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Name: Christian
Atelier: CPU
Experience: Worked at Sweco and A-Sidan.
Greatest achievement: Being a cowboy.
Future goal: To ride off in to the sunset!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:17

We are Group 10, Lobby Line Up! We are planning to redevelop the MSSA desk on the sixth floor! We come from various backgrounds and will use our skills and experience to create a engaging space for the MSSA and you!

We’re excited to work with you all!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:16
18//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Connections: Seen in the image above is the reflection of the Detroit Bridge in Salford. This is just one of the links connecting Manchester to Detroit. Now with the recently created Facebook group, use this as an opportunity to discover more links between the two cities and if you wish, post them to the Facebook group for discussion.

Here is the link to the Facebook group to join;
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:11

Hello People!! Our Facebook page just launched !! Join the team for regular updates regarding meetings and changes to the plan!

Keep checking the blog guys, is a busy week and we've got a lot of cool things to share with you!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:05
Morning meeting!

We have spent the morning drafting some possible design outcomes which allowed us to finalise our brief. Keep your eyes peeled for our introductory email which will include the brief itself and details of where and when our first get together will be.

Look forward to meeting you all!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 11:38
Name: Joey Mok
Graduated from: Chinese University of Hong Kong | 2016
Experience: LAAB Architects (Hong Kong)
Atelier: qed
Interests/bio: I love music, travelling and volunteering. During my year in practice in a design-led firm, I worked mainly in the commercial sector, with additional experience in installation art and pavilion design. I found it immensely rewarding seeing the public engagement with the completed design projects after they were turned into reality!
I look forward to meeting you guys soon!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 11:38
Name: Lingling XIE
Graduated from: Xiamen University of Technology (China)
Experience: Imagine Architects (China)
Atelier: qed
Interests/bio: I am interested in art, music and travel! I have designed some commercial buildings and office buildings during my works. But now I wanna to explore more on spacial design. This is my first year study in UK, I am looking forward to work with your guys to create more interesting stuffs. :)
Posted 14 Mar 2018 11:24
17//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Facebook Group: Be sure to check your emails as we have just sent you the link to our new Facebook group to keep you updated with everything that’s going on. The group is called; Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation. We will be using this Facebook group to keep in contact with you throughout the Events week. Feel free to use it post any ideas you have before the Events week starts that could possibly enhance the 9 days.

Here is the link to the Facebook group to join;
Posted 14 Mar 2018 10:51
Design Iterations - Looking at using different light sources and colours as options for the Festival Promoter to view and give us feedback in order to progress.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 10:15
Name: Justin Tan
Graduated from: National University of Singapore | 2016
Experience: Ong & Ong (Singapore)
Atelier: qed
Interests/bio: I love cars, and architecture of course. I enjoy designing for a purpose, to create usable, functional building and quality, invigorating spaces. In other words, I always aim to create 'Architecture for the People', architecture that embraces the needs of the end-users. And thus my passion for our project theme 'Supporting Homelessness'. I look forward to working with you guys!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 03:13
The skylight is a huge asset to the quality of the existing space. The atrium retains the original industrial fabric of the building, which was previously used as a textile factory.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 03:13 well as for training purposes for the young people, to provide skills and knowledge support.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 03:13
Start Imagining!

The atrium is currently used for events and drop-in sessions..
Posted 14 Mar 2018 03:12
Getting to know Centrepoint
Posted 14 Mar 2018 03:11
Getting to know Centrepoint: An introduction to the services and people they support, and our fellow peers whom we would be supporting through our project.
Posted 14 Mar 2018 03:10
Design Iterations - 04
Posted 13 Mar 2018 22:21
Hi Guys- A little intro to the MSAp Atelier here at the Manchester School of Architecture and to give you a flavor of what us MArch students get up too!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 21:43
Design Iterations - Working through different material combinations.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 21:31

We are officially on Instagram! Check out our page for, stories from our meetings, site visits and many more!

Keep checking the blog for updates regarding our progress and more details for meetings and collaborators!!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 21:29
Dear team!
We are planning on running an introduction session and design smash this Thursday 4-5pm in CH513/ 514. You should have received an email, which will give you the information.
We would like this to be a productive session, so please come prepared with some ideas or precedents for exhibitions, and have an understanding of who the collaborators are.
See you all on Thursday!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 21:15
Design Iterations - Working through the factors that influence our design through day and night in order to produce the desired outcome for our client.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 20:09
Great meeting with our client earlier this week!

