Michael Howe came to academia from professional practice with a number of studios.
With a professional and academic focus on aspects of urban and sub-urban residential development he has had publications, exhibitions and awards for innovative design of urban housing.
Michael coordinates the First Year of the undergraduate course in Architecture at the University of Brighton. .
Michael Howe has taught full-time in the Architecture department at Brighton since 2010, and part-time since 2008. He coordinates the First Year of the Undergraduate course in Architecture. He has previously taught at the University of Greenwich, and as visiting lecturer at Kingston University, London Metropolitan University, The Royal College of Art, Virginia Tech., and Oxford Brooks amongst others. Michael leads Group 5 First Year design studio as well as the Technology and Techniques modules for the First Year.
Michael comes to academia from Architectural practice, were he has nearly 20 years experience, working for highly regarded Architectural Practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Patel Taylor Architects, Matthew Lloyd Architects. In 2001 he was a founding partner in mae architects. As a design leader for the practice Michael was responsible for the design and construction of the built project undertaken by mae since the founding of the practice. These include projects realized using off-site and modern methods of construction, as well as more traditional construction.
Originally trained as a Fine Artist at Central School of Art, Michael has been a fully qualified Architect for over 16 years.
Howe, Michael (2010) Housing Design Award project winner 2011 - New Islington, Manchester Building Design.
Howe, Michael (2009) The Mayor's new housing design guide Planning in London, 71. pp. 22-23. ISSN 1366-9672
Howe, Michael (2009) Interim edition of the Mayor of London's London Housing Design Guide The London Development Agency (LDA), London, UK.
Howe, Michael (2009) Exploring eye - Hauz Khas Delhi The Architectural Review, CCXXVI (1349). pp. 82-87. ISSN 0003-861X
Howe, Michael (2009) Setting standards, London Housing Design Guide Architects' Journal, 230 (5). pp. 18-20. ISSN 0003-8466
Howe, Michael (2009) Make me a Home exhibition [Exhibition]
Howe, Michael (2008) Argent Kings' Cross design Charette Architects' Journal, 228 (1). pp. 52-53. ISSN 0003-8466
Howe, Michael (2008) INFO BOX design competition entry [Exhibition]
Howe, Michael, Lloyd, Matthew, Price, Sam and Puranik, Manar (2008) Evolving norms of British housing In: Howe, Michael, ed. Evolving norms of British housing. Matthew Lloyd Architects, London, UK. ISBN 9700955961205
Howe, Michael, Lloyd, Matthew, Price, Sam and Puranik, Mandar (2008) Evolving norms of British housing [Exhibition]
2008 Jointly curated Housing Design exhibition called ‘Evolving Norms of British Housing’, as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008. Co-curators were Michael Howe of mae architects, with in-put from Matthew Lloyd of Matthew Lloyd Architects, Sam Price of Price and Myers, and urban designer Mandar Puranik.
The premise was that the best homes and communities arise from a regular, some might say ordinary, pattern of urban or sub-urban residential development based on a logical and disciplined scale, often laid out in traditional street patterns, with highly considered plans and functional elevations.
The exhibition featured representative schemes from 16 British practices,and explored fresh models for contextual 21st century housing built on lessons from the past.
2008 The 'Evolving Norms of British Housing' publication took the form of a book to accompany the exhibition ‘Evolving Norms of British Housing’, as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008.
Co-authors were Michael Howe of mæ architects, Matthew Lloyd of Matthew Lloyd Architects, Sam Price of Price and Myers, and urban designer Mandar Puranik.
The publication featured representative schemes from 16 British practices. With comparative plans and unit type drawings – it was intended that the book would form a cheep and legible primer for students and architects.
2009 AJ article: Description of the development of the Mayor of London's Housing Design Guide. Including reference to historical design guide context such as the 1667 Rebuilding London Act, Tudor Walters Report 1918 and the Parker Morris Standards 1961.
2009 Planning In London article : The article consists of a description of the Government funded Homes and Communities Agency 'Kickstart' programme to distribute £660 million to house builders and commissioners in order to mitigate some of the early effects on the construction industry, (stalled construction sites around the UK), of the banking crisis in June 2009.
