Inspirations

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

Provocations

Provocations: two short, provocative talks on a shared theme, followed by a debate that is led by a knowledgeable discussant.

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.

Student Society Takeover

Student Society Takeover: a lecture night that is designed, organised and hosted by one of the MSA’s passionate student society sub-groups – covering themes ranging from equality and diversity, racism in architecture, wellbeing, the climate emergency, and homelessness.

Recordings of Past Events

Atelier &rchitecture

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Hazel Rounding

Northern Resilience

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Atelier Infra.Space

INFRA_image: SOUND_space

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Paul Williams

From sandpit to seedbank

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Atelier PRAXXIS

This space is not for you (Part 2)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MSA Thursdays Team