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Guest Lecture Series

We’re back again! Hope everyone is having a lovely day.

We cannot be more excited to introduce another speaker in our Guest Lecture Series - the Chinese firm Atelier Scale. They are predominantly a landscape architecture studio, but are open to commercial public projects as well.

We believe their ethos of not limiting themselves to strictly landscape projects and taking on a multi-perspective involvement of their team has produced multitudes of creative design work that we can take inspiration from.

Some of our favourites play spaces are Tetris Square and The Folds. Do check them out at
Posted 21 Apr 2021 09:58
Guest Lecture Series

Hi everyone!

We are pleased to announce a series of Guest Lectures from curated offices all over the world to educate and inspire everyone on play spaces.

Starting off strong we have award-winning Erect Architects. Based in London, have been engaged to design a large amount of creative play spaces. Their projects cleverly utilises landscapes and creates an immersive environment for children within nature.

Check out some of our personal favourites like Evelyn Court and Holland Park Playground at
Posted 18 Apr 2021 13:07
Guest Lecture Series

Hi everyone!

For our first instalment of our Guest Lectures, we are proud to have Caukin Studios!

Caukin is a progressive international studio who believes in the impact and benefits that architecture brings to a close knitted community. They focus on self-built, low impact architecture that allows everyone access to high quality design - This is pertinent for Beech Road as our conversations with our partners have revealed that residents have a community spirit and culture that can lend itself well for self-built projects.

Caukin has successfully incorporated their ethos with play projects such as Playscape in Koh Rong Island and Playvillion in Cipanas. You can check them out at
Posted 15 Apr 2021 09:24
On meeting Jamie at Lifeshare our key brief became clear; to engage and inform. Our app must draw people in so people want to interact with the learning material that will enhance their lives. We initially see parallels between the design of an app and a Las Vegas sign in how they draw people into a defined character. The bizarre irony of using an architectural element originally used to tempt rather than encourage, and how we can turn this original purpose on its head, isn’t lost on us
Posted 12 Apr 2021 16:47
The idea is to enhance public spaces using temporary structures that are self built modular, adaptable and portable in a way that they can breathe new life into the Nelson Town. The above was a sketch done as part of the initial design assessment.
Posted 12 Apr 2021 12:18
Public consultation for the Nelson town redevelopment was conducted by the external partners and the space invaders summarised it to aid in the initial assessment of the project.
Posted 12 Apr 2021 12:08
Kiddie Drawings

Just for laughs, here is the final drawing we’ll be sharing.
Some kids imagine the world, some just want food.

Everyone loves pizza and I am sure we are behind this proposal!
Posted 5 Apr 2021 16:31
Kiddie Drawings

Hello again everyone! Following on from the previous post, here’s another example of a child’s imagination. We are in the midst of organising a day in which children could potentially come in to one of our days of design development so that we can gather their input and perspective.

Maybe they could see us bring these animals to life in an Architectural way, be creative!
Posted 5 Apr 2021 16:30
Kiddie Drawings

Hi everyone! Thank you for picking this MSA Live group, we are all very excited to have you on board. Today we’ll be exploring a child’s imagination. Our lovely partners gave a plan of the park to the kids and let them draw what they want in their playspaces and today we’d like to share them (Actually these drawings were also incorporated in our poster!)
Posted 5 Apr 2021 16:29
WOAH + Provocation lecture series

Organised by WOAH and the architecture student society, the two talks aims to encourage a discussion on the impact of homelessness and the role of the architect/designer.
Bauman is a practicing Architect and a founding Director of Bauman Lyons Architects and of a start-up fabrication company MassBespoke. Previously she was a Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at Sheffield University School of Architecture.
Nivasa is an Architectural Not for Profit Trust, working to enable humane and dignified housing conditions for the urban and rural poor, through design. Anitha Mahendra will be talking on behalf of Nivasa.
Posted 26 Mar 2021 18:01

As our group's live project progresses, our blog will introduce the topic of homelessness through a series of posters for increased awareness and understanding on the issue. Who are the homeless? What is it and what causes it? Who are at risk of homelessness and is it preventable?

Homelessness is an issue faced by many urban societies globally and one that is very apparent in Manchester. Homelessness is lacking stable and appropriate housing and are categorized into many different types. Even though the legal definition of homelessness varies from country to country, people who are homeless are typically unable to maintain and acquire regular, secure and safe housing due to poverty and an inconsistent income. It is important to understand that homelessness can and should be ended. While this does not mean no one will ever lose their home again in the future, but that everyone facing has access to the help they need. Thankfully, working in the construction and built environment industry allows one to do be able to do their part in tackling homelessness.
Posted 26 Mar 2021 16:36
Meet our Guests!

