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Architecture Working with business & organisations

We work together with industry and the professional & public sector through many different activities.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Department of Architecture is committed to providing opportunities for all to enhance their professional skills and knowledge. We run courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and research dissemination events.

Find out more about all our CPD activities.


A Report is available on our recent Seminar on BIM: BIM Seminar. David Philp discussed; the digitisation of the Built Environment, how digital is disrupting the construction sector, the Scottish Government’s BIM Implementation programme, the journey toward Level 2 BIM, unlocking the benefits and creating a digital built Britain in a new wave of innovation.

Online CPD courses

The Department of Architecture is developing a series of online CPD courses on a range of topics in collaboration with researchers across the University of Strathclyde and with external partners. Find out more about our online CPD courses:

An online guide for architects and designers

Bespoke CPD programmes  

We can develop bespoke CPD programmes in any of our research specialisms for architectural and design practices, the public sector or the professional community. Examples:

How we can work with you

KTP:  We can help businesses & organisations in developing innovative solutions. One way we do this is through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). KTP is Europe’s leading programme helping business to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base.

Interface: Another way we can work with you is through Interface. Interface is a knowledge connection hub for businesses from a wide variety of national and international industries who are looking to access academic support. Services provided by Interface include:

  • bespoke, one to one projects
  • collaborative projects where groups of businesses and academics look to solve industry wide challenges
  • access to cutting-edge, cost effective facilities and existing technologies
  • advice on innovation related funding streams

Consultancy & bespoke research

We provide consultancy to businesses and private and public organisations, related to the expertise of our academics. The services we offer are:

  • projects
  • studies
  • bespoke research

Find out more about our leading research in architecture and urban design.

Working across the UK

Our staff work with other higher education institutions, professional associations, public organisations, business and industry across the UK. Some recent and upcoming activities include:

  • David Reat has been invited to speak at the International Convention of the RIAS in Dundee. He will present his research, which will be the subject of an exhibition titled 'Adventures in Space', at the Lighthouse, Glasgow in June-August 2016 as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016
  • Professor Ashraf Salama was an invited Invited speaker to the School of Architecture Seminar Series, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. (June 2016). The title of the talk was "Architectural Pedagogy: Global Voices / Local Tones.”
  • Professor Ashraf Salama and Dr Florian Wiedmann presented their latest research at the BRISMES Annual Conference (13-15 July 2016, University of Wales) "Networks: Connecting the Middle East through Time, Space and Cyberspace", organized by the British Society for Middle East Studies, London School of Economics. The title of their talk: "Plurality of Hubs and Emerging Place Typologies in Gulf Cities" – Part of a panel on Cultural Dialogues: Nodes, Networks and Sites of Intersection.
  • Professor Ashraf Salama and Dr Florian Wiedmann (in collaboration with Simona Azzali of Qatar University) presented outcomes of research on Emerging Cities at the 7th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, Gulf Research Center, Cambridge, 16-19 August 2016, University of Cambridge. GRM 2016. The title of their work is "Socio-spatial Practice of Migrant Communities in Doha’s Traditional Core", as part of a Workshop on Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society.

Working internationally

KLABS project

The Department of Architecture is one of 11 partners in a 3-year project ‘Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments’ (KLABS), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. KLABS is a pioneering educational platform that addresses two current and equally important challenges of urban and rural built environments in the Western Balkans – sustainability and resilience. Professor Branka Dimitrijevic represents the University of Strathclyde on the project management team and Professor Ashraf Salama and Doctor David Grierson are co-investigators on the project.

KLABS workshop at the Venice Biennale

KLABS hosted an open debate about the challenges of resilience and sustainability in the Serbian pavilion at Giardini in July 2016. The workshop’s title 'MY_RES' refers to the issues related to the general scope of the project, and its result will be 'OUR_RES', indicating the common points of interest which strengthen the links and define the scope of collaboration between the project partners.

KLABS workshop at the University of Strathclyde

The Department of Architecture hosted a workshop of the EU Erasmus+ co-funded project ‘Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments’ (KLABS) on the 31st May – 2nd June 2017. Professor Dimitris Drikakis, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering welcomed the delegates. The meeting started with a presentation by RKES on international collaboration in research and education in the context of Brexit. This was followed by a networking session to seek opportunities for collaboration between academics from the Faculty of Engineering and academics from 10 higher education institutions from Kosovo (the project co-ordinator), Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Italy, Germany and Netherlands. The delegates also visited the City Observatory at the Institute for Future Cities and the end of the year exhibition of students' projects in Architecture and Urban Design. The study visit included a welcome reception at Glasgow City Chambers and an architectural tour of the City of Glasgow. During the three-day workshop the delegates worked on the development of learning material for new MSc courses on sustainable and resilient built environments in Western Balkan countries.


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Architecture and Museum Studies: Contemporary Challenges

An international workshop on contemporary challenges in the design of museums was organised during the Engage with Strathclyde week in May 2017. Representatives of the Architects Council of Europe, the Office of Public Works of Republic of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, the National Museum of Northern Ireland, the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Museums and Galleries Scotland participated in the workshop to discuss opportunities for a joint research project on the above topic. The workshop was organised by Selma Harrington (PhD candidate) and Professor Branka Dimitrijevic.

Our research expertise

Our leading-edge research in architecture and urban design provides expertise in the following areas:

How we can help you

  • Do you have a problem related to building design, low carbon technologies, conservation, urban planning or construction law that University expertise could assist you with?
  • Do you need support or funding to work with the University?
  • Are you interested in attending continuous professional development courses and productive networking events?   

Please get in touch with Professor Branka Dimitrijevic, Director of Knowledge Exchange, to discuss your requirements.
+44 (0) 141 548 3105

Image credit: End of Year Exhibition in our department, by Ross Campbell Phototographer.

Discover more about our collaborations with business

Glasgow Project Office

The office’s mission is to provide real design and construction opportunities as educational experiences for students. It aims to enhance educational, research and knowledge sharing activities through the staff and students’ engagement in live projects and community involvement.

Glasgow project office

Sustainable design & technology

Sustainable design & technology

We have extensive testing and analysis capabilities for a range of building materials including timber and natural polymer building materials.