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Dr Michael Coates PhD, SFHEA

Faculty-wide Education

Dr Michael Coates

As a Principal Lecturer in the School I lead on various strategic education projects, around curriculum review, innovation and design. I work at both School and the wider Faculty of Arts & Humanities leading projects as part of the Manchester Met Education Strategy.

I have worked at Manchester Met since 2004, in The Manchester School of Art; first on BA Interior Design, then from 2008 on BA History of Art & Design, and from 2010 as a senior lecturer in Contextualising Practice.
I moved to Faculty level role as Faculty Head of Postgraduate overseeing all of our MA, MFA and MSc degrees and served in this role from 2018-2023.

My education in design and architecture began with an undergraduate degree at the Cardiff School of Art with a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture (2002). I then moved to Manchester in 2003 to complete my MA Spatial Design at the Manchester School of Art (2004), and after 20 years living in this great city I consider myself an adopted Mancunian.

In 2022 I was awarded my PhD in architecture history and theory from the University of Sheffield with a thesis entitled "The Architects’ Revolutionary Council: Architectural anarchy in Britain & Ireland in the 1970s and how to destroy the R.I.B.A."


PhD University of Sheffield

I completed PhD at the Sheffield School of Architecture in February 2022, the thesis is titled "The Architects’ Revolutionary Council: Architectural anarchy in Britain & Ireland in the 1970s and how to destroy the R.I. Details…



Coates, M., 2008. 'The Visual Dictionary of Interior Architecture and Design', AVA Academia : London.

Book Chapters

Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism

Coates, M., 2019. 'The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism'. In Levy, C., Adams, MS. (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism, Springer International Publishing, London.

Journal Articles

Coates, M., 2015. 'To Hell with Architecture: An Architecture of Anarchism', Anarchist Studies, 23.


Coates, M., 2015. 'Radical Architecture: Revolution and Utopia in 1970s England', Graduate School Symposium, Sheffield School of Architecture, 14th May 2015.

Coates, M., 2014. 'To Hell With Architecture', To Hell With Culture, Manchester School of Art, 30th October 2014.

Coates, M., 2013. 'The Architects' Revolutionary Council: Radical Architecture in England', "Transgressions" - Architecture Humanities Research Association, University of the West of England, Bristol., 24th - 26th November 2013, in Architecture and Culture.