Mark Emms

BA(Hons), DipArch(Dist), RIBA

School of Architecture

University Teacher


I have extensive experience as both a teacher and practitioner of architecture, with each discipline informing the other. In addition to my work at Sheffield, I have contributed to a number of schools of architecture as visiting design tutor, critic or external examiner and previously held a full time lectureship at The University of Manchester.

In practice I have worked at a variety of scales, from sole practitioner to large multi-disciplinary and award winning practices.

I am passionate about the value of good architectural design, and am committed to inspire the next generation of architects to meet future challenges and strive for the very best.

Teaching activities

I currently run an MArch/PGT Design Studio (with Jo Lintonbon and John-Paul Walker) entitled ‘Future Pasts’ which aims to address questions of continuity and change, simultaneously exploring the significance of place (historical, cultural and material) whilst exploring possibilities for the future and a critical approach to design intervention within historic urban settings.

I also contribute to teaching and assessment on the MA Conservation and Regeneration course and in Technology modules at both undergraduate and MArch/PGT level.

Previously, I was Year 3 Director for a period of four years.

Administrative Roles

  • Practice-based Learning Co-ordinator
  • Year 3 Special Studies Coordinator
Professional activities and memberships

I am currently an External Examiner to the School of Architecture at The University of Liverpool and have acted as a design tutor and visiting critic at a number of UK architecture schools.

In relation to practice I was recently named by RIBA President Stephen Hodder as the best architect he’d worked with. (Architects Journal 29.08.13)

I have performed key practitioner roles on prestigious projects for two Stirling Award winning architects. At Michael Wilford and Partners I was Site Architect for ‘The Lowry’ in Salford Quays which received numerous awards including the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Building of the Year Award in 2001.

At Hodder and Partners, I was Project Architect for refurbishment works and a major extension to Arne Jacobsen´s St Catherine´s College in Oxford, one of the UK’s most significant 20th Century buildings, for which we received several awards including an RIBA Award in 2006.

I have subsequently undertaken my own practice work ranging from a large housing development in Manchester to the renovation and extension of my own Edwardian family house in South Manchester. In 2007 I was named the Roses Design Awards Emerging Architect of the Year.

I have acted as an architectural assessor for the Roses Awards in 2004, Scottish Design Awards in 2007 and RIBA Awards 2015, and have been an invited speaker at the Hull School of Architecture in 2003 (lecture entitled ‘Hodder Associates Current Works´) and at Gensler Architecture Design and Planning Worldwide, London in 2002 (lecture entitled `The Lowry; from concept to detail´).

I am a Registered Architect and long standing member of the RIBA.


Roses Design Awards Emerging Architect of the Year, 2007

Extension to St Catherine´s College, Oxford, completed 2005 (as Senior Associate for Hodder and Partners):

  • RIBA Award, 2006
  • Oxford Preservation Award, 2006
  • Roses Design Awards Best Public Building, 2006
  • Roses Design Awards Architecture Grand Prix, 2006
  • Civic Trust Commendation, 2007

The Lowry, Salford Quays, completed 2000 (as Site Architect for Michael Wilford and Partners):

  • Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Building of the Year Award, 2001
  • RIBA Award, 2001
  • National Winner of the Celebrating Construction Achievement Award, 2000
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology - Honour Award, 2001
  • Structural Steel Design Commendation Award, 2001
  • Manchester City Life magazine - Best New Building, 2000

Wembley Park Design Competition, 1995
Awarded Third Place

Kent Design Initiative RIBA Competition, 1992
Commended Second