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Name | PeiYin Loi (JESS)
Atelier | Qed
Experience | Bio-Architecture Formosana, Taiwan.
KPK Architects Sdn Bhd, Malaysia.

Bio | I'm from Malaysia and completed my undergraduate degree at Manchester School of Architecture in 2016. A tropical country city girl who loves travelling. I believe that "Experience, travel - these are as education in themselves"- Euripides. During my year out, that is the reason I chose to work in Taiwan half year and work in Malaysia for another half year. I experienced both different country's culture and architecture :)
Posted 20 Mar 2018 23:15

Today we spent the evening surveying the site and after surveying, we had discussions regarding the risk assessments and made amendments to it.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 22:46
Check out our Events schedule and get prepared for the exciting two weeks!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 22:32
Name | Yuansui Ling
Atelier | CiA
Experience | Meng Architects, Shenzhen
Bio | I知 Karis. I知 from China and completed my undergraduate degree at Manchester School of Architecture in 2016. I知 interested in architecture conservation and things between culture and architecture. During my year out, I went back to China and I致e worked on cultural architecture projects and also have experience with healthcare projects. Aside from architecture, I love music, travelling and I wish I could visit every corner of this earth someday.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 19:23
Name: Keerthivasan
Atelier: QED
Undergrad: Sathyabama University, Chennai, India
Experience: Rajendran Architects, Chennai
Bio: Hello everyone, I am Keerthivasan. I did my undergrad in India currently pursuing my Master's in MSA. I like parametric and climate responsive architecture. I have worked on different scales of projects such as residential, commercial, Institutional, hospitality and airport design. I am new to Manchester and I am excited about Events, looking forward to meeting you all.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 18:42
Name: Hussain Jamalullail
Atelier: USE
Undergrad: MSA
Bio: I love the bottom-top approach to design, considering the users, the site and the materials that is site specific. I believe in regionalism: the spirit and the character of a place. I look forward to having a conversation about this with you during the event.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 18:37
Name: Naile Alanli
Undergrad: London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
Experience: Creight architects
Bio: During my studies and placement year I worked on a variety of projects ranging from small scale live projects to commercial and residential designs. I like to work on community projects where public voice is involved. I have a passion for environmental design and communicating my ideas through sketches. I look forward to meeting you all.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 18:36
Name: Terrence Shum
Atelier: USE
Undergrad: MSA
Experience: Saunders Architects, Manchester
Bio: I love generating designs with sketches, colours and models. During my placement year, I was involved in mainly residential and commercial projects, as well as some masterplanning schemes. I hope I can offer help with what I have learnt and I look forward to getting to know you all!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 18:28

Hello to all of those in Group 3 - Northern Soul Charrette,

We are looking forward to meeting you!
In the meantime, please follow the link below and add yourself to our facebook group. This way we can keep you up to date with the latest info!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 18:25
Thanks to those of you who came last week! We had a great time meeting you all and designing the exhibition display stands- we've finished the design and paperwork for Events and can't wait to get started on it with you!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 17:46
After discussing the fire regulations and establishing the parameters for our proposal we conducted a site survey.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 17:25
Name | Wan Chyin Lim
Atelier | qed.
Experience | Swan & Maclaren

Bio | I'm from Malaysia. A tropical country girl in love with food and travel. I believe that architecture is not for the rich and always interested in helping the society with a better living environment. Welcome to the event team and let's help out with our community!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 15:48
Name: RouAnn Chen
Atelier: QED
Experience: John Koh Architects
Bio: I知 from a tropical country called Malaysia. My hobby includes cooking, film, travelling and art. I知 also passionate about green architecture. I always believe that in this day and age, with global warming on the rise, and since architecture is a huge part of the everyday life, we should start from designing buildings that improve in the environment, I.e. zero carbon buildings. Hence I知 very passionate about our project as it made use recycled materials. Ecstatic to be working with you!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 15:40
[ ShedSquad ] _Meet the team
Posted 20 Mar 2018 15:26
28//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Collaborators: Having had a chat with the events group, Soapbox. There is a good chance we will be able to exhibit our work in their exhibition. This gives us the chance to showcase our weeks work. Another element we are considering adding to this is the idea of possibly running a competition within the events group. This will allow the best piece of work to get the largest allocation in the Soapbox exhibition.