After taking our approved final scheme forwards, we have began resolving its means of construction! This has been a carefully considered process that takes into account the installation within the university as well the at the festival. The agreed approach has been to create a durable, lightweight and easily adaptable structure that enables a playful assembly of neon cord that will resemble the Big Bang!

Having now resolved the structure through technical drawing and modelling it will now be in the hands of our manufacturer who will look to bring our idea into reality!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 20:05
Today we’re in the studio discussing our risk assessment and refining the detailed schedule for our event!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 19:59
Design Iterations - Following our productive meeting at Decordia Head office, we have been working through design options in order to get the design signed off by the Festivals Promoters.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 17:49
We are planning on running an introduction session and design smash this Thursday 4-5pm in CH513/ 514. You should have received an email, which will give you the information.

We would like this to be a productive session, so please come prepared with some ideas or precedents for exhibitions, and have an understanding of who the collaborators are.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 16:11

Team 5
Posted 13 Mar 2018 15:41

Team 4
Posted 13 Mar 2018 15:40

Team 3
Posted 13 Mar 2018 15:40

Team 2
Posted 13 Mar 2018 15:40

Team 1
Posted 13 Mar 2018 15:40
Great meeting with the collaborators & fabrication today!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 14:33
The Northern Soul EVENTS programme will be split into 4 areas which will cover the elements of:
- Physical curation
- Digital curation
- Marketing
- Digital documentation

We have split the programme into these groups to ensure each student gets an opportunity to experiment with new skills and build on existing strengths.

If there is any group which you would particularly prefer, please send an email to and we will consider it when we allocate the groups!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 13:44
Today we're in the studio to discuss the schedule and make confidentiality agreement.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 12:17

Hi, my name is David, I'm 24, Welsh and initially got interested in Architecture after reading up on Frank-Lloyd Wright. I am particularly interested in future-adaptable design especially in a world with Global Warming and find our course particularly useful when the building picture round comes up at the pub quiz
Posted 13 Mar 2018 09:21

Hi everyone. My name is Yuchong QIAN, but you can call me Mike. I am from China. I completed my first two-year study at Nanjing University and moved to Manchester School of Architecture from Year 2. I got my BA degree here and went back to China for a one-year internship. I have worked in Urban Architecture in Shanghai for half a year, mainly focused on residential. Then I moved to the architecture design institute of Southeast University to have a practice on public architecture like schools, and football stadiums.
I recently came back to Manchester to do my Master and kept my BA choice: QED atelier. I am comparatively interested in the user-centred architecture, aimed to make building serve the public all-around with eco-friendly theory. I am looking forward to seeing you in April and have a great time with you and the kids.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 09:20
An important part of our EVENT involves working closely with the RIBA, specifically their regional team who are located at RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool.

The success of the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette relies on keeping in regular contact with the team, and making sure they are updated on all our plans for the day and letting them know if we need anything from them- and vice versa.

At the moment, we are liasing with the regional director team to gather interest for the charrette from the 13 northern schools of architecture that will be involved on the day.

Our team created a poster for the RIBA to publish to all schools as a way of gathering interest from students with the respective schools, with our EVENTS team being the organisers for pulling together a team representing the MSA- before the deadline of Friday 13th April.

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 13 Mar 2018 08:50
Name: Adithya Vairav Vijayabhaskar
Atelier: ISR
Graduated: National Institute of Technology, Patna, India
Work Experience: Chawla architectural and Consulting Engineers, Dubai, U.A.E

Bio: I am fairly new to the UK and have always been an architect who is up for crazy ideas and the Merz movement is pretty crazy I guess.Looking forward to working with a new group on a crazy art movement.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 19:26
After our Site visit and discussions on how to get going with our Event, we had a small sit out at a Cafe close to our Site, to discuss the probable risks and liabilities that may come across.Well, we aim to give you guys a harmless and risk-free Working experience whilst having a lot of fun!!!

