These Architecture Schools Around the World are Lessons in Themselves

There are thousands of architecture schools around the world, but some universities take pride in the actual building where the design education will take place. Understandably, architecture students value attending schools in which the building is original and beautiful. Considering students will be learning about how to design unique structures, it makes sense that the very building where this learning will occur is unique and visually pleasing.

Some architecture schools have recognized that investing in an outstanding building will allow the structure to be a learning tool in itself. These design schools are an opportunity for students to see first hand how certain materials work together. When a student enters the building, they will able to relate their concepts of architecture to the structure of their very own school.

It is not easy to make a structure that is aesthetically pleasing but also functional for educational purposes. These structures often require many things, but still must abide by the universities’ building rules and regulations. For an architecture school to be functional, there need to be large rooms for lectures and spaces for digital workshops. There are four schools that particularly stand out to us for their industrial yet opulent appearance. These school buildings provide the perfect educational experience for their students while being an outstanding work of art.


McEwen School of Architecture

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The McEwen School of Architecture is part of Laurentian University in Canada. The structure was designed and constructed by LGA Architectural Partners.  The project was fully completed this year in 2018. This was the first new architecture school for Canada in over 40 years. The building stands out beautifully in downtown Sudbury while also contributing well to the community’s city feel. 

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Founding director Terrance Galvin stated that “LGA Architectural Partners designed Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture to prepare young architects for the critical design issues of the 21st Century.” McEwen’s curriculum focuses on designing structures that are environmentally prepared for the future. We love that the wood and glass are so different yet work perfectly together to create an industrial feel.

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Abedian School of Architecture

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The Abedian School of Architecture appears to be from the future and placed on Bond University’s campus. Abedian is located in Queensland, Australia and was completed in 2013. Designed by CRAB Studio, the school stretches long and has 3 stories that help provide a light, breezy feel. Back in 2011, the school held a competition for an architectural firm to earn the rights to design the project. CRAB Studios commented that “the building is a long, airy loft on two to three levels articulated by a series of ‘scoops’: defining structure-enclosures that can be used for casual meetings and ‘crit’ sessions.”

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Strasbourg School of Architecture

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Strasbourg School of Architecture is a critically acclaimed school in France at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture. The building, designed by Mark Mimram, has been referred to as “The Factory” because it is covered it appears to be intricate boxes stacked on top of each other and covered with aluminum. The large windows look out onto the beautiful city of Strasbourg.

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In response to the industrial engineering and design, Mimram commented that “the relationship between structure and envelope has been the foundation of architectural practice since the Gothic age, and since the nineteenth century this has been beautifully expressed through metal structures.” The metal and box-like structures are equally bold and daring. 

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Melbourne School of Design University of Melbourne

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Melbourne’s School of Design in Australia was also completed following an international competition for the project’s design. The winners, NADAAA and John Wardle Architects, completed the project in 2014. Both partners came to the table with completely different visions. They decided to collaborate using both distinct perspectives and 6 fantastic industrial stories were created.

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The project took almost 5 years to complete and has earned a 6 green star rating. On John Wardle Architects website, they stated that the “inherent planning, spatial arrangements and configurations, particular programmatic adjacencies and relationships foster a rich, dynamic environment that becomes a point of stimulus, a catalyst for creativity and inventive design research.” We could not agree more, we love the versatile environment both firms were able to create. 

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Futuristic Architecture Projects by Michael Jantzen

Michael Jantzen amazed us with his brilliant futuristic architecture projects. We invite you to join us on a trip to 2050+.

The architect and designer  Michael Jantzen has worked extensively on the architectural evolution of buildings.
His artwork is a combination of imagination and craziness, ingenuity, and cleverness, complexity achieved in a simple way. Most noteworthy, he takes typical buildings and transforms them into completely atypical structures with a futuristic look.

His projects propose autonomous energy management buildings that not only prevent pollution but also use energy effectively. Michael’s work has been exhibited at the National Building Museum, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Harvard School of Design and Architecture, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. If you want to see more of Michael Jantzen’s ideas, visit his website.


Check out these futuristic architecture designs and let us know what you think in the comment section below!

1. Eco-Shell Multi-Use Building System

This structure, which is constructed of nine vaults, provides a great energy efficient alternative. Therefore, it could be used in the agricultural industry for a wide range of purposes.

2. Rolling Solar Recliner

Do you enjoy swinging on your grandma’s old chair? Are you also a fan of futuristic architecture and technology? Then it seems like this rolling solar recliner has been designed especially for you!

3. Stair-Scrapes

This is a new perception of what public space means. Not only that you can eat, relax, exercise and meet up with your friends here, but this place also provides you with unlimited internet access.

4. Eco-Tower

This futuristic architecture will find its home on a university campus or in a public place. The urban tree produces and stores energy, rainwater, and oxygen. Moreover, the Wi-Fi is indispensable here!

5. Sounds of the Sun Pavilion

This metallic octopus is a piece of futuristic art and science combined. Powered by the solar cells, this gigantic structure provides energy for the entire community.

6. A Gathering Place

Another gathering place! Say “Goodbye!” to the old, traditionally looking coffee shops. This mobile construction can be placed in an existing building or even outside. However, like any other futuristic architecture, the Wi-Fi is a must.

7. North Slope Ski Hotel

This amazing futuristic white architecture is an Eco-friendly ninety-five room luxury hotel powered by the wind and sun. Are you adventurous enough to give it a try?

8. The Super Collider Pavilion

This is a proposal for a public art project. Visitors can climb the stairs and walk onto the circular path. Would you like to go for a walk in here?

9. Sun Rays Pavilion

This simple but futuristic architecture is designed to celebrate the daily return of the sun’s rays on earth. It can generate the needed electricity to power the pavilion and the local grid. Amazing, right?

10. Solar Wake Pavilion

This solar pavilion serve as a gathering place for private and/or community events. It also generates and stores alternative energy for its home community.

11. Space Time Transformation Foot Bridge

This unusual bridge senses the movements of pedestrians and responds by changing its shape while they are walking.

12. Great River Turbine

This water turbine functions both like a powerful electricity generator and as a tourists attraction. It is designed to be placed near a large city where it could generate pollution-free electricity for the city. What a brilliant invention!

13. The Colorado River Bridge Hotel

This is a design proposal for a luxury futuristic hotel that is also a massive bridge. If you want to spend a luxurious vacation and enjoy the sunset over the river, this futuristic architecture could be the perfect place!

The Colorado River canyon near Page Arizona

14. Wind Tunnel Footbridge

It is a design proposal for a new modern covered bridge that uses the wind to produce different sounds.

If you enjoyed these futuristic architecture projects and if you found something new and interesting, please let us know on social media and why not? Share with others!

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30 Digital Urban Illustrations by Romain Trystram

Romain Trystram is a Morocco-based illustrator, artist, and art director. He has been working with world-known brands such as Siemens, Adobe, Panasonic, Virgin Atlantic, Mercedes-Benz, IBM, Yota phone, Wired UK, Wetransfer, Appleberg, Mapei, Mondadori France during the last few years.

Romain creates vivid colorful urban illustrations which stimulate the imagination. His works are a combination of beautiful architecture, city light, and urban landscapes. Below we have put together 30 amazingly creative illustrations by Romain Trystram. You can find his latest work on his website or Dribbble.

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