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About the Atelier

The Atelier is exploring the boundaries of architectural practice and utilizes the techniques and working methods of other creative disciplines in particular fine art.

As a result USE also creates ongoing collaborations between the MArch course and the Department of Art at Manchester School of Art and organizes yearly symposia between the two disciplines.

Potential Programme Content (2017)

  • 2016/17 - Spatial strategies for the “Culture Forum” Berlin
  • 2015/16 - Spatial Strategies for the Unionviertel Dortmund including realized interventions for the Favoriten Festival as part of an internal student competition
  • 2014/15 - Transformation of the Albert Shed in Manchester

International Links

At USE we create international exchange programs and have various links to institutions such as Aedes (Berlin), UKR_Urbane Kuenste Ruhr (Ruhrgebiet), ZKR (Berlin), Confluence School of Architecture (Lyon) and many more.

Recent Field Trips were to Berlin (Germany), Dortmund (Germany) and Venice (Italy).

Partner organizations and practices


  • UKR (Gelsenkirchen/Ruhrarea)
  • ZKR (Berlin)
  • Aedes / ANCB
  • Jane Anderson_Models for Practice

Practices and Artists (selection):

  • RCR Arqitectos
  • Peter Zumthor
  • 6A
  • Aires Mateus
  • Cristo and Jeanne Claude
  • Assemble
  • Wang Shu_Amateur Architecture
  • Diller Scofidio and Renfro
  • Elemental_Alejandro Aravena
  • Edouard Francois
  • Elmgren and Dragset
  • Olafur Eliason
  • osa_office for subversive architecture


  • Atmospheres: Architectural Environments - Surrounding by Peter Zumthor, 2006, Publisher: Birkhäuser GmbH - ISBN 978-3764374952
  • Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor, 2010, Publisher: Birkhäuser GmbH - ISBN: 9783034605854
  • Vacancy Studies - Experiments and Strategic Interventions in Architecture, 2014 by Erik Rietveld, Ronald Rietveld, Publisher: NAI - ISBN: 9462081468
  • Curating Architecture and the City by Sarah Chaplin & Alexandra Stara, 2009, Publisher: Routledge - ISBN-10: 0415489830
  • Urbane Künste Ruhr: Arts in Urban Space by GK. Aßmann, L. Crepaz, 2014, Publisher: Distanz - ISBN: 3954760703
  • Feldstudien / Field Studies by Regionalverband Ruhr, 2010, Publisher:Birkhäuser GmbH - ISBN: 303460260X
  • Meaning in Landscape Architecture and Gardens by Marc Treib, 2011, Publisher: Routledge - ISBN-10: 0415617251
  • How To Like Everything: A Utopia Paperback by Paul Shepheard, 2013, Publisher: Zero Books - ISBN: 1780998201
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? By Mark Fisher, 2009, Publisher: Zero Books - ISBN-10: 1846943175
  • Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of PostFordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture by Tahl Kaminer, 2011, Publisher: Routledge - ISBN: 0415578248



Atelier Staff

Karsten Huneck
Senior Lecturer

Becky Sobell
Senior Lecturer

Vikram Kaushal
Senior Lecturer

David Connor