Joy Burgess

Joy is currently carrying out her PhD at the MSA in collaboration with Historic England. She is researching the work of female landscape architects in post-war Britain and looking to make a contribution towards a feminist history of landscape architecture. Over the years, Joy has worked in a variety of contexts, including as a writer and researcher, supporting Mr. Noel Farrer (FLI PPLI) in his work as an advocate for landscape, particularly during his time as President of the Landscape Institute. In 2012, Joy completed a Master of Architecture in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where she focused her research enquiry into theories of utopia. Joy has worked as a garden designer, for high end residential projects for the past seven years. Alongside this, she worked as an academic developer for an undergraduate BA Hons degree in Garden Design for The Open College of the Arts (OCA), a division of The University for the Creative Arts, finishing this role in 2020.
Posted 22 Mar 2021 21:20
Hello, my name is Eyad, and I’m from Manchester.
I graduated with a BSc Hons Degree in Architecture from the University of Salford in 2018.
Currently, I’m an MArch student at MSA. I’m inspired by many architects including the likes of Normal Foster, Renzo Piano and Le Corbusier, just to name a few.

Fun Fact: entertained by discussions of philosophy!
Posted 21 Mar 2021 09:34

With the advent of the internet, social media, and smart phones, we are ever more connected to each other. During the two week project, a primary focus will be about exploring how we can take advantage of these technology to facilitate the exchange of ideas. With the goal of creating a web presence for WOAH and GMHAN, we will be designing and building a website from scratch. Not only will you benefit from the experience of the project itself, but it should also help you in your future projects, your potential career paths, and in creating your personal online portfolio.
Posted 20 Mar 2021 19:07
18/03/2021. 03:00pm. Meeting with Scott and Saul from B.15 Modelmaking Workshop, UOM.

First we discussed how to organize the model making exercise in order to generate concept ideas. Scott and Saul suggested that we provide an example model and explain the detail requirement and expectations, as well as suggesting the materials and tools that will be needed so that students can produce the model quickly. This exercise will be great for a quick exchanges of ideas early on.
Posted 20 Mar 2021 10:33
19/03/2021. Guest Announcement!

We are delighted to announce that members from the Marple Civic Society will be giving a presentation during MSA Live!

Who are they and what do they do?

Marple Civic Society is a registered charity and was started by four architects who lived in Marple. They focus on Marple, the surrounding villages and the countryside within Marple north and south wards and aim to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.

Why have we invited them?

The members from the Marple Civic Society know what Marple is all about, what it needs and what they want! This will provide a better ‘sense of place,’ something that Joe, our collaborator has reiterated the importance of.

We look forward to welcoming them!
Posted 19 Mar 2021 14:29
Guest speaker announcement:

Who: Craig Stott

Practice: Project Office

About: Working and designing for the community, architectural solutions and designing on a low budget.

Project Office is co-directed by Craig Stott and Simon Warren, architects and senior lecturers in Architecture at Leeds Beckett University in which they have undertaken diverse projects within the Leeds City region including ‘The New Wortley Community Centre’ which Craig is going to present and provide discussion on how this was approached and provide a real insight into community driven work.

Find out more information about 'Project Office' here:
Posted 17 Mar 2021 20:13
15/03/2021. 11:00am. Meeting with our collaborator, Joe.

This morning we had our second meeting with our main collaborator Joe Jessop. This was organised to catch up and discuss the session plan that we have been working on. Joe gave his input and we discussed the option of a live site visit to really capture the sense of place. This will encourage the team to learn by looking, by exploring, by experiencing the space, something that is difficult to do online.

We then continued to discuss the complexity of the brief and outputs. Joe gave us some workshop ideas that will help to determine the brief and programme for the community hub. This meeting was particularly helpful with the submission date of our session plan fast approaching. Stay tuned for further updates!
Posted 15 Mar 2021 18:08
Social Values:
Co-owned co-financed collective living flexible & sustainable accommodation owned by the community for eternity!

Our project will address the issues of post-covid living, offering a paradigm shift in how we realise city centre living. It's not about density - it's about community!

Create a more affordable, equitable and resilient property structure.
Digital equity through blockchain.

Great combined houses and highly flexible collective living. Enables people to live, work and play in flexible, multi-generational, evolving spaces; emphasises interaction, health, wellness.

It's about the comforts; your stuff; your stories; the connections you make and the memories you create together. every meal, every party, every celebration; every holiday, and every simple Sunday
afternoon leaves its impression, making your home a repository for every experience of a life well-lived.
Posted 13 Mar 2021 20:51
Meet The Client!

Hopton Hopefuls are a group of older social housing tenants who live in Hopton Court tower block and are affiliated to the Greater Manchester Savers network.

Hopton Hopefuls came together because they needed change in their community. The gentrification of Hulme and the expanding city centre along mass increase in student accommodation have left older Hulme residents without access to social spaces. This has increased isolation which has impacted on residents physical and mental health. Services in the Hulme area like GPs and dentists, are stretched with the student influx. Most of the residents have lived in Hulme for many years and despite all of this they wish to stay. Hulme has always been a mix of cultures and communities: it is creative political, change-making and its always felt inclusive, until now. They feel forgotten as their neighbours are forced into care homes away from family and friends as there is no supported accommodation for older people in the area.

Hopton Hopefuls and GM Savers are trying to develop something called a ‘Naturally Occurring Retirement Community’ this would include a suitable community space being developed.
Posted 12 Mar 2021 14:37
Visit The Site!

Site is located in Chorlton Park, less than four miles from the city centre. An unused space at the park with four cabins (shipping containers).

