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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  • We were awarded Athena Swan Bronze status, in recognition of our direct support for women within the School of Engineering, enabling women students to transition successfully into industry. The Athena Swan project is a charter scheme, aiming to address issues around gender and diversity.  Our Women’s Engineering Network - a friendly group of women students and staff - regularly meet to explore all aspects of engineering and to offer each other mutual support at university and beyond.

Get to know us

Attend our Open Day and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences, speak to academics and get a feel for life at UCLan.

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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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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.

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.