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

Beyond the classroom

As a UCLan architecture student you get the chance to go on a range of trips and visits. These provide real-life experience and exposure to different architectural styles, designs and practices from across the world.

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In Lisbon, students visited Mariana Duarte Silva's Village Underground.
In Lisbon, students visited Mariana Duarte Silva's Village Underground.


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The facilities really stood out to me. The design studios are large and contain all of the undergraduate students, meaning you can walk between the different year groups to look at their work and take inspiration from work that has been created by your peers.
Leah Armitage
MSc Building Conservation and Adaptation
United Kingdom

Get to know us

Book an Open Day to get a feel for our campuses and meet current students and staff. It's the perfect way to get a taste of university life.

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Why study with us

  • Architecture is ranked 2nd in the North West for graduate prospects (outcomes, Complete University Guide 2024).
  • 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.
  • We are ranked 5th for teaching on the course and 6th for overall positivity in the UK in the National Student Survey 2023 (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide).
  • 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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Wash Your Words

'Wash Your Words', a project by UCLan Architecture's Lee Ivett and Ecaterina Stefanescu, has been shortlisted for the RIBA Journal MacEwan Awards.

Wash Your Words provides somewhere for people to wash clothes, read, learn and create art, but also a space for imagination and to meet new people.

What can I do with an architecture degree?

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. This will allow you to proceed on a path to become a registered architect and ARB member.

Studying architecture could lead to a future career as a:

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Planning consultant
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Urban designer
  • Town planner
  • CAD technician
  • Surveyor

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Study a degree at UCLan

Interested in studying a degree with us? From exploring accommodation to visiting us at an Open Day, find out everything you need to know about life at UCLan.

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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.

Dr Abdulkadir Ganah
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Abdulkadir has worked here since 2007. He is a Senior Lecturer and currently the Course Leader for our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Programme. Abdulkadir currently conducts research on BIM, ICT and IoT application in the architecture, engineering and construction industry…

Lee Ivett
Deputy Associate Dean
School of Engineering and Computing

Lee is the Head of the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture and Academic Lead for the Architecture and Construction subject areas. As well as managing these subject areas, Lee also leads on the delivery of our final year Master of Architecture Design Thesis module and contri…