OMI Architects


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021


A handcrafted model by Associate Philip Etchells of our Manresa House project, has been selected for inclusion within this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The diagrammatic model, made from plywood and brass, portrays the plan arrangement of Manresa House designed as ‘a monastery in the city’ in Harborne, Birmingham for the Jesuits of Britain.

The project is currently under construction and will create a novitiate – a place of residence and training – for prospective members of the Society of Jesus. Twenty-four bedrooms will accommodate novices who will come to live at Manresa House during the first two years of their training.  This group of novices will be supported by a small group of permanent residents.

Alongside bedroom accommodation the building will provide facilities including a refectory, kitchen, offices, meeting rooms, library and a new chapel. The novitiate has been designed to achieve BREEAM excellent certification.

The David Adjaye curated Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs from 22 September 2021 — 2 January 2022.