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.

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 Strategy

  • Glasgow Urban Design Panel

  • 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.

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.



Are you a member of the RIAS and live within the GIA Chapter area? Then yes, you are automatically a GIA member!



The GIA is managed by the GIA Council. Joining the GIA Council is easy! Simple contact us at communications@gia.org.uk to let us know you are interested and we will send you further information on becoming involved.

There are two categories of GIA Council Membership: Full Membership and Co-opted Membership.

If you are a member of the RIAS (except for student and associate members) then you are eligible to become a Full Member with voting rights on the GIA Council.

If you are not an RIAS member, you are eligible to become a Co-opted Member. There is no limit placed on the involvement Co-opted Members have within the GIA Council, however due to our bye-laws, they are unable to vote on GIA business.