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Design Research Group

The Design Research group encourages and supports both new and established researchers who are exploring the theories, histories and practices of a diverse range of design activities. It encourages collaboration and consists of academics, researchers and practitioners drawn from spatial, environmental, graphic, fashion, media, two and three-dimensional art and design disciplines. Key themes and interests are environments, type, narrative, digital, objects and the language of design.

Researchers in this centre are engaged in exploring all of the diverse range of the practices, theories, histories, and languages of design. The aims of the centre are to examine the role of design, in its diversity of forms, and to recognize, evaluate and profile its significance. The objectives of the centre are to disseminate designs past, present and future, through the production of a range of works and through many mediums. Our researchers are engaged in the production of objects, books, exhibitions, papers, and many other research initiatives and projects. The centre encourages interaction between subject areas, academic and practice-led projects, and institutional collaboration. It is an intersection between researchers and practitioners, academics and teachers, and a hub for positive exchange and creative production.


Exhibitions & Publications


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2021. Oddments and Epigrams : Interventions in Bollington, Bollington Arts Centre.

Cocchiarella, F., Shaw, A., 2020. Radical Response Milan, Ventura Projects, Dezeen Virtual Design Festival 2020, 15/4/2020 - 30/6/2020.

McCullagh, J., Shaw, A., Cocchiarella, F., 2019. Radical Response exhibition in partnership with the International Association of Design Research (IASDR) Conference, Manchester School of Art, 2/9/2019 - 5/9/2020.

Walsh, J., 2019. The Secret History of Magazine Design: Cover Version, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, 11/10/2019.

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.


McCullough, I., 2020. 'The Great Belzoni', Portico Library.

O'Neill, C-J., 2019. 'Clay Networks: connecting to others through making, mapping and combination', Stoke-On-Trent and Cardiff.

Shaw, A., 2019. '[ICOSOHEDRON]', Jodrell Bank World Heritage Site, Cheshire UK.


Brook, R., Dodge, M., Hogg, J., 2020. 'Cold War Cities Politics, Culture and Atomic Urbanism, 1945-1965', Routledge.

Evans, M., Shaw, A., Na, JN., 2020. 'Design revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 1: Change, Voices, Open', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Evans, M., Shaw, A., Na, J., 2020. 'Design revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 2: Living, Making, Value', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Evans, M., Shaw, A., Na, J., 2020. 'Design revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 3: People', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Evans, M., Shaw, A., Na, J., 2020. 'Design revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 4: Learning, Technology, Thinking', Manchester Metropolitan University.

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

Book Chapters

Brook, R., 2020. 'Gutter Snipe'. In Gutter Snipe, Mike Ballard.

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


McCullagh, J., 2019. ''Is education worth the money''.


McCullagh, J., cocciarella, F., 2020. 'Milan Design Week-a snapshot', Creative Review.

Internet Publications

Beecroft, M., 2019. 'Case Study: Digital Interlooping',

Journal Articles

Chudasri, D., Walker, S., Evans, M., 2020. 'Potential areas for design and its implementation to enable the future viability of weaving practices in Northern Thailand', International Journal of Design, 14 (1), pp. 95-111.

Brook, R., 2020. 'The National Computing Centre: "White Heat," Modernization, and Postwar Manchester', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 79 (4), pp. 438-458.

Spruce, J., Evans, M., 2020. 'Transforming Learning Through User-Centered Design Research Methods', American Journal of Art and Design, 5 (2), pp. 50-50.

Walker, S., Mullagh, L., Evans, M., Wang, Y., 2019. 'Design ecologies: Sustaining ethno-cultural significance of products through urban ecologies of creative practice', International Journal of Anthropology and Ethnology, 3 (1), pp. 1-33.

Beecroft, M., 2019. 'Digital Interlooping: 3D printing of weft-knitted textile-based tubular structures using selective laser sintering of nylon powder.', International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 12 (2), pp. 218-224.

