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17 April 2007

MMU academic leads Architecture body

Starling named ARB Chairman

MMU’s Michael Starling has been voted Chairman of the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB), the UK professional watchdog for architecture.

Michael is head of academic development in MMU’s highly-rated Faculty of Art and Design. He will lead the ARB Board for one year.

Michael started his career in design education as a senior tutor in industrial design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Later his research at the RCA into computer simulation as an integrated design and engineering tool attracted him into industry as a software consultant.

He returned to academic life at MMU where he managed the merger of the two schools of architecture in the city, becoming its first administrative director until 2001.

Manchester School of Architecture – a collaboration between MMU and the University of Manchester - was recently voted second out of all the UK schools of architecture by The Guardian.