The MA Architecture + Urbanism course is the Manchester School of Architecture's taught postgraduate course which conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Saturday 27 February 2016

Architecture + Urbanism recommends "Time and Context"

A Continuity in Architecture Symposium

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Benzie 403 Manchester School of Art

Through a series of lectures from award winning practitioners and academics, 'Time and Context' seeks to understand the importance of context in relation to Architecture and the influence of time on a building, from its moment of conception through its iterations of adaptation.

Fred Scott was previously a visiting professor of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and course leader for Interior Design at Kingston University. He is the author of On Altering Architecture, and will be discussing its suggested practice based on the interrogation of the context, to work with the everyday in flux with the ideal in an attempt to find elements of a theory of intervention.

Hana Loftus, one of the founders of HAT Projects a studio with specific focus on public and civic projects, is an expert in public participation in urban development. She will be discussing two projects; the RIBA award winning Jerwood Gallery on Hasting’s seafront, and the $20,000 house in Alabama, a prototype for families living in poverty.

Hugh Strange runs an award winning architecture practice based in London which has a keen interest in precise contextual responses to sensitive urban and rural sites. He will be discussing two projects, his personal residence Stange House and Studio, a low budget yet generous house designed to inhabit an old pub yard, and Architecture Archive, a new timber structure fit within the walls an existing barn.

Shin Egashira is an artist, architect and educator that has worked in Tokyo, Beijing and New York before coming to London in 1987. He is the founder and organizer of Koshirakura landscape workshop which he will be discussing. Within its 10 years of existence the workshop has served as an infrastructure for social sustainability and continues to document a post-agricultural community in transition.

Gianni Botsford, founder of Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996, will be discussing two projects. The RIBA award winning light house, a new build large family house on back land site in Notting Hill, London. Also Casa Kiké located in Costa Rico, a RIBA international award winning double pavilion.

The symposium is chaired by David Connor, architect and associate lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture whose award winning practice have worked on contextualised schemes all over the world.

Talks will start at 2PM with a series of refreshments throughout the afternoon. Panel discussions and wine will be the last session of the day starting at 5PM and concluding at 6PM.

Free Admission.

Sunday 14 February 2016

Ph.D Scholarship Funding: ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM

As part of MMU's £2.5m Ph.D. Scholarship Funding the Manchester School of Architecture seeks high quality research applications in the professions, practices, policies, histories and theories of architecture, planning and design.

Proposals may be based on individual research projects or on student-initiated projects in collaboration with a cultural organization outside of Higher Education.

Project aims and objectives

In an age where more people live in the city than the countryside, issues of architecture and its relationship to urbanism have never been more intellectually fascinating, socially vital and environmentally urgent.

The Architecture Research Group is involved in debates about the role of architecture in an age of economic globalisation, technological futurism, environmental and societal change which demand an approach to architectural studies that draws upon a diverse range of practices and plural forms of knowledge.

The research group is at the heart of an interdisciplinary project in which competing conceptions of design and development are brought into critical dialogue and we would welcome applications which fit with this remit. Central to this dialogue is the pursuit of research through which we aim to critically understand the evolution of design and development strategies, histories and theories of architecture and the wider social, economic and environmental processes shaping buildings, neighbourhoods, public spaces and cities. Drawing upon and connecting an energetic and diverse research community stretching across social sciences in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester and art and design research within the Manchester School of Art at the Manchester Metropolitan University, our research staff possess a unique and broad range of interests and expertise across theory and design, policy and practice.

Specific requirements of the project
Successful candidates will have training in the specified disciplines or cognate fields. normally with a high 2:1 or first class BA (Hons) and a merit or distinction at MA or equivalent professional experience.

Full scholarship and fees only awards for full time and part time study are available.

Proposals may be individually initiated, or collaborative and have interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. They will respond to the area of research excellence defined within the activities of the Architecture Research Group in the Manchester School of Architecture.

You will be supervised by leading practitioners, theorists and historians. Be sure to contact Dr Myna Trustram ( before you make a formal application for advice and feedback on your proposal.

Student eligibility
UK, EU and international students

Deadline for applications 21 March 2016 (9.00 AM)

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Dr Myna Trustram

Examples of recent postgraduate research are available on the following website ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH

Monday 8 February 2016

Architecture + Urbanism recommends 'Rafael Moneo: Building Teaching Writing'


by Francisco Gonzalez de Canales and Nicholas Ray

(Yale University Press 2015)

The Spanish architect Rafael Moneo (b. 1937) has won numerous awards (including the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize), yet this publication is the first to offer a critical study of his career as a whole-not only his many built works and projects but also his contributions to teaching and his writings. The book begins with a comprehensive biography, covering Moneo's education, teaching appointments, and encounters with historians and architects in Europe and the United States, such as Peter Eisenman, Jorn Utzon, and Bruno Zevi. Also included is a discussion of some of the buildings that he has designed, notably the Prado Museum extension and Atocha Station in Madrid. The following section examines in more detail seven key buildings chosen to illustrate crucial developments in Moneo's thinking, from the Bankinter, Madrid, to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. The last and most extensive section considers his architectural philosophy: his design approach, his idea of the canon, his theory of composition, his notion of form, and his confrontation with reality-in construction and context.

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