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About the GIA

The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) is the largest Chapter in the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). With over 1200 members located from the Scottish Borders to the islands of Argyll, the chapter covers a diverse membership.

The Glasgow Institute of Architects’ main focus is to engage with its members to provide a supporting role and in the promotion of architecture in the Chapter Area.

GIA Council members also serve on RIAS Council and report on issues concerning the Chapter, and RIAS members as a whole. Members can raise issues with their local Chapter for discussions at RIAS.

The Institute administers Student Awards, gifted annually to students in each academic year of both the Glasgow Schools of Architecture, and has since 1979 presented Design Awards to recognise excellence in architecture by Chapter members. GIA is also responsible for continuing to award a Triennial travelling studentship for young members, now known as the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, which was created by our founding body, the Glasgow Architectural Society, in honour of their onetime President. The award promotes the study of Classical Architecture.

The GIA regularly hosts events such as CPD seminars and building visits for architects and organises workshops, competitions and publications in association with community groups and charitable organisations.

 

committees

The business of the Institute is run by a Council who sit on various committees covering Architecture People and Places, Communications, Education, Practice/CPD, RIAS Governance, Glasgow Urban Design Liaison and Conservation-Sustainability. The Council is made up of elected volunteers from the Chapter membership, an Honorary Treasurer and Secretary. A President is elected and serves a two year term, followed by a two year Past President role; other council members sit for three years as voting members.

 
 

Architecture, People and Place Committee

“The promotion of Architectural and Urban Design matters that can provide tangible benefit to the wider public.”

The Architecture, People and Place (APP) Committee remit is wide ranging. Through the committee the GIA can engage meaningfully with National and Local Political leadership, local authorities and other professional groups on matters of policy in relation to architecture and design. 

The committee also has a particular role in engaging with the wider community. To further this aim the committee can organise Architectural competitions, events, exhibitions and workshops. If you wish to discuss any of the above, or would like further information, please contact us at app@gia.org.uk.

The APP Committee is responsible for the PaperCUT events series and is currently working on events to celebrate the GIA's 150 anniversary in 2018 including Paper Parlour and the GIA 150 Party at SWG3. 

 

Communications Committee

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Conservation and Sustainability Committee

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Education Committee 

The GIA Education Committee works to promote architectural education, the work of architecture students within the Glasgow chapter, and the two schools of architecture within the Glasgow chapter. The committee is responsible for the GIA Student Awards, the administration of the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, as well as the general liaison with the two schools of architecture within the chapter.

 

Practice and CPD Committee

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Urban design Panel

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People

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Become a Member

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