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.

Monday 10 October 2016

Red Carpet Treatment for the Red Planet Architect

2016 MA A+U graduate Karan Gandhi was recently invited to give a lecture about his Mars City Design project at the College of Architecture at the SDPS Women's College in Indore

Karan was surprised but honoured to be received as Chief Guest (with a red carpet and flower garlands) and was asked to describe his experience of studying outside India, and explain his design philosophy to an enthusiastic audience. Karan writes 'I had planned to speak for half an hour, but the lecture went on for about 90 minutes due to an overwhelming amount of questions the students had. It was a great experience for me at this stage of my career, and I enjoyed it a lot.'

Wednesday 5 October 2016


MA A+U are very proud to announce that the 2016-17 international cohort will begin their urbanism studies as the FRIENDS OF BOOTLE STREET, responding to the recently unveiled St. Michael's proposal

Adjacent to Albert Square in Manchester, this alternative student-designed project will seek to address the many criticisms levelled at the municipally sanctioned project by heritage bodies and concerned citizens, and provide a focus for a contextually appropriate proposal for this significant Manchester site.

The students have started a website to collate their design process and the dialogue around the project can be followed at

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