ArchitectureAbout the department

Our Department of Architecture is ranked number 7 in the UK for Architecture by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

We are part of one of the largest and highest ranking faculties of engineering in the UK.

Our close links with the city’s creative design, construction, and engineering industries enhance students’ career prospects by providing opportunities to network and engage with professional practitioners, researchers and clients.

The need to address the challenges of climate change through innovation in design and construction will lead to substantial opportunities for graduates and researchers in the coming years, continuing the drive towards zero carbon and healthy buildings. 

Study with us

We have a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level along with a number of research opportunities.  For those already in the architecture profession we have continuing professional development courses and lectures for you to keep up-to-date with industry.

Find out more about all the different ways to study in the Department of Architecture.

Our facilities

We've a number of different facilities and equipment including:

  • Two design studios; one is a drop-in studio where you can be part of our collaborative and creative studio community, the other is dedicated to design teaching
  • Our own reference library, in addition to the main University library
  • A workshop for traditional modelmaking, equipped with a full range of hand and portable power tools, available under supervision

Find out more about the facilities available.

Our Research 

We're leading the way to a more sustainable future in response to government, industry and societal needs and are at the forefront of research on how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world.  

Our staff

We have a reputation for encouraging responsible and effective design practice with an awareness of social, technological and environmental impacts. 

Our Staff promote self-critique, confidence building and independent learning in our students resulting in multi-award winning projects and alumni success in Professional exams.

Prof Lori McElroyDr Gráinne McGill and Dr Linda Toledohave been appointed under the Strathclyde Global Talent Programme to help make the future vision of the University of Strathclyde into a reality.  Lori's area of strategic priority is smart and resilient built environments and cities. Gráinne's area of strategic priority is indoor environmental quality and health in buildings. Linda's area of strategic priority focuses on risks of overheating and poor indoor air quality in low-energy housing.

Our students

We're extremely proud of all the work our students produce throughout their time with us. Please take a look at our online exhibition in our Showcase 2021 and have a look at some of our Excellence and Awards.


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Our experts

Our galleries

Take a look in the image gallery to see the range of award winning work that is produced in the Department

Architecture studio


Students Andrea Hickey and Neal Hemingway created ChalkTalk for their Masters project, to encourage discussion and stories about architecture and design within the city during the Merchant City Festival.

Future Architecture Workshop: Merchant City Festival

We invited prospective students of architecture to participate in a day long workshop as part of the Merchant City Festival. Explore our city with them!