Bachelor of Architecture Ranked 7th in Guardian Good University guide








The Bachelor of Architecture team is incredibility proud to be able to announce that the programme has jumped to number 7 out of 49 schools of architecture in the country! Well done to our students who work closely with us to improve the programme. Thank you to the wonderful team of staff who work so hard! Thank you to all that contribute from industry too, particularly the Lincolnshire Architects! Upwards and onwards! See the ranking here

Great news! Construction Science programmes validated!

News from Professor Stephen Pretlove!

‘We are pleased to announce that our new BSc(Hons) and MSc programmes in Construction Science and Management were successfully validated last week and we are now ready to deliver these new programmes from September 2018. Having achieved internal validation, the next phase of this development will be to ensure that the programmes are external accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) – the professional body which represents construction.’

Architecture Trail created by Architecture students


This year our Year 2 students also worked on a new Lincoln Architecture Trail. This is now available through Visit Lincoln’s interactive map app or through their website. The trail brings you on a journey of architecture around the Brayford Pool
area highlighting interesting architecture along the way!

Visit the Architecture Trail here


David Bramston’s Illuminating Exhibition Opens in China

Our very own David Bramston has produced an illuminating exhibition in China; the exhibition is the first of its kind and showcases a collection of 100 lights created from waste materials.



David, and his team of nine design students from Guangzhou Institute of Technology, created each of the 100 lights at the headquarters of Guangzhou Valuda Group Ltd in China in just three weeks. The lights have been constructed entirely from waste materials from various factories across China.

The sustainable design project has been running with support from the British Council, as part of its ‘upcycling’ campaign to encourage young designers to turn discarded materials into attractive and useful new products.

David Bramston, who leads the MA International Design Enterprise programme at the University of Lincoln, said: “This has been an incredibly exciting project to work on. We have been involved with a number of upcycling schemes led by the British Council in the past; however the experience of creating 100 new products entirely from waste materials in just 21 days has been unlike any of our other design initiatives.

“New design professionals need to recognise that their decisions to engage with more considered and environmentally friendly practices can influence cultural change. The British Council in China and their sponsors provide a valuable international platform for doing this, which we are delighted to be associated with. It has been a pleasure to work with a very exciting team of young designers here in China, and these practices continue to feed into our work in Lincoln.”


The 100 Lights exhibition opened in Guangzhou on Thursday 18th December 2014 with a launch event that was attended by guests from education, industry and the British Council. The collection will be shown in Beijing throughout this year, and could also form part of the British Council’s China UK Cultural Year in 2015.

One of the light creations – a five metre high construction entitled ‘Bamboo’ – has also been selected by an art gallery in Guangzhou to form a centre piece in its new gallery space.

Vanessa Li, Higher Education Manager for British Council China, said: “This 100 Lights project is one of the direct outcomes of the International Higher Education Collaboration on Upcycling of Industry Left-overs organised by the British Council. The University of Lincoln first joint the Upcycling programme in 2012 and has participated in each of the derived programmes since then, establishing links with more than 28 Chinese Higher Education institutions and companies.”

The 100 Lights project has been supported by sponsorship from a number of lighting companies in China, including PAK Lighting, which has supplied most of the LEDs used in the creation of the collection.



Following the success of the 100 Lights exhibition, David Bramston is now planning to create a second collection ten times as large, called 1000 Lights. This ambitious project would support charities across China, providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to help design and create the objects.




Sustainable Architecture graduate to present at global conference

​Manvi Mukesh Vyas, who recently completed the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design programme at the University of Lincoln, created a blueprint for new accommodation that would enhance the quality of life for elderly people as part of the worldwide Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages student design initiative.

