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Meet The Team: Taiming Si

Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan
MArch Year 5
BArch: Shanghai Jiaotong University
Atelier: &rchitecture

Interests: Parametric design.
Hobbies outside of architecture include basketball, PC games and the playing the piano.

Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator and Rhino.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:16
Name: Tom Craven

Atelier: Continuity in Architecture
Part 1: University of Lincoln
Practice Experience: Quad Architects
Proficiency: AutoCad, Sketchup, Photoshop, InDesign, detailing, hand drawing and modelmaking
Interests: Experiential/sensory design, physical design processes, social and political implications of architecture.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:16
Meet The Team: Tim Scopes

Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Sheffield Hallam University
Atelier: &rchitecture

Interests: Inclusivity within architecture and explorations of gendered spaces and their impact. Specifically in regards to social housing and lived experiences of domesticity.
Hobbies outside of architecture include cooking for friends and family and music events/festivals.

Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sketchup and Micro-station.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:15
Name: Sing Hong Chau

Atelier: &rchitecture
Part 1: University of Edinburgh
Practice Experience: PWD Architecture, Beijing + KplusK Associates, Hong Kong
Proficiency: Photoshop, Rhino
Interests: I enjoyed looking at decommodification of architecture and how housing designs could be interventions towards more social equitable outcomes through different strategies such as flexibility and Co-living. I also look at architecture in a way that’s more than just profit return.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:15
Meet The Team: Jacques Lachetta

Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Nottingham, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: University of Sheffield
Atelier: InfraSpace

Interests: Urban spaces and the future of retail, how the traditional high street will evolve and the impact of architecture upon this.
Hobbies outside of architecture include record collecting, graphic design and cooking.

Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Social Media Management and Sketchup.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:14
Name: Lon Y Law

Atelier: CPU:AI
Part 1: Northumbria University
Practice Experience: Aedas Ltd
Proficiency: Adobe Suite, Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, Lumion
Interests: Acquiring new knowledge, reading and imagining the future. Other interests include calligraphy, sketching, music, physics, philosophy, video games, anime, sustainability.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:14
Name: Jake Greenall

Atelier: Infra.Space
Part 1: Leeds Beckett University
Practice Experience: NBDA Architects
Proficiency: AutoCad, Adobe Suite, Sketchup, hand drawing, model making
Interests: Resilient architecture that offers potential solutions to environmental issues and projects aimed at helping society’s most vulnerable people.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:13
Meet The Team: Haoran Jiang

Pronouns: He/Him
Location: Shanghai, China
MArch Year 5
BArch: Yunnan University
Atelier: Urban Spatial Experiment

Interests: Urban regeneration, old building extension and architectural collage.
Hobbies outside of architecture include basketball, reading and traveling

Skills: Rhino, Photoshop, AutoCAD and Sketchup
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:12
Name: Fara Amjad

Atelier: Praxxis
Part 1: University of Huddersfield
Practice Experience: Atelier Mb Urban Architects
Proficiency: Vector Works, Sketch up, Photoshop, Indesign
Interests: Sustainable architecture, adaptive reuse of historic buildings
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:11

Model Making & Sketching

Model making in both physical and digital form and sketching will be a key part of the project to initially understand concepts that really benefit the community.

Research & Srategies

Concepts will be informed from the initial site analysis but also through implementing design strategies that have a positive impact on the environment. There will also be the scope of developing a landscape strategy for the exterior space that connects coherently to the extension.


The presentation will be a major factor in communicating the scheme as this is something that will be used to raise funding for the project. The use of diagrams will be a visual communication device used alongside sketches to help the collaborator understand the direction behind the concept.


There will be an opportunity to develop skills within the Adobe Suite package as well as learning visualisation techniques with Lumion. 3D modelling software such as Sketchup will be used as a way of working with rendering software.

Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:09
Name: Evie Richardson

Atelier: Infra.Space
Part 1: University of Nottingham
Practice Experience: Staniforth Architects
Proficiency: Autocad, Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketchup, Hand drawing, Model making
Interests: Conservation/preservation, social - wellbeing, architecture and Nature. Other interests include art, cooking and music.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:09
Ryan Qirui Wang

Infrastructure Space

Graphic design, Illustration, Photoshop

Interested in:
Enchanted by reality and imagination of urban landscape. Trying to find entertainment and humour in various design.

