msa and the City
Manchester School of Architecture has deep roots in the City, where architects have been educated for over 100 years.
Our strong regional network is the basis for excellent international academic and professional links, informing our research, teaching and destinations for our graduates. The City's rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engage directly with our leading edge design practice.
The School's central location is strengthened by support and participation in the RIBA Hub, adjacent to CUBE (Centre for the Urban Built Environment), one of the leading architecture centres in the UK. The RIBA Hub provides a place for students and professionals to meet and a space for students to showcase their work to the city. Manchester is the home to internationally renowned architectural practices, who connect with the School through staff and student projects.
The strong professional identity of our courses is the basis for collaborative opportunities with Manchester's wide range of cultural and creative industries and practitioners, including new digital media, developers, galleries and the city itself. The recent regeneration of the city centre, is seen as an international exemplar, recognising the value of high quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues. The role of architecture and the public realm is recognised as a key element of Manchester's success.
Arts venues are a feature of Manchester, with numerous galleries, museums and theatres including Cornerhouse, The Whitworth Art Gallery, the Lowry, Libeskind's Imperial War Museum, The Royal Exchange, Palace Theatre, Opera House and Contact Theatre. Regular festivals and events include Manchester International Festival, the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Buy Art Fair, Manchester Jazz Festival, and the Christmas Markets, amongst others.
Manchester also has a world-renowned music scene and is the hometown of The Smiths, Stone Roses, doves, Elbow, Joy division and New Order. Manchester plays host to hundreds of music artists and bands throughout the year at its many venues, from small clubs to the 20,000 seat MEN Arena and the Bridgewater Hall, home to the Hallé Orchestra.
Travel is easy with Europe's busiest bus route on our doorstep, an extensive tram network, four city centre train stations, easy cycling, a free city centre shuttle bus and Manchester International Airport 20 minutes from the city centre.