Networked Learning

From attending guest lectures from industry experts, to developing skills through working on live briefs set by businesses and collaborating with community groups in Manchester and beyond: MSA students benefit from our links to businesses and organisations at every step of their academic journey.

Our strong links also enable our students to develop networks that benefit them after they have graduated from our courses.

Throughout the academic year, there are numerous opportunities to work on live briefs and meet with those working in industry. These include:

  • “Your Career Your Move” undergraduate careers day including a Practice Panel – Friday 9th November 2018
  • “Meet the Employers Networking Day” – Wednesday 30th January 2019
  • “Manchester School of Architecture Jobs Fair & Degree Show Industry Preview” – Thursday 6th June 2019

You will also have access to the careers services at both The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Here you can access a wide range of opportunities including job adverts, CV clinics and much more. Please note; students on our Landscape Architecture course should contact the Manchester Metropolitan University careers service.

Recent Student Projects with Industry

Reimagining the Harris

Masters of Architecture (MArch) students from the Continuity in Architecture atelier developed alternate visions for Preston's Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, following early design proposals attracting controversy from members of the public.

Students had a tour of the Harris to facilitate the conception of their ideas, and subsequently had their ideas exhibited at the museum, art gallery and library.

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The Peace Garden

Landscape Architecture (MLA) students created ideas to help shape the design of Manchester's proposed replacement Peace Garden, in Lincoln Square, the rejuvenation of which was campaigned for by Friends of Manchester Peace Garden.

Lincoln Square was identified by Manchester City Council as a likely location for the new garden and Planit-IE was appointed by a consortium of developers to deliver the public realm of the area.

Working in close collaboration with Friends of Manchester Peace Garden and Planit-IE, 36 students worked in groups over an intensive week to explore how the theme of 'peace' could be translated into a contemporary public space.

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Participative design of Stretford Public Hall

In collaboration with Loop Systems, architects in residence at Stretford Public Hall, BA (Hons) Architecture students from MSA Praxis atelier held an engagement concerning developments of Stretford.

Involving 24 students, key stakeholders and 12 year eight ambassadors from Stretford Grammar School, the event used participative design methods to develop responsive proposals raised at an earlier public meeting at the Hall.

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Tapping into talent - Engaging with our students

If you are a business in Manchester or beyond, working with our students provides an opportunity to not only help us to foster the future of architectural talent, but also for our students to contribute their creativity and skills to your business and projects.

If you are a business or organisation with who would like to work with our students, perhaps you have an upcoming project that would help them to develop their skills or an idea for a collaboration, please contact network@msa.ac.uk

We also welcome industry to campus at various points of the year to see the work of our students and graduating class.

See upcoming events for our industry network or join our mailing list to be the first to hear about our student showcases and engagement opportunities.