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Let's imagine more than buildings. Let's imagine new ways of living

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.

GBIA offers a studio experience supported by professional staff who are visible, accessible and available, who will work with you and are invested in your development and progress on your course.

You’ll benefit from studios, workshops and CAD suites which are among the best in the UK, plus dedicated resources and work and study space. There are also numerous opportunities for site field trips at local, national and international sites.

Our academic team have expertise that covers all facets of the discipline and are involved in a level of research related to their associated interests, as well as teaching and publishing across the subject area. In some cases, members of the team have run practices and have been involved in building and designing award-winning architecture projects both domestically and internationally.

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Why choose us?

  • Architecture at the University is ranked 2nd 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 24 hour 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.

Join us for an Open Day this Autumn

Our Open Days are designed to give you a taste of what it's like to study with us and explore the very facilities you will be making use of during your studies.

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