The GIA both host and sponsor competitions open to students and practising architects. Please see below for current competitions:


The Glasgow Institute of Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, Glasgow Doors Open Day and Mackintosh at the Willow, are launching an exciting live-build competition during the Glasgow Doors Open Day weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Taking place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th of September, the competition will see the Billiard Room at ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’ on Sauchiehall Street inhabited and transformed by an installation built entirely from cardboard, which will enhance the Mackintosh-designed space.


The Alexander Thomson Scholarship is a triennial scholarship aimed at supporting students of architecture in the furtherance of their studies. The Alexander Thomson Scholarship was established upon the Architect’s death in 1875 “for the purpose of providing a travelling scholarship for the furtherance of the study of ancient classic architecture”. The scholarship has an illustrious past, and in 1890 the winner was a 22 year old architecture student by the name of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who used his scholarship on a sketching tour of Europe.

We have also sponsored other competitions over the years including:

  • The Midesteeple Quarter Ideas Competition
  • Royston Spire Competition
  • Springburn Winter Gardens Trust
  • Connecting the Seven Lochs Wetland Park
  • Kilcreggan Competition
  • Queen's Park Bandstand Competition



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