The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:09
Yao Wei

Complexity, Planning and Urbanism

Rhino& Grasshopper, Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign

Interested in:
Rendering, Python, Intelligent Architecture
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:08
Rongcheng Li

Infrastructure Space

Rhino& Grasshopper, Adobe Suite, Autodesk, Maya

Interested in:
Semiology architecture, Adeptive architecture

BEng Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, 2016-2020
Assistant Designer, Atelier Design Situ+Continuum, Shanghai, 2019
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:07
Xinzi Deng

Urban Spatial Experimentation

Rhino, Adobe Suite, After Effects, Premiere Pro

Interested in:
Explore the integration of multiple fields with architectural design, especially new technology and art, such as Interactive Architecture and Robotic Assembly & Fabrication.

Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, Guangzhou, Junior Architect, 2016-2019
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:06
Participants will produce Collages, prints, InDesign and photoshop work which will be displayed on walking routes within Chorlton, this will be presented on pebbles, windmills and other objects. It is essential students communicate effectively with each other to decide which routes to choose and their choice of media. A creative mind will be needed as the art work will need to tell a short story, engaging users of the park.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:58
ECOtswolds is an opportunity for students to be involved in a project that will push the boundaries of innovative technologies used in not just this Paragraph 79 project, but as society heads towards a net-zero carbon future. The research undertaken during this project will also have a positive impact on the communities that the client works with as the use of environmental technologies improves the quality of design and subsequently the value of the buildings. There is also an opportunity to educate and inspire through the research undertaken by ECOtswolds, by utilising graphical explanations of the various processes involved in an innovative design project.

It is our aim to make our mark on the future Paragraph 79 projects by setting a high standard for the use of innovative technologies in future proposals, with the goal of inspiring more clients to use innovative environmental technologies in their projects, engaging with the community and improving their local area in doing so.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:55
Next up Rural Solutions!
Selby Stocks is a Senior Architect working for Rural Solutions, who together with Ecospheric are undertaking the design of ‘Little Rissington’, an Arts and Crafts Paragraph 79 new-build home in the Cotswolds. Rural Solutions are a specialist consultancy group, national leaders in designing exceptional new and replacement country homes that sit harmoniously within pastoral landscapes.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:55
Come meet our Collaborators!

First up Ecospheric! Ecospheric focus on pioneering eco developments that save carbon and drive technological change. The built environment sees new measures being introduced as we slowly approach the 2050 pledge for zero net buildings. The firms director Kit Knowles and his team aim to create valuable case studies to progress the field of sustainable construction.

The Zetland Passive House located in Manchester was named the “greenest retrofit” in the UK, and through their continuous search and passion for innovative solutions and high standard projects they managed to achieve beyond Passive House standards. The new Arts and Crafts development set in the Cotswolds, which aims for Passivhaus Premium is an opportunity to set a precedent not only for Passive House standards but also future Paragraph 79 projects.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:54
Meet Our Collaborators: Emily Crompton

Emily Crompton is a senior lecturer at the MSA, leading the Year 1 undergraduate programme and a co-lead for the MArch atelier PRAXXIS. Emily has a strong relationship with the The Proud Trust, from working in collaboration with them for many years.

Over the past five years she has been researching the Manchester LGBT+ Centre’s heritage and design. As an expert advisor on The Proud Trusts Buildings Re-Building Board, Emily has been documenting and researching the demolition and rebuilding of the LBGT+ Centre. Work in which Our Proud Past will become involved in.

Emily is interested in looking at the city in unexpected and unusual ways and is always interested in the other side of the story.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:48
Meet Our Collaborators: Archives+

Archives+ is an exciting City Centre showcase and repository for archives and family history. Situated in the magnificent Manchester Central Library, this purpose-built centre brings together a partnership of amazing regional and national collections of documents, photographs and films, and helps to satisfy a growing demand for accessible community history and personal heritage. It is easier than ever before for you to find what you’re looking for under one roof!


FACEBOOK: @archivesplus
TWITTER: @archivesplus
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:44
Meet Our Collaborators: The Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. They do this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks, managing the LGBT+ Centre for Manchester, delivering of training, running events and campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.

Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:43
Social Value

Inspired by post-war infrastructure development principle, INFRA-GAME aims to develop board game into an enjoyable educational tool for parents and teachers to enlighten children with the knowledge and consideration behind infrastructure and landscape planning. Furthermore, using board game enhances the communication between children and parents, and leads them to understand the importance of infrastructure and environment issues, and the relationship between them as well. We will be working together to develop the exciting board game into an aesthetically attractive product. The board game will be ultimately available both physically. Long-term social contribution will be achieved through this educational entertainment device.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:38

Our goal is to make a fully designed board game into a realistic model within two weeks. We need to use image software (eg. Photoshop, Illustrate) to design the appearance of game cards and outer packaging, and complete the printing and cutting.

