Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Micheal Forsyth

Contact details

Room: 6E 2.21
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383016

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

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

Dr Michael Forsyth

BA(hons), B.Arch(hons), Ph.D, Registered Architect, Rome Scholar


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.



Forsyth, M. and White, L., eds., 2011. Interior finishes & fittings for historic building conservation. Wiley-Blackwell.

Forsyth, M., Ousterhaut, R., Kuban, D. and Ertug, A., 2011. Domes:A Journey through European Architectural History. Ertug & Kocabiyik.

Forsyth, M. and Ertug, A., 2010. Palaces of Music:Opera Houses of Europe. Ertug & Kocabiyik.

Forsyth, M., ed., 2008. Materials and Skills for Historic Building Conservation. Blackwell Publishing. (Historic Building Conservation; 1)

Forsyth, M., 2007. Structures and Construction in Historic Building Conservation. Blackwell Publishing. (Historic Building Conservation)

Forsyth, M., ed., 2007. Understanding Historic Building Conservation. Blackwell Publishing.

Forsyth, M., 2003. Bath. Yale University Press. (Pevsner Architectural Guides)

Forsyth, M., 1987. Auditoria:Designing for the Performing Arts. Batsford Ltd.

Forsyth, M., 1985. Buildings for Music:The Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day. MIT Press.

Book Sections

Harney, M. and Forsyth, M., 2014. The State Hermitage Museum and its Architecture. In: The Hermitage. Germany: Ertug & Kocabiyik, pp. 19-23.

, 2011. Conservation of the historic interior. In: Forsyth, M., Forsyth, M. and White, L., eds. Interior Finishes & Fittings for Historic Building Conservation. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1-10.

Forsyth, M., 2009. Concert Halls. In: Goode, P., ed. The Oxford Companion to Architecture.Vol. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 201-203.

Forsyth, M., 2009. Opera houses. In: Goode, P., ed. The Oxford Companion to Architecture. Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press, pp. 670-674.

Pevsner, N. and Forsyth, M., 2009. Preface and postscript by Michael Forsyth. In: An Outline of European Architecture (Revised ed.). London, U. K.: Thames and Hudson.

D'Ayala, D. F. and Forsyth, M., 2007. What is conservation engineering? In: Forsyth, M., ed. Structures and Construction in Historic Building Conservation. Oxford: Blackwell.

Forsyth, M. G. D., 2001. The nineteenth century suburban villa. In: Looking Forwards. Cottbus, Germany: Brandenburgische Technische Universitat.

Forsyth, M., 1998. Edward Davis:nineteenth century Bath architect and pupil of Sir John Soane. In: Buchanan, B. B., ed. Bath History. Bath, U. K.: Millstream Books, pp. 107-128.

Forsyth, M., 1997. Il rapporto tra musica e architettura nei teatri storici. In: Teatri Storici. Fiesole, Italy: Nardini Editore, pp. 115-129.


Forsyth, M., 2003. Victorian and Edwardian Bath:the forgotten years. The Victorian, 2003 (14), pp. 4-9.

Forsyth, M., 1990. Lecons de la boite a chausseures. L'Architecture d'Aujourdhui, 1990 (268), pp. 158-161.

Forsyth, M., 1983. Theme and variations:approaches to auditorium design. Architects' Journal, 1983 (8), pp. 49-53.

Conference or Workshop Items

Amirjamshidi, G., Fodde, E., Forsyth, M., Heath, A. and Mokhtari, E., 2012. Towards a methodology for the study of holistic approaches for the conservation of earthen architecture in seismic areas. In: Proceedings of LEHM 2012: 6th International Conference on Building with Earth, 2012-10-05 - 2012-10-07.

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