Architecture is for Everybody

At Manchester School of Architecture, we believe that buildings and cities can only really be inclusive if they are designed by people from all backgrounds, and it follows that the built environment would benefit more people if architects were reflective of wider society. Our new Foundation Year will prepare students for a degree in Architecture at one of the world’s top schools of Architecture and is open to UK students as part of the Widening Participation agenda.

Architecture is a broad discipline and design will be a key focus of the Foundation alongside personal and professional development to understand the broader context of professional practice. The teaching and learning on the course will be hands on, working on spatial experiments through drawing, making, and testing in an exciting studio environment with projects connected to real world applications. Initial units will concentrate on communication and presentation techniques, followed by learning analytical and conceptual skills. These activities will build up to a final Studio unit which reflects the teaching of design in the main degree programme.

Emily Crompton will lead the Foundation Year which will launch in September 2023. She previously led Year 1 on the undergraduate course where she focussed on understanding students’ existing experiences of ‘space’ and architecture, as well as their own individual outlook on the world. The ambition for our new Foundation year is to address wide-held concerns of under representation in the discipline of Architecture.

For all enquiries and informal discussion please contact Emily Crompton at

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Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) Mentoring Service

In 2023, Manchester School of Architecture launched it's Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) Mentoring Service. Our PSA Mentoring Service guides architecture students and recent graduates through the process of recording and reflecting on their practical experience at Stages 1 and 2. Our service provides additional support and guidance through professional events at the Manchester School of Architecture.

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