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Head of Manchester School of Architecture

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Tom Jefferies is Professor and Head of Manchester School of Architecture, a joint School of the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, joining the School from his previous post as Professor: Head of Birmingham School of Architecture. He is a qualified architect and consultant urban designer and a panel member of PlacesMatter! North West England's design review panel. His design work has been recognised through international prizewinning competitions.

His research critically investigates the relationship between culture, space, landscape process, heritage and sustainability to propose new forms of contemporary urbanism. His expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape, master planning and design codes, architectural history, theory and context, sustainability and conservation is a basis for developing symbiotic relationships between research and inter-disciplinary practice.

Built environment projects have been supported by grants pioneering approaches in problem based cross-disciplinary work, developing architecture as a critical practice. This has involved placing professional activity within a wider cultural framework recognising the overlap between theory, academic concerns and production.


A selection of recent research outputs.


Jefferies, T., 2012. Atelier Zero: A Unique Pavillion, Piccadilly Basin , Manchester, 23rd June - 2nd September 2012.


Sanderson, L., Aston, H., Jefferies, T., 2012. 'Atelier Zero', Installation, Piccadilly Basin, June - September 2012.

Book Chapters

Jefferies, T. and Mottram, J., 2012. 'Colour in the Designed Environment'. In Marilyn DeLong and Barbara Martinson (eds.) Color and Design, Berg, Oxford.

Internet Publications

Jefferies, T. with OSA, 2013. 'How do we mobilize the risk of failure in a world that demands security?', Bettery Magazine,

Journal Articles

Shaw, A., 2015. 'Semper's Jumper: Hard softness and soft hardness in archi-textile design', Craft Research, Volume 6 Number 2, 257-273.

Jefferies, T., 2010. 'Beetham Beetham Beetham (Beetham): Banal Luxury and 'Quality Places'', Space is Luxury. Selected Proceedings of the 24th AESOP Annual Conference.


Shaw, A., Jefferies, T, 2014. 'SEMPER'S JUMPER Hard Softness and Soft Hardness in Architextile Design', TRANSITION: re-thinking textiles and surfaces, University of Huddersfield, 26/27 November 2014, in Conference proceedings.

Brook, R. & Jefferies, T., 2013. 'It's Just Juxtabridity', Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 9 - 13 April 2013.

Other Outputs

Jefferies, T., Maccreanor Lavington, Rotterdam et al, 2009. 'Stoke Town Masterplan International Design Competition (Second Place)'.

Jefferies, T., 2008. 'Robin Hood Gardens International Design Competition winner (with Maccreanor Lavington, Rotterdam)'.

Professor Tom Jefferies