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.

Please note that Architecture is not available as an affiliated entry course.

Further information about the course can be found on the Department and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements
  • A range of British and international qualifications in both science and the humanities may be acceptable
  • 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.

Admissions Assessment

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 sit a written assessment on the day of interview. 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.

See the general Entrance Requirements and FAQ for more information about our academic conditions. You can also contact our Admissions Office with queries (

Director of Studies:  Ms Benedicte Foo  MA(Cantab) DipArch, MSt, RIBA


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