In terms of model making of chess pieces and chessboards, 3d printing and laser cutting will be used. We will provide a tutorial about the workflow of 3d printing and laser cutting and the precautions for specific operations.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:37
In 1999 the Building Bridges Pendle became a constituted body and registered with the Charity Commission.  In the year 2012 they further developed their status to become an incorporated body as a registered Company Limited by Guarantee and Charity under one constitution. 

Their aim is to improve community relations and community cohesion by raising awareness and understanding amongst people about different cultures; promoting common values; and helping people to develop friendships that cross cultural and community boundaries.

Having developed and sustained our work for nearly two-decades, their history, track record, profile and current work has firmly marked their position as an organisation committed to ground-breaking and innovative work in the field of Education, Interfaith and Community Cohesion.

Project Manager Rauf Bashir has been kind enough to pitch in his expertise on the project to lead us in the right path.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:31
Pendle Borough Council is a district council in England, that has authority covering the borough of Pendle in Lancashire. Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 49 seats on the council being elected at each election.

The Nelson Town comes in the Pendle Borough Council and the authorities have been kind enough to aid us with the necessary information to attain the success of the project.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:23
This project will provide a service to the wider construction industry through the development of a new design for on-site accommodation. The current standards of temporary on-site accommodation do not embody a professional working environment, despite this being the place of work for numerous professionals whilst a project is on site. The construction industry has not evolved and in comparison to other industries there is a significant difference in workplace environments. This project hopes to address the existing issues of on-site accommodation and create a scheme which the whole construction industry and wider community could benefit from. In creating a healthier and overall, more positive working environment this project will foster better relationships and attitudes within the community of the construction industry.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:23
In-Situ is an embedded arts organisation based in Pendle, Lancashire. In-Situ’s vision is for art to be part of everyday life; for our art to be an art of action; for our art to contribute to society as a whole; for our art to challenge current thinking about environment, people, place, and culture.

Founded in 2012, In-Situ works alongside the local community to create visible, self-sustaining art and culture, through a range of collaborative artworks, events, local and international artist residencies and partnerships with other organisations.

Closely working with Paul Hartley of Organisation and Development, we intend to achieve success in defining a brief and to closely work with the citizens.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:17
Meet the Team!

Hey guys, I‘m Neda!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: Advanced Practice

BArch: Manchester School of Architecture

Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania

Fun Fact: I am a self-proclaimed tea connoisseur and croissant enthusiast!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:17
This project encompasses a wide range of skills and activities for you to get involved with, as we aim to map out the levels of diversity across the UK construction industry, through the use of visual and graphical representations.

Our main output for this project is the development of an informative pop-up exhibition booth, which will be used to display the important research that we will unearth together. In the development of the exhibition booth, you will be given the option to create physical small-scale maquettes and larger scale mock-ups or choose to create these models digitally depending on your preference.

For the creation of our illustrations and graphics, we will primarily be working with:

For the digital modelling of the pop-up exhibition booth, the 3D tools we will use are:
Revit (on request)

We will organize graphic design workshops to help hone your skills using the aforementioned software, while also providing you with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills that will aid you in both your academic and professional career. During our time together, you will also be given the opportunity to network with professionals from the BPIC network and other associated professional organisations.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:09
SUPPORT: We aim to give black, asian and ethnic minority youths the platform and support to get into the built environment industry, helping to increase diversity across the industry, supporting equality, inclusivity and social mobility aims to benefit society.

LEARNING: Through our customized workshops and programme, our approach is to provide support and information to allow sixth form and undergraduate students to use our expertise to get the best outcomes for picking university subject choices relating to construction. We want to make a real difference in student’s lives by helping them to define the input and set up realistic goals to meet the requirements of the courses.

OPPORTUNITIES: We work with BPIC to help black, asian and ethnic minority students networking with professional organizations such as Black Females In Architecture (BFA) and Paradigm Network, providing information on jobs available in the construction industry and offer advice on alternative careers for the degree chosen.

EMPOWERMENT: We address not only technical success but social success, demonstrating a holistic and thoughtful approach to empower our black, asian and ethnic minority students community. Our blog posts will continue to monitor the impact of our research and knowledge as we strive to continuously learn and improve our approach.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 14:06
Hi there! I’m Alexandru and I am a fifth-year student in the Continuity in Architecture atelier. Before this, I came straight from Romania to Manchester for my BA at MSA and a year in practice at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. One interesting fact about me is that I am into sports and recently got better at bouldering.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:58
Hey, I’m Titi, I am from South London but I am of Nigerian descent. I did my undergraduate at the University of Nottingham and then took my year out working with Hawkins\Brown in London.

