The Oxford School of Architecture was originally founded in 1927 Forming part of the Oxford City Technical School, this became the Oxford College of Technology in 1956, the Oxford Polytechnic in 1970 and Oxford Brookes University in 1992. Now called the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Technology, Design & the Environment, it is one of the largest architecture schools in the UK, with around 600 students and 70 staff.
The school was formed in 1927 when a small group of enthusiastic young architects decided that Oxford needed a School of Architecture. They formed the Club to promote this and asked the University of Oxford to start the School. This was declined as no funds were available. This was the time of the General Strike of 1926. So they approached the new Principal of the then School of Technology, Arts and Sciences - John Henry Brookes - who in his characteristic courage agreed! The Oxford School of Architecture was born. There were 3 students, two women and one man. One woman left after the first year to get married, but the School grew to one of the largest in the country. The department also have a society called the Doric Club founded the same year as the school itself in 1927.
According to the RIBA, the department is 'a thriving school, attracting high-quality students and offering innovative and diverse programmes which benefit directly from its associated research institutes/centres'.
The School operates mostly open plan studio spaces, with students from all years sharing working space. The digital studio was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects and new studio space provided follows a similar design.
Centre for Development and Emergency Practice. CENDEP was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize and is well known for its programme for humanitarian practitioners. CENDEP provides an academic setting for the study of cities, humanitarianism and refugees. Singer and activist Annie Lennox is patron of the Master's Course in Development and Emergency Practice.