So we have put together a list of all risks and hazards that we will discuss tomorrow with Becky, alongside itineraries, drawings and probable materials for Events which we will be uploading soon.

Stay tuned for more updates !!!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 18:00
Posted 12 Mar 2018 16:50
Name: Marcus Yeomans
Atelier: MSAP
Graduated: University Of Liverpool
Work Experience: ASA + Atlas Industires

Yo. If you've ever seen a guy looking like a homeless Jesus walking around Benzie that is probably me and yes I am the Architectural Messiah. I like buildings that make a difference to people and can effect the communities they live in. I'll try to keep the sermons short.

Also I play keyboards.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 16:49
This is a potential storage space for our workbenches.
Keep that in mind for tour future ideas!!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 16:48
Fantastic meeting today with Tom Brown, our art collaborator, a very talented local artist. Some brilliant designs ideas developing.

Check out some of his work here:
Posted 12 Mar 2018 16:41
Name: Nathan Cowley
Atelier: MSAP
Graduated: University of Liverpool
Work Experience: ASA
Bio: I got into architecture to wear pretentious glasses without embarrassment, and i generally love buildings that other architects hate. I’m also interested in discussions about how Milton Keynes is the best city in the UK.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 15:46
Name: Steffan
Atelier: QED
Graduated: Northumbria University
Work Experience: JTP
Bio: Hola. My interests lie in environmental design + architecture to suit a variety of people and needs. During my year out in 2017, I worked at JTP in London, specialising in masterplanning and residential design. I am excited to be working with all of you; discussing the creativity that can be applied to drawing and model making through combining the Merz art form and architecture.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 15:35
Name: Jack Moloney
Atelier: QED
Graduated: Anglia Ruskin University
Work Experience: Chapman Taylor Architects
Bio: I'm into efficient, environmental design and generally into trying to save the world. I'm also a big fan of art and the Merz movement so I'm looking forward to creating something weird and thinking outside of the box.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 15:33
Name: Joseph O'Brien
Atelier: QED
Graduated: University of Portsmouth
Experience: DSH Architects
Bio: Enjoys long walks on the beach, cold beers and strong spirits. Interested in art, music, travel and architecture and will debate anyone on these matters
Posted 12 Mar 2018 14:13

Rooms for our presentation dates are now confirmed!
Keep an eye on the blog for full timetables and to your university email for invitations for our meet and greet session!

Posted 12 Mar 2018 13:50

Welcome all to our team!!!
We are very excited to meet you all experiment, research, design and have some FUN during our workshop event in April!
Keep Checking our blog for updates regarding key dates, new collaborations and progress!!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 13:31
Posted 12 Mar 2018 12:42
Name: Sean Martin
Atelier: MSAp
Graduated: University of Nottingham
Experience: Scott Brownrigg, London
Bio: Attempted to be a musician but failed. Attempted to play rugby but failed. I now stick to marathon running, a bit of travelling and navigating this architecture thing.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 12:38
16//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Shrinking Cities: Seen in the image above is an aerial view of the city of Detroit. Classed as a ‘Shrinking City’, this notion will be heavily involved with the data we will obtain for the publication. Use this time before events week starts to look at trends and patterns in data surrounding Detroit. Is it still a shrinking city and if so, what makes it one?

Posted 12 Mar 2018 12:00
15//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Foreshadowing: Seen in the image above is the old Haçienda in Manchester, demolished in 2002. Founded by Tony Wilson, the Hacienda became famous in the Madchester years of the 1980s and early 1990s. The yellow and black stripes became a brand which is now associated with the Haçienda. We intend use this style in our publication to pay homage to this iconic building which is such an important part of Manchester’s history.

Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:59
14//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Publication inspiration: We are starting to formulate a series of precedents for which our magazine could look like. Seen in the image above is Issue 20 of ‘Hypebeast Magazine’, guest edited by Virgil Abloh. If you find any publications you think our one should be presented like, make a note of them and we will go through them during our first meeting.

Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:59
13//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Why not start now?: Once again, as part of the brief we have to create a short film as a group. The film is meant to act as a document to show the work we have done throughout the 9 days, however as most of the work we will do will consist of research and data, there is no earlier time to start. Think of the film as a documentary which could include footage you have filmed, archive footage, clips from documentaries etc. We intend for the film to work hand in hand with the publication, so see this as an extension both in terms of content and style of that publication.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:59
In the lead up to our two week EVENTS program, we will be posting photos of different parts of Manchester to remind you to keep your eyes peeled for any inspiration that could prove fruitful for the creation of your proposed exhibition.

