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:

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GIA Student Awards

The Glasgow Institute of Architects Student Awards are an annual awards ceremony recognising the very best talent in Glasgow’s two schools of architecture.

The GIA Student Awards portray contemporary and developing trends and considerations in architectural thinking and provide a platform for the architects of tomorrow to have their work and achievements recognised. Awards and commendations are given to students in each year at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and University of Strathclyde, with their achievement celebrated at a special prize giving ceremony

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The Alexander Thomson Travelling Scholarship

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.

The Glasgow Institute of Architects, as Trustees for the Alexander Thomson Scholarship, are delighted to continue the historic tradition of awarding The Alexander Thomson Travelling Scholarship over 140 years after its inception.

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The Big Mack Build

The Glasgow Institute of Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival and Mackintosh at the Willow, are inviting entries for an exciting live-build competition during the Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.