This place is aimed to be transformed into a friendly atmosphere with green, lively, and multi-functional spaces as a community centre. All four cabins placed to face each other, in which two are attached to one another and the other two are the single ones. It is worth to mention that there are existing plumbing and electrics on the site.

Chorlton Park prides itself on its community links. The partnership that exists between the park wardens and The Friends of Chorlton Park has been invaluable in ensuring that the whole community enjoys the park's excellent facilities which include: Bowls Pavilion and enclosed Bowling Green, Children's Playground for Junior and Under 5s, Basketball Court, 5 a-side Football Areas, Junior Pitches and a dog-free zone.
Posted 10 Mar 2021 15:35
Little Germany Article // Bradford Civic Society have shared on Twitter an article written in the Telegraph & Argus on the ‘New Proposals to bring life back to Bradford’s iconic Little Germany area’, outlining the live project we are involved in!
Read this article here:
Posted 5 Mar 2021 13:04
Confirmed // Arup // We are pleased to confirm Terry Lee-Williams, Director of Transport Advisory Europe, from Arup for a live discussion and talk with Inspire Bradford on the ‘Designing of the Fifteen Minute Neighbourhood’ (FMN). We anticipate to spark some interesting thoughts and opinions on the designing of these neighbourhoods under the topic of building reuse and thinking about our site in Bradford. Terry will be joined by Manuel Garrido, Leader of Master-planning, and Lean Doddy, Euro Cities Leader, to join the discussions lead by Inspire Bradford.

Find out more about Arup’s fifteen minute neighbourhood on their website.
Posted 5 Mar 2021 13:04
The National Coal Mining Museum for England hosts a range of exhibitions and activities on the site of the decommissioned Caphouse Colliery - where many former miners tell their stories of life down the pit. Activities and events preserve the valuable social and industrial history of the mining industry, which came to an end in the UK in 2015 with the closure of the last deep coal mine. The museum is also home to an extensive archive. During the event week we will be organising a workshop to learn about exhibition curation to prepare a series of images for a future exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (details TBC).

Visit the NCMM website here:
Posted 3 Mar 2021 18:39
Dr Richard Brook is the MSA Infraspace atelier leader and is a registered architect. He is particularly interested in post-WWII British modern architecture and infrastructure. Check out his insta for some cool modernist buildings:
Richard is an experienced architectural historian who is currently leading a project called ‘The Life of Buildings’, where he and his collaborators are creating interactive virtual reality models of historically important buildings from archival drawings and oral histories. The project’s long term aim is to create ‘mixed reality’ cities that co-exist with real cities to educate people on our lost architectural heritage.

Outside of architecture, he likes photographing the moors of the north, fell running and CEGB memorabilia.
Richard, along with our collaborator Luca Csepely Knorr runs an AHRC funded research network: ‘The Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: Cooling Down’, which this project will be a part of.
Posted 3 Mar 2021 18:39
Dr Luca Csepely Knorr is an award-winning writer and is the Joint Programme Leader of the Master of Landscape Architecture course with Becky Sobell and is a chartered landscape architect.
She was born in Hungary and has a unique perspective on the relationship between UK and international practice with a passion for the importance of the female role in the construction industry.
With housing and infrastructure being her two buzz words, having her as a collaborator will engage the project in key historical moments of post-war infrastructure and social welfare provision these coal mines and power stations offered.
Luca, along with our collaborator Richard Brook runs an AHRC funded research network: ‘The Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: Cooling Down’, which this project will be a part of.

Check out Luca’s academic work here:
Twitter: @lucaknorr
Posted 3 Mar 2021 18:38
Collaborator: Plot-Twist will be working in live collaboration with Kieran Thompson from Bradford Civic Society. Since 1942, the organisation has championed Bradford’s heritage and built environment, with the mission to inspire Bradfordians to love where they live. They are striving to win the 2025 bid for City of Culture and the collaborative vision for Forster Square ties in perfectly with these values. Find out more about Bradford Civic Society and the work they do at:
Twitter & Instagram @Bradfordcivic
Posted 3 Mar 2021 00:04
Meet the team: Conor

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Infra.Space

About Me: After graduating from MSA, I began working at a practice based in Manchester that specialise in residential housing. The small size of the practice meant I was involved with all aspects of the building process, from design and planning through to construction and handover. As an architect, I am most interested in the interface between users and buildings. My aim is to provide quality spaces that are easy to use and great to be in. In my atelier, I am currently designing a multi-purpose arts and live events space for a reuse and redevelopment scheme at the Tate & Lyle sugar silo situated in the Liverpool docklands. In our events group we want to provide a platform where all members have the freedom to create some impactful architecture at an important site in the centre of Bradford, with the potential of real-world consequences as part of the city's 2025 City of Culture bid.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:42
Social Values:

In Plot Twist, we are rethinking what an urban space can be. The city of Bradford offers a rich history and diverse range of cultures we wish to celebrate through the proposal of an urban farm. The scheme will bring together and promote concepts of health and wellbeing, creating valuable communities, and reassessing urban infrastructure.
The reinterpretation of this empty plot in Bradford will address these ideas through research, design, and collaboration of the members of Plot Twist. We hope to draw on a diverse range of backgrounds and education to create a unique proposal to rebalance the city space in favour of our social values.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:36
Skills and Activities:

