Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture MSA Stage 4

Shubham Kirve

A competent problem solver, coming through most during architectural and concept design processes. Innovative at offering alternative solutions and building on proposed ideas with widening digital skills. Compliant to varying workloads and tight deadlines while achieving proficiency at client-based and team-based communication

Stage 2 – Vertical Project
Stage 3 – InterACT
Stage 4 – Urban Building
Stage 4 – A Visual Research Project
In Conversation with Architect John Joseph Burns of Holmes Miller (Architecture & Planning practice)
Stage 4 – Urban Housing
Stage 4 – Cell

Stage 2 – Vertical Project

Stage 3 – InterACT

Stage 4 – Urban Building

Re-inventing Sustainability: The Barras Cultural Center.

Identity, community, purpose are the three concepts implemented into the design in the promise to regain sustainability in a slowly decaying space. The Barras district requires new anchor points to gain financial profit, cultural recognition and a sustainable model for a continuous existence. With a new public square, Performace Hall, Art Gallery, Markets, Daycare centre, Sustainable urban farm, Library and Study spaces, there is an opportunity to regain sustainability and fulfil the larger goal of a meaningful community.

The rough texture of the brick announces its presence and blends in with the iconic buildings of the Barras neighbourhood; on the inside exposed timber, brings natural familiarity and grounds the building as a place for the people. The continuous movement associated with the circular staircase inside both the buildings mimics the experience of being in the Barras Market symbolically.

The continuous changes happening in and around the district can result in people falling behind. These changes could be in the form of practical knowledge, general knowledge, awareness of current issues, and unique skills development. The Cultural centre would provide enrichment programs to help the surrounding community and the people of Glasgow.

The Cultural Centre is composed of two buildings shaped as two puzzle pieces joined by a bridge but relatively separated as a way to welcome natural light into the square. This placement creates a V-shaped negative space that hosts and keeps alive the traditional open-air Barras market inviting the market-goers into the centre, right in front of the cultural centre’s main entrance. This structure does not necessarily align with the existing buildings, creating a breathing space for the monotonous landscape.


The cultural centre embodies The Barras Market’s uniqueness while giving it a bigger platform and a significant change in direction. It retains its significant past while looking up to a sustainable existence for future market-goers and help seekers.

Mind map of Interlinking spaces

Sketches, Concepts and Presedents on A4

Site Plan 1:1250 on A5

Ground Floor 1:200 on A4

Sections 1:200 on A2

Stage 4: Studio Work Final submission Gallery Mock-up

Interplay of spaces

Location Plan 1:200 on A5

Stage 4 – A Visual Research Project

The Rise of Tenements

An analysis of The Tenements Identity, characteristics, influences
and its relation to forming a Burgh.

This dissertation conducts a case analysis on multiple influences related to ‘The Glasgow Tenement’ in the context of adaptability, overpopulation, and functionality. It draws upon Frank Worsdall and his deep analysis of Glasgow’s domestic architecture; through Lost Glasgow by Carol Foreman, it examines Glasgow’s forgotten architectural heritage. With several other books and dissertations like Glasgow -The Forming of the city (Peter Reed – 1993), The Castles of Scotland (Martin Coventry -1995), Lost Edinburgh (Hamish Coghill – 2005) and a dissertation written in 1972 by Watt, J.M. The Glasgow Tenement the research dives deeper into the several origins of the ‘Tenement’.


Further examining asks – through a comparison of plans, sections, and images (accessible to me at this given time) – What are the oldest Scottish Influences on the ‘continental form of housing typified by the Tenement’? – How did Tenements and their influences adapt to specific situations like overpopulation, industrialisation, “glorified urban living”, and economic distress?

In Conversation with Architect John Joseph Burns of Holmes Miller (Architecture & Planning practice)

Topics Discussed:

  • Origin of tenements in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


  • Analysing Tenemets as an archetype for living.


  • Architect John Joseph Burns presenting his research into the history and development of the Glasgow Tenement as an architectural typology that defines the city.


  • The political and social impact on the aesthetics of the Tenements throughout Scotland.


The sit-down conversation was an inquiry into the origins of Tenements that related back to my Stage 4: A Visual Research Project. To structure the Hour-long conversation where we branched into the above-mentioned topics, I had prepared six questions. It was a very informative conversation that gave me the last push to complete my research and sparked a new interest in the socio-political influences of Castel like aesthetic in Scotland.


Questions asked during a sit-down conversation with architect John Joseph Burns of Holmes Miller (Architecture & Planning practice)

Each question, as well as my Stage 4: A Visual Research Project, tries to judge the identity of tenements. Some questions shine a light on Glasgow's aesthetic choices through the ages. Others open a conversation about Glasgow's social decisions of the past and the present.

In conversation with : Architect John Joseph Burns

Stage 4 – Urban Housing

Design Thesis


I am looking to create a contemporary and communal design district. This new design district will coexist with the existing flea market promoting mixing and juxtaposition of the two. Both would have a commercial aspect while keeping their respective communities a priority. The existing community and the new community will merge using communal squares, community-organized activities in building C and exhibition/ workshop spaces organized or maintained by budding resident artists.


Building C attempts to connect the existing community with the new design district. On the ground floor is an internet café, a small auditorium. The first floor is a small-scale community organized conservatoire. And the rest of the floors would morph into an interactive art and design community centre. The activities on these floors would be organized by the resident artists living in communal flats adjoining building C.


The new residents and the old would be able to take advantage of these spaces in building C may it be children or adults. The residential flats would also carry the communal aspect by having open spaces on each floor for a variety of social activities. The resident artists would always be changing throughout the year, this would bring diversity and unpredictability to the type of art, music and communal environment the design district has to offer.

Stage 4 – Cell