We are excited to see what you take from these snippets and hopefully they will inspire your designs in many imaginative ways.

Keep a look out of for our key event activities to be revealed soon!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:58
Work Schedule for our events week.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:34

Hello everyone! My name is Yara and I am Half Syrian and half Lebanese. I completed my BA in Lebanon in 2015 and took two years out. During my first year, I worked in Lebanon with ERGA, a local firm with which I worked on a mixed-use residential/ commercial compound called Beirut waterfront. I was mainly based on site which proved to be a very insightful experience. During my second year, I participated in establishing an academy of arts in Damascus, Syria which was definitely a life-changing project. This year I started my MArch with atelier QED within which I have been working on projects mainly focused on the re-use of old buildings with an innovative and environmentally friendly approach... I can't wait to meet you all and learn more about you as well.
See you soon!!!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 10:28
We’ve had some samples delivered!

As you will have seen from the previous post with our sketch model, we are incorporating string/cord into our design in a combination of ways. Due to being on show day and night at the festival, we are exploring the use of UV reactive products and lighting to create a more interesting and stimulating installation.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 09:24
Welcome students of Architecture. My name is Dylan Thompson and I am also a member of the CPU Atelier. I will be around to assist you during the events week with your final outputs and for anyone who is interested in developing their skills on a new software.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 08:32
Above is the current two week programme for the event.

The schedule comprises of a site visit, design charrettes, as well as opportunities to test designs in a variety of mediums such as by hand and via a series of models. The proposals can also be developed in two and three dimensional form in order to create a coherent and fluid response to the brief.

The final day will consist of presenting the finalised designs for Alberton House. Colleagues from the collaborator Bruntwood will be present at this event, providing a valuable opportunity for students to liaise with and gain feedback from the client of the live-project.
Posted 11 Mar 2018 19:51
Introducing LUNA , our collaborator for this years event. Spearheaded by three aspiring designers, LUNA aspires to bring change within the community via architecture and design.

As mentioned before, our events this year is a part of LUNA greater masterplan and we are currently sitting at stage 2. Lucky for us, we are able to be involved in this development plan for the community!

Further detail for LUNA can be viewed in their website :
Posted 11 Mar 2018 17:40
Ahead of our meeting with Decordia & Phil (fabricator) on Monday, we have been working to make sure we can provide as much information and detail as possible to communicate our ideas and designs.

Sometimes a rough and quick physical-model (like this one) can demonstrate an idea much more effectively than a series of drawings or CAD models.
Posted 11 Mar 2018 12:29


Last week we finalized our timetable during our Jour Fixe and packed the program full with inspirational excursions, experimental workshops and some guest visits. We are pretty excited about the activities planned and much more excited about the outcomes and how they will be exhibited in PARADISE WORKS.

Next week we will reveal our program day by day, so keep your eyes open!

Posted 11 Mar 2018 11:46


I am pleased to announce that we have raised over half the money required to run our events programme.

A big thank you to all our sponsors so far, who range from artists to Architects, as well as family and friends.

If you would like to donate, please visit -

Thank you.

Posted 11 Mar 2018 11:43


At ART X PARADISE, we cherish collaborative work and admire actions that support artists. One of our first year members has organised an event called Art on the Sly. Here all art is welcome, nothing will be rejected. Their mission is to create a night of appreciation, pride and community. They are working with Love C.O.P’s who host and co-produce inclusive, community-centred events.

Art on the Sly will be held on Friday 16th March at 10pm with the location yet to be announced. Check their Facebook page here:

During the Art X PARADISE events programme, we aim to focus on collaborative working environments, community engagement and social support of creativity. Perhaps Art on the Sly could inspire your designs and intentions for the site that we will be working with during your events programme?

Paradise Works want to see design interventions which promote social engagement that could kick-start development of the site and be welcoming to the community.
Posted 11 Mar 2018 11:41
Introduction of our client - Southway Housing Trust, South Manchester’s largest social housing provider. We will continue to collaborate with Southway Housing Trust during the Events. And we are looking forward to meeting and working together with you all!
Posted 11 Mar 2018 10:29
Introduction of our client - Southway Housing Trust.

