MSA has developed a strong research presence, which is underpinned by the diverse range of work produced in our ateliers. Both research and studio practice are interwoven in their practical and applied engagement with the built environment. We work in various groups and partnerships, with each other and with external agencies. Our research groups fall broadly into three thematic areas: Built Heritage, Urban Futures and Citizen Engagement.

These themes capture the breadth of research produced collaboratively and by individuals. We often conduct research that crosses these themes and are frequently allied to more than one area. Under these headers we are able to describe the major successes and the measurable impact of our work to society. The School is has strong links to practice and is connected to the city, region and world with over 150 external partners. Our key strength is in applied research and its relationship to the realities of contemporary architecture and urbanism.

Research Areas

Staff Research Reports
Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group
Co-Creating Age-Friendly Social Housing
A collaborative research approach to improving the experience of ageing in place
UKRI Funded Research Network
The Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure
Culture, Amenity, Heritage and Industry