MSA: Here to support you

In the mist of the current COVID-19 crisis, the MSA will be adapting to offer support and guidance to society members and the wider Manchester construction community.

President of the MSA, Nick Moss outlines the commitment to our community in these extraordinary times:

If you have concerns or questions then please contact Nick directly at

MSA Awards 2020

2020 Award entries are now open!

The awards entries are now open and you can download the entry form below. There will be 14 unique award categories, ranging from commercial and community to built and unbuilt. This year’s judge will be announced shortly.

2019 Judge and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Norman Foster

In 2019, we were honoured to have Lord Norman Foster judge our awards and accept the MSA Lifetime Achievement Award, probably the only award he’d yet to win! Here he is, accepting his award and explaining his personal connection to our great city:

In light of the current crisis, the 2020 awards event will be postponed until the 9th September 2020, where we hope to celebrate the true quality of our community’s work as well as a return to normality. Watch the highlights from our 2019 awards evening and see what to expect:

Enter the awards here

Tickets can now be purchased in advance

MSA Annual Dinner

Date: 19th November 2020


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

In spite of the current crisis, we will be continuing our planning process for the 2020 Dinner in the hope that the situation normalises before November and we can once again gather together as a community.

All being well, tickets will go on sale over the summer. In the mean time, you can see the image gallery from the 2019 event and reminisce the good times!

MSA Annual Dinner 2019
Image Gallery

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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