Plot Twist will encompass a wide variety of skills and activities, and although the experience will be entirely online, we hope to make for a fun and productive working environment. Our team of MArch students will be working alongside MLA and BA students to provide a smooth, productive workflow. Our two weeks will consist of workshops, lectures, and group activities. The first week will be focussed around getting to know one another, site research and design preparation. We will then split into smaller groups and begin the design process within the second week, leading to a final proposal. The main programmes we will be using are the Adobe Suite (including Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator), 3D Modelling software (including Sketchup and Revit) and AutoCAD. We also hope to do some ‘at home’ physical modelling where possible.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:35
Our MSA live event offers the opportunity for a wide range of people to learn about circus in a fun and engaging way. The festival aims to bring people together in a Coivd-19 safe manner, in order to provide joy in a time where it is needed more than ever. It will promote talent and the fitness and wellbeing benefits that circus has to offer.

The Circus House as a company have a large community interest and most of their teaching is under the umbrella of social circus. In 2019 they worked with 5465 participants nationally, 4485 of these within GMCA area.

All while aiming to be as green as possible!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:24
Skills & Techniques

The team will engage with a range of varied physical and non-physical analysis and representation techniques. Mapping, data and site analysis skills will be implemented to build up baseline knowledge as a group, before a series of design exercises that will develop conceptualisation and representation through hand drawing, diagramming, model making and software such as Sketchup. As the designs progress they will then be augmented with further programs such as Autocad and rendering plugins, and prepared for presentation through Photoshop and InDesign.

Students will be encouraged to apply the skills that they consider to be their strengths to the project in the context of a large collaborative team as well as embracing and developing areas of their skillset they are not as comfortable with. As this is a cross-course as well as cross-year project, we are looking forward to a diverse range of approaches and perspectives that will produce creative solutions.

In addition to practical skills, we also want to discuss and debate the subject. The continuing existence of homelessness in this country proves there is no simple fix, and that it cannot be addressed through architecture alone; so we are interested in thinking outside the box, venturing beyond architecture, investigating left field ideas and testing their feasibility collectively as a collaborative effort.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:09
Meet the team: Adam

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Portsmouth University
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: Post graduation, I completed my Part 1 at a small firm in Oxfordshire called Anderson Orr Architects. Helping to design and develop a variety projects from super car showrooms to lavish homes, I experienced a lot of what architecture has to deliver! Throughout my studies, I have always aimed my interests at creating multi-purpose housing schemes that are deemed successful by all walks of life. We've had a lot of discussions about what we would have found exciting and useful as undergraduates ourselves and so we're looking forward to offering a huge amount of freedom and space to see how BA students can express themselves. We also can't wait to see how the MLA students utilise he large site to bring out their flare and tie the whole masterplan together!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:07
Meet the team: Hayden

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: Following my undergrad at MSA I spent a year in a multidisciplinary practice. During my year out I gained some valuable experience working mainly on airport projects for Atkins. I usually prefer smaller projects and the ‘nitty gritty’ but took a risk at something different and ended up enjoying working as part of a larger team. Outside of architecture I enjoy hiking and drawing, all other hobbies have unfortunately been put on hold since studying architecture. I am excited to get stuck into the project we’ve been organising and look forward to seeing where our hard work takes us and exploring ways to resolve the all too common 'vacant land' issues of Bradford.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 22:42
Meet the team: Rob

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: I studied at MSA for my undergraduate degree before working for a small practice called Randle White prior to coming back to MSA for my masters. I worked mainly on small scale, residential projects and loved the opportunity this provided to meet and engage with the people who we designed for. Outside of Uni I love all things food related, a mix of sports, and a good TV drama. Can’t wait for Plot Twist to get underway and I’m excited to see how we can reinvent the urban landscape for the better.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 22:42
Our project aims to promote active cycling and walking in Chorlton that provides everyone not only ease, safety, greenery accessibility, but also enhance social connections, health and creativity. The project will be part of the on-going sustainable changes already taking place within Chorlton.
For example, space for people to exercise, safe routes with clear signages for cycling, walking, green spaces with seats, community zones for creativity. Pieces of art work designed by students will be displayed around Chorlton. This project will potentially improve the image of Chorlton’s public areas toward a more sustainable community.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 22:27
Meet the team: Ollie
Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: This is my second period of study at MSA having previously completed my BA here before spending a year in practice at OMI architects where I worked on a mixture of new build and heritage projects as a part1. My interests in architecture are for the study of buildings at the macro scale with strong passions for detailing, materiality and the crafting of spaces and forms - thankfully, all really fitting for the CiA Atelier I work within. Similarly to the other guys in the group, I can’t wait to see everyone else’s passions and how we can apply these to reimagine the archetype of city building on a vacant site in the historic city of Bradford.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 21:54
Meet the team: Dan

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: After my undergrad at MSA I worked at a small practice called 'Triangle Architects' in Manchester during my part 1 experience last year. I was mainly working on different social housing and healthcare schemes but I also helped with promotional aspects and a few other projects. Outside of university I've always enjoyed playing sports, in particular football, and doing some sketching too! We're all excited for the upcoming project 'Plot Twist' and can't wait to meet everyone!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 21:40
Rochdale Development Agency - The RDA is a local authority controlled company of Rochdale Borough Council, dedicated to promoting Rochdale as a central investment location.

