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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


Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2019. UnDoing, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 21/3/2019 - 26/5/2019.

Sanderson, L., 2019. UnDoing Buildings, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 22/3/2019 - 26/5/2019.

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., 2020. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

Stone, SH., 2019. 'UnDoing Buildings: Adaptive Reuse and Cultural Memory', Routledge.

Brooker, G., Stone, SH., 2018. 'Re-readings 2: Interior Architecture and the Design Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings', RIBA Enterprises,

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

Book Chapters

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'TERVEZÉSELMÉLETI IRÁNYVONALAK A KÉT VILÁGHÁBORÚ KÖZÖTTI MAGYAR KÖZPARKÉPÍTÉSZETBEN'. In Urbs. magyar várostörténeti évkönyv XIII, Budapest Fováros Levéltára.

Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'UnDoing: An Essay by Sally Stone and Laura Sanderson'. In UnDoing, Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) Press.

Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism

Coates, M., 2018. '"The City, Urban Planning and Architecture"'. In Adams, M., Levy, C. (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2018. 'From representation to active ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the age-friendly city'. In Age-friendly Cities and Communities A Global Perspective, Policy Press.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Fatsar, K., 2018. 'The city of the future, or a retropolis? The utopian experiment of socialist modernist architecture in Salgótarján'. In Adventures in the Land of Modernism, The Modernist Society.

Stone, S., 2017. 'Conservation: A Future Orientated Movement Focussing on the Past.'. In Conservation/Consumption: Preserving the Tangible and Intangible Values. European Association for Architectural Education 2019, European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

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.

Coucill, L., Jefferies, T., 2017. 'Recognising Effectiveness in Sustainable Design'. In Scales of Sustainable Design in Architecture, Concordia.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Dance of Dead Things'. In Fiorani, D., Kealy, L., Stefano, M. (eds.) Conservation/Adaptation: Keeping Alive The Spirit Of The Place Adaptive Reuse Of Heritage with Symbolic Value, pp. 305-314, European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).

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.


Hammond, M., Walsh, R., White, S., 2018. 'RIGHTSIZING:Reframing the housing offer for older people', Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)/PHASE @ Manchester School of Architecture.

Hammond, M., White, S., Crompton, E., Youngson,, M., Wells, J., Wong, K., 2017. 'Manchester Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods: State of the Project', Manchester Metropolitan University.

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

Journal Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Wild Landscape', The Modernist, 30, pp. 62-65.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Klagyivik, M., 2017. 'From Social Spaces to Training Fields: Changes in Design Theory of the Children's Public Sphere in Hungary in the First Half of the 20th Century', Childhood in the Past.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2017. 'The Art and Social Role of Public Gardens: Bela Rerrich and the search for a new language of public park design in interwar Hungary', Journal of Landscape Architecture.

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

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Urban landscape approaches for a deindustrialized town: City beautiful and modernist restructure in the case study of Bolton, Manchester', Journal of Landscape Architecture, 12 (3), pp. 32-45.

Conference Papers

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. ''To broaden the outlook of training' - The first landscape course in Manchester, UK', Lessons from the past, visions for the future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe, 16/9/2019 - 17/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Female landscape architects and the independent Landscape Institute', Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political, LSE Library, 6/9/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Landscapes of coal as 'third nature'', The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure, Manchester, 14/2/2019 - 16/2/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2019. 'Towards a 'total environment' for children. Michael Brown's landscapes for play', LANDSCAPE OF PLAY: DESIGN FOR CHILDREN'S PLAY, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 16/3/2019 - 16/3/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. ''Power and the countryside': Power Stations, Amenity and Rural Britain', MODERNISM, MODERNISATION AND THE RURAL LANDSCAPE, Tartu, 11/6/2018 - 13/6/2018, in

Plevoets, B., Berger, M., Stone, S., 2018. 'An Interior Approach to Education and Adaptive Reuse', International Conference on Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory. BAU International, Berlin, Germany, 17/5/2018 - 18/5/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Klagyivik, M., 2018. 'From social spaces to training fields: Changes in design theory of the children's public sphere in Hungary in the first half of the 20th century', European Architectural History Network Fifth International Meeting, Tallin, 13/6/2018 - 17/6/2018, in

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2018. 'Mawson's 'Volksparks'?', SAHGB 2018 Annual Symposium Architecture, the Built Environment, and the Aftermath of the First World War, Institute of Historical Research, London, 8/6/2018 - 9/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. 'Territories of Power: Landscapes for Public Amenity', KSA Create Biennial Conference 2018. From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories, University of Kent, Canterbury, 28/6/2018 - 29/6/2018, in

White, S., Hammond, M., 2018. 'What does an age-friendly spatial framework look like? Understanding and Creating Age-Friendly Regions, Cities, Neighbourhoods and Homes in Greater Manchester', British Society of Gerontology conference, Manchester, UK, 4/7/2018 - 6/7/2018.

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, T., Anderson, J., 2017. 'City Verve Internet of Things Demonstrator: City Verve Commissions: Manchester's Plinth', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017), London, 11/7/2017 - 13/7/2017, pp. 264-270.

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

Jolley, VS., Sanderson, L., 2017. 'Events // A Decade of Student Led Collaborative Projects', AAE Conference 2017: Architecture Connects, Oxford Brookes University, 6/9/2017 - 9/9/2017, in, pp. 117-125.

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.

Robertson, J., 2017. 'The Modern Gothic of Victorian Manchester'.

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.


Hanley, AL., Jolley, V., Sanderson, L., Coucill, L., Robertson, J., Sobell, HB., 2020. 'MAP Manchester Architecture Papers'.

Stone, S., 2019. 'Gate 81: Saving Preston Bus station', Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston.

Stone, S., 2019. 'ReReadings', Rhode Island School of Design. USA.

Other Outputs

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing Buildings Tour'.

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