Group 08

We are gearing up for an unforgettable workshop where children will transform into architects for a day, exploring and expanding their creativity by redesigning their neighbourhood through three engaging modes. The action weeks will be spent preparing for the one-and-a-half day workshop which will take place during the 16th and 17th of May. Whether you’re a crafty DIYer, tech-savvy or simply passionate about empowering young minds, your support is invaluable. Together, we’ll create an enriching experience that fosters a sense of belonging and ownership over everyday spaces for these children. Stay tuned to witness our young minds at work and to see the positive impact they'll make on their surroundings!

Maega J / Dakun W / Varshasri UK / Karthik Raagav A

Hey guys!

I’m Maega from Chennai, India. I’m currently doing my first year of MArch with &rchitecture. I'm fascinated by the potential of architecture and its capacity to impact the dynamic of a space. To me, architecture isn't just about designing buildings but creating spaces that influence our lives and everyday environment.

Apart from architecture, I’ve always loved spending my time indulging in dance and music. Dancing, singing and playing my handy little guitar are my go-to hobbies. I believe that creativity is manifested in many different ways, and it often shines the brightest through a child's unbridled expression. I am really excited about this project and look forward to making it a huge success.
Posted 10 Mar 2024 22:13
Heyyy :D

My name is Dakun Wang, a Chinese. Currently, I'm studying Architecture and Adaptive Reuse, which makes me so excited! Actually, this programme is my interdisciplinary learning experience after my bachelor. I graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in home product design.

In addition to my extraordinary interest in architecture, I am so good at model-making. I have done some nice LEGO MOCs for rereading the real life. Of course, there are many prototypes for my projects as well. Beyond the study experience, I'm also a big fan of movies and Nintendo. That is why I chose this topic, I know the value of innocence and the endless possibilities it can bring.
Posted 10 Mar 2024 22:16

I'm Varshasri, originally from Chennai, India. I am from atelier &rchitecture, Master of Architecture year one. I completed my undergraduate studies at Anna University, Chennai.
For me, architecture transcends the mere construction of buildings; it embodies a profound connection to people, places, experiences, and memories.

Beyond architecture, I am passionate about sketching, painting, and stippling. I enjoy baking and love brownies!
I am excited about working with children, recognizing the unique joy and thoughts they would bring to every interaction through this project.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 00:18
Hey there!

I am Raagav from the down south of India. Pursuing my first year in Master of Architecture with Continuity atelier. I completed my Undergrad from Manipal School of Architecture, India.

My design approach deals with contemporary style of architecture with a modern brutalist touch that concentrates on lighting and functionalities. I'm also into conservation where I unequivocally believe that history propels originators like me to design something new for society and convenient to the community.

Stepping a bit away from Architecture, I enjoy cooking which makes me refresh and shoves me aside from the routine work and stress. Adding on to that sometimes I love clicking pictures, sketching and to jot down few words that are skeptically euphonic.

I am really counting my days to have maximum fun on the workshop with the children and to guide and learn what’s on the minds of the little future architects that’s going to emerge in real as models and drawings.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 14:57
Meet the collaborators from Oswald Road Primary School who are beyond excited to share a few words with us!

“We are the year 4 teachers at Oswald Road who are lucky (and excited) to be involved in the Little Architects project.

Aside from our classes, we each have our different roles within school. Hayley is curriculum lead for phonics, Helen for history and Christian for PE.

Not only do we love planning lessons and teaching the children, but we get on pretty well too - we even have our own card club on a Friday. To date the winning tally is even!”
Posted 14 Mar 2024 12:37
Meet our second collaborator, Laura Sanderson!

Laura is an architect, educator and creative who loves people and places. Until around a year ago, Laura was the Deputy Programme Leader of the MArch at MSA and the Atelier Leader of Continuity in Architecture. Since leaving MSA, Laura has worked as a Research Associate with the Women of the Welfare Landscape, took on a Creative Residency at the Museum of Science and Industry and is currently working on the development of a new project with Heritage Schools, as well as being a regular Visiting Tutor at MSA.

Laura loves long walks, huge cups of tea, good books and bad telly!
Posted 14 Mar 2024 14:30
First Meeting at MSA

It was a pleasure to meet Helen and Christian from Oswald Primary School, along with Architect Laura during our inaugural MSA Live meet. Helen and Christian provided insights into their fourth-grade students and the school environment. Architect Laura, drawing from her expertise in similar projects, shared examples of her previous work, laying the foundation for our project. We had a great discussion about project ideas and potential outcomes.

We are looking forward to collaborating with them in the upcoming weeks and having lots of fun with the children!
Posted 14 Mar 2024 16:43
Visiting Oswald Road Primary School

We had an exciting site visit with Helen, Christian and Laura. The trip started from Oswald Road, as we took a stroll through Longford Road, Manchester Road and back through Nicolas Road. We saw a lot of beautiful buildings around the campus like the Chorlton Library and the school’s new extension which morphed into the old building. It inspired on ideas about the project and how we can take it further. The visit pushed us to explore different ways in which we can deliver the modules to the children. Overall, an eventful day which brought a fresh perspective to our project.
Posted 14 Mar 2024 18:28
Finalising the workshop modules

Discussed the final output and how we can go about implementing it. Started with a rough framework for the action plan and moved on to finalising the details of the workshop modules. Also worked on the poster in preparation to launch the blog!
Posted 14 Mar 2024 18:44
Second meeting at Oswald Road Primary School!

We had a lovely conversation with Laura, Helen, and Christian about the activity details that we had finalised. We plan to divide the campus site into 3 parts to let the children design in different ways and stimulate the children's potential as much as possible, which the tutors thought was exciting. Besides, we also talked about the final display and where we could take the exhibition. Some materials and methods were advised as well.

It was a fantastic day with acknowledgement, which also inspired us to make greater efforts.
Posted 18 Mar 2024 22:15