I am currently in the InfraSpace atelier and architecturally I am interested in sustainability, community-driven design and technology. In terms of software, I am most skilled in Indesign, Photoshop, Rhino, Sketchup and Illustrator. I also like model-making and did quite a bit during my undergraduate.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:57
Hey! My name is Ladi Timothy Shobowale. I’m from London, but I am of Nigerian descent. I studied my undergraduate at the University of Nottingham, and have worked in London, where I worked primarily on office and hospitality projects. Currently, I am in the CPU[Ai] atelier and my main interests are urbanism, computational design, and exploring the social side of architecture. My skills include Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Indesign and SketchUp. Outside of architecture, I enjoy running, going to the gym, watching Netflix and listening to music.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:57

Hi, I am Kat, grew up in Hong Kong / London and I am of Chinese and Turkish descent. I did my undergraduate in Lincoln and I worked on community architecture, mixed use and social housing projects in Hong Kong and the UK. I am in Praxxis and enjoy looking at architecture through the lens of feminism and intersectionality. My skills include Adobe software, AutoCAD, SketchUp, 3DS Max, Revit, visualization and model making. In my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, playing harp and piano for relaxation.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:56
Heya, my name is Dunni Adebiyi. I am from and live in Lagos Nigeria, and moved to the UK to study in 2014, carrying out my undergrad at the University of Bath. I am currently in &rchitecture, and am thoroughly enjoying my experience at MSA.
I have a great interest in art, residential architecture,policies, and interior design, and have worked in few practices in Lagos and London. In addition, I love graphics and have experience with Adobe sketch, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. My other software skills include, AutoCAD, Sketchup and Twinmotion.
In terms of hobbies, I love fashion and have worked with a few Nigerian upcoming brands and I have a heavy obsession with Japanese anime. Really looking forward to meeting you all.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:56
Hi! My name is Aidiel Shukri. I am from Penang, Malaysia but moved to the UK in 2020. I did my undergraduate in Manchester School of Architecture. I am currently in the InfraSpace atelier. I am always fascinated by how architecture has the capacity to navigate the economic development in a civilization. I am interested in mixed development, urban planning, interior design and planning policies. My software skills include AutoCad, SketchUp, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. In my free time, I really love to sketch while streaming on Netflix (probably all the time). I also love watching history and political drama and cooking.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:55
Hi! My name’s Isabella but everyone calls me Bella. I am from Nairobi, Kenya (and of Kenyan descent) but currently live in Manchester. I did my undergraduate degree at the Manchester School of Architecture and came back for my masters degree. I am in the Complexity, Planning and Urbanism AI atelier (CPU AI). My skills include Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Revit, some model-making, going days without sleep and making a mean cup of coffee. My main interests include Urbanism, Technology in design, animation, composition and wellbeing management. My Hobbies include: Composing music, Not sleeping the night before a crit and watching endless amounts of netflix. Fun fact: I can’t ride a bike.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:55
We are collaborating with Amos Simbo representative and also founder of BPIC Network. As well as establishing BPIC Network, Amos is also a Chartered Engineer and the founder of Winway Consultants.

BPIC (Black Professionals in Construction) Network is an organisation focused on uplifting and advancing black and ethnic minority professionals. Since officially being launched in September 2019 they have organised guidance, training and networking events specifically aimed at those in the industry as well as youth looking to join.

Through this events project we hope to help this network with informing and connecting aspiring students looking for a career in the built environment in a bold and engaging way. Some of the main aims of BPIC Network include:

-To empower and educate black and ethnic minority individuals
-To champion the importance of diversity
-To improve diversity in the construction and built environment
-To deliver solutions for participants that work in all areas of the industry

Find out more about BPIC Network and what they are currently doing at:

Twitter: @BpicNetwork
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:54
This will be an entirely online experience so we will try our very best to break up the excessive screen time. However, as you will be working with March students with a wealth of experience in software this is a great opportunity to pick our brains and those of the equally talented MLA Students to improve your skills!

We will be using the Adobe Creative Suite with an opportunity to learn video editing software including Adobe After Effects and Premier Pro. If you do not have access to these we will help set you up using the University provider Bentley. Additionally, you will be networking with architects, delivering a workshop and conducting research.

Don’t worry, we will be doing all of the above with you and in small teams so rest assured, we’re in this together.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:49
We are also partnering with a newly founded enterprise Resilient Works who help deepen the understanding of individuals and organisations in relation to climate science, the human effect and what actions can be taken to reduce our carbon footprint thus helping to achieve climate and social justice. We will be working alongside the director, Sam Turner, who provides carbon literacy training and an insight into carbon consultancy on low-impact ethical design.
As real experts in the field, this is a fantastic opportunity to educate yourself more about the impact of our daily lives and how we can empower each other, as students, to make a positive change. Too often we belittle our student status by not taking ownership of the world around us and by not demanding answers from our educators, food suppliers. The pandemic has changed this.

