South Manchester Architects

SMA is a community of Architects, based in South Manchester who meet regularly to share ideas, successes and offer support. SMA make it a priority to embark on new adventures and we always welcome new members to join us! 

The Society meets in the Magnet Public House, Wellington Road North, Stockport generally on second Thursday of every month, where we plan the building tours and trips. Refreshments are provided but now funded by attendees at £1/head due to loss of RIBA funding.

Starting way back in 2000, it is now a tradition to go away for the first weekend in September, to some interesting town or city, where a guided tour or walk is arranged for everyone. Information packs are provided to allow the stay to be personalised, but all accommodation and travel is organised, and booked. There is always an architectural reason for going to a particular place, but it is never all serious, and we have been punting on the Cam, on a ghost walk in York and taken a river trip in Cardiff! We are joined by partners, and friends, and have heard that when going with the architects you see the things differently and it is quite entertaining!

Special Building tours have been organised locally to buildings prior to their opening; e.g The Lowry a month before the Queen opened it.

We now organise foreign trips, and have been to Barcelona, St Petersburg, Dublin, Gdansk, Prague, Valencia, Istanbul, and Bruges

We have two other standard events; the Christmas social but also with a presentation or talk and a buffet meal, and the AGM in April which also has a speaker and refreshments.

We also organise social trips which have include the ale train from Dewsbury back to Stalybridge and Manchester, meals on canal boats, and visits to the Manchester.

All trips are self funding but the development of the programme of events happens at the committee meeting so should you wish to join us you can contact any of the officers by email;

Chair : John Sutcliffe john.sutcliffe3@ntlworld.com

Secretary : Jane Sandover jane@blueopalsolutions.com 

Treasurer : Martin Blakeley mblakeley@taylor-design.co.uk