We will be collaborating with Jack Youd from the RDA for this project, the Heritage Action Zone Project Officer.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 20:29
St John the Baptist Church - This church welcomes and invites locals to enter the Grade 2 listed building, to form a community.

We will be collaborating with Stephen Leech, the Project Manager for the church and volunteers of the church, Christine Matthewson and Peter Galvin to deliver this project. We will be hearing from them about the existing and ongoing activities and the needs of the church.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 20:23
Historic England - The public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment.

We will be collaborating with Daisy Horsley from Historic England. Daisy works with and provides training to teachers across Greater Manchester to improve access to local history in the school curriculum.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 20:13
Laura Sanderson organised this MSA LIVE project in collaboration with our external partners. Laura has previously worked with our collaborators for an Events project in previous years in Rochdale so is very aware of the needs of the community and the existing site.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 20:08
This project allows you to pick up and practice various skills, from communicating, being part of discussions as a team to 3D modelling skills in Sketchup and Revit. We will also have opportunities to sketch, diagram and design.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:50
As all MSA Live Projects are rooted in social values, ours is to empower students through education to feel like you can influence things for the better in the long term. The climate emergency cannot be solved overnight so we are targeting small efforts to contribute to the wider global goal.

How are we going to do that? Good Question.

As students, we have the power to hold organisations including our shared MSA accountable for their actions and curriculum. We will learn, unlearn and relearn how we use resources that can reduce global warming by tackling issues in the built environment. The aim is to deliver a workshop that informs those without a built environment background about its link to climate change and creating public opportunities for overlap between different disciplines across Manchester – in climate and built environment spaces, and especially those without them.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:29
March Atelier: &rchitecture

From: Manchester

BA: Manchester School of Architecture (PRAXXIS)

Interests: Painting / Art

Skills: Illustrator / Photoshop / Revit

About: In any spare time I have, I like to paint and create. Inspired by my Kurdish heritage, I use my art to articulate issues surrounding cultural identity and the global refugee crisis. I am passionate about representing and highlighting ethnic minorities and the plight of refugees within the UK.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:28
March Atelier: USE

From: China

BA: Tamkang University in Taiwan

Interests: Drawing/ Fashion/ Cooking

Skills: Hand drawing/ Photoshop/ Rhinoceros

During my college years, I participated in several work camp of community development and historic building renovation. It is very interesting to listen and know local people’s own stories, wishes and memories. The process of rebuilding people’s stories, using the method of designing to give the old building new life are really amazing.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:19
This whole project is focused around bring social value to the st. Johns Baptist church and wider community of Rochdale. Set in an incredibly diverse area, the Rochdale Revival project's aim is to design and propose an architectural integration that engages, welcomes and up-lift anyone who live in or is connected to the local area.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:13
March Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

From: China

BA: Shandong University Of Science And Technology

Interests: Basketball/hiking

Skills:  Revit / Illustrator / Photoshop

About: When I got my master’s degree in China, I came to MSA to study for a master’s degree in architecture. In fact, during my undergraduate period, I had interned in different architect firms and participated in some old building renovation projects, but in Manchester it was a Very good opportunity to experience local culture and learn about local architecture. Because I have always been very interested in architectural heritage, and I am willing to visit and study a building in this area, such as a church, a monastery, etc. I believe that this type of building has a profound impact on culture.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:10
You will learn a vast range of skills when you join this group. We would love to hear from you first, what are your strengths and weaknesses? From here, we can help you build on either; digital software skills, communication skills, presentation skills, analysis and/or research skills. We are here to help!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 19:08
Social Value:
It’s all about the History! Whilst we create this exhibition/zine, we are going to uncover the LGBT+ center's rich history together! We will do this by working as a community, having workshops, building our knowledge, and exhibiting our findings both digitally and physically!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 18:58
We will begin the week by running a quick poll to indicate which skills BA and MLA1 students wish to learn and then offer a quick crash course on the chosen programmes to help develop their skills.

The first week will focus on amalgamating ideas using sketching and collaging by hand or Photoshop, followed by design synthesis possibly using AutoCAD or SketchUp. In the second week, design outputs will be refined and collated into a presentation catalogue.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 18:28
March Atelier: CiA

From: Penang, Malaysia

BA: University of Edinburgh

Interests: Outdoor Sports / Music / Food

Skills: Lumion / Illustrator / Photoshop

During my year out, I have participated in several medium to large-scale commercial and residential projects. I am always intrigued by how architecture embodies a larger civic role of enriching community. Rochdale Revival allows me to explore this and search for design solutions that could anchor a vibrant public life.

