Architectural Studies

Key Facts


Programme Overview

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MArch in Architectural Studies. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Studio space, workshops for wood and metal work; specialist equipment for making architectural models; a photographic studio and darkrooms; a reprographics and audiovisual base; a lighting lab including heliodon and model-scope and an architectural science computer suite. the Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, cafe bar, technical library and RIBA Information Service.

Indicative Material Costs
Additional costs will be incurred for activities such as study trips and workshops

Graduates include:
Clare and Sandy Wright (Wright and Wright); Charlie Hussey and Charlie Sutherland (Sutherland Hussey Architects); Christopher Platt (Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture/studioKap); Sarah Lewis (bere:architects); Gerry Grams (Glasgow City Council); Ian Alexander and Henry McKeown (JM Architects); Russell Baxter (Davis Duncan Architects); Gareth Hoskins (Gareth Hoskins Architects); Karen Anderson (Anderson, Bell + Christie); Riccardo Marini (Edinburgh City Council); Andrew Whalley (Nicholas Grimshaw); Ross Hunter (Graven Images); Andy Bow (Foster Associates)

Programme Leader
Jo Crotch BArch(Hons)

Pathway Leaders
Urban Design – Neil Simpson
Creative Urban Practices – Joanna Crotch & Robert Mantho
Urban Building - Mark Baines
Digital Creativity - Dr Raid Hanna
Energy and Environmental Studies & Zero Energy Mass Customized Housing  - Dr Filbert Musau
History and Theory of the City - Dr Florian Urban

Visiting Professors
Prof. James Pickard
Prof. Brian Evans
Prof. Gerry Grams

Programme Overview

The MArch in Architectural Studies programme is research and project driven with multi-disciplinary input in the areas of Urban Design and Creative Urban Practices, Urban Building, Computer Aided Architectural Design, and Energy and Environmental Studies.

The programme begins with a series of core lectures and seminars, balanced by focused reading of key literature related to the four areas of enquiry. This enables all of the students on the programme to gain a multi-disciplinary perspective and provides ground for shared discourse.

The Master of Architectural Studies pathways are:

  • Urban Design
  • Creative Urban Practices
  • Urban Building
  • Digital Creativity
  • Energy and Environmental Studies
  • History and Theory of the City
  • Zero-Energy Mass Customised Housing

The Core Lectures and Seminars form the background and basis for the preparation of two research papers and for identification and development of the the individual project.