MSA Award Winners 2019 Take a look at this year's winners

MSA Award Winners 2019

This quality of this year’s award entries surpassed every expectation and made the judging process an incredibly difficult task for Lord Norman Foster. The winning projects were of an awe-inspiring calibre – their undeniable excellence a testament to Manchester’s status as a true architectural city.

Architecture Jobs Fair

An opportunity for practices to meet Manchester School of Architecture’s current Part 1 (BA) and Part 2 (Master of Architecture) students, promote their business and discuss current opportunities.

Date and time
Thursday 6 June 2019
1.30pm – 4pm (1pm set-up)

Geoffrey Manton Building,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Rosamond Street West (Off Oxford Road),
Manchester M15 6LL

Industry Preview of Degree Show
Meet the current School of Architecture students alongside their work. An excellent opportunity for practices to see the best of this year’s work. Starts with a drinks reception and welcome from Professor Tom Jefferies on the Benzie ground floor at 4.30pm.

Date and time
Thursday 6 June 2019
4.30pm – 7.30pm

Benzie Building and Chatham Tower,
Manchester School of Art,
Higher Ormond Street,
Manchester M15 6BR

How to register

If your practice or organisation would like to attend the Jobs Fair and/or the End of Year Show Industry Preview please complete our online registration form.

The Jobs Fair is capped to 50 exhibitors. Spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis. Practices are welcome to attend the Industry Preview even if they do not have a stand at the Jobs Fair.

Lecture Series: Russell Curtis

Join us for the final lecture of 2019 – Russell Curtis

Russell Curtis is a trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a founding director of Project Compass CIC, a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for increased transparency and accessibility in public sector procurement in the UK. He has recently been appointed by Sadiq Khan as a Mayor’s Design Advocate and sits on design review panels for Croydon Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation. He has written articles for Icon magazine and Building Design, and is a regular commentator for the Architects’ Journal.

Date: Thursday 17th October 2019
Time: 18:00 – 22:00
Location: Albert’s Shed (Merchant Room), 18 Castle Street, Manchester M3 4LZ
Price: Free (complimentary bar)


Lecture Series: Joe Morris

The 2019 MSA Lecture Series continues with Joe Morris of Morris+Company – Thursday 19th September 2019.

Joe started up as Joe Morris Architects in May 2004, co-founded Duggan Morris Architects in October 2004, and now directs Morris+Company, an evolution of the two earlier practices.

Venue: Albert Shed (Merchant Room) | 18 Castle Street | Manchester | M3 4LZ |

Time: 6pm


MSA Awards 2019: Highlights

In 2019 we wanted the MSA Awards to exceed every expectation by hosting an event unlike anything the city had seen before.

We pulled out all the stops to secure Lord Norman Foster as independent judge and worked tirelessly to unite the entire construction industry behind our expansive vision. Through our hard work we were able to raise the profile of Manchester’s architecture, deliver an inclusive, industry-wide event that reflected the true quality of our community’s work, and attract the most influential construction professionals in the area.

The event saw 1000+ attendees from across the construction sector descend upon the Albert Hall to commend, celebrate and revel in the outstanding work of our city’s finest architects.

It was an incredibly proud moment for Manchester Society of Architects to see the community come together to share their talents and champion the character of Manchester’s architectural spirit.

There were 14 unique categories on show, ranging from commercial and community to built and unbuilt, and the judge, Lord Norman Foster, was staggered by the sheer quality and creativity of all the entries.

Congratulations to all the category winners and a massive thank you to everyone who attended the event – we cannot wait for 2020!

1000% increase in audience engagement.

See the winners here:

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MSA Annual Dinner 2019

Date: Thursday 21st November 2019

The Next Coolest Property Event of the Year
The MSA Annual Dinner is the biggest architects’ society dinner in the UK and has always been the highlight of our social calendar. Following on from the hugely successful MSA Awards, we have committed ourselves to exceeding expectations in everything we do, and the dinner is no exception.

The Original Manchester Venue
With Manchester Cathedral confirmed as the venue for this year’s dinner and the date set for Thursday 21st November, the event is set to welcome the industry’s most prominent architects and construction professionals for an evening of gourmet food, cocktails and live entertainment.

Join the Property Industry’s Most Influential Players
This year’s dinner will unite the property industry behind our vision for a more inclusive and diverse community and lead us towards a more prosperous profession. Join us as we host the industry’s most influential players, reflect on the year gone by, celebrate the achievements of our community and look ahead to the projects of tomorrow.

The Original Manchester Venue
This prestigious evening will raise the profile of Manchester’s architecture, cultivate an inclusive atmosphere that champions the true quality of the wider-industry’s work, and shape our professional network into a stronger and more collaborative community.

Don’t Miss Out on the Coolest Property Dinner of the Year

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment

  • Price: £95 + VAT
  • Date: Thursday 21st November 2019
  • Time: 6:45pm – 1am
  • Dress code: Black tie
  • Venue: Manchester Cathedral, Victoria St, Manchester, M3 1SX

A word from our President

It is my honour to take the reins from Ged Couser and become the President of our historic society.

I have been an active part of the society’s council for over 5 years and will further commit to building on Ged’s, and the wider team’s, excellent work to push the society’s position forward.

I am passionate about our profession but believe we are facing an uncertain future.

Architects are being increasingly marginalised within the wider construction industry thanks to the false perception that we are only interested in design with little concern for commerciality. And yet, I think we can all agree the world is a better place with a healthy, diverse community of architects, whom above all, are the true ambassadors of quality within the built environment.

Therefore, it is my aim for this term to strive to make our profession more relevant and further engage with other industry players. We can lead
by example and become the most forward-thinking and professional society in the country.

I don’t believe we need to reinvent our role, however, we must use our collective experience and knowledge to achieve our goal of creating
a prosperous profession. It will be difficult but together we can help change the current perception of our profession to give architects relevance and, ultimately, influence.

Nick Moss

President of Manchester Architects

Co-Founder of Sixtwo Architects