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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


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.

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

Grimshaw, D., 2018. Crafting the Digital : an investigation into material and process led digital making, Craft Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 13/11/2018 - 15/12/2018.

Beecroft, M., 2018. Demonstration Street at ID Tech Ex show, Estrel Congress Center, Berlin, 11/4/2018.

Beecroft, M., 2018. DIGITAL FANCIES: Bioresponsive E-Textiles and 3D Printing in Fashion, Digits 2 Widgets, Camden, London, 15/6/2018.

Griffiths, A., 2018. Disrupt The Channel - transient_space, Manchester School of Art, 15/10/2018.

Brook, R., 2018. Drawing the Modern: The work of Gordon Hodkinson and post-war architectural education in Manchester, Special Collections Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, 10/9/2018 - 5/4/2019.

Hitchen, J., Dolan, J., Hill, R., 2018. In So Many Words: Roget's Thesaurus and the Power of Language, The Portico Library, 3/4/2018.

Jones, G., 2018. Murmur : This research has just started this year. I am including it here to show my research activity however please see the updated Strelnikov project as main output., Ongoing, 6/2018.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2018. Oddments and Epigrams : Interventions in Bollington, Bollington Arts Centre.


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.

Grimshaw, D., 2018. 'Digital Generation of CNC Router Surface Patterns'.

Egan, K., Dawes, B., 2018. 'The Jack Plug Universe', The Sage concourse Gateshead.


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.

Stone, S., Pendergast, M., Emery, T., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'UnDoing Exhibition Catalogue + Essays', MSA Press.

Hitchen, J., Rhead, E., Hale, J., 2018. 'Adventures in the Land of Modernism', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Cwmbran (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society, Manchester.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Hulme (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Hyde Park (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Burgess, A., 2018. 'Obscenity & The Arts - Anthony Burgess', Pariah Press.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Peterlee (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

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

Brook, R., 2018. 'Runcorn (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Skelmersdale (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Hitchen, J., Rhead, E., Hale, J., 2018. 'The Modernist Magazine : Issue 26 : Health', The Modernist Society, Manchester.

Hitchen, J., Rhead, E., Hale, J., 2018. 'The Modernist Magazine : Issue 27 : High', The Modernist Society, Manchester.

Hitchen, J., Rhead, E., Hale, J., 2018. 'The Modernist Magazine : Issue 28 : Holiday', The Modernist Society, Manchester.

Book Chapters

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

Beecroft, M., 2018. '3D Printed Material'. In Richardson, E., Garside, P. (eds.) Conservation Science: Heritage Materials, Royal Society of Chemistry.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Belgrade'. In Rhead, E., Hale, J. (eds.) Adventures in the Land of Modernism, pp. 78-90, The Modernist Society.

Stone, S., Brooker, G., 2018. 'Discharge Recharge'. In Re-readings: 2 Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, Routledge.

Pomona Encounters

Cocchiarella, F., Vargas, V., Titterington, S., Haley, D., 2018. 'Research Informed Sustainable Development Through Art and Design Pedagogic Practices'. In Leal Filho, W. (eds.) World Sustainability Series, pp. 207-221, Springer International Publishing.

Stone, S., Brooker, G., 2018. 'Strategy: Insertion: No 1 Balfour Place'. In Re-readings: 2 Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, Routledge.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2018. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements'. In Day, K. (eds.) Global Dimensions in Housing, Green Frigate Books.


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


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

McCullagh, J., 2018. 'Creative Review, The importance of creative collaboration: a special report in partnership with Dropbox.', Creative Review.

Internet Publications

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

Ong, J., 2018. 'It's Nice That - Transient Space is a public gallery in a non-space',

Journal Articles

Evans, M., Walker, S., Chudasri, D., 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.

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.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Roger Booth, Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83.', The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society (C20), 13, pp. 130-145.

Bromwich, K., Ridyard, S., 2018. 'Sketch in the City: the artist capturing urban clutter in pictures', The Guardian and The Observer News Review.

Brook, R., 2018. 'The National Computing Centre - White Heat, False Logic', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Brook, R., 2018. 'Parts of a whole. Peter Womersley - the elements and unity of the Nuffield Transplantation Surgery Unit.', The Modernist, 26, pp. 42-47.

Conference Papers

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.

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.

Na, J., Evans, M., Zitkus, E., Whicher, A., Walters, A., 2018. 'Design in Action: Understanding the Drivers and Barriers to Strategic Use of Design for Innovation', Next Wave: The 21st DMI Academic Design Management Conference, London, 1/8/2018 - 2/8/2018, pp. 127-140.

McNulty, SA., 2018. 'Dr Pink's House: Décor Determination in the South Manchester suburbs', The Constructed Environment, Detroit, USA, 24/5/2018 - 25/5/2018.

McNulty, SA., 2018. 'Happy Homes: Placing people and their 'Stuff' as the focus of the Interior Design and Architectural process', AMPS - Architecture, Media, Policy, Society, Bristol, UK, 25/1/2018 - 26/1/2018.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Infrastructure as object and producer', SHU Space & Place conference - Investigating Infrastructure, Sheffield Hallam University, 13/6/2018 - 13/6/2018.


Cocchiarella, F., Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N., 2018. 'Para-design: The role of design practice in interpreting paranormal phenomena', 9/7/2018 - 10/7/2018, in FRIHSC.

Mullagh, L., Walker, S., Evans, M., 2018. 'Touch of Genius: Traditional craft, its relationship to place, culture and nature, and design praxis', Cumulus Wuxi 2018: Diffused Transitions, Design Opportunities, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, 31/10/2018 - 3/11/2018.

ZitKus, E., Na, JH., Evans, M., Walters, A., Whicher, A., Cooper, R., 2018. 'Understanding How Design Action Plans Support the Strategic Use of Design', Design Research Society Conference 2018, Limerick, 25/6/2018 - 28/6/2018, 2, pp. 780-791.


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.

McCullagh, J., cocciarella, F., 2018. ''Changing our ways'--we need to not only look at 'ways of creating' but more increasingly 'ways of working' and 'ways of thinking'', Ravensbourne University.

McCullagh, J., 2018. ''Design and Politics''.

McCullagh, J., Cocchiarella, F., 2018. ''Engaging with the city: utilising spaces outside the university as places for transformative learning through collaborative vertical studio teaching in art and design'', Mancheseter Met.

McCullagh, J., 2018. ''Flux in the UK: Unpredictable Design education encounters.'', Ico-D, Montreal.

McCullagh, J., 2018. ''The Design Economy' on the importance of design skills to the future economy', London, Business Design Centre July.

McCullagh, J., 2018. 'Design education', Universiti Teknologi, MARA, Malaysia.

Brook, R., Tan, K., Benjamin, E., 2018. 'Immersive Experiences: The Life of Buildings', College Court, Leicester.

Beecroft, M., Bloomfield, M., 2018. 'Re-defining textiles with 3D Printing', The Studio, Birmingham.

Shaw, A., 2018. 'SEAMLESS SPACES FROM THEN TO NOW', University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art.


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'.

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

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

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

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing, Portfolio'.

Hitchen, J., 2018. 'Designer-in-residence at The Modernist Society'.

Hitchen, J., Meech, S., 2018. 'Tricotype 1.0'.