Posted 20 Mar 2018 15:04
27//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Filmic Inspiration: We are starting to formulate a series of precedents for which our film could look like. Seen in the image above is the poster for the popular anthology series, Black Mirror. If you find any videos you think ours should be presented like, make a note of them and we will go through them during our first meeting. Below is a link to a precedent for the recent trailer for the fourth season of Black Mirror. Notice the transition between archival and footage from the actual show for inspiration for our final outcome.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:51
26//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Schedule: We have finalised our plans for the Events weeks! The schedule of key activities divides our team into two groups: Team A and Team B. Team A will be primarily focusing on the development of the magazine and Team B will be working on creating short film.

Check your university emails and the Facebook group for further information on how the groups will be allocated.

Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:46
25//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Risk Assessment: We have just completed our risk assessment after having a very informative discussion with the technical staff at MSA. We want everyone to stay safe during the Events especially when we visit various sites in the city centre of Manchester.

Please check your emails for the Risk Assessment!

Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:34

The team have been looking at branding ideas for the desk space. We've been thinking of making it a statement piece by being creative with the material, and implementing it into the desk itself - it's a change from your usual stickers and badges.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:26

We've been looking at flexible and efficient storage spaces for the MSSA desk, as well as the materiality. Take a look here where there's an idea of integrating a book nook into the seating. We're thinking about attaching wheels to the underside so it's also easier to transport away from the space.
Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:01
With our A Northern Soul posters dotted around Benzie building, we hope there is beginning to be a buzz over the exciting charrette!
The Manchester School of Architecture are looking for a team to represent at the upcoming 2018 RIBA A Northern Soul Charrette.

We're looking for a team of 10 students from across all years of the MSA to be part of our exciting plans for the day - Friday 20th April, with a surprise venue and brief to be revealed!

You'll be joining students from 12 other Northern schools of architecture for an exciting and rewarding day of team building, design and networking.

If you'd like to get involved, email before Friday 13th April

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:00
Creating an architectural installation on Albert square
Posted 20 Mar 2018 01:04

Hello People, we have split the team into three groups for the development of the design outcomes for our competition!

We are very excited to see your designs and ideas! A few weeks left until April!
Posted 19 Mar 2018 20:03
The collection continues! Don't forget to keep your 2L drinks and milk bottles, clean and with caps!
Posted 19 Mar 2018 16:40
Hey Guys,
Just a reminder that the first meet and greet meeting is on Wednesday at 11am in studio CH713. Looking forward to seeing everyone :)
Posted 19 Mar 2018 16:08
Look out for our posters now displayed around the Benzie building looking for a team to represent The Manchester School of Architecture at the upcoming 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette.

We're looking for a team of 10 students from across all years of the MSA to be part of our exciting plans for the day - Friday 20th April, with a surprise venue and brief to be revealed!

You'll be joining students from 13 northern schools of architecture so this will be a fantastic opportunity for networking as well as an enjoyable day of team building and designing!

If you'd like to get involved, email before Friday 13th April

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 18 Mar 2018 20:27


As part of the workshops, we will be having a go at kirigami which is a form of paper modelling. This technique is a different way of thinking about modelling that will bring together architecture and craft.

Keep an eye on the blog to find out what other workshops we will be doing during the events programme!

Posted 18 Mar 2018 18:53
Welcome to Events 18!

My name is Stephanie Papalla and I知 a 5th year member of the Work bench team! I am from Cyprus and I graduated my undergrad from Manchester school of architecture in 2016! I did my year out at a local firm -mainly handling housing projects - at my hometown Larnaca. Aside from architecture I love traveling and exploring new places. I知 really looking forward to getting to know you all and working together during the events weeks.
Posted 17 Mar 2018 18:05
Posted 17 Mar 2018 17:29
Riso Printing Examples on colored papers. A3 is the maximum paper size for the printing.
Posted 17 Mar 2018 16:18
Riso printing Color Gradients. Excited for the workshop!
Posted 17 Mar 2018 16:08

Hi Guys, to ensure the success of OUR event and to provide you with all the necessary materials we are fundraising to cover some of the expenses.

We believe that our project will enhance our understanding, as future architects, on the importance of an inclusive environment. Investigating subjects like scale, materiality, and access we are aiming to conclude on statements and suggestions on how we could change the way we develop the built environment.