We will continue to collaborate with Southway Housing Trust, South Manchester’s largest social housing provider. And we are looking forward to meeting and working together with you all!
Posted 11 Mar 2018 10:28
Today we visited the Love For The Streets Exhibition at the Whitworth. We used it as an opportunity to learn about how to curate as well as different ways of displaying the work. This started to provoke some questions as to how we would like to approach our event, which will be discussed in length at our next meeting.
Posted 10 Mar 2018 20:59


Throughout the Events programme, we will each be hosting a workshop aimed at introducing creativity. We are currently discussing the prospect of providing you with workshops that vary in materiality and focus on craft. The concept of making and testing techniques is something we encourage. We are excited to see your artist talents and hopefully these will inspire your designs.

As well as sending you over a programme by email and facebook, a brief outline of what we are planning will be posted on here in the next few weeks. Keep a look out !

Posted 10 Mar 2018 15:17
First Skype meeting with our collaborator Michael Collins this week! We're very happy to have grab hold of a clear brief from the architect and got loads of inspirations for the event arrangement. The team is now working hard on the programme planning. Details will be posted shortly. Stay tuned!
Posted 10 Mar 2018 12:06
Being an all-women team, yesterday (8th of March) we all have celebrated International Women's Day.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 18:14
Our last meeting discussing the forthcoming Northern Soul Charrette was valuable and constructive. We have updated our agenda, discussed possible locations for the exhibition, as well as the catering for the Charrette day.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 17:59

Hello people! My name is Panayiota, but you can call me Peny. I'm from Cyprus, and I moved to the UK a few years ago for my BA. I graduated from Northumbria Universtiy and during my year in practice I worked for the Estates of Newcastle University. I primarily focused on education projects, where I was given the opportunity to design and lead the refurbishment of the Medical Library, which situated in a 60s building.
I recently moved to Manchester for my Master, and I joined the qed atelier that promotes an environmental practice and sustainable approach to architecture.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all very soon and see what are you going to come up with!
Posted 9 Mar 2018 17:34

Hey! I am Adam. I am Cypriot, and I did my undergraduate degree at Manchester School of Architecture. During my year out, I worked for an Architectural practise back in Cyprus, which specialised in Residential sector. I worked mainly on residential projects, which included apartments, private homes and mixed-use master planning.This year I am in atelier QED.I am interested in the designs which are a friendly focus on green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordability, material reuse, and humanitarian relief.I look forward to meeting you soon and propose a fantastic design.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 17:33
As part of our social media launch. Ca[re]generation would like to invite you to Atelier USE 'Art and Architecture' symposium on Thursday the 15th of march, 2 pm at sandbar. There will be a range of architects and artist , so will be an ideal source of inspiration for our events project. Hop you can all make it...
Posted 9 Mar 2018 16:12
Name: Aaron Perry
Atelier: USE
Graduated: University of Nottingham
Experience: Ingleton Wood Construction Consultants, London
Bio: Alright all, I'm one of the guys that unknowingly emailed three entire years, glad to be of service. Travel and technical design are my forte, but other than that I can be summed up as nocturnal, incredibly photogenic and an all round legend, of which I am quite modest about. Perry Out.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 15:54
Stay tuned for upcoming information on Centrepoint, our team and the EVENTS 18 schedule!
Posted 9 Mar 2018 15:36
Name: Ben Bolton
Atelier: USE
Graduated: University of Portsmouth
Experience: 3DReid, London
Bio: Enjoy rugby and skiing. Using my interest in architecture as an excuse to travel as much as I can
Posted 9 Mar 2018 15:27
Keeping up too date with Wythenshawe's FC's up and coming game fixtures. They lost to Knutsford FC by 3-2 on the 28th Feb.

They play against Whaley Bridge tomorrow, let's hope they get a better result..
Posted 9 Mar 2018 15:18
Working through the potential risks associated with our foot build event... Constantly refining the risk assessment ensures all aspects of the event will be well considered. Can't wait to get started now!!!
Posted 9 Mar 2018 15:11