Posted 2 Mar 2021 18:13
March Atelier: USE

From: Newcastle Upon Tyne

BA: Manchester School of Architecture (CIA)

Interests: Karate / Art / Football/ Photography

Skills:  Revit / Illustrator / Photoshop/ Sketching

About: After graduating from the MSA I started working at practice in Newcastle called FaulknerBrowns, there I took part in a large range of projects at a number of different design stages. My favorite project I worked on was the redesign of my old high school, this was a part of a larger project building a leisure and schooling complex. I enjoy looking at the cultural impact of architecture and how it interfaces with art.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 17:38
March Atelier: Advanced Practice

From: China

BA: Manchester School of Architecture (Platform)

Interests: Food / Travelling / Anime

Skills: Sketchup / Photoshop / Sketching / Thea Render

About: I gained my work experience in Hong Kong after I graduated from MSA, participating in several commercial projects. Personally, I am interested in the emotional connection between architecture and the users , and how to approach them through spatial quality and materiality.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 17:24
Our project focuses on allotment and community garden design. As a team we will be working closely with our collaborator MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) to explore the current accessibility difficulties faced by those with a disability.

It is common knowledge that accessibility issues can prevent disabled and elderly people from visiting allotment sites. Our aim is to consider how allotments and community gardens can be made more accessible and safer to everyone in society.

We will produce landscaping and practical designs that address and find solutions to these accessibility issues, primarily focussing on the sites maintained by MUD in Greater Manchester. However, our aim is to produce designs that will be universal and can be implemented at allotments throughout the country. This project will initiate a new way of thinking about allotment design. We intend to produce designs that will benefit everyone in the community by breaking the accessibility barrier to promote and create new growing opportunities.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 17:24
Hi, I’m Roseline and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!
I joined MSA in September after working in practice for 18 months and graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 2018. I am currently in the PRAXXIS atelier which suits my interest in the political landscape.

I’m excited to work with the BLA and MLA1 students and produce engaging designs!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:59
Hi, I’m Oscar and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!
I started at the Manchester school of Architecture this September following 6 months in practice which was unfortunately cut short by covid. For my undergrad I studied at Sheffield Hallam University, which was a really great experience. I am currently in the atelier &rchitecture and finding it really interesting!
Looking forward to meeting you all soon and hopefully doing some really great work together!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:46
Hi, I’m Catherine!

I joined MSA in September after working in small practice in London for 9 months. I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2019 and I am currently in the Advanced Practice atelier.

I think this project should be really exciting and I am looking forward to seeing this project develop with the new members of our team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:25
Social value:

PLAYBOX.CHORLTON is a community-driven project, with a goal to create a social bridge between the two halves of Chorlton. We will focus on establishing a sense of community togetherness by reimagining and reinventing an existing shipping container site, right at the edge of Chorlton park. We aim to design an inclusive neighbourhood activity hub that will concentrate on communal and personal health and wellbeing, cooperation, and education. By exploring and redeveloping the pre-existing onsite materials, we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of our project, thus promoting sustainability in the community. The project will encourage local community engagement and enjoyment within the newly redeveloped spaces.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:19
Skills and Activities:

During the two weeks, we will help to create the perfect workflow for architectural visualisations but also encourage creativity through concept designs. We will guide students through new software which will help benefit their future studies.

Our aim is to develop a community centre through two competitions; a creative re-use strategy and a roof design. The final outputs should help capture the imagination of local residents.

We will have online workshops where both digital and physical model making will be introduced alongside adobe presentation software.

To round up each week we will be engaging with external partners including councillors and park committee members. Therefore, students will develop communication skills by presenting both concept and final designs to the board.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:16
Hey, I’m Kat and I am one of the members of the Heart and Soil team! I joined MSA in September after graduating from The University of Bath in the summer. I am currently in the PRAXXIS atelier and I am enjoying the very different take on architecture that I am getting here to my previous Uni experience. I look forward to meeting, and getting to know, all the new members of our team as this exciting project develops!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:14
• Name: Nuwar Darwish
• Year: 5th Year Master of Architecture
• Atelier: Advanced Practice
• Education: UPM university, KSA.
• Skills: AutoCAD, Revit, Lumion, Adobe illustrator
• Interests: I have always been interested in conceptual architectural designs and sustainability, as well as utilizing sensational experiences to places and taking in consideration the user’s emotional and physical experiences, and social aspects to bring people together while designing. My goal is to be a certified architect that will help to enhance the perspective of a “built environment”.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:10
• Name: Effimia Athanasakopoulou
• Year: 5th year March
• Atelier: CPU AI
• Skills: Autocad, Sketchup, InDesign , Photoshop, Revit
• Interests: I am interested in computational design, how data is used and analyzed but also how we can use coding to generate a design, shape, form.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:06
• Name: Christina Markaki
• Year: 5th Year Master of Architecture
• Atelier: U.S.E.
• Education: Leicester School of Architecture, DMU
• Skills: Preferred Autodesk software: AutoCAD, preferred 3D software: Rhino, all the Adobe programs from 2D to 3D animation.
• Interests: I am a methodological student working with conceptual, abstract and experimental concepts that can be transform into architecture. Designing while minding the future users’ feelings and senses is what interests me the most as well as Deconstruction and fragmentation as a theoritical background of creating designs. My aim is to continue entering competitions around the world that represent my ideologies. At the moment, I am taking part in a competition in Italy as my final project for this semester.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:05
• Name: Giorgos Porakos
• Year: 5th Year Master of Architecture
• Atelier: CPU AI
• Education: UWE Bristol
• Skills: Sketchup, Rhino, Autocad, Lumion, Vray, Photshop, Illustrator, Indesign
• Interests: I am a technical-minded architectural student focusing mainly on the relationship between engineering and aesthetic within the field of architecture. My interest is to research, observe and understand buildings technical resolution and how this creates a coherent building project. Also lately, I have developed additional interests in 3D visualization and computational design.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:04
• Name: Mohammed Amine Mouaqit
• Year: 5th year March
• Atelier: Advanced Practice
• Skills: Autocad, Sketchup, Archicad, Photoshop
• Interests: My aim is to be a leader in sustainable design as an architect. I want to raise awareness on how beautiful sustainable architecture can be with the use of aesthetically innovative materials. I am in the belief that environmental-friendly design is key to the future of our planet and I am willing to conceptualize examples on how this can be done.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:03
• Name: Nadezhda Yordanova
• Year: 5th year MArch at Manchester Metropolitan University
• Atelier: Advanced Practice
• Education: BA Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University
• Skills: Revit, Photoshop, illustrator, AutoCad, Presentation and Layout
• Interests: I have always been interested in sustainable design and minimizing the impact of the buildings we create. My aim is to become a chartered Architect and tackle issues such as climate change through my designs. For me, architecture is much more than what can be produced in a software package – I believe that a well-designed building should suit its context, environment and the people who are going to inhabit or use it.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:02
Hi, I'm Millie!

