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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


Crompton, E., Norman, SA., 2022. Documenting Demolition: A Community Evidencing Project at Manchester's LGBT+ Centre, Manchester Central Library, 12/7/2022 - 23/9/2022.

Stone, S., Lee, S., Sanderson, L., 2021. Bradford Reimagined, City Park, Bradford, 9/7/2021 - 31/8/2021.

Crompton, E., 2021. Conversations in the Library of Engagements, ENGAGE 20201 (un)conference, 11/10/2021 - 15/10/2021.


Crompton, E., 2022. 'Mainstreaming Inclusive Spaces: The Manchester LGBT+ Centre', Manchester, UK.

Lee, S., 2022. 'New House at 547 Chester Road, Woodford', 547 Chester Road, Woodford Cheshire SK7 1PR.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Material Clues: decoding our past to understand our present', Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester.


Crompton, E., 2023. 'The library of engagements', Tate Liverpool, 10/4/2017.


DAVID. PAYNE RUDLIN (VICKY. MONTAGUE, L., 2023. 'HIGH STREET How Our Town Centres Can Bounce Back from the Retail Crisis'.

Stone, S., Hollis, E., 2022. 'Inside Information The defining concepts of interior design', Routledge.

Nawratek, K., 2022. 'Space and Language in Architectural Education. Catalysts and Tensions', Routledge.

Hammond, M., Saunders, N., 2021. 'A Design For Life: Urban practices for an age-friendly city', MMU Press, Manchester.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2021. 'Emerging Practices in Architectural Pedagogy Accommodating an Uncertain Future', Routledge Focus on Design Pedagogy.

Hyde, R., Filippidis, F., 2021. 'Intelligent Control: Disruptive Technologies', RIBA Publishing.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2021. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2021. 'Teaching-Learning-Research: Design and Environments', AMPS.

Book Chapters

Lucas, R., 2022. ''A house for...': Experiments in Filmic Architecture'. In Ingold, T. (eds.) Knowing from the Inside Cross-Disciplinary Experiments with Matters of Pedagogy, pp. 141-164, Bloomsbury.

Solomou, S., Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., Oredein, O., 2022. 'A Strategic Planning Problem: The Relationship Between Urban Transformation Outcomes and the Temporal Order of Planned Projects'. In Iossifova, D., Gasparatos, A., Zavos, S., Gamal, Y., Long, Y. (eds.) Urban Infrastructuring, pp. 241-264, Springer Nature Singapore.

Hammond, M., Phillipson, C., 2022. 'Ageing and Architecture: from the patient to the citizen'. In Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol. 2: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, Routledge.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2022. 'Emerging Practices in Architectural Pedagogy'. In Sanderson, L., Stone, S. (eds.) Emerging Practices in Architectural Pedagogy: Accommodating an Uncertain Future, pp. 94-115, Routledge.

Berger, M., Irvin, K., 2022. 'Repair'. In Repair: Sustainable Design Futures, Routledge.

Connelly, A., 2022. 'Territories of Faith'. In Sterken, S., Weyns, E. (eds.) Territories of Faith: Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, pp. 37-62, Leuven University Press.

Crompton, E., 2021. 'A Quietly Queer Post-Modenist Place'. In Queer Writing for a Brave New World, Out on the Page / The Modernist, UK.

Rossi, L., 2021. 'Albania's new sustainable image. Reflections on Urban Uncertainty'. In Beyond Agrotown, Letteraventidue.

Lucas, R., 2021. 'Architecture'. In International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, pp. 1-11, Wiley.

Sengupta, U., Cheung, E., Solomou, S., Zigure, S., Tantoush, M., Bassanino, M., Hyde, R., 2021. 'Complex Urban Futures: Design Science for Flux Territories'. In Design Studio Vol. 2: Intelligent Control Disruptive Technologies, Riba Publishing.

Rossi, L., Pedata, L., 2021. 'Drawings as a form of knowledge. Re-presenting Gjirokastra.'. In Rossi, L., Aliaj, B., Dhamo, S. (eds.) RETHINKING GJIROKASTRA. Can architecture and city planning stimulate hope and growth for shrinking cities?, POLIS Press, Tirana.

Nawratek, K., 2021. 'Hope in the Burning World'. In Pelsmakers, S., Newman, N. (eds.) Design Studio Vol. 1: Everything Needs to Change Architecture and the Climate Emergency, RIBA Publishing.

Kaluarachchi Nartallo, Y., Thayaparan, M., Mendis, K., 2021. 'Impact of disasters on the livelihoods of vulnerable community groups, with special focus on women and the disabled, in Sri Lanka'. In Micro Human Efforts in Disaster Resilience:
Lessons Learned, Re-learned or Lost?
, Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge.

Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2021. 'Introduction'. In Emerging Practices in Architectural Pedagogy, pp. 1-15, Routledge.

Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2021. 'Pedagogy + policy'. In Emerging Practices in Architectural Pedagogy, pp. 94-115, Routledge.

Tantoush, M., Toshani, N., 2021. 'The (Re)Configuration of Urban Space in Tripoli, Libya: Territorial Planning, Power Struggles and the City Pre- and Post-2011'. In Architecture of the Territory: Constructing a national narrative.


Kaushal, V., 2021. 'Manchester Memorial commissioned by Manchester City Council'.


Lang, L., Lewis, C., Yarker, S., Hammond, M., Phillipson, C., 2021. 'Growing Older in Collyhurst: How can social infrastructure be used to support an Age-Friendly Victoria North', Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA).

Journal Articles

Lewis, C., Yarker, S., Hammond, M., Kavanagh, N., Phillipson, C., 2022. '"Ageing in Place" and Urban Regeneration: Analysing the Role of Social Infrastructure', Urban Planning, 7 (4).

Djabarouti, J., 2022. 'Imitation and intangibility: postmodern perspectives on restoration and authenticity at the Hill House Box, Scotland', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 28 (1), pp. 109-126.

Kaluarachchi, Y., 2022. 'Implementing Data-Driven Smart City Applications for Future Cities', Smart Cities, 5 (2), pp. 455-474.

Sengupta, U., Sengupta, U., 2022. 'SDG-11 and smart cities: Contradictions and overlaps between social and environmental justice research agendas.', Front Sociol, 7, pp. 995603-995603.

Djabarouti, J., 2022. 'Translating Change: A Continuity of Craft Heritage at Coventry Cathedral, UK', Journal of Heritage Management, 7 (2), pp. 167-185.

Sengupta, U., Sengupta, U., 2022. 'Why Government Supported Smart City Initiatives Fail: Examining Community Risk and Benefit Agreements as a Missing Link to Accountability for Equity-Seeking Groups', Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 4, pp. 960400-960400.

Kaluarachchi Nartallo, Y., 2021. 'Gender Inclusion in Post Disaster Build Back Better Programmes in Sri Lanka', International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 39 (1), pp. 43-64.

Edensor, T., Sobell, B., 2021. 'Keeping the family silver: The changing meanings and uses of Manchester's civic plate', Journal of Material Culture, 26 (3), pp. 280-297.

Kaluarachchi, Y., 2021. 'Potential advantages in combining smart and green infrastructure over silo approaches for future cities', Frontiers of Engineering Management, 8 (1), pp. 98-108.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Practice barriers towards intangible heritage within the UK built heritage sector', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 27 (11), pp. 1101-1116.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Stories of feelings and things: intangible heritage from within the built heritage paradigm in the UK', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 27 (4), pp. 391-406.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Roberts, A., 2021. 'Age-Friendly Urban Policy and City Design in a Japanese City', Journal of Urban Design, 158, pp. 22-25.

Conference Papers

Alam, E., Juthi, RZ., Samuel, C., Kaluarachchi, Y., 2023. 'Enhancing Effectiveness of Occupational Health and Safety of Garments and Textile Industry Workers in Chittagong, Bangladesh', in Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, 283, pp. 209-224.

Hammond, M., Waterworth, N., McGarry, P., 2022. 'A Design for Life: Reflections on developing research-engaged housing policies for an ageing population', British Society of Gerontology conference 2022, Bristol, UK, 6/7/2022 - 8/7/2022.

Crompton, E., Coucill, L., 2022. 'Despite Disruptions: The Resilience of the Design Studio Model', A Focus on Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning And Research in The Modern Academy, Virtual, 20/4/2022 - 22/4/2022.

Roberts, A., 2022. 'From Courtyards to Coastlines: The Diversity of Scale and Breadth of Impact of Ian McHarg in Scotland', European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 12/9/2022 - 15/9/2022.

Kaluarachchi, Y., Nartallo, P., Emuze, F., 2022. 'How the construction industry can improve the health and well-being of their workers in a post COVID-19 era', in IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 1101 (3), pp. 032013-032013.

Roberts, A., 2022. 'Lily among the weeds: Darbourne and Darke's Humane High Density Estate', Landscape Institute Archive; Postwar Housing Landscapes, University of Reading, 12/11/2022 - 12/11/2022.

Mendis, APKD., Disaratna, V., Thayaparan, M., Kaluarachchi, Y., 2022. 'Policy-level consideration on marginalised communities in the post-disaster context: A desk study', 10th World Construction Symposium, in Proceedings of 10th World Construction Symposium 2022, pp. 668-681.

Jolley, VS., 2022. 'Preston Express', Inequality and the City, EAUH Antwerp Conference, 31/8/2022 - 3/9/2022.

