Manchester School of Architecture

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School of Architecture
Kantorowich Building (University of Manchester)
Chatham Tower (Manchester Metropolitan)

Established1 September 1996 (1996-09-01)
Head of schoolProf. Tom Jefferies
FacultyUniversity of Manchester (University of Manchester School of Environment and Development)
Manchester Metropolitan University
(Manchester School of Art)

The Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) is a School of Architecture, jointly administered by University of Manchester and the Manchester Metropolitan University in the city of Manchester, England.

The School was formed in 1996 with the merger of the architecture departments of the University of Manchester (then Victoria University of Manchester) and Manchester Metropolitan University. Students of MSA are classified as students of both universities and are issued with separate cards for each university, allowing them to use the resources and facilities of both institutions. Upon graduating the degree is awarded by both universities.

The School covers three main aspects of architectural education. An undergraduate course (BA Hons) which has exemption to the RIBA Part One exam; a professional postgraduate course (MArch) offers exemption to the RIBA Part Two exams; and finally a range of postgraduate Masters and PhD courses.


The Architecture and Planning Building, University of Manchester, Bridgeford Street, known as Kantorowich Building[1]

Researchers from the Manchester Architectural Research Centre (MARC) input directly into the graduate teaching. MARC is a multidisciplinary research team based at the University of Manchester: its staff and post-graduates are researchers in a variety of affiliated fields of study, and offer an interdisciplinary context for architectural research at MSA.

Graduation ceremony of Manchester School of Architecture is held in turn annually between the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. For example, graduates of 2013 attended the ceremony with fellow University of Manchester students in Whitworth Hall, while the 2014 graduation was held by Manchester Metropolitan University in an external rented venue.


Since formation in 1996, of the 47 universities in the United Kingdom with RIBA accreditation,[2] the school was often ranked in Top 10.

2017 MSA rankings (Architecture/Built Environment)
Ranking System World European National
2017 QS World University[3] 6 4 2
2017 Guardian[4] 9
2017 Complete University Guide[5] 15

Notable staff and alumni[edit]


  1. ^ It has been named after Roy Herman Kantorowich, formerly Professor of Architecture in the university; Kantoroch and others designed the building
  2. ^ "UK Validated Schools List" (PDF). Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 22 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 – Architecture / Built Environment".
  4. ^ "University guide 2017: league table for architecture". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "University Subject Tables 2017 – Architecture". Complete University Guide. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  6. ^ Andrew Saint. "Roland Paoletti obituary | Global". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2017.

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Coordinates: 53°28′08″N 2°14′17″W / 53.469018°N 2.23811°W / 53.469018; -2.23811