Michael Manser, Founding Partner

Michael Manser 1929 - 2016

Michael qualified in 1954 and went on to establish Michael Manser Associates in 1960. He was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1983-85) and was widely recognised as an innovator, educator, writer and leader in the profession.  

Michael’s first house was for his parents and more followed including his family home.  He continued to produce innovative houses and established a reputation as a modernist. He was influenced by Mies van der Rohe, the California Case study houses, Andrea Palladio, and the mathematics of proportion.  He met fellow Modernists through his journalism in the 1950s / 1960s; writing for the Observer, Architectural Design and Home magazine. 

His early reputation was founded on one-off houses, some of which are now listed. Larger projects followed notably the ground breaking 400 bedroom Hilton Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 4. Other notable and award winning buildings included the Queen’s Suite Terminal at Heathrow, Southampton Airport, the British High Commission in Dar Es Salaam, Thorncroft Manor and Waterlooville Baptist church.  He was honoured to be associated with the Manser Medal for the design of one off houses.

He was an Academician for both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal West of England Academy. 

He was awarded a CBE for services to architecture in 1993.