Number of students per year: 3 - 4 

Typical offer: A*AA at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please click here.

Essential subjects: None.

Useful subjects: Mathematics or Physics, History and Art.

Architecture at Clare 

Teaching for the Architecture Tripos is mainly conducted in the Department of Architecture with the College providing an overall framework for architectural students and a strong supporting environment for their studies. 

Clare College has a strong history of supporting the Arts, Architecture and Design, which is reflected in the continuing number of applications made for admission to Clare to read Architecture and the generally high standard subsequently achieved by those admitted.

Design is taught in the Architecture Department’s studio where most students have their own dedicated design space. You are set projects that put an emphasis upon ‘making’,  requiring you to produce models and drawings to communicate your ideas, as well as using a full range of digital media. 

Lectures, classes and visits to completed buildings or buildings under construction/restoration cover the rest of the curriculum. In addition to the two studio days, in the first year you typically attend six or seven lectures each week as well as three classes and three small-group supervisions each fortnight, for which you’re required to complete written essays and undertake preparation.

The undergraduate teaching programme in the Department of Architecture is designed to provide an education suitable for a career in the architectural profession (awarding ARB/RIBA Part 1) and a wide range of related fields. Studies in Architecture at the University call for a wide range of skills and commitment for success.

Key People


Professor Nicholas Simcik Arese

Director of Studies & Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies