Group 24

‘How Women Build’ is a live research project which we will be collaborating with in the run up to their conference and exhibition here at the MSA in June. Their research has led to 12 female alumni from the Architecture school over the years which will be the feature of the conference. Our aim at ‘How Women Build: exhibition’ is to host a charrette in order to develop designs and subsequently build 12 exhibition stands to showcase those women. We will also be formatting graphics and spatially formatting the exhibition. Follow on twitter for more info! @howwomenbuild1 @praxxis_f

Quadri SA / Martha Daisy Mead H / Freya CW / Zohir F / Angus R

who we are?

We are Martha, Zohir, Quadri, Freya and Angus - Events group 24!

Martha -
Atelier - Praxxis
Undergrad - University of Liverpool

Martha is really looking forward to learning more about the practical and physical application of her detailing knowledge and improve her build skills, having previously worked on a number of design and build projects.

Zohir -
Atelier - Infrastructure Space
Undergrad - Manchester School of Architecture

Having been involved in events as an undergrad at MSA, Zohir is eager to pass on his graphic design experience to this years BA1+2.

Quadri -
Atelier - Praxxis
Undergrad - UWE

Quadri will bring rational planning and ideas to the workshops. He'll help advance your communication and presentation skills using his advanced photoshop skills.

Freya -
Atelier - Praxxis
Undergrad - Leeds Beckett University

Freya is excited to collaborate with designers, makers and researchers in the real world to enhance her wider architectural knowledge and skill set beyond the studio.

Angus -
Atelier - Praxxis
Undergrad - Glasgow School of Art

Angus has experience building furniture and will be on hand to work through any woodwork and fabrication ideas during our live build.

Posted 5 Mar 2020 17:07
Our Events group is working in collaboration with the How Women Build Conference, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The Women’s History Network. The conference will bring a new, more detailed understanding of the recent history of the professionals of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, interior design and engineering, and rather than focusing individual designers, it will celebrate the female contribution in its many formats. The conference will be run alongside Helen Aston and Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr.

Helen Aston

Helen is experienced in practice, teaching and research. She has more recently set up PRAXXIS: a feminist architectural research collective. This has led to the launch of PRAXXIS, a feminist atelier in both BA3 and the M.Arch. It has three key aims... inspire//challenge // impact. PRAXXIS is an explicitly feminist teaching atelier aiming to stimulate a positive intersectional feminist debate within the MSA.


Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr

Luca’s research is multidisciplinary in its approach. Her cross-disciplinary interest in the theory and history of urban open space design derives from her education in a variety of subjects. Her research described and compared the urban design principles of landscape architect and civic designers, most importantly Hungarian architect Bela Rerrich (1881–1932), who was a key figure in the Hungarian urban design theory of the 20th century and the first teacher of garden design at the Royal Horticultural School (Budapest).

Posted 23 Mar 2020 12:37
What is Feminism? And why is it important?
Posted 23 Mar 2020 14:21
Week 1

Our event is a live project in collaboration with this conference. Our brief is to design and build 12 collapsible exhibition stands to display artefacts and information relating to 12 inspirational women. Week 1 will focus on the design of these stands through a competition. The group will split into smaller teams and each team will be given a feminist figurehead to inspire and direct their design. Each team will be presenting their ideas through models and drawings to a panel of judges at the end of week 1.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 14:24
Easy Peel are a local creative design studio based in Manchester, specialising in product, graphics, exhibitions, installations and art direction.

As part of our ‘How Women Build: Exhibition’ event, we will be making a site visit to their studio based in Mayfield, Manchester. There they will be able to talk us through their creative process, story and values as a collaborative and experimental studio and show us tools, techniques and materials to inspire our designs for the exhibition stands.

To find out more about them before our visit, take a look at their website!

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Posted 23 Mar 2020 15:32

We have identified three female furniture makers for our three groups to research, and hopefully be inspired by. Each of these women has created incredible furniture and each of them can teach us a lot about being feminist makers.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 16:10
Week 2

Week 2 will focus on the fabrication of the winning proposal. So, for this we’re looking for team players with an interest in building and fabricating. The project has a quick turnaround, so we need enthusiastic people with a passion for design. As well as designing these exhibition stands, we will also be creating super graphic banners to hang through the space, as well as curate the exhibition space/layout. We are hoping to connect with and visit local fabricators, makers and creators, to help inspire you guys and enrich the design process!
Posted 23 Mar 2020 16:19
A brief insight into some exciting Feminist Exhibitions previously held in Manchester
Posted 23 Mar 2020 18:15
Getting in the workshop and getting making is such a useful skill to have.

It gets you off the computer and allows you to realise your 2D designs, putting into practice skills you have learned about 3D spaces within architecture. It also allows gives you the freedom to experiment, design and make at all scales, including 1:1.

This collaboration with How Women Build is allowing us the freedom of design, and are going to use the workshop to build what we create!
Posted 23 Mar 2020 18:22

We have identified three female furniture makers for our three groups to research, and hopefully be inspired by. Each of these women has created incredible furniture and each of them can teach us a lot about being feminist makers.
Posted 31 Mar 2020 13:15

We have identified three female furniture makers for our three groups to research, and hopefully be inspired by. Each of these women has created incredible furniture and each of them can teach us a lot about being feminist makers.
Posted 31 Mar 2020 13:15
How Women Build: Exhibition is an opportunity to experience a live build project. During our time in Undergrad, many of us were lucky enough to work on similar projects. Here's one Martha was involved with in Liverpool.
Posted 31 Mar 2020 13:15
Koehorst in ’t Veld is an editorial design practice that concerns itself with exhibits. They produce books, exhibitions, concepts and research for museums, publishers and other institutes. Their interest in history, place, and the mechanics of display are a driving force behind their work. They complement design with editing, writing and curating.

This exhibition is useful for us because it serves as an example of how information can be presented in a linear format. The frame allows for rotation of up to 45 degrees allowing the information to be viewed from multiple perspectives. It’s construction out of wood is fairly simple too, just what we love!

Posted 31 Mar 2020 13:25
Through the use of wooden frame structures, a diverse set of practices including painting, sculpture, video, audio and writing, the work presented in After ISLAND takes inspiration from their experiences of Freespace, ISLAND, and the city of Venice. We can apply this notion to our concept of feminist principles, using the structure to explore wider
questions through the development of our own practice.

Posted 31 Mar 2020 13:30
Here you will find the exact outputs planned for this events group with notes on what prospects you should expect to develop
Posted 31 Mar 2020 13:48
How Women Build: Exhibition is an opportunity to experience a live build project. During our time in Undergrad, many of us were lucky enough to work on similar projects. Here's one Angus was involved with in Liechtenstein.

for some nice photos of the final build head to -
Posted 31 Mar 2020 15:54
During this event, you will be able to spend time figuring out and making specific joint types.
As a key feature of the Exhibition Stands is the need for them to be dismountable and transportable, it is vital that we learn from the technicians about the best method of manufacture and that includes clever joinery. It is also a key skill in allowing you guys to build at 1:1.
Posted 31 Mar 2020 16:39
As part of our events project, we will be designing huge 30ft long super-graphics to hang from the columns in the conference space! These banners will celebrate the life and work of several female alumni from the Manchester School of Architecture.
Posted 31 Mar 2020 16:42
Not only is the exhibition content important, the space planning is equally vital in providing an interesting and dynamic user experience.
As architects we must think about, dimensions, routes, experiences, heights, different types of users all at the same time. This exhibition space plan exercise will be fantastic experience at visualising spaces!
Posted 31 Mar 2020 16:42
How Women Build THANKS YOU ALL!

It is with great shame we are sad to announce that due the recent outbreak that is COVID-19, the How Women Build Events programme will no longer be running in accordance with the national requirements due to the pandemic.

Events 20 has brought overwhelming liberality and enthusiasm from our collaborators and special guests. The How Women Build Conference was the perfect chance to celebrate the female contribution in its many formats, whilst the EasyPeelStudio collaboration was a great opportunity to network and learn a new design and build approach. We have had assurances that these connections will continue to be developed in the future, so fear not! Our posts shall continue to encourage your thirst for feminist and building knowledge, as well as an in depth look into the work of the guests and precedence shown. Don’t forget, these concepts are forever changing!

The feminist value embedded within the development of the built environment profession has been an evolving subject matter. It has been a pleasure introducing you to several figureheads that serve as introductions to this conference which aims to broaden the discussion and bring a comparative, multidisciplinary approach, that allows the examination of not just individuals, but also networks of professionals stretching across disciplinary boundaries.

Thank you to Helen Aston, Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr, staff, students, and other collaborating bodies involved in the project of the past few months.

Lastly, we would like to apologise to the prospective students who will no longer benefit from the opportunity to learn valuable skills this project presented.

Was always a pleasure, never a chore. Stay safe!

How Women Build 2020
Posted 31 Mar 2020 16:46