Michael Manser

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Michael John Manser

Born(1929-03-23)23 March 1929
Died8 June 2016(2016-06-08) (aged 87)
Alma materRegent Street Polytechnic
EmployerMichael Manser Associates (now The Manser Practice)
Home townLondon
ChildrenVictoria ( 1956) Jonathan (1955)

Michael Manser CBE RA (23 March 1929 – 8 June 2016) was a British architect. He was a president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and established his own successful architecture practice in 1961.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Born in Bristol, Manser studied architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic, now the University of Westminster. Before setting up his own practice Michael Manser Associates in 1961, Manser worked in London and the West Indies for Norman & Dawbarn.[3] He later became the non-executive chairman of the Manser Practice. His son Jonathan is now managing director. His daughter Victoria has her own architectural practice.

Manser was president of the Royal Institute of British Architects 1983-85 and was elected a member of the Royal Academy in November 1994.[4] He was honoured with a CBE in 1993, but declined the honour in 1988 due to the controversy over modern architecture with Prince Charles and an infamous lecture[5] for the 150th anniversary of the RIBA during Manser's presidency of the institute.[6]

Notable buildings[edit]


  1. ^ "Michael Manser, Esq, CBE, RA". Debrett's. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  2. ^ Harwood, Elain (17 June 2016). "Michael Manser obituary". theguardian.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Pair of aces". Architects' Journal. 2 March 2000. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Michael Manser RA". Royal Academy. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  5. ^ "A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Gala Evening at Hampton Court Palace". The Prince of Wales. 30 May 1984. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Architecture gains two honours". Architects' Journal. 8 January 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Living in a glass house". Qatar Tribune. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  8. ^ "The Quell, Haslemere". Primelocation.

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