Group 09
ARTISAN STUDIO

Our partner, Lendlease, has asked us to assist them with the design of an "Artisans Studio" to sit in a prominent position in Albert Square as part of the ongoing Manchester Town Hall reservations. This studio will be used to upskill, collaborate, and educate locals/employees in the kind of trades employed during the renovation of the town hall such as gilding, mosaics, heritage metalwork as well as providing opportunities for locals to work on the town hall project, and engaging with local schools and colleges to provide students with experience of the construction trades. The nature of the “Artisans Studio” project will provide an opportunity for collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders within the community and will be designed to minimise its impact on the environment using locally sourced materials, adaptive reuse of existing materials available on site and employing environmentally friendly energy solutions. This project with be a key part of the Manchester town hall project and you will be given the opportunity to engage with other members of the project team and the client (Manchester City Council) which will help you to build connections to help you with your future career, as well as gaining knowledge of heritage buildings. If the design proves successful, this studio will be built to stand at the heart of the City of Manchester for 4 years.

Rosalyn K

Project Partner: LendLease

Artisan Studio will be working in collaboration with Lendlease, a global construction, property, and infrastructure company. They manage building projects in over 40 countries across the world helping to shape cities and create strong and connected communities.
Since January 2020, Lendlease have been managing the repair, refurbishment, and partial restoration of Manchester Town Hall. Neil Martin, managing director, construction at Lendlease, Europe, said: “Manchester Town Hall is one of the city’s most recognisable and well-loved landmarks. Lendlease has a long track record of working with heritage buildings and enhancing them for contemporary use and we will bring all of this experience to bear at Manchester Town Hall.”
Find out more about the projects that Lendlease are currently working on through their website and social media links.
https://www.lendlease.com/uk/
Instagram - @lendlease
Twitter - @lendleasegroup
LinkedIn - @Lend-lease
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:11
Project Partner: Our Town Hall Project

Artisan Studio will be working alongside the Our Town Hall Project which was set up by Manchester City Council in January 2018. This project consists of the restoration and refurbishment of Manchester Town Hall to preserve its architectural character for generations whilst also upgrading it’s facilities to meet modern safety and accessibility requirements. In addition to this, there are plans to renovate, resurface, and improve Albert Square as a public space and popular meeting place.
The scheme aims to boost public access and ensure that the building and square continues to play a role at the heart of city life. During the course of the planned work, The Our Town Hall Project hopes to create many exciting opportunities, including apprenticeships and a range of jobs and training schemes.
Keep updated with the Our Town Hall Project with the links below!
https://www.curatedplace.com/our-town-hall-project
https://www.manchester.gov.uk/ourtownhall
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:12
Skills & Activities

Participants will be able to explore various aspects of the design through discussions, model making, software workshops and guest lectures from people of the industry about the construction trades involved such as gilding, mosaics, heritage metalworks of the Town Hall. The process will benefit the group in expanding knowledge and networking in the restoration field.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:13
Social Engagement

This studio will provide a service to the wider community in the form of a space utilised to upskill, collaborate, and educate locals/employees in the kind of trades employed during the renovation of the town hall such as gilding, mosaics, heritage metalwork as well as providing opportunities for locals to work on the town hall project, and engaging with local schools and colleges to provide students with experience of the construction trades. A space where the local populace, made up of a diverse range of backgrounds, can come together and learn and work towards a common goal is important in fostering a strong community and will help equip school leavers and students as well as people later in their career paths and looking to retrain with knowledge and skills that can be put to use in their future careers.

The nature of the “Artisans Studio” project will provide an opportunity for collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders within the community and will be designed to minimise its impact on the environment using locally sourced materials, adaptive reuse of existing materials available on site and employing environmentally friendly energy solutions.


Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:14
Introducing Artisan Studios' group members: Rosalyn

Hey, I’m Rosalyn.
When I first started studying for my BArch at Sheffield School of Architecture, I felt unsure of whether I had picked the right course for me and lacked confidence in my own ability. It was only until my final year at undergraduate level that I began to find my own rhythm and interests within architecture. These things can take some time!
Having spent my RIBA Part 1 at a small practice in Manchester, I am now a 5th year MArch student at Manchester School of Architecture. I am currently working on a re-use project for the Pankhurst Centre as part of the feminist atelier, Praxxis. I always aim to design projects that address local social issues whilst being sensitive to the surrounding urban fabric. As part of the Artisan studio project I am looking forward to learning more about the heritage skills that will be used to restore Manchester Town Hall and how our designs can help to accommodate these crafts.
Outside of Architecture, one of my biggest interests is music. I’m at my happiest when going to see artists and DJ’s perform and have missed it a lot since lockdown began last March. I’m hoping that I will be safe to do so in the next few months.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:16
Introducing Artisan Studios' group members: Luke

