Architecture & Planning

On this page, you will find some recommendations on what to watch, read, listen and do to engage with your subject. As well as feeding your intellectual curiosity, these links may provide useful material for your UCAS statement. Once you have engaged with the links, make sure that you practise putting your thoughts into words with the writing activity at the end.


Why the Buildings of the Future Will be Shaped by You

A Day in the Life of an Architect

How to Make an Attractive City

Sustainable City


The Best Architects of All Time Ranked

Snapping Point: Architecture and Instagram

The Life of an Architect

Five Cities Where Planning Went Right

AccessEd Reading List


Reaching for the Sky: Skyscrapers

Design Matters Podcast: Michael Arad

Architecture and Power

The Moral Maze: Nimbyism and High-Speed Rail

How to Build a Smart City


  • Visit Amazing Buildings In Person – For getting an appreciation of amazing architecture and planning, nothing beats going to see it with your own eyes. There are lots of ways you can do this, but we would recommend Open House in London, where many of the city’s most famous buildings are opened to the public.
  • View Amazing Buildings Online – Using Google Voyager, you can see high quality images of amazing architecture from across the world, all made easy for you to browse. For example, it includes a section on buildings designed by Frank Gehry, one of the world’s most famous architects.


  • To apply to university, you need to demonstrate that you are well informed about the subject and have a strong interest in studying it at greater depth. To get started, practice writing about your subject interests by composing short responses to the following questions:
  1. What have you watched, read or listened to that has inspired you?
  2. Why was it interesting?
  3. What new issues did you learn about?
  4. What do you want to find out next?
  5. What excites you about the subject?
  6. Why do you think studying the subject is important?