I graduated from MSA in 2019 and then spent a year in practice at DAY Architectural. I'm currently in the Continuity in Architecture Atelier which I think really suits my architectural values.

Our Heart and Soil project is set to be a really lovely piece of work and I'm excited to get started with our new team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:56
Hey, I’m Lucy and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!

I joined MSA in September after working in practice for 18 months and graduating from The University of Liverpool in 2018. I am currently in the USE atelier, which I am loving so far.

I am looking forward to meeting the new members of our team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:55
Meet our Collaborator Jo from MUD!

MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) is a non-profit social enterprise, established in 2019 as a response to an increasing demand for growing services across Manchester and beyond. They are dedicated to finding solutions to the problems with their local food systems. This includes; advocating for food sovereignty, being a member of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network, providing educational services and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs to make available to the local community. They always use organic growing methods and improve local biodiversity and soil health wherever they grow. MUD is committed to developing projects and creating employment opportunities for our volunteers, as well as providing free services and events for the community. MUD offer a wide range of services and opportunities for the public and private sector, including several exciting projects that are explained in detail on their website.

Instagram: @mud_cic
YouTube: Manchester Urban Diggers CIC
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:52

Dr Richard Brook & Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr are experienced historians with extensive knowledge on post-war infrastructure and landscape. They ran the Year 5 MArch Research Methods Workshop titled: The Landscape and Architecture of post-war British Infrastructure: Coal.

Their knowledge and investments contribute to the network research: The Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: Culture Amenity and Heritage which is part of the UKRI project. The network has united multiple teams of academics with government agencies, the private sector, community groups and artists to consider the landscapes of infrastructure broadly. Moreover, it is running a public engagement program to disseminate the research to a wider audience, in which our project is involved.

The follow-on-funding will enable the research team to work with filmmakers, film archives, museums and local schools to create interactive games and an immersive filmic experience, both to be premiered at the Bluedot Festival in which our project is involved.

Check out the broad UKRI project here:

Dr Richard Brook is the MSA Infra-space atelier leader and is a registered architect. He is particularly interested in post-WWII British modern architecture, infrastructure, and the impact of government planning and regulation on the built environment. Richard is an experienced architectural historian who is currently leading a project called ‘The Life of Buildings’, where he and his collaborators are creating interactive virtual reality models of historically important buildings from archival drawings and oral histories. The project’s long term aim is to create ‘mixed reality’ cities that co-exist with real cities to educate people on our lost architectural heritage.

Take a look at Richard’s website:
Explore ‘The Life of Buildings’

Dr Luca Csepely Knorr is the Joint Programme Leader of the Master of Landscape Architecture course and is a chartered landscape architect. Her research focuses on the histories of landscape architecture, architecture and urban design between the late 19th century to the 1970’s. Luca is experienced in co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams within and outside of the university. She is also currently co-organising an interdisciplinary network ‘How Women Build’ exploring the role of women in the construction industry amongst involvement with many other research projects.

View Luca’s work here:
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:45
King-Yi Wong


Rhino, Adobe Suite, AutoCAD

Interested in:
Sustainability in architecture, Archigram, Heritage Adaptation

Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), Curtin University, Australia, 2014-2017
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:43
Meet the Team!