We will much appreciate it if you share the link below to any friends, family, industry-related parties that might be interested in supporting our event or even interested in learning our findings from our workshops.

Thank you so much!
Posted 17 Mar 2018 14:41
As part of 'Northern Soul', you will be in charge of curating an exhibition made up of work produced during the official Northern Soul Charrette Day on Friday 20th April, where MSA will be hosting 13 Northern Schools of Architecture.

You will be tasked with both digital and physical curation. From displaying models, sketches and drawings to suit your chosen narrative as well as digitally documenting the process and final output through various digital media.

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 16 Mar 2018 19:53

We finish the week with some housekeeping work to make sure that everyone stays safe during our events in April! We just completed our risk assessment and had a very informative conversation with the technical team of the university!

We hope everyone has a good weekend and don't forget to check our blog on Monday for more news and details!
Posted 16 Mar 2018 16:37
Name: Tamsyn Rootsey
Atelier: USE
Graduated: Norwich University of The Arts
Experience: Hudson Architects Ltd. NPS Property Consultants, Norwich
Bio: Avid collager, movie watcher and intense food eater, however Architectures the game, forever looking for inspirations the game (Double pointing fingers)
Posted 16 Mar 2018 12:58
As you can probably gather, it has been a very productive week for the events team. We are well underway with the production of formal documentation required by the participating collaborators and an exhaustive risk assessment is nearing completion. In other news, our little Leandro's have been underdevelopment and will be featuring soon... watch this space.
Posted 16 Mar 2018 12:55
Great first meeting with some of the Merz '18 Team discussing the itinerary, accommodation, risk assessment and the transport to the Cumbria for our events week trip.
Posted 16 Mar 2018 12:44
Bid Images - Images in order to get final sign off, of design from client in order to release funds.
Posted 16 Mar 2018 12:00

前ur Town Hall project is the current scheme underway which aims to safeguard and repair the existing Town Hall and Albert Square. The scheme hopes to boost public access and ensure that the building and square continues to play a role as the heart of the city.

PURCELL// Architects
Heritage architects who are currently working on the town hall

PLANIT-IE// Landscape Architects
Currently working on the landscape for Gary Neville痴 St Michaels skyscraper scheme


We will be working alongside these collaborators who will provide us with key information and guidance from their own research into Albert Square and the project. This will be a good opportunity to meet with architects and landscape architects and get an insight into how they work collectively on one project.
Posted 16 Mar 2018 11:18

NAME// Symmon Sandher
FROM// Solihull
GRADUATED// University of Manchester 2016
EXPERIENCE// Bluesky Design Services
BIO AND INTERESTS// Hi guys! I知 Symmon and I have been a student at MSA since I started my undergrad in 2013. I then completed my year in practice at Bluesky Design Services in Stockport. My experience focused on the educational industry, being involved in a number of school, sixth form college and university projects. Aside from architecture, one of my main interests is art and I particularly enjoy portrait drawing. I知 really looking forward to getting to know you all and working together during the events weeks.
Posted 16 Mar 2018 00:59

We are excited to be able to confirm that our exhibition will take place on the 30th of April at St. Mary's primary school main hall!!

More news on the way!!
Posted 15 Mar 2018 23:52

Team meeting today to arrange final details and confirm outstanding issues!

Check out our next post for the location of our exhibition
Posted 15 Mar 2018 23:43
NAME// Aadil Sidat
FROM// Blackburn, UK
EXPERIENCE// Glenn Howells Architects
BIO AND INTERESTS// Hi all, My name is Aadil Sidat but just call me Adz. I did my undergraduate at UCLAN and moved on to work in Birmingham at Glenn Howells Architects working with the English National Ballet. I then took a year out to travel and work in graphic design. Currently I am in USE but spent some time with CPU. I'm interested in a variety of activities and I look forward to meeting you and having a great time in the 2 weeks.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 22:03
Hello people! Thanks for turning up earlier, this is the itinerary as promised. Have a look through it and begin to familiarise yourself with the movement that is, DADA...
Posted 15 Mar 2018 21:43
Today we had our second meeting with Ella & Karen from Manchester Histories. We showed them the Soapbox design which we had developed with the help of some of the second years, discussed some more ideas, and talked about the next steps for the project!
Posted 15 Mar 2018 21:18
NAME// Huzaifa Mulla
FROM// Leicester
GRADUATED// De Monfort University (2016)
BIO AND INTERESTS// Hi Guys! Just a little bit about myself: Completed my undergrad at De Montfort University moved to Manchester at the start of the year, I love to travel been to fair amount of places. I have worked more on residential projects, extensions, new builds etc. I am particularly interested in Kinetic architecture and adaptable design especially in a world where everything is changing. I cant wait to meet you all and learn about you as well. See you soon!!!
Posted 15 Mar 2018 20:09

