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Mr Sebastian Messer

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Sebastian studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow and at the Bartlett, University College London graduating in 1998. After completing a Diploma in Professional Practice and Management at the University of Newcastle, he registered as an Architect in March 2000.

EE Sebmesser Staffprofile 255Sebastian studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow and at the Bartlett, University College London graduating in 1998.  After completing a Diploma in Professional Practice and Management at the University of Newcastle, he registered as an Architect in March 2000.

Following graduation, Sebastian was employed by John Potter Architect in Newcastle upon Tyne, a practice specialising in Expert Witness and Litigation services, Building Pathology and in research and development consultancy. His projects included designing, supervising and filming of a research project into airtight construction at the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Garston, for DuPont de Nemours Buildings Products Division.

In April 2004 Sebastian joined Ian Belsham Associates Limited, a commercial architecture practice based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, becoming an Associate in July 2006.   He was project architect for a variety of projects ranging from a contemporary extension to a Grade II listed folly, fit-outs of premises for Anderson & Garland auctioneers and Tyne Tees TV reception, to speculative residential and office developments.

In 2005, Sebastian co-founded studioMWM to undertake art projects and architectural competitions.

Prior to joining Northumbria University full-time, he was a visiting lecturer on the undergraduate Architecture courses at Northumbria University and the University of Newcastle.  Between 2000 and 2002 he tutored part-time on the Architecture degree course at the University of Central England, Birmingham and from 2002 to 2003 at the University of Newcastle, whilst working in practice.  Since 2006 Sebastian has also tutored a student undertaking the RIBA Examinations in Architecture for Office-based Candidates administered by Oxford Brookes University who was one of only two of the twenty students in his cohort to complete and pass the Part 1 Examination in May 2011.

In January 2010, with Carol Botton, Director of Northern Architecture, and Matthew Margetts, a Director at +3 Architecture, Sebastian began a project to help Architecture graduates who were struggling to find suitable employment in the region after graduating.  Since starting, the G.R.A.D programme has undertaken a number of ‘live’ and self-instigated projects, as well as offering mentoring to the participants.  Of the initial group, who had all been unemployed for over 6 months before joining the G.R.A.D project, 80% found employment in Architectural practices.  

To find out more about G.R.A.D, please visit the website: www.archigrad.co.uk

 

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Qualifications

BArch (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

“Live” projects, outreach and community engagement.

Professional Activity

In April 2004 Sebastian joined Ian Belsham Associates Limited, a commercial architecture practice based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, becoming an Associate in July 2006.   He was project architect for a variety of projects ranging from a contemporary extension to a Grade II listed folly, fit-outs of premises for Anderson & Garland auctioneers and Tyne Tees TV reception, to speculative residential and office developments.

In 2005, Sebastian co-founded studioMWM to undertake art projects and architectural competitions.

Current/Recent Projects

In January 2010, with Carol Botton, Director of Northern Architecture, and Matthew Margetts, a Director at +3 Architecture, Sebastian began a project to help Architecture graduates who were struggling to find suitable employment in the region after graduating.  Since starting, the G.R.A.D programme has undertaken a number of ‘live’ and self-instigated projects, as well as offering mentoring to the participants.  Of the initial group, who had all been unemployed for over 6 months before joining the G.R.A.D project, 80% found employment in Architectural practices.  

To find out more about G.R.A.D, please visit the website: www.archigrad.co.uk

Key Publications

Cunningham A, Knighting, B., Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. and Doney, W. of Draughtec Ltd. (2010) STRUCTURES ON THE EDGE, Lincolnshire UK.  Invited by ArtsNK and Lincolnshire County Council to submit proposals for two sculptural structures to be located on the North Sea coast.

Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2010) THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION: a pavilion for post-contemporary curating, Sutton Scarsdale Hall, Derbyshire UK.  An ideas competition for the conversion of the skeletal remains of Sutton Scarsdale Hall into a new international arts facility for performances, exhibitions and new media production. - entry long-listed.  Project awaiting funding to progress to a short-list.

Messer S (2009) ENTRANCE TO LONDON:  GEZE UK/ Architects’ Journal.  Ideas competition judged by the artist, Ralph Steadman, and architect, Sir Terry Farrell – first prize.

Cunningham A, Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2008) PEEPSHOW Calgary CA.  Competition for a ‘live architectural intervention’ to be undertaken during the 2008 ArtCity – entry short-listed and received an honourable mention.

Cunningham A, Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2008) INFOBOX*, Liverpool, UK.  Urban Splash/ RIBA competition for a sales/ visitors office for Urban Splash’s ‘Tribeca’ development in Liverpool – entry exhibited and published in Architects’ Journal. 

Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2007) MAKE SPACE FOR ART, Texas USA.  A juried design exhibition for a sustainable residency for artists – entry included in book self-published by the organisers, La Reunion TX.

Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2007) PEEPSHOW Calgary CA.  Competition for a ‘live architectural intervention’, to be undertaken during the 2007 ArtCity Festival, judged by architect, Lebbeus Woods – entry short-listed and received an honourable mention.

Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2006) ABSOLUTE WORLD CONDOMINIUM Mississauga, CA.  International open design competition by Fernbrook Homes and Cityzen Development Group – entry short-listed and invited to participate in second phase; published in Building Design and Pasajes Architectura magazine.

Messer S., Mills A., Warrior P. (2005) ARTBOX Cork, IRL.  RIAI design competition – entry long-listed and exhibited.

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