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Architecture Research Group

In an age where more people live in the city than the countryside, issues of architecture and its relationship to urbanism have never been more intellectually fascinating, socially vital and environmentally urgent.

Debates about the role of architecture in an age of economic globalisation, technological futurism, environmental fatalism and deepening social division demands an approach to architectural studies that draws upon a diverse range of practices and plural forms of knowledge.

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Research at Manchester School of Architecture (MSA)


Exhibitions & Publications


Sanderson, L., 2018. Palimpsest, Castlefield Gallery, 1/9/2018.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2017. Bakewell : Some Ideas, Bakewell Town Hall, 16/6/2017.

Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., 2017. The Way We Live Now, Bakewell Town Hall, 24/2/2017.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. Bollington. Real : Imagined, Bollington Arts Centre, 22/5/2016.

Huneck, KS., Jefferies, TJ., 2016. Manchester Urban Pioneers at Favoriten Festival, Dortmund Theatre Festival / Ladenlokal Rheinische Strasse, 23/9/2016.


Sobell, HR., 2016. 'InSitu headquarters: Garage Building in Briersfield, Lancashire', Briersfield, Lancashire.


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2019. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

Stone, SH., 2018. 'Buildings and Cultural Memory', Routledge.

Jefferies, T., Csepely-Knorr, L., Morton, R., Coucill, L., 2017. 'Data Mapping Cornwall'.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'Re-Readings: the Principles of Interior Architecture and the Re-use of Existing Buildings, Volume 2', RIBA Enterprises.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Barren Places to Public Spaces: A History of Public Parks in Budapest, 1867 - 1914', Budapest City Archives, Budapest.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Budapest közparképítészetének története a kiegyezéstol az elso világháborúig', Budapest Fováros Levéltára.

Stone, S., Brooker, GJ., 2016. 'Form and Structure in Interior Architecture Edition 2', Bloomsbury.

Book Chapters

White, S., 2017. 'From representation to active ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the Age-friendly City'. In Phillipson, C., Buffell, T., Handler, S. (eds.) Age-Friendly Communities: A Global Perspective, Policy Press, London.

White, S., 2017. 'Including Architecture: What difference can we make?'. In Boys, J. (eds.) Architectural Design and Disability: A Critical Reader, Routledge, London.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'Oddments and Epigrams : The Neighbourhood Planning Agenda in Bollington.'. In Housing - A Critical Perspective.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Dance of Dead Things'. In Conservation/Adaptation: Keeping Alive The Spirit Of The Place Adaptive Reuse Of Heritage with Symbolic Value, European Association for Architectural Education.

White, S., 2017. 'The Greater Part: How intuition forms better worlds'. In Lord, B., Rawes, P. (eds.) Spinoza and Ratio, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2017. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.'. In 10 EAAE-ARCC International Conference (EAAE-ARCC 2016), EAAE.

White, S., 2016. 'Common projects and privatised potential: projection and representation in the Rotterdam Kunsthal'. In Lloyd Thomas, K., Amhoff, T., Beech, N. (eds.) Industries of Architecture, Routledge, London.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Gate 81'. In Modern Futures.


Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'Reclaiming the Road: Public Realm Improvement Proposals for Bollington in Cheshire'.

Journal Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Mediation in Urban Landscape Approaches: City Beautiful and Modernist Restructure in Bolton, Greater Manchester', Journal of Landscape Architecture, 28.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'The Lost Glory of the Royal Northern College of Music Roof Garden', The Modernist, 24/Gone.

Canniffe, E., 2016. 'Urban morphology and the post-industrial city: commercial space in Manchester', The Journal of Public Space, 1 (1), pp. 53-62.

Conference Papers

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice, Architecture and Landscape', Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference, Glasgow, 7/6/2017 - 11/6/2017.

Jefferies, TE., Anderson, J., 2017. 'City Verve Internet of Things Demonstrator: City Verve Commissions: Manchester's Plinth', Proceedings of Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) London 2017, UK, London, 11/7/2017 - 13/7/2017, pp. 264-270.

Robertson, JD., 2017. 'Edifying Faith: Catholic Church Architecture in Late Georgian England'.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2017. 'Tervezéselméleti irányvonalak a két világháború közötti magyar közparképítészetben', Város - liget - köztér - szórakozás: VI. Magyar Várostörténeti Konferencia 2017., Budapest, Hungary, 13/11/2017 - 16/11/2017.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Task of the Translator', Creative Cities, Porto, Portugal, 24/1/2017 - 27/1/2017.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements', AMPS, Derby, 22/6/2017 - 23/6/2017.

Sobell, HR., Hudson, J., 2016. 'Designed wildness: Unlocking the potential of urban wastelands', The Future of Wild Europe, University of Leeds, 11/9/2016 - 14/12/2016.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'The Architectural vs. the Natural: The Birth of Modernist Landscape Design Theory in Hungary', European Architectural History Network: Fourth International Meeting, Dublin, 2/6/2016 - 4/6/2016, in Kathleen James-Chakraborty (ed) Proceedings of the fourth international conference of the European Architectural History Network.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2016. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.', EAAE ARCC, Lisbon, 14/6/2016 - 18/6/2016.


Hanley, AL., Jolley, V., Sanderson, L., Coucill, L., Robertson, J., Sobell, HB., 2017. 'MAP Manchester Architecture Papers'.

Hanley, AL., Robertson, J., 2017. 'MSA Spotlight', Benzie Building.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Adaptation and Reuse.'.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Context and Environment'.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Sustainable Adaptation'.

Other Outputs

Stone, SH., Sanderson, LM., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : Symposium'.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Fischer, József (1901-1995)'.

Sobell, HR., 2016. 'NORTHLIGHT student residency'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. 'Time and Context'.