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Sebastian Messer

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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:



  • Architecture BArch (Hons) June 30 1996
  • Education PCAPL
  • Architecture PGDip
  • Architecture PGDip
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • "Where does Facebook live?" Mapping identities in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Messer, S., Swords, J., Jeffries, M. 4 Sep 2017, Architecture Connects, London, UK, Oxford Brookes University
  • An Incomplete Taxonomy of Urban Archetypes, Messer, S. 23 Jun 2016
  • en_counter, Jeffries, M., Messer, S., Swords, J. 13 May 2016
  • Mapping The City Exhibition, Swords, J., Jeffries, M., Messer, S. 22 Oct 2016
  • He Catches Things in Flight: Scopic Regimes, Visuality and Skateboarding in Tyneside, England, Jeffries, M., Swords, J., Messer, S. 26 Oct 2015, Skateboarding: Subcultures, Sites and Shifts, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Mapping the City, Swords, J., Jeffries, M., Messer, S. 23 Oct 2015
  • The GRAD programme, Messer, S. 12 May 2014, Architecture Live Projects, Taylor & Francis
  • The G.R.A.D. Programme: Live Project Peer Enablement, Messer, S. 2014, Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Urban Fictions, Messer, S., Jeffries, M. 2014

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Robin Cross Start: 01/10/2019

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