Why research here?

Our research looks beyond technical design to the complex processes and practices that run through the development, adaptation and use of built environments.

Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) has an excellent reputation for variety, vitality and quality of work.

Our research

We engage in ongoing research projects in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, South East Asia and the US, focusing on four distinct areas of research:

  • architectural history and theory;
  • networks of architectural expertise;
  • social studies of architecture;
  • the politics of urban infrastructures.

Choose Manchester, and you can follow your own interests, discover the latest world-leading research, and attend lectures where leading experts from around the world present their work.

Our supervisors

We have specialist and research-active staff who provide a rich and stimulating environment for everyone.

Many staff are, or have, practised as architects and have strong links with the architecture community in Manchester and beyond.

Although we welcome applications on any subject, our staff are particularly keen to receive research proposals on topics including:

  • anthropology of architectural production;
  • the mobility of architectural discourse;
  • pragmatist turn in architecture;
  • the politics of construction;
  • transdisciplinarity in architecture;
  • zero-carbon architectures.