hall at Lucy Cavendish is one of the best in Cambridge.
Charlotte is a New Zealander who graduated from the University of Auckland with a joint BA/BSc, prior to her arrival in Cambridge. Lucy Cavendish has a very friendly environment. Home is very far away and I am lucky that the College such a great place to stay during Easter and Christmas vacations. I love the gardens; it's wonderful to be able to go outside to read or have a picnic. The food on-site is great (especially the desserts!) and the cooking facilities are essential for freezing meals to take to studio during busy weeks. I like that Architecture is one of the more unconventional subjects because of its hands-on creativity. The course is intensive but there is continuous constructive feedback and help. The Architecture undergrads are a very tight-knit group who make all the hard work enjoyable and memorable.