With Resilient Works, we want you empower YOU to ask questions and expect answers. As students, we demand a wealth of climate knowledge to apply to our studio projects and by extension into our professional lives after graduation to building a regenerative industry. Are you with us?!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:48
One of our external collaborators this year is the award winning practice Bennetts Associates who will be participating in our workshops and sharing industry expertise with you! With a diverse portfolio in a range of sectors, scales and complexities it is a real opportunity to work alongside the world’s first architecture practice to commit to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now Campaign. As founding members of the UK Green Building Council, Bennetts Associates plays a leading role in the RIBA sustainable futures group which begins to highlight their interest in striving for positive change.

They are as eager to learn about climate literacy and actions that can be taken as we are and as, we are sure, you are so all three parties have much to learn from one another!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:47
The Anthropocene Architecture School (AAS) was set up in 2019 by Scott McAulay, in recognition of architecture’s responsibilities within the climate crisis (McAulay, 2020). The AAS aims to catalyse proactive emergency responses and prepare students for practice in the context of climate failure. Since its launch in 2019, the AAS has engaged more than 1,500 people internationally and held more than 25 workshops for architectural practices, sustainable design studios, students, educators, and the public (McAulay, 2020). Even though the UN Climate Change’s 2018 Special Report was not enough to persuade schools of architecture, the RIBA, and the ARB into taking action, Scott hopes that the AAS can empower institutions to weave sustainability through every aspect of their curriculum (McAulay, 2020)

“In the climate emergency we now face, architectural education should not only prepare students to practise sustainably, but empower them to positively change it.” (McAulay, 2020)
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:47
Hi! My name is Jakub (Jakey) and I am a returning student at the MSA after failing to complete my part 1 year out. Due to the pandemic I decided to dive straight into the deep end and do my masters course which I really enjoy. At present, I am studying in the CPU Ai atelier and I recommend it for people to try, as working in teams really gives you the taste for what is it like in practice (even though I have not done my year out). In my spare time I work on my dissertation which focuses on nuclear entombment and I enjoy cooking. So, join us for this MSA Live and learn how to design sustainably.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:45
The project will give us an opportunity to design a new park keeper's house in Whitworth Park together. We will communicate with each other about spatial programming, model-making and detailing through AutoCAD, SketchUp, Indesign and Photoshop. We will also gain more cooperation experiences with people from different backgrounds.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:34
Meet Claire, one of our external partners. Claire is an active resident of the Chorlton area having established numerous networks, involving artists & residents, and is a key figure with initiatives such as ‘Our Chorlton’. She is a driver for creating positive social change, where putting words- and in this case ideas- into action is the main priority!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:25
Meet our team - Sofia Pamilo

Education & experience:

Skills and interest:
Painting, Hand Drawing, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Sketchup


Ideas about parks:
I’m originally from Finland and I think my nationality has a strong influence on how I see parks. They are areas that shouldn’t be too controlled by humans, rather they should be spaces where people and wildlife could coexist as equals, in balance.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:23
Meet our team- Nadia Alshawi

Education & experience:
Part 1 Placement - Allison Pike, Manchester
MArch - MSA

Skills & interests:
Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino
Interested in digital cities and landscaping

Hiking, traveling & reading

Ideas about parks:
A park is a place where you can go to be surrounded by nature and wildlife
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:22
Meet our team - Nayeem Shaik

Education and experience:
BArch – Nottingham Trent

Skills and interests:
Photoshop, Rhino, Lumion, illustrator
Interested in 16th-century Italian architecture and the influence of space-making

Hobbies: Reading, Debating, Travelling, Cricket

Ideas about parks: A place for solitude and reflection which helps us to disconnect from the rush of our daily lives.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:22
Meet our team- Tom Cooper

Education & experience:
Part 1 Placement - SimpsonHaugh, Manchester
MArch - MSA

Skills & interests:
Sketching, Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, AutoCad, Lumion
Interested in incorporating nature into architecture and computational thinking

Rock climbing, Skiing, mountain biking, travelling

Ideas about parks:
A park is provides a place and its people with nature and a space to relax in a variety of ways
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:21
Meet our Team- Laura Bucknall

Education & Experience:
BA- Oxford Brookes University
Work Experience- PRP Architects, Summers 2015-2017
Part 1 Placement- BPTW, Greenwich 2018-2019
March- MSA

Skills & Interests:
Watercolour Painting and Oil Painting, Rhino and visualisation, Photoshop, Indesign.
I am interested in deigning at a human scale, creating moments in a buildings journey that are immersed in and inspired by nature. All my university projects seem to have had concepts that surround water and nature. I'm excited to see where this event takes these concepts and ideas.

