Academic and professional qualifications

2019 PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

2013 Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2013 PG Cert LTHE, UCLan (SEDA accredited)

2011 Associate, Higher Education Academy

2011 University Certificate HE Teaching, UCLan 

2009 Master of Philosophy by Research, Manchester School of Architecture

2006 Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice, RIBA NW

2000 Diploma in Architecture, Mackintosh School of Architecture

1997 Bachelor of Arts with Honours: Architecture 2:1

Previous Employment

2009 - 2015 UCLan, Lancashire, Senior Lecturer. BA (Hons) Architecture Programme, teaching across studio and humanities.

2008 - 2009 The Manchester School of Architecture. Associate lecturer, year one.

2005 - 2009 O’Connell East Architects, Manchester.  Project architect working on the refurbishment of listed buildings in Manchester and Newark and new build residential projects.

2004 - 2005 Chapman Robinson Architects and EDAW, Manchester.  Part 3 assistant working on master planning and urban design schemes as well as private houses, housing association, residential and leisure projects.

2003 - 2004 Barnes Walker, Manchester.  Architectural assistant working across commercial, master planning and external works.

2002 - 2004 The Manchester School of Architecture. Associate lecturer, year one.

2002 - 2003 Manchester Society of Architects and RIBA Research Trust Award. Feasibility study and research for an exhibition of architectural drawings.

2001-2003 Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment. Programme manager for CUBE’s outreach programme: The City @ CUBE. Bid writer securing funds from NWDA, Regional Arts Lottery Programme, CABE and the Arts Council.

2000 - 2002 Fairhursts Design Group, Manchester. Part 2 architectural Assistant working on large-scale urban retail and leisure projects.

2000 Percival Smith Associates Limited, Manchester. Assistant art director, Seven Seas Commercial.

1997 - 1998 Fairhursts Design Group, Manchester. Part 1 architectural assistant working on large-scale commercial, education and pharmaceutical projects.

Academic service (administration and management)

Co-Programme Leader for Master of Architecture

Employability lead.

Undergraduate courses

Year 3, BA (Hons) Architecture in the &rchitecure atelier


2000    ‘A Floating Capital’, shortlisted competition entry exhibited at the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow.

1996    ‘Unbalancing Architecture’ exhibition, RIBA, London

1996    Rossant Award Drawing Competition, shortlisted, (BDP, Manchester)

Membership of professional associations

2020 – present  Chair: National Architecture Apprenticeship Forum

2020 – 2021      MMU Apprenticeship Research Unit

2020 – 2021      Committee member Manchester Society of Architects

2013 – present  Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2011 – 2013      Associate, Higher Education Academy

2006 – present  ARB

2006 – 2016      RIBA

2003 – 2004      Co-opted member of Manchester Society of Architects

2002 – 2003      Executive committee member and trustee of the Architecture Centre Network


Research Interests

Central Lancashire New Town

Manchester Textile Warehouses

Manchester Garden Suburbs


2018    UoM Community Engagement Fund: Garden Cities Exhibition at Manchester Central Library.

2002    Manchester Society of Architects Winstanley, RIBA Trust Award

2001  Manchester Society of Architects Travel Award and University of Manchester Zocchonis Award


Steele, M., Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. Bauhaus Models, The Modernist, 16/1/2020 - 25/1/2020.

Jolley, V., Dodge, M., Ronan, A., 2019. Burnage Garden Village, Manchester Central Library, 9/3/2019.

Manchester Society Architects, , 2015. We Built This City, Manchester Metropolitan University, 30/11/2015.


Jolley, V.S., 2016. 'Events 2016: Synergy',

Jolley, V.S., 2015. 'Events 2015: Transgression',

Internet Publications

Jolley, V., 2013. 'Constructing knowledge: A Pedagogic Evaluation of Design-Based Learning.',

Journal Articles

Jolley, V., 2024. 'Advanced peer learning through multi-disciplinary projects in architectural education', Journal of Architecture.

Jolley, V.S., 2024. 'Northern light: the work of Harry S. Fairhurst prior to the First-World War', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Jolley, V., 2024. 'Village, suburb, satellite: Garden City concepts in Manchester 1907-20.', Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire.

Jolley, V., 2019. 'Miniature Garden City', The Modernist, 31 in-between.

Jolley, V.S., 2012. 'An unsuspected skyline rival: Lee House, Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester (1928-31)', Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 89.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Jolley, V., 2019. 'Jolley, V. (2019). Build strong:art is long: Manchester Society of Architects' Students' committee evenings 1900-1914. Manchester School of Architecture: A Short History. 16-25.'.

Conference Papers

Jolley, V.S., 2022. 'Preston Express', Inequality and the City, EAUH Antwerp Conference, 31/8/2022 - 3/9/2022.

Jolley, V., Sanderson, L., 2021. 'MSA CATALYSTS: advanced peer learning through vertical group projects', AMPS Conference: Teaching-Learning-Research: Design and Environments, Manchester School of Architecture, UK, 2/12/2020 - 4/12/2020, in AMPS Proceedings Series 22.1. Teaching - Learning - Research, 22.1, pp. 129-140.

Jolley, V., 2019. 'Synthesis: vertical projects and multi-disciplinary external collaborations in architectural education', 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, 28/6/2019 - 29/6/2019.

Jolley, V.S., 2018. 'Central Lancashire New Town: the hidden polycentric supercity', 24th ISUF 2017 - City and Territory in the Globalization Age, Valencia, 27/9/2017 - 29/9/2017, in City and territory in the Globalization Age Conference proceedings.

Jolley, V.S., 2018. 'The rural super city: Central Lancashire New Town', 11/6/2018 - 13/6/2018.

Jolley, V.S., Sanderson, L., Aston, H., 2017. 'Events // A Decade of Student Led Collaborative Projects', 6/9/2017 - 9/9/2017, in Proceedings of "Architecture Connects", the Association of Architectural Educators 4th international peer reviewed conference, 2017.

Jolley, V.S., 2016. 'Central Lancashire New Town: The Agrarian Metropolis', Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation, Huddersfield, 3/2/2016 - 5/2/2016, in

Jolley, V.S., 2014. 'Lan Plan: Central Lancashire New Town (1965-86)', Twentieth Century New Towns: Archetypes and Uncertainties, Porto, ESAP, 22/5/2014 - 24/5/2014, in Twentieth Century New Towns: Archetypes and Uncertainties. Conference proceedings.


Hanley, A.L., Jolley, V., Sanderson, L., Coucill, L., Robertson, J., Sobell, H.B., 2024. 'MAP Manchester Architecture Papers'.

Jolley, V., 2019. 'Prime Mover', Leaf, Manchester.

Theses and Dissertations

Jolley, V., 2024. 'Central Lancashire New Town: an urban vision for the North'.

Other Outputs

Jolley, V., 2024. 'Portfolio: Synergy 2015-2017'.

Research project details