Explore our day events, international study tours, annual showcases and more.

Forthcoming events

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We host a range of events throughout the academic year. We also host different events in conjunction with partners and affiliates.

If you are interested in finding out more about the events we have coming up or wish to discuss running an event with us, please contact Dr Philip Black, Director of the Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab).

You can also keep up to date with forthcoming events via our Twitter account.

Day events

Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab) tour of Manchester's public spaces.
Our walking tour of Manchester's public spaces.

We host day events and walking tours for students and other interested parties.

These tours focus on the design and development of place. They assist in visualising key urban design principles and terms in the real-world.

Manchester remains the main location for these events. We also offer days in Liverpool, Newcastle, and York.

International study tours

The University of Manchester's MSc UDIP students' tour to Vienna in 2019.
Our MSc UDIP students' tour to Vienna in 2019.

Our MSc Urban Design and International Planning students visit Europe. This allows them to explore urban design in a different context and culture.

We have undertaken study tours to Barcelona, Berlin, and Vienna.

While staying in these cities, we engage with local design practitioners and academics. This allows our students to gain valuable insights into how other places:

  • strive towards quality place-making;
  • tackle key issues such as urban sprawl, heritage conservation, and climate change.


The Manchester Urban Design LAB (MUD-Lab) studio ready for the annual showcase.
Our studio ready for the annual showcase.

We host our annual showcase in May or June.

This evening event takes place in our design studio at The University of Manchester. We showcase our work and that of our MSc Urban Design and International Planning students.

The event includes a drinks reception. A wide range of design practitioners and stakeholders from across the UK attend.

Want to receive an invite or consider sponsorship? Please contact Dr Taki Sonbli, Manager of Manchester Urban Design Lab (MUD-Lab).