Whether you are already at university or thinking about career in a built environment profession, we have many resources to help you.

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The built environment is the backdrop to our lives and shapes the way we think, move and feel.  As Winston Churchill put it ‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us’.

But well designed buildings and places do not just happen. They call for the skills of professionals including architects, planners, engineers, horticulturalists, landscape architects, surveyors and urban designers.  

Use this page to discover resources that can help you with essays and projects or find out about careers in the built environment professions.  You can also ask us any question about our resources.

Latest updates

Community green: using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health

Local green spaces are not being used because of their poor quality, according to our new report.

Decent homes need decent spaces

An action plan to improve the quality of open spaces within social housing areas.

Transforming public space in south Islington

New life for estate grounds, parks and streets in a deprived neighbourhood.

Researching for essays or projects

Download any of 300 free publications, browse our case study library of 400 projects or read through some of our 920 design reviews for detailed criticism of proposed schemes from the last ten years.  All of these can be filtered by the subjects that you are interested in, such as housing or sustainability.

Case studies

Discover hundreds of the best buildings and places in England, from housing schemes to schools, theatres and parks.


Investigate our enormous range of built environment publications - our expert guides and briefings are great reference material for your studies.

Design review

Study what our national panel says about major new schemes in England, and see how designs work - or don’t.

Architecture Centre Network

Find your local architecture centre, and explore its programme of events and talks.

Getting career advice


Browse our profiles and case studies, to find what sort of built environment career would suit you.

Ask us any question

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Useful links

Careers in architecture

Advice on skills, qualifications and RIBA accreditation.


The national association for architecture students.


Young urban designers' network with events and talks.

Urban design learning space

Learn about urban design and get expert advice.

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