The competition was part of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) global activity. It invited Architecture students around the world to apply their design talents in developing solutions that place elderly people at the heart of their communities. It was organised in conjunction with the UN Programme for Human Settlements (UNHABITAT) and the UN Programme on Ageing from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), to meet the needs of an ageing society while showcasing the world’s most innovative design talent.
In February 2014, Manvi was selected as one of nine winners from hundreds of entries. Alongside Dr Amira Elnokaly, Programme Leader for Sustainable Architecture & Design, she was invited to present to ambassadors and officials at the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York.
Now, Manvi will present her work at the 16th China International Real Estate and Architectural Technology Fair (CIHAF).
Manvi’s work includes suggestions for a new design of care home community in India, based on sustainable principles. As well as ecological accommodation, her proposal makes the case for workshops, games, entertainment and handicraft activities, which could dramatically improve the lifestyle of elderly residents and encourage community cohesion.
Manvi said: “My design is centred around the four pillars of sustainability; environmental, economic, social and cultural; and is focused on empowering the senior community by enhancing physical, spiritual, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. The project makes a proposal for a comfortable and safe home, which is important for developing confidence and independence among older members of society, and the fact that it is environmentally friendly and requires low maintenance ensures that the development would also be financially and socially sustainable.”
Manvi’s tutor and programme leader at the Lincoln School of Architecture & Design, Dr Amira Elnokaly, said: “I am so proud of Manvi and would like to congratulate her on her great success. One of the main objectives on our Sustainable Architectural Design programme here at Lincoln is to encourage students to get involved in real-life projects and international competitions, which are invaluable means of progressing professional development.”
For more information on the competition, visit:

Design for Exhibition & Museums – Success Stories


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What is Design for Exhibition & Museums?

DEM specialises in the design of three-dimensional environments that ‘tell a story’. The design of exhibitions for commercial and heritage practises is continuously evolving and presents many challenges to designers’ creativity and technical know-how. Great exhibitions communicate ideas and information effectively to audiences in purpose built spaces, leaving them with a lasting impression. By understanding the evolving nature of the industry, DEM produces designers who can communicate a story in a 3D space.

Throughout the course students learn how to manipulate space and structure, design graphics, create storyboards and create exhibition content that is targeted and accessible.

Part of the course’s appeal is its studio-based culture where students undertake project-based creative work such as drawing, modelling, written and computer aided design skills.

Projects are extremely varied, integrating theory, professional studies, technology and design skills to promote creativity, innovation and curiosity. We also offer this programme at

masters level with the MA in Design for Exhibition and Musuems; applications can be made online at

Recent design agencies and museums that recent graduates have progressed to include:
Museum Design:
  • Duxford Air Museum
  • Eureka Children’s Museum
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • Imperial War Museum
  • The British Museum
  • The Science Museum

Exhibition Design

  • Event Communications
  • Furneaux Stewart
  • Haughton Kneale Design
  • Imagination
  • Janus Design
  • JJA Design Consultants
  • Merlin Entertainments
    (Alton Towers, Legoland, Sealife and Madame Tussauds)
  • MET Studio Design
  • Photosound Communications
    Pico International
    (Dubai and Singapore)
  • Redman Design Associates
  • Small Back Room



Hugh Byrd flies into the news

We always like it when our students get success. It’s what we’re here for, really. But it’s also pretty fantastic when our academics are recognised too. So imagine the smile on our faces when we learnt that Professor Hugh Byrd, from the BA(Hons) Architecture course, had seen his work included in The Guardian.

Hugh was talking about how power outages of the past could be an indication of more major blackouts in the future. We could tell you more, but the people at The Guardian are pretty good at writing a story so we’ll leave it up to them. You can read the full article here.


Sustainable Architectural Design student to present to UN

We like it when the words ‘exciting news’ are used to introduce something to us, and today those words were used with just cause.

Manvi Vyas, a student on the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design programme, has been invited to present her work at the United Nations Headquarters after winning the ‘International Communities: A Society for All Ages’ competition. The competition was organised by the International Council for Caring Communities in conjunction with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements and the United Nations Programme on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Her project, completed at the University of Lincoln, has received an Honourable Mention. As part of this Manvi is being invited to present at the Urban Future: South Meets North High Level Working Session at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

un headquarters

Dr. Amira Elnokaly, Manvi’s Tutor said, “Out of over 300 applications from all over the world it is really a great achievement that Manvi’s project was one of only eight selected to be awarded.”

It’s also great that she gets to go to New York. We look forward to the postcard.


A local newspaper wrote about Manvi’s success.