A New Year’s message from the President of Manchester Society of Architects

New Year Message from the President

Dear Colleagues and Friends.

A New Year beckons, so it is a great time to share our vision for your Society and upcoming activities for 2022.

The past two years have been tumultuous and difficult, causing a decrease in face-to-face events, but we were delighted at the enthusiasm and high attendance for the Awards, lectures and Barbecue and we really appreciate your support. We know there is a desire for friends and colleagues to meet, share stories and enjoy each other’s company and we intend to fulfil that desire wherever possible, be it digitally or physically.

We will be focusing on creating more and better activities that our members can enjoy. In fact, our theme for 2022 is all about growth.

Growth in membership, growth in engagement with our members, growth in the range and variety of activities that we offer, growth in celebration of our members’ achievements as individuals and practices. Growth in knowledge to meet the challenges that face our profession in times to come. Growth in inspiring lectures by leaders in their fields and emerging stars, coupled with hands-on experience for our members joining the profession.

And last but not least, growth in fun and enjoyment.

Our mission is:

‘To champion and nurture the present and future architects of Manchester’

 

To help us achieve this goal, we need:

Enthusiastic and engaged members of our council – if you have a passion to get involved and help our members, join us.

Members who are willing to share with people who don’t know our work. Help spread the word. 

Ideas to improve our work and activity, tell us the kind of things you’d like to see.

Help us by supporting our sponsors – host a practice CPD or check out the useful content on our Knowledge Hub.


Please get in touch with us and help us to help you!

Email: admin@the-msa.co.uk

 

Happy New Year! And watch this space for further exciting news!

 

Rob McGinnes,
MSA President & Founder of  Hive Architects

Concept Cubicle Systems sponsors the MSA

Manchester Society of Architects VP Paul Iddon sat down with Damon Grant, the new Specification Manager at Concept Cubicle Systems to talk about his role, lockdown, gender-neutral washrooms and more.

 

Hi Damon, why don’t you start by just telling us a bit about yourself?

Well I’m Damon Grant and I started as Specification Manager at Concept Cubicle Systems in December last year.

So I’ve not been here for very long but I’ve enjoyed talking to lots of architects, contractors and specifiers about what exactly they need for their projects.

How have you found it starting a new job under lockdown?

I think the last year and a bit has been really tough on everyone – so I won’t say it’s been ideal – but I do think I was really lucky to get a job with such great people.

It’s a really close-knit team at Concept and everyone has been warm and welcoming. On top of that, everyone is great at their jobs, which is what I think has allowed us to grow during lockdown.

I think the biggest challenge I’ve faced has been in trying to meet new people in the industry. Anyone who knows me will know I want to get out there and meet people and shake hands and get coffee, but that’s obviously not very easy at the moment. Zoom meetings have helped a bit, but there is definitely something missing from the experience, and I think everyone is a bit sick of them now anyway.

Obviously, it looks like we’re on track to start meeting up again soon, so hopefully my job will get a little bit easier. I’m looking forward to getting out, delivering CPDs and meeting lots of new faces.

Can you tell us more about what you’ve got planned this year?

We’ve got lots of exciting things happening this year. We should be moving to a bigger site soon where we will have a new showroom to showcase our products.

We’re also investing in our website and in social media, which will make it easier for us to communicate and share information with architects. The other thing that I’m really focusing on this year is expanding our portfolio of CPDs.

We’ve heard about your CPD on gender-neutral washrooms, can you tell us more about that?

We spoke to lots of architects about what they’re looking for from washroom suppliers in terms of CPD. We decided on the subject of ‘designing and specifying gender-neutral washrooms’ because we identified it as an area where there just a real lack of any high-quality information for architects.

We know that lots of schools, universities and public and private sector organisations are asking for gender-neutral washrooms. But, I think because it’s a potentially sensitive area, there just isn’t enough practical advice out there.

That’s what we’ve tried to do with the CPD and we haven’t shied away from any of the big issues.

You can find out more about Concept Cubicle Systems on their website: https://www.conceptcubiclesystems.co.uk

MSA Q&A with Tom Bloxham

MSA Q&A with Tom Bloxham MBE, Founder of Urban Splash

For those who missed our fourth MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President hosts Tom Bloxham MBE, Founder of Urban Splash

Following on the theme, they discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

MSA Q&A with Steve Slater

MSA Q&A with Steve Slater of Real Estate Investment Partnerships

For those who missed our third MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President hosts Steve Slater, CEO of Real Estate Investment Partnerships.

Following on the theme, they discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

MSA Q&A with Tim Heatley

MSA Q&A with Tim Heatley of Capital & Centric

For those who missed our second MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President hosts Tim Heatley, Co-Founder of Capital & Centric.

Following on the theme, they discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

MSA Q&A with Gary Jackson

MSA Q&A with Gary Jackson of DeTrafford

For those who missed any our recent MSA Q&A of the series, you can watch them back again here. Nick Moss, MSA President first hosts Gary Jackson, Founder and CEO of leading property developer DeTrafford.

They discuss life under lockdown and what the future holds for architects, property and development.

 

New Jobs Platform

MSA launches new jobs listing platform for the architects and practices of Manchester

To support our members – the architects and practices of Manchester, we have launched a FREE careers listing platform on the MSA website. 

We hope this platform will become the go-to place for architect jobs in Manchester. Click the image above to see the message from MSA President, Nick Moss. If you have questions or would like more information then please contact Nick directly at n.moss@sixtwoarchitects.com  

 

 


See the latest jobs here:

Building Equality’s Spill the Tea @ 15:00

Knowledge Share and Collaboration – Advancing Gender Diversity Advocacy

Building Equality are proud to launch their online, nationwide Knowledge Share and Collaboration series.

Our first ever event, hosted by our Greater Manchester committee, will celebrate and raise awareness of our transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming community.

‘Advancing Gender Diversity Advocacy’ – Wednesday 29 April, 15.00 – 16.00 – to join on the day please click here.

At this event, we will recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of the many incredible transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming role models within our industry.

Gender diversity awareness, visibility and advocacy has never been more important. We have seen positives strides in recent years, through laws and legislations and an increasing number of positive role models and allies. However, statistics show us that there is still progress to be made and our transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming community are disproportionally affected by discrimination, prejudice and violence.

We invite Jake Stothard (Building Equality Greater Manchester Co-Chair and Digital Engineer, Arup) and Michelle Shepherd (Building Equality Sheffield Co-Chair and Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald) to explore gender diversity awareness and inclusion every day and to share stories and experiences to educate on how we can better advance advocacy around the issues that most affect our transgender, non-bonary and gender non-conforming community.

The event is open to all, LGBT+ and allies, Building Equality members and otherwise.