Environmental Architecture

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MSc in Environmental Architecture. 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.


Assessment methods vary by course, and include written reports, essays, presentations, project work and a dissertation/design thesis at stage 3.

Students will be provided with a dedicated studio space equipped with desktop computers and access to relevant design and/or simulation software packages. Students will also have access to specialised environmental monitoring tools and equipment to carry out detailed assessments of building energy performance, lighting, acoustics, fabric performance, ventilation and indoor air quality.

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.

Programme leaders
Dr. Filbert Musau
Prof. Tim Sharpe

Rosalie Menon
Janice Foster
Dr. Grainne McGill
Prof. Colin Porteous

Guest Lecturers
Prof. Dean Hawkes
Prof. Tom Woolley
Dr Michael Ramage
Dr Matt Fox
Matt Bridgestock

Programme Overview

The Masters in Environmental Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art, provides students with specialist knowledge and insight into the relationships between low energy architectural design, energy and indoor environmental performance, and building occupants.

The programme is based on the research strengths of the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) and benefits from informed teaching through engagement with live projects. 

The programme offers balanced academic and practical content. Students explore the latest developments in environmental design theory and practice; and there are also opportunities to participate in on-going MEARU research projects. Students will work within an architectural school with a well-established design culture, and within a specialist research unit providing key research skills.

The core content is structured to provide students with an intellectually intense experience in the contemporary issues of theory integrated with the practice of design of sustainable and healthy built environments. Project-based learning and case study models enable students to develop real world learning skills and experience. The dissertation/design thesis at stage 3 provides a vehicle through which candidates will be supported to become masters of their selected subjects of interest.