Mullagh, L., Walker, S., Evans, M., 2019. 'Living Design. The future of sustainable maker enterprises: a case study in Cumbria', The Design Journal, 22 (sup1), pp. 849-862.

Mullagh, L., Walker, S., Evans, M., 2019. 'Located Making: Design for Sustainability in Small Maker Enterprises (Fabricación in situ: diseño para la sustentabilidad en pequeñas empresas fabricantes)', RChD: creación y pensamiento, 4 (7), pp. 1-14.

Walker, S., Evans, M., Mullagh, L., 2019. 'Meaningful practices: The contemporary relevance of traditional making for sustainable material futures', Craft Research, 10 (2), pp. 183-210.

Walker, S., Evans, M., Mullagh, L., 2019. 'Traditional Maker Practices and Sustainable Futures. The implications of expertise', The Design Journal, 22 (sup1), pp. 835-848.

Conference Papers

Brook, R., Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. 'Land.Arch.Infra: Synergies between teaching and research', Online - Manchester.

McCullough, I., 2020. 'The Sketch Book as a Wall'.

Brook, R., 2019. 'Building Knowledge, building buildings: Cold War Computing Clusters in the North-West', The Place of Industry: SMG Research Conference, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, 4/11/2019 - 5/11/2019.

Drinkwater, KEN., Cocchiarella, F., 2019. 'In Search of the Anomalous: Relationships between the design of interior space, darkness', The Thrill of the Dark, BIRMINGHAM, 25/4/2019 - 27/4/2019, in

Cocchiarella, F., Drinkwater, K., 2019. 'Para-design: Engaging the Anomalous, a design research workshop to investigate paranormal phenomena through a series of location based studies.', IASDR 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2/9/2019 - 5/9/2019, in

Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'Reclaiming the Road: People and Vehicles in Small Settlements', REHAB 2019: 4th International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures, Guimaraes, Portugal, 17/7/2019 - 19/7/2019, in REHAB 2019 Proceedings.

Brook, R., 2019. 'Scammonden: Landscape Co-production in the Motorway Age', The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure, Manchester School of Art, 15/2/2019 - 15/2/2019.


McCullagh, J., cocciarella, F., 2020. ''Engaging with the city: utilising spaces outside the university as places for transformative learning through collaborative vertical studio teaching in art and design'', Manchester Metropolitan University.

McCullagh, J., 2019. ''Future Creative Skills for Future Global Economies'', Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Stone, S., 2019. 'EAAE Thematic Network on Conservation: Workshop VII CONSERVATION / DEMOLITION', Faculty of Architecture CTU Prague.

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

Stone, S., Walker, J., Parry, G., 2019. 'Lived in Rooms - The Home, the Terrace and the Wallpaper: Home Is Where the Heart Is', 2 Springfield Lane, Salford.

McCullagh, J., Aubrey, K., 2019. 'Student Engagement in Community Innovations: How does design &craft Education engage with social design issues?', University of the Arts London, LCC.

Brook, R., 2019. 'The Mancunian Way: techno-cultures of the post war', Bartlett, University College London.

Brook, R., 2019. 'The Materiality of Entropy', Social Surfaces 0161 Symposium, Manchester.

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


Beecroft, M., 2019. 'Digital interlooping: 3D printing of weft-knitted textile-based tubular structures using selective laser sintering of nylon powder', ID Tech Ex Berlin.

Other Outputs

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., Lee, SJ., 2020. 'A Future for the Already Built, Portfolio'.

Brook, R., 2020. 'An Infrastructural Landscape II'.

Lee, S., Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2020. 'Reclaiming the Road: A Research-by-Design Approach to the Problems of Small Settlements'.

Brook, R., 2019. 'An Infrastructural Landscape'.

Brook, R., Rhead, I., 2019. 'From the Archives II'.

Brook, R., 2019. 'The Modernist: Infrastructure. 30'.