NAME// Laura Haigh
FROM// Leeds, UK
GRADUATED// University of Manchester 2016
EXPERIENCE// CAD Architecture
BIO AND INTERESTS// Hi! I now work part time at my year out practice which gives me good experience while completing my masters degree. I am interested in graphic design, fashion and music. I particularly like Modernist architecture and my favourite building is the Barcelona Pavilion. I look forward to meeting you all.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 19:26

NAME// Natalie Liassi
FROM// Limassol, Cyprus
GRADUATED// De Montfort University 2016
EXPERIENCE// Kyros Lontos Architect
BIO AND INTERESTS// Hey! Looking forward to meeting all of you. Here are a few words about me: I am currently completing my masters degree and I am a huge art enthusiast, and any other creative medium as such. I especially like Neo-futurism and the Brutalist movement. However, I truly admire Gothic architecture and therefore my favourite building is Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 19:23
Join the group for regular updates regarding meetings, plan changes and to keep up to date with our progress so far.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 18:36
Hello everyone!

As our Events program is fast approaching it痴 perfect time to get to know each other better! Stay tuned for our next posts!
Posted 15 Mar 2018 18:02
Small comic looks cute. Prnted using RISO printer
Posted 15 Mar 2018 16:54
Discussion we had earlier on using RISO printing. @bookbinding workshop
Posted 15 Mar 2018 16:50

A big shout out to all who have donated so far, we have almost reached our goal and really appreciate your support!

If you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below:

Posted 15 Mar 2018 14:00
The Corner House - Tatler News Theatre, designed by Peter Cummings, opened in May 1935 with a seating capacity of 300.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 13:48
In contrast to the currently disused section of Cornerhouse on Whitworth Street West, No.70 Oxford Road (the building formerly occupied by Cornerhouse) has been transformed into Manchester Metropolitan University Arts and Culture Hub. It now hosts a programme of theatre, film, and creative writing.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 13:38
I have found a picture of Cornerhouse's Screen 1 from 1970's when it was the Tatler Porn Cinema. Image Reference: Save Oxford Corner Campaign.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 13:25
Amazing continued support from local companies as we continue to source material for the build! We are well under way now and our materials stockpile is building up at the Wai Yin Welcome Centre.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 08:21
We are excited to meet you all and start working on our project. Keep checking back on the blog for more updates on our progress.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 01:22
Great news! We have managed to secure a space in the 'Plant' workshops run by Oh Ok. We will be using this space during the events weeks to produce a model of our final proposal.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 01:06
EVENT PLANNING SESSION// Initial planning is underway for the event in preparation for our meeting with the Town Hall team. Discussing potential project outcomes, researching the civic quarter and negotiating workshop use.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 01:04
MANCHESTER TOWN HALL TOUR// Inside the Manchester Town Hall. It is currently closed for building work but we are lucky enough to be working inside during the project.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 01:04
ORGANISATIONAL MEETING WITH THE TOWN HALL// Looking down onto Albert Square through the original windows of Manchester Town Hall. This also happens to be one of the rooms secured in partnership with the town hall for us to work in during the events weeks. We will work alongside three other events groups on the project in these spaces. Albert Square is the epicentre of our particular project so check it out when you can.
Posted 15 Mar 2018 01:03
24//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Through our own photographic analysis we will capture how modern art movement in Manchester hopes to continue to drive creativity within this very unique neighbourhood. We will also cross the invisible wall to Ancoats known as Great Ancoats Street and investigate how art and architects worked together to create a cohesive space for living in.

Posted 14 Mar 2018 21:57
23//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Excursion III: On this tour, we will learn about the creation of the Norther Quarter as we know it today. We will find inspiration in the lesser known heritage sites, public art and sculptures which are threatened by new developments.

典he best way to get to know a place is through its art and its artists. - East Street Arts.

