About the College

Founded by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 1893, the Building Crafts College has a long tradition of delivering high quality education training in building crafts and building conservation.

The student population of the College is diverse, with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Our courses also span a great range of opportunity. Theoretically, a student can enter the College to complete a Level 1 multi-skills course and progress through to complete our degree in historic building conservation, or a construction management qualification.

The emphasis of our work is to give all of our students the opportunity to reach their full potential and our expectations of our students are high. There is a constant focus on delivering skills and producing work of high quality, whether they are full time students, apprentices or degree students.

Employment opportunity is also an important element of what we do and we support our students in accessing employment opportunities if they are not already employed.


The Building Crafts College was founded in 1893, by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters’, a City livery company, to train young people in a range of construction crafts. The first Chairman of the College was architect Professor Banister Fletcher, the author of the world renowned book ‘A history of Architecture on the Comparative Method’, first published in 1896 and still in print today. The College occupied the same site in Central London from 1893 to 2001 before relocating to a purpose-built facility in Stratford, East London in 2001.

The Building Crafts College is constituted as an Educational Charity and is governed and financially supported by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. Approximately 60% of income is derived from public sources, 25% in fees and 15% from charitable sources, mainly the Carpenters’ Company Charitable Trust.

Read the Principal’s Welcome and College Mission here.