MSA Awards 2021 Highlights

MSA Awards 2021 Highlights

After an unprecedented 18 months, it was great to see so many people come along to celebrate the achievements of Manchester’s Architects at the annual MSA Awards. 

The sigh of relief felt across the Manchester Albert Hall was almost palpable on the night as the room started to fill to over 500 attendees. 

This year’s awards was like no other, with two years worth of projects all vying for top spot – you certainly made it hard for this year’s judge. The last couple of years have been difficult, but as a society and a community, you’ve been resilient and adaptable. You’ve kept going and produced work of the highest calibre. The number and quality of entries this year was astonishing and testament to that strength of character.

That said, our achievements as architects are allied to a wider team of other professionals, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. And, of course, every great building needs a great client so it was a pleasure to welcome wider members of the construction value chain to come along and take part in the celebration. 

 

The awards were judged by immediate Past President of the RIBA President,  Professor Alan Jones.

For the last two years as President of the Royal institute of British Architects, he’s championed social mobility and led a reorientation of current and future architects and the RIBA itself. He has judged for the RIAS, RIBA, Civic Trust Awards and chaired the 2020 and 2021 Royal Gold Medal and the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize so we were honoured to have him judge our awards. 

A huge thank you should go to all the entrants for their efforts, to the runners up who were all of the highest quality and of course, congratulations to the worthy winners. 

Finally – a very special thank you to the Award sponsors, Wienerberger, AluK, Beplas, Concept Cubicle Systems, and George Barnsdale windows for their generous support. Without whom, we simply couldn’t put on the level of event that we did. 

We intend to be back to our normal June slot for the awards in 2022. We can’t wait to see you all then and another selection of amazing projects.

View the highlights of the event here:

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MSA Awards

MSA Awards

The awards event will be back in June 2021. There will be 14 unique award categories, ranging from commercial and community to built and unbuilt. This exact details will be confirmed in due course. 

 

2019 Judge and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Norman Foster

In 2019, we were honoured to have Lord Norman Foster judge our awards and accept the MSA Lifetime Achievement Award, probably the only award he’d yet to win! Here he is, accepting his award and explaining his personal connection to our great city:

 

In light of the current crisis, the 2020 awards event will be postponed until the 19th November 2020, where we hope to celebrate the true quality of our community’s work as well as a return to normality. Watch the highlights from our 2019 awards evening and see what to expect:

MSA Annual Dinner

In 2019, we welcome’d the industry’s most prominent architects and construction professionals for an evening of gourmet food, cocktails and live entertainment. You can see the image gallery from the 2019 event and reminisce the good times!

MSA Annual Dinner 2019
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Architecture LGBT+ Manchester Pride Celebrations

? We are proudly supporting the LGBT+ community ?

Architect LGBT+ & LF Architecture are bringing their competition-winning float, designed by Raw Architecture Workshop, to celebrate Manchester PRIDE 2019.

 

PRIDE LAUNCH DRINKS 18.00
ON Bar (Sky Lounge), Gay Village, Canal Street

Join us for Friday Drinks with fellow LGBT+ members and allies from the built environment. Kick start your Manchester Pride the right way!

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019
Time: 18:00

Book Launch Tickets Here

 

PRIDE BREAKFAST 9.30 – 11.15
BDP Manchester office, 11 Ducie St, Manchester M1 2JB

PARADE 12.00
Following the breakfast, we will leave the BDP Manchester office and join the parade behind the Architecture LGBT+ float.

You will need to book a ticket with a parade pass to walk in the parade.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 15:30

Book Breakfast Tickets Here

Aperitivo & Xylocleaf Product Launch

Italian design is renowned the world over – unique, stylish, refined, subtle.

Thursday 4th July sees the introduction of a new collection of finishes from the exclusive XyloCleaf decorative surfaces range. All designed in Milan to the highest quality standards, it can be used for any kind of interior furniture and furnishings.

To celebrate… Join James Latham and Xylocleaf for one of Italy’s favourite traditions, aperitivo and enjoy an afternoon with us, whilst reviewing the portfolio…

James Latham Manchester showroom

Thursday 4th July

4pm – 7pm / aperitivo time

Looking forward in welcoming you!

Book your FREE ticket here

MSA Award Winners 2019

This quality of this year’s award entries surpassed every expectation and made the judging process an incredibly difficult task for Lord Norman Foster. The winning projects were of an awe-inspiring calibre – their undeniable excellence a testament to Manchester’s status as a true architectural city.

Architecture Jobs Fair

An opportunity for practices to meet Manchester School of Architecture’s current Part 1 (BA) and Part 2 (Master of Architecture) students, promote their business and discuss current opportunities.

Date and time
Thursday 6 June 2019
1.30pm – 4pm (1pm set-up)

Location
Geoffrey Manton Building,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Rosamond Street West (Off Oxford Road),
Manchester M15 6LL

Industry Preview of Degree Show
Meet the current School of Architecture students alongside their work. An excellent opportunity for practices to see the best of this year’s work. Starts with a drinks reception and welcome from Professor Tom Jefferies on the Benzie ground floor at 4.30pm.

Date and time
Thursday 6 June 2019
4.30pm – 7.30pm

Location
Benzie Building and Chatham Tower,
Manchester School of Art,
Higher Ormond Street,
Manchester M15 6BR

How to register

Practices
If your practice or organisation would like to attend the Jobs Fair and/or the End of Year Show Industry Preview please complete our online registration form.


The Jobs Fair is capped to 50 exhibitors. Spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis. Practices are welcome to attend the Industry Preview even if they do not have a stand at the Jobs Fair.

RIBA North West Awards Party

Join RIBA North West and industry peers for an evening of celebration and find out who will be taking home the coveted RIBA North West Building of the Year.

Guests will be treated to a drinks reception and canapes on arrival, followed by the presentation of the Regional Awards and networking opportunities.

The 2019 RIBA North West Awards event will take place on 8 May 2019 in the stunning surroundings of the Benzie Building, Manchester School of Art.

Dress code for the evening is business casual (not black tie).

Date / Time: Wed, 8 May 2019 – 19:00 – 22:00 BST

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University – Manchester School of Art – Benzie Building, Boundary Street West, Manchester, M15 6BR

Building Nature into Architecture

Join us at ‘Building Nature into Architecture’, a thought-leading event accompanied by a free bar and BBQ at Albert’s Shed in Castlefield.

Thursday 9th May 2019 at 6pm

Find out How wood can help improve sustainability, lower carbon emissions, reduce waste and even decrease stress in modern buildings.

In partnership with the Wood Window Alliance, Manchester Society of Architects has invited Eleanor Brough from Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Gerrit Jan Teunissen from International WELL Building Institute to talk about the well-being and sustainability benefits of using materials like timber in buildings.

Tickets are free of charge and include drinks and food.

Lecture Series: Russell Curtis

Join us for the final lecture of 2019 – Russell Curtis

Russell Curtis is a trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a founding director of Project Compass CIC, a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for increased transparency and accessibility in public sector procurement in the UK. He has recently been appointed by Sadiq Khan as a Mayor’s Design Advocate and sits on design review panels for Croydon Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation. He has written articles for Icon magazine and Building Design, and is a regular commentator for the Architects’ Journal.

Date: Thursday 17th October 2019
Time: 18:00 – 22:00
Location: Albert’s Shed (Merchant Room), 18 Castle Street, Manchester M3 4LZ
Price: Free (complimentary bar)