Hi, I’m Luke! I’m a 5th year MArch student currently in the &rchitecture atelier. I am originally from down South from a town in Buckinghamshire. I studied my undergraduate degree at Oxford Brookes in 2015-2018, then decided to take 2 years out to work in industry. During my first year in industry I moved to London and worked at Scott Brownrigg in their Covent Garden office, working on a range of large scale educational and commercial projects. However, I enjoyed getting paid and having free weekends too much so I decided to take another year out, but instead I shifted to a smaller practice, Spratley & Partners, where I was able to gain a wider experience and see a new perspective to the architectural industry.
Throughout my architectural education I have always enjoyed addressing social issues within my designs and placing the user experience at the heart of architecture.
To me sport is a big part of my life as it keeps me balanced and focused, primarily from my background as a swimmer but I have more recently learnt to love running, as it’s a perfect escape from work.
The Artisan studio is a really exciting project and a great opportunity to potentially put your stamp on Albert Square for the next 4 years! We can’t wait to get started!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:17
Introducing Artisan Studios' group members: Claire

Hi, I’m Claire. I am originally from Brighton but have moved about the UK- I have lived as far south as Guernsey (the Channel Islands) and in Scotland where I studied at the University of Edinburgh. Since then, I have worked in both small and large practices in Wiltshire, Brighton and Bristol. I have gained experience working on a variety of projects, from country houses to an underground museum at the Tower of London, and even a centre for robotics. Now in Manchester, I am beginning a project involving parasitic timber structures and vertical farming as a part of the MSA &rchitecture atelier. Currently, I am really enjoying the creative 'blue-sky thinking' that student projects foster, as well as thinking about architecture as a means to help address much broader social issues.
Our MSA Live project seems to offer the best of both worlds: a real client and a real project - that may even get built - and the opportunity to work in a collaborative student-led environment in order to come up with some exciting ideas!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:17
Introducing Artisan Studios' group members: Cherilyn

Hi, I’m Cherilyn and I’m a 5th year MArch student currently in the Advanced Practice atelier. I am Malaysian and did my bachelor’s degree at Taylor’s University Malaysia in 2016-2018. I decided to take a year out to work in the industry and ended up working at Archiconic Sdn Bhd, a local firm based in Kuala Lumpur. Being involved in the initial design phases of high rise and low rise residential buildings, shophouses, industrial design and a school renovation project has exposed me to some of the local authority requirements and new software skills such as Sketchup and Lumion. Even though I have been involved in many project types, I found myself to be more passionate about public buildings and I intend to focus on user experience in these types of spaces in the near future.
The Artisan studio offers a great learning experience to be involved in designing for the wider community in real life, making it more meaningful to the society. Upon success of the project, it even allows the structure to be built in Albert Square for the next 4 years! I can’t wait to meet new people who are as passionate about contributing to the community!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:18
Introducing Artisan Studios' group members: Aaron

Hi, I’m Aaron and I’m a 5th year MArch student at MSA from Salford. I am currently in the Advanced practice atelier working on a proposed redevelopment of North Manchester General Hospital. I studied my BAHons at MSA from 2013-2016 before taking a few years out to gain experience in practice. I moved to London in 2017 to join Adamson Associates Architects where I worked on the Gehry Partners designed “Prospect Place” residential project at Battersea Power Station where I worked on-site for 1 ½ years. I then moved back to Manchester taking a job at AECOM before my return for Masters where I gained experience working on various industrial and governmental projects. My main interest in architecture is the design and upkeep of sustainable social housing and communities, stemming from my own background growing up in a working-class community in Salford, as well as the potential for Modern Methods of Construction to mitigate the built environments ecological impact.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:19
Introducing Artisan Studios' group members: Diana

Hi, I’m Diana! I’m a 5th year MArch student currently in the USE atelier. I am originally from Constanta, Romania. I studied my undergraduate degree at Sheffield School of Architecture in 2016-2019, then decided to take my year in practice.
During this year I moved to Bucharest, Romania and worked at a small office called Metropolis Architecture, where I engaged on a range of medium scale residential and commercial projects. During these 13 months I was able to gain a lot of experience with building regulations and the collaboration between client and designer. Being part of a small team of architects was really valuable as I got the chance to contribute to all RIBA stages of the projects.
Throughout my studies I became attracted to the practicality of my designs and its responses to the community needs. I believe that good architecture starts from thorough environmental research and a good contextualization of the design.
Out of the architectural field, I enjoy painting, mostly due to the fact that I did visual arts at school. My favorite time of the day is the evening with a cup of coffee in one hand and a provocative belletristic book in another.
The Artisan studio is a really engaging project with the potential of being actually built in the heart of Manchester! Having a relationship with a real client is what makes this project especially interesting. Being part of a team that is student led gives us the opportunity to get a taste of all steps, challenges and decisions that are going to get this project up and running for 4 years.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 08:20