Snowboarding, travelling, painting, going to festivals and testing all the pub gardens in my area.

Ideas about parks:
Parks have become far more valuable than ever before. I think the idea of a park is to allow anyone from any culture, age, disability and location to experience the euphoria that is a clean, beautiful, safe outdoor environment.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:21
Within our project we will be studying how parks are represented through different media by studying them through pop culture, social media, films and poetry. After these studies we will create abstract diagrams and use artistic methods to present our observations.

Our team will be able to pick up skills such as:

Abstract visualisation
Alternative research approaches
Different visualisation techniques
Networking with partner company, LEAF, and other BA, MArch and MLA students

Alongside these methods, we will be presenting our ideas using abstract techniques which can be done by sketching, painting or drawing. We will also be using softwares such as:

Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:20
By redefining the idea of a park, new understandings and methods are considered which can promote a different approach of firstly viewing a park and then how does it enhance the user experience and relationship on an individual level.

Is it possible to invoke memories of the past through the park? The existence of culture, can this be emoted through a park? Are parks limited to just a few benches and open green spaces?

How do parks preserve and invoke the identity of a place and portray this to perhaps teach, experience, and feel in an age where parks are generalised.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:19
LEAF (Landscape Environment Advancement Foundation) is an organization intended to undertake and further research in areas of Plant Material, Landscape Design, and Environmental Sustainability.


The work that LEAF undertakes is designed to inform the design profession, and its fields of interest in a real, impactful manner.
This is done not only through the final outcomes, but also through the process, methods of data collection, documentation, and data representation.

The foundation has expanded the areas within which it undertakes work - looking at ideas of urban development and management, the design and refurbishment of public spaces, undertaking studies in governance and administration at the level of the country, and even creating models to integrate art into the fabric of the city.

Outside of the independent research projects, and impact projects that LEAF undertakes, it also functions as a facilitator for collaborative projects, adapting itself continuously to the many roles it chooses to perform.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:17
Diana // MA01 // Hi! I’m Diana and I’m from Romania. I moved to Manchester almost 5 years ago to study at MSA, then worked for a year at LSI Architects in London. I’m currently in the Continuity in Architecture atelier. One fact about me is that I have two tattoos, both with winter theme.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:17
Meet Edward our collaborator, who is currently a senior lecturer at MSA working in the Landscape architecture department, he has lived in Barcelona and is fluent in Spanish. He started studying at MMU in 1994 working alongside a range of local practices for over a decade.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:16
Meet the team!

Hi guys I'm Ilya!

MArch 5th Year Atelier: &rchitecture

BArch: Art University of Tehran

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Part 1 Employment: Atieh Alborz, Tehran

Fun fact: Travelling is my passion, especially when it comes to camping.
My dream is to buy a van and pack my backpack, then go to explore the world.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:14
Through this project, we will be creating the project as design participants. Focusing on the keeper's house, we will discuss the project's positive impact on the planning and the park environment with our collaborator. During the programming process, we will consider the interaction of the project with the neighbourhood and the city. A certain level of sustainability will also be a key concern for the collaborator and us.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:12
This MSA Live project will pull back the curtain and offer insight on the construction industry. BA and MLA students will work alongside the MArch students in a collaborative effort to redesign construction site accommodation. Despite being online we are offering plenty of opportunities to get stuck in and to learn with hands on work. There will be technical software workshops which will be used to improve and expand on existing presentation and design skills. There will be opportunities for students to engage and communicate with construction professionals, gaining an insight into the work and conditions of on site work. Additionally, throughout the two weeks, the project will be actively supported by the project collaborator, Rob Toon from ‘This is Change’. The aim of the project is to develop an exciting design proposal supported by coherent research and visual outputs, created over the 2 week period, resulting in a scheme which will benefit students but also make a lasting difference within the construction industry. We appreciate that some tasks and the thought of communicating with construction professionals may seem daunting, however, as a group we have a wealth of experience in industry and will help guide you through your first steps into understanding and being a part of the wider construction industry!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:04
Founded by Rob Toon, who will be working closely with us, we are working alongside “This is Change”, an event and social media movement that wants to challenge the perception of the construction industry. Rob has a passion for innovation and has a wealth of experience in the construction industry working on a variety of projects. From design management, to corporate strategy, change management, to innovation management and, more recently, digital construction, Rob has always been keen to explore different opportunities and champion change within the industry. Working with the belief that people make construction a great place to work, This is Change looks to celebrate the people that work in the industry whilst pushing for enhancements in social, mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace.