Hi guys I’m Noss!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: Advanced Practice

BArch: Sheffield Hallam University

Hometown: Manchester, UK

Part 1 Employment: ca&d Architects

Fun fact: In-between degrees I served in special forces as a Military Working Dog Handler, before going onto specialising in luxury residential architecture whilst working in practice.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:43
The ECOtswolds team will be focussing on the research and testing of innovative technologies in order to support our live client with their paragraph 79 project in the Cotswolds. The work will take on three main phases:

Research – We will aim to gather as much information as possible. This will allow us to develop a good understanding of what technologies already exist, whats in development and the potential for use within the project. Using the existing scheme and research as a baseline, we will be focusing on four key areas: Fabric specific tech, energy generation, energy storage and energy conservation.

Analysis – As part of the project, we will be looking at how you might test some of these ideas through simulated analysis. Utilising 3D modelling software such as Sketchup and Grasshopper for Rhino to obtain results. We will be running some small skills tutorials to bring the team up to speed.

Visuals – Once all the research has been collected, collated, and tested we will need to visualise the results and present them in a document. For this part of the project, we will be looking at using adobe suite packages and running more skills workshops to help team members to display the finished work.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:38
This project will enhance your graphical skills with the use of Photoshop and Indesign, as well as your drawing skills on Autocad and Sketch up. We aim to organise workshops and create an environment to encourage you to ask questions. This project is a great opportunity for you to learn how to conduct social mapping research, understand the local community needs and their dynamics, in order to design a gastronomic community space for the local people to gather and enjoy it. Architecture is about making places for people to enjoy, therefore the project will help you boost your communication skills and human understanding.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:37
Meet The Team: Shuhan Liu

Pronouns: She/Her
Location: Shenyang, China
MArch Year 5
BArch: Shenyang University
Atelier: InfraSpace

Interests: Urban spaces and industrial heritage preservation.
Hobbies outside of architecture include music and reading graphic novels.

Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Sketchup.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:30
Meet The Team: Nadir Mahmood

Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Praxxis

Interests: I am interested in how design can help facilitate and create a more equal and fair society for those who are marginalised.
Hobbies outside of Architecture include music, cooking and reading.

Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AutoCAD and Sketchup
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:29
Social Contribution

The issue this project aims to engage with is a significant one, and at times it may seem overwhelming; numbers are hard to gauge accurately but it is estimated that 1 in every 102 people in Manchester are classed as homeless. It is clear to imagine the extent of the problem simply by walking through the city centre, and the number has been steadily rising over recent years. But the scale of the question should not dissuade us from searching for an answer.

As a team and as collaborators in this project we believe it is our social responsibility to acknowledge the issues and contribute, in whatever small way, to the improvement of the social fabric of this city and of individual lives. We are forced as citizens to step in where local and national government has failed. This is something that affects everyone, not just those without a home; we must question the society we are part of and the systems that shape it. Is this the best we can do? Am I happy to ignore those at the bottom of the ladder? Could this be me one day?

Our approach will be on two levels- micro and macro, we must inspect the issues at differing scales to effectively interrogate the problem to yield potentially real results. What are the current systems in place and where do they fail? But also- What is it on a personal level that a rough sleeper feels is most important to them?
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:24
Partners - Cornerstone

Cornerstone is a day centre in Manchester that provides services and accommodation to vulnerable adults. They welcome people from all backgrounds in the hope of increasing the quality of life of their clients. Bringing together vulnerable people helps to form a support system giving many adults a route back into society. Cornerstone is part of the Caritas Diocese of Salford charity that aims to free people from poverty and disadvantaged circumstances in Greater Manchester.

As a charity, Cornerstone are at the forefront of dealing with homelessness and it’s related difficulties. We look forward to learning from their real-world knowledge and approaches to the problems people face on a day-to-day basis. As with most charities though, they are vulnerable to being underfunded and overstretched; Our first discussions have highlighted a pressing need for the improvement of the Cornerstone day centre on Denmark Road, which will likely form part of our design workshops in May. Additionally, we will look into the ways in which Cornerstone and Caritas interacts with other bodies such as local government, the general public and other charities to glean information on how these relationships inform and affect the whole.

Twitter: @CaritasSalford
Facebook: CaritasSalford
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:22
Partners - WOAH

“WOAH (Without a Home) is a non-profit student design collective, predominantly focused on the issue of homelessness and all associated issues surrounding it, such as community, housing and poverty. We mainly consist of architecture students and have worked on both research and design projects alongside charities, ex-homeless artists and architectural firms. WOAH came into existence in 2015 in reaction to the removal of the homeless encampment underneath the Manchester way, opposite the hatch development.”

As fellow students at MSA, the WOAH collective are uniquely positioned in this project to advise us on the current landscape of homelessness in Manchester, and to provide a base of research and action that we can contribute to. Two of our primary contacts representing WOAH are 6th year students who were in the same role as this team last year, and we are confident we will benefit from their experience to bridge the gap between the issues at hand and the process of an MSA Live project. Initial discussions have established an understanding of the potential to continue the project into the future in the same way; making each year’s iteration a new contribution to a cumulative, long term effort to implement real change in how homelessness is discussed and tackled in the city of Manchester.

Twitter: @TheMSSA
Facebook: WOAHWithoutAHome
Instagram: @woahwithoutahome
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:19