The article also describes the issues surrounding standards required to trigger fund release and the production of the Mayor of London's' New Housing Design Guide.
2009. Exploring eye - Hauz Khas Delhi. Architectural Review: Description of Post Independence Urban Development in and around the Medieval Religious Precinct of Hauz Khas, Delhi.
2008 Design entry for the INFO BOX design competition for Urban Splash to design a marketing suite and urban icon for the Tribeca area of Liverpool. “When its job is done”, at Tribeca Infobox and the garden street can be simply dismantled and moved to a new site.” Infobox is designed to be a simple set of solid timber boxes, manufactured off site and stacked on top of each other.
2008. Argent Kings' Cross design Charette. Architects' Journal:
mæ architects were selected to work with property developer Argent, the Architects’ Journal and London Borough of Camden, to develop ideas for a 9 hectare site north of King’s Cross.
The site sits west of Argent’s landmark King’s Cross Central development and within the Somers Town Neighbourhood Renewal Area, a neighbourhood long affected by insecurity about its future. However, with the Argent development being rolled out in time for the 2012 London Olympics, the area’s prospects are changing significantly.
2009 Competition entry: 'Make me a Home' exhibition at the CUBE Gallery in Manchester consisted of short listed entrants to in the 'Make Me A Home' housing design competition organised by the RIBA, on behalf of the Northshore Development Partnership, a joint venture between Urban Splash and Muse Developments. The competition entry from mæ architects, 'Dunroamin House" consisted of the design for an adaptable and extendable set of housing types set in a landscape consisting of Home Zones and allotments
2010: Following the launch of The Draft London Housing Design Guide in July 2009 at the London Housing Strategy Conference, a revised Interim Edition was published in August 2010. mae was commissioned by the London Development Agency (LDA) to work with them to develop the Guide, which simplifies the range of other housing design guidance, such as Lifetime Homes and Housing Quality Indicators. It will apply to all LDA land and HCA London-funded schemes from April 2011.
mae reviewed over 300 existing housing design requirements. The resulting Guide has distilled the plethora of existing guidance into a more manageable set of key requirements. The guide is structured around 6 themes, taking in issues of delivering housing at appropriate densities, providing family housing, the importance of well proportioned streets, access to local transport, services and amenities; plus flexibility of space, daylighting and private open space.
It sets minimum standards in a number of key areas including: internal space standards, balcony sizes, aspect, floor to ceiling heights, quantity of storage space, and the number of units sharing access. Closely aligned design standards are also being taken forward by the Mayor of London in the draft replacement London Plan and draft housing SPG. At time of writing the Guide has been included in the Scheme Development Standards for most London Social Housing Providers. “These guidelines will raise the standard of living for thousands of Londoners, ensuring brighter and more spacious living conditions, particularly for the growing number of larger families." (Boris Johnson, Mayor of London)
Housing Design Award project winner 2011 - New Islington, Manchester The Guts comprises both terraced and back-to-back semi-detached houses, unified with one consistent colour of brick at ground floor level and individual colours for each home on top. This element allows for recognition and family association, while maintaining a sense of the communal. Project consists of houses for residents of the former Cardroom Estate who are set to return to the area, and consists of 18 units in total over a 0.45 hectare site. Using the standards as set out in the Mayor of London Guide the and Manchester’s own Access Guidance, the units are the largest public
housing units produced in this Country in the last ten years. With a build cost of approximately 900 pounds per square meter they are among the cheapest.
BDA Chairman’s Award 2013 – Hammond Court Hammond Court is a 43 unit residential scheme comprising of a mixed tenure -social rented and shared ownership units. Consisting of a perimeter block of houses, maisonettes and apartments step up from three to five storeys and encloses a quiet, south facing courtyard with private gardens, balconies and a landscaped communal garden. The units have been designed to the generous space standards of East
Thames Housing Design Guide, Lifetime Homes (July 2010 revision) and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Ten percent of units provide for wheelchair housing.
It is an architecture that offers well-made, high quality places to live rather than one of novelty and sensation. It draws on qualities of the Warner Estate’s local vernacular: good proportions, clean lines, large picture windows and careful detailing to create an architecture of distinction.