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Michael Cavagin

Senior Lecturer – Interior Architecture and Design


Michael is a qualified architect with considerable experience in the conversion of historic buildings and new-build within Conservation Areas, including development in and around the Northern Quarter and Ancoats areas of Manchester.
After leaving Sheffield University upon completion of RIBA Parts I & II, Michael started his professional career at Sagar Stevenson Architects, part of a team to carry out the first Northern Quarter Regeneration Strategy, adopted by the city as a framework for the regeneration of the area, and instrumental in the early regeneration and development of the Northern Quarter of Manchester from a run-down inner city location to a vibrant hub of creative industries and bars.
Whilst continuing in practice Michael qualified as a Cabinetmaker, gaining skills in both hand and machine woodworking, enabling a deeper appreciation of the craft and constructional detailing aspects of design, informing both architectural practice and, more recently, current teaching concerns.
Work experience has been subsequently gained in a number of acclaimed architecture practices in the North West of England including Union North, Arca, OMI Architects and Austin-Smith:Lord. He has worked on award-winning projects as diverse as a drug dependency centre, park pavilion, university administration building, City Library through to residential and bars and clubs. Through this work he has developed a particular specialism in the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings.

Professional practice

Michael is currently 2nd year Tutor. In this capacity he has been revising and developing course content, particularly theoretical aspects of interiors, and establishing links with local employers through student work experience, aiming to reconcile professional requirements with a progressive approach to program.
As well as having an interest in constructional and technical aspects of interiors, his other teaching interests include interventions in historic and peripheral areas, projects grounded in particulars of site, and programs arising out of ritual and close consideration of anticipated operation and inhabitation. Further research intends to pursue how cultural changes and advances in technology bring about differences in how space is used and subsequently configured. Through his teaching research he intends to investigate how advancing technology can develop and enhance teaching methods and the learning experience both generally and more specifically relating to spatial practices.

Professional memberships

  • Registered Architect (ARB) (2001–present)
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