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MArch Atelier: CIA
Part I Placement: 1yr - 5Plus, Manchester
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture (USE)
Interests: Cycling / Model-making / Exploring new places
Skills: Microstation / Autocad / Revit / Photoshop / Indesign / Illustrator /SketchUp
About: During my experience I worked on commercial and retail projects mainly in Northern England. I particularly enjoyed working on a new restaurant unit during RIBA stages 5-6, where I produced; Co-ordination drawings, interior visualisations and final setting out plans.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:02
Jordan // MA01 // Hi, I’m from Manchester and my atelier is U.S.E. I also did my undergrad at MSA, but having moved directly to MArch from BA, I have not completed a year out in practice yet. A fact about myself is that I have lived in Manchester all my life and will probably never move away from the city.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:55
Our proposal for the Manchester Blue Line will act as a central spine that connects, supports and enhances the 3 districts of Salford, Trafford and Manchester City centre.

We will be taking a contextualised approach through studying the several distinct areas that border the river and defining their social and programmatic needs in order to serve and enhance the lives of the community.

To deliver the proposal we will be exploring several key social design drivers including the importance of pedestrianised space, cycle paths, accessibility, landscaping and most importantly providing flexible yet purposeful public space. Through this exploration our proposal will serve to facilitate meaningful and productive interactions.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:55
MArch Atelier: &rchitecture
Part I Placement: 1 yr - The Harris Partnership, Wakefield
BArch: Sheffield Hallam University
Interests: Gym / Creating fitness content / Spiritual enlightenment books
Skills: Photoshop / InDesign / Procreate / Autocad / Sketchup
About: I worked on commercial and retail all over the country. I mainly worked on feasibility sketches, CAD plans and planning application drawing packages.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:55
March Atelier: USE
Part 1 Placement: 1yr - Garnett Partners, London
BA: Manchester School of Architecture (CIA)
Interests: Photography / Film / Cultural Icons
Skills: 3DS Max / Revit / InDesign / Illustrator / Photoshop
About: Worked on various projects in Central London from retail in Covent Garden to offices in Chelsea Wharf. Living on multiple continents has exposed me to different cultures and styles of architecture.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:55
MArch Atelier: &rchitecture
Part I Placement: 2 yrs - Storah Architecture, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
BArch: Northumbria University, Newcastle
Interests: Rowing / Skiing / Gym / Creating Illustrations
Skills: Vectorworks / Twinmotion / InDesign / Photoshop
About: Worked on various residential and commercial projects within Yorkshire, a number of these being historic and/or listed buildings. Experience working on projects in all RIBA work stages including a vast amount of on-site experience. Developed and submitted numerous Planning and Building Regulation applications throughout the year.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:54
This project allows the opportunity to utilise and develop a variety of software skills. Through graphic representation and presentation software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to express design ideas, alongside architectural modelling and drawing programmes such as AutoCAD, Sketchup, Enscape and Rhino.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:53
MArch Atelier: Praxxis
Part 1 Placement: 2yrs - SimpsonHaugh, Manchester
BA: Manchester School of Architecture (USE)
Interests: Running / Reading / Yoga
Skills: Revit / InDesign / Illustrator / Photoshop / Sketchup
About: Worked on residential, co-living and student residential projects in Manchester and London and have an understanding of the planning process in Manchester
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:53
Connected Community will provide an insight into the world of an architecture practice. Dealing with RIBA stages 1 and 2, we will be looking at how to translate the consultation process into architectural solutions. Dealing with the early stages of design, we will be working closely with our collaborator and client, developing client meeting and presentation skills. The project will be running similar to an architectural competition, providing further experience of in-practice scenarios.

As we are focussing on the early design stages the key skills which will be developed are sketching, digital modelling (Sketchup), Photoshop and Indesign. These skills will be used to produce impactful images for presentations to the client and a design feasibility booklet.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:51
“Love thy neighbourhood”

“Innovation is not an aim for our business but a by-product of never accepting the stock answer. We see change as opportunity, not a threat and start with the belief that there is a better way. It is this belief that makes us open to new ideas, intent on learning and enthusiastic collaborators” – Urban Splash

Founded in 1993, Urban Splash is one of the leading developers in the country, focusing on the regeneration of decaying urban structures. The practice places an emphasis on good design and the importance of good place-making having completed prominent projects in Manchester such as the regeneration of New Islington and Irwell Riverside.

