MSA Lecture // GMC21 Tickets now on sale

MSA Lecture // GMC21

GMC21 The Modernist Edit: The Manchester Modernists have just published their survey of twenty-first century architecture in Manchester and Salford.

Are you in it?

Phil Griffin architectural commentator, is joined by Eddy Rhead, writer and Modernist founder, and Daniel Hopkinson, architectural photographer credited with many images in the book.

Exclusive Preview Thursday 14 September, 6 – 8.30pm

GMC21 is available to buy on the night…..You’ll love it.

The information for each building has been collected with the help of the architectural firms involved, with a huge amount of support and goodwill from all of them and from the architectural photographers that have worked with them. Each entry includes factual information, a short contextual description and high-quality photographs.”


£5 a ticket which includes a drink.

Tickets are now on sale:

MSA Dinner – Tickets

The most awaited night of the year is back! Tickets for this year’s MSA Annual Dinner are now available to purchase. As always, spaces are limited so book early to avoid missing out on your chance to attend!
The event will start at 18:30 with arrival drinks at the remarkable Hallé St Peter’s, followed by dinner and a night of entertainment coming to a close at 23:45.
Early bird tickets are priced at £95 + VAT per person and each table sits a maximum of 10 people.

To purchase a ticket please email proof of Bacs transaction to and await confirmation. In the email please include the address that you’d like the invoice to be addressed to – along with any additional information such as questions or dietary requirements. Early bird deadline is 30th September.

Manchester Society of Architects Bank Details: 
08-92-99 / 65538177

Date: 09.11.23
Time: 18:30
Location: Hallé St Peter’s
Price: £95 + VAT per person (early bird)

MSA Award Winners 2023

One Off House Unbuilt Award Winner: TC Residence by Alter Studio
This complete transformation of an existing bungalow draws on the spirit of the locality to create a quiet cluster of domestic forms, and an intriguing enfilade of living spaces.

One Off House Built Award Winner: Vestige by Smith & Young
This modest new-build house demonstrates an extraordinary sensitivity to its suburban context and at the same time, expresses a contemporary formal and spatial dynamic; at the same time simple but beautifully detailed interiors offer a sense of calm.

Community Unbuilt Award Winner: Wellbank Community Hub by Artform Architects
This community hub design sensitively translates the barn building typology into a multi-functional building whose generous gabled porticos and epic roofs feel at home in its rural setting.

Community Built Award Winner: Church of Ascension Reconstruction by Buttress
This project is a miraculous resurrection of Salford’s Church of Ascension, destroyed by arson. Exemplary in its use of traditional materials, the reconstruction has introduced more light and universal access to a once again welcoming and resilient community facility.

Small Project Award Winner: Little Underbank by Kelsall Architects
This is a joyful restoration of a derelict Grade II Stockport building into a co-working community space and shop. This project preserves and celebrates heritage on a budget, proving the value that care and imagination are the key to the revival of places.

Commercial Unbuilt Award Winner: Florence Square, Water Lane by DLA
This scheme creates a sense of generosity at its base, with double height colonnades and generous public spaces at its base. Façade material, patterning and proportions are all handled careful to create a quietly sophisticated pair of buildings.

Commercial Built Award Winner: 11 & 12 Wellington Place by TP Bennett
The project is not only a BREAAM Outstanding office building, but it represents good urban design offering an interstitial passage and bridge, and a façade language that offers human scale and rhythm and generous streetscape language to its heritage context.

Commercial Retrofit & Extension Award Winner: Tileyard North by Hawkins Brown
This multi-building restoration of Grade II Listed mill buildings embodies their ability to provide robust new social and cultural infrastructure perfectly suited for the creative industries, but also with generous civic spaces that will enrich its wider locality.

Multiple Residential Unbuilt Award Winner:
Passivhaus Living & Co-working at The George by Ollier Smurthwaite Architects
This project, part of a trio of substantial urban buildings, promises to be a characterful and well proportioned hybrid of residential tower and warehouse. Dwellings are well planned, neighbouring brick viaduct is playfully channelled to become a co-working hub, forming a generous gesture to the street.

Multiple Residential Built Award Winner: Project 531 by Project 3 Architects
This project successfully introduces medium density 4-plex residential typology into a low rise residential neighbourhood. Entrances and thresholds have been articulated carefully, although they lack that green threshold, the planted buffer zone that the neighbouring dwellings enjoy.

Residential Retrofit & Extension Award Winner: Ford House by LIND Studio
This project is a complex conversion of a Grade II listed building into a multi-occupancy building. At the same time extends it to create two additional dwellings. The stony character of the existing building is captured in the new extension and celebrated in both detail and in the way light is handled against the interior finishes.

Future Architect award Winner: Topo-Licy by Thomas Lee, Alexander Wallace & Samuel Mason
This masters thesis project Topolicy is a fully developed architectural proposition that operates across multiple physical and conceptual scales. The students have deployed their critical assessment of Cumbria’s regional development policies as a springboard for the architectural imagination in the service of local communities and ecologies. Their proposed interventions – clustered buildings, landscapes and even construction methodologies are represented with rigour and extraordinary beauty.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Stephen Hodder
This year’s lifetime achievement award goes to someone synonymous with Manchester architecture but who has also left their mark beyond. Still creating outstanding work this year marks their 40th year in practice; Stephen Hodder MBE. He founded Hodder Associates in 1992 and within a year won the Royal Fine Arts Commission/Sunday Times Building of the Year award for Colne Swimming Pool, followed by the Stirling Prize for the Centenary Building at the University of Salford. Throughout his career, Stephen has received numerous honours, including an MBE, honorary doctorates, and has served in influential positions such as RIBA President. He continues to receive recognition with over 60 major awards, including 17 for the Welcome Building at RHS Bridgewater.

Presidents Choice Award Winner: Tileyard North by Hawkins Brown
This project resurrects a group of derelict listed buildings to create a facility of national significance. Their brief was to fix a missing piece in the waterfront of Wakefield. That is achieved by faithful restoration and artful new interventions with place making at its heart.

MSA Awards 2023 Highlights

Our mission is ‘to champion and nurture the present and future architects of our city region’. This event is all about championing the excellent work that you all produce and so it’s great to see you turn out in force to celebrate the achievements of Manchester’s Architects. This year’s presentation event took place in an example of that work with New Century Hall being a fantastic refurbishment project by Sheppard Robson. We were pleased to be joined on the night by friends and colleagues from across the construction industry.

We couldn’t put on events of that scale and quality without the support of our amazing sponsors. A huge thank you to – Wienerberger, Beplas, RGB Facades, Solos, Reynaers Aluminium, QPSL, SieMatic, Cosentino and of course the RIBA North West!

The achievements of our members and us coming together each year to celebrate that is well matched to the very definition of society. There were a good number and range of submissions this year and competition in some categories was very strong so unfortunately there were some very worthy schemes that didn’t pick up a prize. Thank you to everyone that entered and well done to all the winners.

Our independent judge for this year was the only UK architect to have received the RIBA’s Stirling Prize, The Manser Medal (twice!), RIBA House of the Year and the Stephen Lawrence Prize – Alison Brooks. Raised in Ontario before moving to London, Alison founded her practice in 1996. Much of her career has been dedicated to housing including the outstanding Stirling Prize winning Accordia in Cambridge, and Stirling shortlisted Newhall Be. Recently the Smile, a timber pavilion for the 2016 London Design Festival attracted global attention. We were delighted she could join us in person on the night to present the awards.



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