In 2019 we wanted the MSA Awards to exceed every expectation by hosting an event unlike anything the city had seen before.
We pulled out all the stops to secure Lord Norman Foster as independent judge and worked tirelessly to unite the entire construction industry behind our expansive vision. Through our hard work we were able to raise the profile of Manchester’s architecture, deliver an inclusive, industry-wide event that reflected the true quality of our community’s work, and attract the most influential construction professionals in the area.
The event saw 1000+ attendees from across the construction sector descend upon the Albert Hall to commend, celebrate and revel in the outstanding work of our city’s finest architects.
It was an incredibly proud moment for Manchester Society of Architects to see the community come together to share their talents and champion the character of Manchester’s architectural spirit.
There were 14 unique categories on show, ranging from commercial and community to built and unbuilt, and the judge, Lord Norman Foster, was staggered by the sheer quality and creativity of all the entries.
Congratulations to all the category winners and a massive
thank you to everyone who attended the event – we cannot wait for 2020!
It is my honour to take the reins from Ged Couser and become the President of our historic society.
I have been an active part of the society’s council for over 5 years and will further commit to building on Ged’s, and the wider team’s, excellent work to push the society’s position forward.
I am passionate about our profession but believe we are facing an uncertain future.
Architects are being increasingly marginalised within the wider construction industry thanks to the false perception that we are only interested in design with little concern for commerciality. And yet, I think we can all agree the world is a better place with a healthy, diverse community of architects, whom above all, are the true ambassadors of quality within the built environment.
Therefore, it is my aim for this term to strive to make our profession more relevant and further engage with other industry players. We can lead by example and become the most forward-thinking and professional society in the country.
I don’t believe we need to reinvent our role, however, we must use our collective experience and knowledge to achieve our goal of creating a prosperous profession. It will be difficult but together we can help change the current perception of our profession to give architects relevance and, ultimately, influence.