Group 16

We are team 16 of events 21, collaborating with GMHAN and WOAH (MMU: a non-profit student led initiative) to raise awareness about the homeless in Manchester. Team 16 aims to utilise digital marketing media to share useful information about service projects that were created to aid the homeless and allows people to circulate helpful information and contacts. Our team intends to make the lives of those without a home easier, by addressing specific needs and problems. We provide a platform for everybody to help the homeless, allowing people to broadcast their innovative solutions to common problems. Our interactive website enables people all around the world to support the destitute virtually.

Chen Q / Daniel F / Shrida V / Helena Sophie K / Irina Binti Z


In this project, we are focusing on visually communicating and broadcasting the goals, motivations and projects from WOAH + GMHAN. We are producing a website as the primary output, as such, our skills are related to those needed in building a successful website.
Posted 27 Feb 2021 15:33

WOAH is an architectural collective aimed to address the homelessness crisis in Manchester.

The GMHAN is a network for everyone working to end homelessness in Greater Manchester through large scale events aimed at co-designing the homelessness policy and showcasing best practice.

To learn more about the collaborators you can visit their social media pages and website following the links below:



Posted 27 Feb 2021 17:48

Hi, we are a team of six 5th students at the Manchester School of Architecture. We are working in collaboration with Without a Home (WOAH) and the Greater Manchester Homeless Action Network (GMHAN) to bring you this years MSA Live project 16!

Chen Qi
Atelier : &rchitecture
BArch : University of the West of England
Worked at : BUJU Architects
Skill : Graphics design, Web Design
Interested in : Having worked in the past as a web design and graphics design, I am passionate in exploring differnt ways to communicate and present architectural and social issues / solutions.

Daniel Ford
Atelier: PRAXXIS
BArch: Univeristy for the Creative Arts
Worked at: YN Studio, Spencer Fung Architects, MichaelisBoyd
Skills: Graphic design, architectural representation
Interested in: Having worked in a variety of practices during my time out, I have developed an interest in the social impact of architecture and inclusive approaches to design.

Helena Krekel
Atelier: Infra.Space
BArch: TUM Technical University of Munich, Germany
Worked at: Vogel + Partner Architects
Skills: Communication, Organisation
Interested in: architecture and art history, sustainable design and especially timber construction

Irina Zahidi
Atelier : CiA
BArch : Manchester School of Architecture
Worked at : Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad
Skill : Revit, Sketchup, Vray, Photoshop, Illustrator
Interested in : I am interested in how Architecture impacts communities and drive social changes. I am also keen on learning how to best represent architectural ideas in clear, concise graphics.

Jianyu Wang
Atelier : &rchitecture
BArch : School of Design ,Jiangnan University
Worked at : Syncform Architects, Huashi Co.,Ltd
Skill : Graphics design, Strategy Design
Interested in : I like design driven as the starting point of design. I am very interested in the relationship between vision and architecture, and the relationship between architecture and new technology

Shrida Venkatesh
Atelier: CPU
BArch: SAP, Anna University
Experience: Architecture and Interior design internships at Indian firms.
Skill: AutoCAD, SketchUp and Illustrator
Interested in: I am interested in creating collage renders and making artistic presentations using a combination of digital modelling softwares.

Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:58

Here are some of the social values we want to share and represent with this project.

by creating a permanent platform online with a website

spreading information, educating each other and helping people get connected

contribute to change while working with inspiring organisations like WOAH and GMHAN
Posted 2 Mar 2021 12:12

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

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
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