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1983 …2019

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Michael Forsyth studied architecture at the University of Liverpool and on graduating was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture. After residence in Italy he moved to Canada in 1975 to work on the design of the new concert hall for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the internationally distinguished architect Arthur Erickson. He also worked on the design and construction of major building projects with the Canadian architect John C. Parkin. Returning to England in 1979, he taught architecture at the University of Bristol and during that time was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture. He became a director of Forsyth Chartered Architects based in Bath, and commissions included acting as arbitrator to the Republic of China in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1995 he was commissioned to create the postgraduate Master of Science degree course in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath, of which he is director of studies. The programme is accredited by The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Michael has lectured and taught at many universities in the United Kingdom and North America. Speaking invitations include lectures in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey, the Vern Oliver Knudsen Distinguished Lecture to the Acoustical Society of America and lectures and papers given in Birmingham, Ferrara, Turin, York, London, Atlanta, Georgia, Calgary, Alberta and Brussels. He was for several years a member of the selection panel for the Rome Scholarship and of the British School at Rome's Faculty of Fine Arts, Bath Preservation Trust’s Renovations Committee and was Chairman of the Friends of The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, south-west regional assessor for the Register for Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), a trustee of the Bath Preservation Trust and a member of the Education and Training Committee of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). His book Buildings for Music was awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 19th Annual ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Best Book.


Michael is currently preparing a new edition of Buildings for Music and co-authoring with Dr Marion Harney a book on Capability Brown’s architecture.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Conservation of historic buildings
  • Auditorium history and design
  • History of building types 

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Research Output

Bath’s ironwork: wartime removal and its subsequent restoration

Forsyth, M., 10 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Architectural Conservation. 25, 3, p. 117-135 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The State Hermitage Museum and its Architecture

Harney, M. & Forsyth, M., 2014, The Hermitage: A Palace and a Museum. Germany: Ertug & Kocabiyik, p. 19-23 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Towards a methodology for the study of holistic approaches for the conservation of earthen architecture in seismic areas

    Amirjamshidi, G., Fodde, E., Forsyth, M., Heath, A. & Mokhtari, E., Oct 2012, p. 252-257.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Conservation of the historic interior

    Forsyth, M. (ed.), 29 Nov 2011, Interior Finishes & Fittings for Historic Building Conservation. Forsyth, M. & White, L. (eds.). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 1-10 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Domes: A Journey through European Architectural History

    Forsyth, M., Ousterhaut, R., Kuban, D. & Ertug, A., Sep 2011, Switzerland: Ertug & Kocabiyik. 212 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    The Emancipation of William Wyndham Grenville (1759-1834): The Life of Lord Grenville in the English Landscape

    Author: Wood, W. G. M., 3 Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Harney, M. (Supervisor) & Forsyth, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    The management of historic cemeteries by friends groups: Local narratives and the sense of place

    Author: Jolly, G., 21 Feb 2014

    Supervisor: Forsyth, M. (Supervisor) & Walter, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil