Inspirations: Inspirational lectures by renowned practitioners. This event series is sponsored by Foster + Partners.

Atelier & Programme Nights

Atelier & Programme Nights: a lecture night that is designed, organised and hosted by an atelier or programme from the Manchester School of Architecture.

Professor Alfred Hwangbo

Historic Dwellings of Korea: Towards Urban Courtyard House or Gangnam Style

Professor Hwangbo received a PhD in architecture from the University of Sheffield and, prior to joining SeoulTech, he worked as Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo. He served as Head of Department of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture at SeoulTech. He is a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

As an architectural historian, his research interests include cross-cultural impact of modern architecture and revisionist architectural historiography. He has long been interested in alternative notions and traditions in architecture (in non-Western contexts) and, he has taught global architecture with emphasis on the impact of modernity on the history of indigenous built environment. His recent work on demolition and restoration issues can bring unique yet timely opportunities to explore the difficult heritage in contemporary society.

This lecture will present historic dwellings of Korea and use of spaces in cultural context. A modern courtyard house in Gangnam triggered a massive interest in search of cultural identities in the modern house forms. The speaker will show how historic courtyard houses evolve under urban context and eventually succeeds to a style where use of form and space remain seemingly homogeneous yet fundamentally converted into modern.

Recordings of Past Events

Lord Norman Foster

Foster + Partners

Norman Foster is Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability. Over the past five decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism through a wide range of work, from masterplans to offices, cultural buildings, airports and industrial design. He has been awarded architecture's highest accolades, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in Japan, the RIBA Royal Gold medal and the AIA Gold medal. He is president of the Norman Foster Foundation, based in Madrid. In 1999 he was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.


Roger Hawkins


Hawkins\Brown are a multi award winning architectural practice with offices in the UK and internationally. Their unique approach brings a heart-felt social agenda and deep technical expertise, wielded with a twinkle in their eye. Designers at Hawkins\Brown think profoundly about the impact buildings can make on people’s lives while simultaneously trying to raise a smile. Playful and profound. Technical and human. Sweet and irresistibly salty.


Rose Morag and Dave Lynch

Remaking your city

Morag Rose is a part-time lecturer in Geography at the University of Liverpool, artist and activist, and founder of the LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement).

Dave Lynch is an artist, director, inventor, and researcher, working internationally at the intersection between art, science, storytelling, and the environment. In 2021 he was AHRC Best Climate Emergency Film winner.


Atelier CiA

Ruining ruins: a manifesto for failure

Atelier CiA guest Edward Hollis provokes students and staff alike to view ruins as more than simple abandoned or failed buildings. He brings forward the idea that ruins become canvases for imagination for those willing to see past the dilapidated structure. The talk is followed by a panel discussion, with John Lee (as discussant) to reflect on Ed’s talk about the different kinds of ruins and their role within the architectural discourse. The talk is followed by a discussion with MSA students from across the school.


Stephen Hodder MBE

Contexts: architecture in five chapters

Stephen Hodder's practice, Hodder+Partners, was awarded the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize and has gone on to win 40 awards. He has written and lectured widely, been external examiner and visiting Professor at a number of school and is a Professor of Architecture at MSA.


Atelier Making

Local adaptations

Atelier Making guest Gianni Botsford’s provocation on involving various making and testing strategies for architectural design, is followed by a panel discussion, with David Connor (as discussant), inviting guest panelists Amy Hanley and Matt Ault to reflect on Gianni’s talk about the different kinds of making in architectural discourse. The talk is followed by a discussion with MSA students from across the school.


Simon Sturgis

Architecture and carbon: what should we be doing?

Simon Sturgis has written carbon guidance for the RIBA, RICS, UKGBC, GLA and advises various businesses and groups such as Architects Declare, ACAN and the Environmental Audit Committee.


Anna Gidman and Angela Connelly

Material matters

Anna Gidman is an architect and lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She is concerned with natural materials, community projects and pedagogy. Dr Angela Connelly is a senior lecturer and Climate Change Lead at the Manchester School of Architecture. She is interested in interdisciplinary dialogue and action for climate change education in the built environment professions.


Atelier SKN

Constructive biology - a language

Atelier Some Kind of Nature guest Marco Casagrande’s provocation on building around nature, is followed by a panel discussion, with Dr. Angela Connelly (as discussant), inviting a panel of guests to reflect on Marco’s talk in relation to the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) and the atelier's take regarding climate change. The talk is followed by a discussion with MSA students from across the school.


Atelier FLUX

How not to make your city

Atelier FLUX guest Riccardo Marini’s provocation on city-making globally, is followed by a panel discussion, with Ray Lucas (as discussant), inviting a panel of guests to reflect on Riccardo’s talk in relation to their experiences of this years FLUX site/brief: The regeneration of Mayfield in Manchester city centre. The talk is followed by a discussion with MSA students from across the school.


Malcolm Miles and Kasia Nawratek

Unreal cities

Kasia Nawratek is a senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, an architect, and a young adult and children's book writer. Malcolm Miles is a writer and researcher on critical theory, art, and urbanism. His writing applies critical theory across the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


Angus Campbell

A life in architecture

Angus Campbell is a Senior Partner and Joint Deputy Head of Studio at Foster+Partners, where he has been working for over 30 years.


MSA Evenings Team

Rachel Newton
Rachel Newton PgCert Architecture and Contemporary Practice RIBA P3 Programme Leader View profile
Demetra Kourri
Demetra Kourri Lecturer in Architectural Humanities View profile