Posted 14 Mar 2018 21:55
22//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Excursion II: We will undertake a walking tour through the streets of Manchester and reveal how the power of the world has shaped the city. You are welcome to use photography, sketching and painting to capture the vibrant city. The outputs of the tour will be included in the final publication.

Posted 14 Mar 2018 21:55
21//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Excursion I: In order to obtain the necessary content for the publication, as a group we will be visiting archival collections at MOSI, People痴 History Museum and the Central Library. The exciting tours will require you to collect archival footage, maps, statistics, historic photographs and written content in regards to the topics that we are exploring.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming detailed schedule that will have a clear introduction to the first days of the Events.

Posted 14 Mar 2018 21:53
20//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Motor City: Detroit痴 automotive history starts in the 1890痴. Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, has helped Detroit obtain the nickname 閃otor City due to the company痴 vast success. Even today you can find Detroit痴 historic automotive manufacturing facility amongst many of Manchester痴 industrial buildings.
Prior to the Events Weeks, we will provide you with the exciting information to get started. Check your emails and the Facebook Group regularly for updates and the content that we would like to share with you.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 21:50
19//Detroit Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

King Cotton: Manchester痴 cotton history starts in the 1830痴. In 1835, the French historian and social observer, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited the growing Industrial City Manchester and recorded in his diary these words: 擢rom this foul drain, the greatest stream of human industry flows out to fertilise the world. From this filthy sewer pure gold flows.
We would like you to immerse yourself in the history of the Industrial Revolution and how in particular it has shaped Manchester to be the Industrial City it was considered to be.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 21:49

Further talks with Manchester City Council regarding the location of the exhibition. Exciting plans in the pipeline for a future tour of the work and exhibition! Watch this space
Posted 14 Mar 2018 19:00

A big thank you to Plant Noma who have donated some clay to our Events programme.

We are looking forward to see how the participants incorporate this material into their intervention designs.

Keep an eye out next week when we'll be posting some inspiration / precedent designs.

Posted 14 Mar 2018 17:58
Name: Gabriel Wyderkiewicz
Graduated from: Robert Gordon University
Experience: Major Architects, Modulo Architects
Atelier: qed
Interests/bio: I love cooking and architecture, both disciplines being very different yet so similar. My main interest is how spaces affect the human behaviour. Creating spaces with a purpose of enhancing the psychical and psychological needs or their users. Looking forward to working on these ideas with you guys
Posted 14 Mar 2018 16:32

Today the team met with Louise Neilson and George Allison to discuss fire regulations and to establish the parameters for the events proposal.
We are designing in accordance to health and safety and fire regulations to ensure that only the design will be "fire".
Posted 14 Mar 2018 15:10
Today we spent the morning discussing various design opportunities incorporating modular and flexible design spaces. This allowed us to revisit both the brief and the risk assessment and finalise them.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 15:00
Name: Joe Shenton
Graduated from: Sheffield Hallam | 2014
Experience: Hewitt & Carr Architects
Atelier: qed
Interests/bio: My main interest is in environmental/sustainable design, love to sketch and generate ideas, usually the mad stuff that never works, looking forward to working on these ideas with you guys
Posted 14 Mar 2018 15:00
We all love a bit of social media. Join our FACEBOOK page to get all the scoop and information about our group's progress into the making of the MSSA desk. SNAP it, POST it, MAKE it!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 13:04

Name: Vessi
Atelier: CPU
Experience: Studied at MSA for undergrad and works at TP Bennett.
Greatest achievement: Becoming vegan.
Future goal: Visit every capital city in the world!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:18

Name: Tika
Atelier: CPU
Experience: Studied at Liverpool John Moores University for undergrad and spent two years in practice.
Greatest achievement: Completing Tough Mudder.
Future goal: To go alpaca walking!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:17

Name: Reshmy
Atelier: IS
Experience: Worked at X Architects in Dubai
Future goal: To eat as much as she wants and to never get fat!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:17

Name: Lina
Atelier: CPU
Experience: Worked at ADP Architecture on large-scale education projects.
Greatest achievement: Can lift the MSSA desk on her own.
Future goal: Set up her own practice where everyone would be on a four day week 11-6!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:17
Hey guys! Please see the proposed schedule to have a brief idea of our plan for the events weeks. It highlights the key activities including meetings with Centerpoint staff & the target young people, design workshops and presentations. Details of the activities and venue will be updated once confirmed. Stay tuned for more updates!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:17