Each year around 25 post-graduate (BArch) architecture students are supported in developing collaborative projects which examine the potential of architecture and urban design to affect issues of social equality.

The BArch course lasts two years and follows a three year Degree in architecture (BA) and a year in practice. The students are therefore referred to as 5th and 6th years and generally develop design methodologies and research in the 5th year and produce more resolved building proposals in the 6th year.

5th year projects in 2010/11 included:

  • Discussing urban design issues with diverse user groups, so they can better represent their constituencies in planning and consultation exercises for redevelopments - in St.Peter's Square and in Chorlton (Emily Crompton & Tommy Harrison).
  • A live project developing community education, allotment resources and ease of access to urban agricultural knowledge across the city (Tom Petch & Christopher Jaume).
  • Changing perceptions and experiences of Ardwick through performance spaces, night galleries and themed public spaces (Sharlene McFarlane, Daniel Morris & Ruari Quinn).
  • Improving access to the green spaces of the Irk Valley including proposals for Sandhills Park and installations in Cheetham Hill (John Cunningham & Joseph Wood).
  • Community consultation for improvements to Wythenshawe Civic Centre (Andrew Lightfoot).
  • Improving access to the hidden spaces of Manchester's canals (Laura Spence).
  • Examining the affect of the gentrification of the Northern
    Quarter (Charles Palmer &
    Joseph Knowles).