Architecture by Conversion

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MArch in Architecture (By Conversion). 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.

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 Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

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); Ian Alexander and Henry McKeown (JM Architects); Russell Baxter (NORR UK); the late Gareth Hoskins (Gareth Hoskins Architects); Karen Anderson (Anderson, Bell + Christie); Riccardo Marini (Gehl Architects); Andrew Whalley (Nicholas Grimshaw); Ross Hunter (Graven Images); Andy Bow (Foster Associates)

Programme Leader
Jo Crotch 

Acting Programme Leader
Dan Dubowitz

Course Tutors:
Professor Sally Stewart
Professor Christopher Platt

Programme Overview

Students who achieve a sufficiently high standard in the final design thesis of the Diploma course may be eligible to proceed to a programme leading to the award of a masters degree, MArch (by conversion), where there is an opportunity to develop an aspect of work produced in the fifth year, in greater depth.

Students progressing on to the MArch (by conversion) prepare an individual piece of work relating to their previous years’ work, the course is supervised by the Professor of Architecture. The MArch (by conversion) programme takes an additional 15 week Stage of full time study or two 15 week Stages of part-time study. During this time, students develop ideas arising from their previous year’s work, which are of particular interest to them. They develop fluency in the discussion of contemporary issues, which encourages them to place their own work in the wider context of present day architecture and society.

The exhibition at the end of the programme is seen as a valuable demonstration of the highest level of student aspiration and achievement and an important teaching tool for the School. Students are encouraged to devise and organise a public exhibition of their work.