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The Grenfell Baines Institute of Architecture (GBIA) is home to architecture courses at the University of Central Lancashire.

We aim to provoke debate, encourage diversity and develop advances in the profession, placing particular emphasis on conservation, sustainability and environmental issues. GBIA develops students from the start of their professional journey to full accreditation and onto specialist focus into the challenges and management of historic buildings.


Architecture Degree Shows

Discover the award-winning creative work produced by our Architecture students. The degree show features work in a range of mediums by students from the School of Arts & Media and the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture.

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Architecture at UCLan – an introduction

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Why choose us?

  • Architecture is ranked joint top in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2023), and was ranked 3rd in the UK with 94% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021).

  • Our courses enable you to receive professional recognition to progress your career – courses are validated by such bodies as Architects Registration Board (ARB), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Architectural Technology provision is accredited by CIAT, CIOB, and CABE.

  • You’ll experience outstanding facilities. Benefit from access to our computer labs equipped with the very latest design software, as well as our studios complete with your own dedicated studio space.
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Future Careers and Opportunities

Following successful progression from the course and a year’s experience in architectural practice or related field of work, you are able to enter the March Architecture Part II. Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal institute of Architects (RIBA) leading to Part II recognition, which allows you to proceed on a path to become a registered architect and ARB member. Alumni from Building Conservation and adaptation include conservation officers, planning consultants, architects and technologists, surveyors, project managers, heritage officers and other multidisciplinary professionals.

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Meet the team

Our academic team have expertise in all facets of the discipline and you’ll become part of a supportive staff-student community, all invested in your professional development. Our staff are experts, many of whom have run their own practices or been involved in building and designing award-winning architecture projects in the UK and overseas.