Whilst the practice’s primary principle is to rescue the great industrial landmarks of the past, Urban Splash is also a leading figure in new pioneering housing concepts. In 2016, Urban Splash, in collaboration with architecture firm ShedKM, launched their first modular houses which reimagined the concept of homes and neighbourhoods.

“We believe in the power of design. Through great design we can make sustainability second nature, build lasting communities, and most importantly create homes that people will love for generations” – Urban Splash

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Michelle Majalang
Currently a 5th year in the Complexity, Planning & Urbanism (CPU) atelier, I am interested in the design and management of future cities through theoretical approaches and computational tools. My software skills include Revit, Adobe Indesign, Illustrator & Photoshop, Autocad and Enscape.When not thinking about architecture, I think about food.

I am excited to be part of ‘House of Negotiation’ as it is an opportunity to design an improved model for social housing in Whitworth Park. This project will provide a platform for negotiating public space and a pact between the city and its residents.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:50
Hello! My name is Rosa and I joined the MSA last September to begin my Master of Architecture. I previously studied at Newcastle University and spent my Part 1 Placement at Glenn Howells Architects based in Birmingham. My area of interest is focused on urban design, masterplanning and infrastructural architecture - hence my joining InfraSpace at the MSA. I am really excited to be working with Urban Splash on this exciting proposal for Manchester!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:47
MArch Atelier: USE
Part I Placement: 1yr 6months Hyphen Archi, London
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture (CIA)
Interests: Travel / Gym / Football / Pub
Skills: Autocad / Archicad / Sketchup / InDesign / Photoshop
About: During my placement I worked on a range of projects from retail fit out to data centres, seeing many projects through all stages of design across Europe and the UK, before returning to MSA for the MArch.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:46
Hanxiao Zhao
Hi I‘m Hanxiao. I am from China and finished my BArch in Dalian University of Technology. I am currently a year 5 student in CiA atelier.

My biggest interest in architecture is heritage and adaptive reuse, also paying attention to environmental psychology. My software skills lie in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCAD and Sketchup. Beyond architectural studies, I love reading and travelling. Looking forward to working and developing skills with you in this House of Negotiation project!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:46
Connected Community is working with GM Savers to provide a community centre for Hopton Hopefuls, the residents of Hopton Court. Hopton Hopefuls will be engaged throughout the design process, reflecting the community-focused ethos of the project.

Hopton Court is a social housing block. The design will be sympathetic to the aging population, ensuring it is fully accessible to those with age-related mobility issues.

Community cohesion is key to the project, with the community centre acting as a driver for social interaction. The space will be for residents to meet, host social activities and attend to care needs; the space will be key to improving the resident’s physical and mental health. Overall, the project aims to improve the general social wellbeing of the residents.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:46
Yasamin Salimi
Hi, I’m Yasamin and I am currently a part of the CPU Ai atelier. My interests lie within the development of social and urban infrastructures. I am particularly interested in how we can use design to create more ‘healthy’ and adaptable spaces as new technologies continue to evolve. My software skills include InDesign, Photoshop, Revit, AutoCAD and Enscape.

For me, this project is interesting as it recognizes the social value and impact a space can have on the immediate community and allows us to create something which can act as a model for improved social housing across the city.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:44
Weining Luo
Hi everyone! I am Weining Luo from Atelier CiA. I am interested in "genius loci" and atmospheres in architecture. I also prefer to explore the relationship between architecture and its context. I studied my BA in two creative cities: Beijing and London, and finally graduated from Central Saint Martins. I am good at collage-making and graphic layouts through Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoCAD.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:41
Introducing our Partners! Building Bridges Pendle are registered Charity and in 2019 they celebrated their twentieth anniversary. The charity contributes to community relation and community cohesion meanwhile raising awareness about people with different backgrounds and cultures. Their aim is to help people, create new friendships that cross-cultural boundaries.
Our first Collaborator is Rauf Bashir who is the project manager of Building Bridges Pendle. He will be acting as our main contact on behalf of the charity along with Shabaz Ahmed and Katie Nolan who are the community developer officers. For further details visit their website at
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Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:38
Tom Roylance
My focus is on the power of buildings to contain memory and identity. I studied Undergraduate Architecture at The Bartlett, London, before working in London for a year and moving to Manchester to study Masters Architecture. I often use Rhino to design but love to make physical models.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:38
Meet the Team!

Hi guys I'm Billie!

March 5th Year Atelier: CiA

BArch: University of Nottingham

Hometown: Cheltenham, UK

Part 1 Employment: Ellis Williams Architects

Fun Fact: Marry Berry would be jealous of my skills in the kitchen. Let me know if you ever want to try the world's best macaroni cheese!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:37