Meet the Team!

Ebun Andu

Ebun previously studied at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. She has worked as a photographer for 5 years. She has joined the Manchester School of Architecture and is in the PRAXXIS. Ebun is very passionate about working and connecting black female architects and creatives. Ebun is also a member of the Black Female Architects (BFA)
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:35
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Joe Curtis

Joe previously studied at the Manchester School of Architecture and has continued to work within the feminist atelier, PRAXXIS. Joe’s research interest is primarily on the missing bodies within architecture and the built environment. He has worked on a variety of projects, from concept to construction.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:39
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Aleksandra Drinkwater

Aleksandra is a BA (Hons) graduate from Liverpool University with experience in small scale residential projects as well as masterplanning. She is interested in making women role in architecture recognised, appreciated and valued across the building industry.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:40
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Rianna Grant

Rianna previously studied at the University of Sheffield and after two years working in practice in London, she has joined the Manchester School of Architecture in the atelier PRAXXIS. Rianna is passionate about creating inclusivity in architecture, designing for real people’s needs and exploring how architecture can promote health and wellbeing.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:41
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Tala-Carol Khouri

Tala previously studied at the University of Reading, upon completing her bachelors, she has worked in practice in Amman, Jordan. She has joined the Manchester School of Architecture and is in the &rchitecture atelier. Tala’s interest in feminism and equality stems from the scarceness of female architects at senior levels in comparison to males, particularly in the Middle East.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:42
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April Sidlow

April graduated from the MSA undergraduate course in 2018 and stayed in Manchester working in practice for 2 years as a Project Manager. April is passionate about inclusive, practical design that is community driven, and also has a keen interest in heritage and conservation.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:43
Meet the Collaborators!

Helen Aston

Helen Aston is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture and has been teaching in architecture schools for over 24 years, always focused and passionate about the spatial implications of feminist theory into practice she has been teaching and practicing in a feminist and inclusive way since 1996. She is currently the MSA Education Lead and leads the feminist design atelier Praxxis. In 2018 she was nominated for the first Ethel Day Awards for her contribution to architectural education and will soon be included in the new Bloomsbury Global Encyclopaedia on Women in Architecture. Helen absolutely loves creating and interpreting diagrams, hates symmetry but passionately loves building things with people who do not normally build. She teaches, she collaborates, she participates, she designs, she builds, she talks (a lot), and she propose things… Helen is a mum to her gorgeous son Harry and has proactively brought him up as a feminist.


Instagram: @praxxis_f
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:53
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Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr

Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr is a chartered landscape architect, art historian and Reader at the Manchester School of Architecture. Her research and writing centre on the histories of landscape architecture, architecture and urban design from the late 19th century to the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on the development of design theories of public spaces and international knowledge transfer. She has led design studios for both under- and postgraduate architecture and landscape architecture students, lectured in various history and theory units, and guided postgraduate research projects. Luca has experience in running international multi-disciplinary workshops, and acted as Humanities coordinator for the undergraduate architecture course at MSA between 2015 and 2020. Luca co-directs the Architecture Research Hub at MSA (with Richard Brook), and is Joint Programme Leader of the Master of Landscape Architecture course (with Becky Sobell).
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:53
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