Sengupta, U., Solomou, S., Alsharif, A., 2022. 'Where is the Complexity? Exploring the Theoretical Frameworks in Simulative Urban Modelling', Dynamics Days Europe, University of Aberdeen, 22/8/2022 - 26/8/2022.

Tantoush, M., Sengupta, U., Han, L., 2021. 'Analysing Urban Form and Activities for Smarter Cities through Crowdsourced Urban Data', 2021 International Symposium of Resilient City, Bejing, China, 3/11/2021 - 4/11/2021.

Crompton, E., Lee, A., Lee, C., 2021. 'Building and Re-Building a Proud (Queer) Space', V CIAG | V International Congress of Architecture and Gender | ACTION. Feminisms and the spatialization of resistances, Lisbon, Portugal, 21/4/2021 - 23/4/2021, in

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'Building conservation as memory-making practice', The Place of Memory and the Memory of Place International Conference, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, London, 19/6/2021 - 20/6/2021.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2021. 'Cohousing as a catalyst for connected, age-friendly communities', TSA: The International Tech Enabled Care Conference 2021, 22/3/2021 - 25/3/2021.

Zigure, S., Tantoush, M., Solomou, S., Sengupta, U., 2021. 'DEAS Network Plus Transportation and Mobility Projects 2020 - MaaS Prototype for TfGM', DEAS Research Seminar Series - transportation and mobility, Exeter, UK.

Aston, H., 2021. 'Feminisms Conversations: feminist way of exploring vertical dialogues across the intersectional issues of class, race, sexual orientation, age, disability and gender.', ACTION. Feminisms and the spatialization of resistances. Lisbon (online), Lisbon, Portigal, 21/4/2021 - 23/4/2021.

Roberts, A., 2021. 'Food and flood resilience: climate change innovations - learning from Europe', Royal Incorperation of Architects in Scotland Convention, RIAS Edinburgh, 26/9/2021.

Zigure, S., Tantoush, M., Solomou, S., Sengupta, U., 2021. 'Participatory Backcasting for Achieving Desired Co-produced Mobility Futures: A Case Study of MaaS in Greater Manchester', Data for Policy 2021 special track Systemic engagement: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the design challenge of inclusion, sustainability, and data ownership, London, UK.

Tantoush, M., Zigure, S., Solomou, S., Sengupta, U., 2021. 'Participatory Backcasting for Achieving Desired Co-produced Mobility Futures: A Case Study of MaaS in Greater Manchester', NEST Conference 2021: Sustainability Transition pathways, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Crompton, E., 2021. 'Realising Feminist Architecture: Teaching to that 'Ah Ha' Moment!', V CIAG| V International Congress on Architecture and Gender | ACTION. Feminisms and the spatialization of resistances, Lisbon, Portugal, 21/4/2021 - 23/4/2021, in

Tantoush, M., Sengupta, U., 2021. 'Urban Morphology in the Big Data Age: Exploring Aspects of Urban Form through Crowdsourced Urban Data', International Seminar on Urban Form: ISUF, Glasgow, Scotland.


Fenton, M., Parry, S., Dorney, K., Wetherell, M., Crompton, E., Hanley, AL., 2023. 'Architecture and Performance / How can architecture embody the ethos of an organisation and/or act to include or exclude certain groups?', Contact Theatre - Space 2.

Crompton, E., Mardell, J., Furman, AN., 2022. 'Queer Spaces Talk', The Proud Place LGBT+ Community Centre, 49-51 Sidney St, Manchester M1 7HB.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. ''Intangible heritage and its relationship to historic buildings'. A presentation to candidates at the biannual RIBA Advanced Conservation Course, UK.'.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. ''The impact of "intangible heritage" on built heritage practice'. A presentation to the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) North West Branch'.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. ''The impact of intangible heritage on architectural and building conservation practices in the UK: a socio-material outlook'. Presented at the 'Researching Heritage Symposium', Manchester Metropolitan University.'.

Crompton, E., Guy, T., McDougall, S., Farooq, H., Goldsmith, G., 2021. 'AJ100 Festival: Roca London Gallery & Architecture LGBT+ Presents: Designing 'Out'', ONLINE.

Aston, H., Renshaw, S., 2021. 'All these things Praxxis // a conversation', SHEBUILD #2 series of online talks with Urbanistas NorthWest.

Crompton, E., Howard, J., Catterall, P., Azzouz, A., Weber, Y., 2021. 'Commonplace Webinar: How can we create, protect and enhance Queer Spaces?', Online Webinar.

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'The impact of intangible heritage on architectural and building conservation practices in the UK: a socio-material outlook'.

Theses and Dissertations

Djabarouti, J., 2021. 'The impact of intangible heritage on architectural and building conservation practices in the UK: a socio-material outlook'.

Other Outputs

Nawratek, K., Bus - Nawratek, K., 2022. 'Experimental Pedagogies in Architectural Education'.