Emily is an architect and urban designer with a desire to involve as many people as possible in the design of spaces, buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. She has worked in a range of practices. While at URBED, an urban design cooperative, she worked on small-scale community buildings as well as large residential masterplans coordinating the urban design and public engagement in neighbourhoods all over the UK.
Within the school of architecture, Emily has taught on the undergraduate course and the post-graduate course, within the MSAp Atelier. She was the project coordinator on the ‘Ambition for Ageing’ research project which aims to understand how age-friendly neighbourhoods in Manchester are now, and how to make them better in the future. The research involved using innovative engagement methods, working closely with residents and organisations. She has also carried out research on Manchester’s LGBT heritage, on behalf of the Proud Trust, and regularly leads a walking tour uncovering how Manchester became the first city to entirely public fund and build an LGBT Centre.
She is interested in looking at the city in unexpected and unusual ways and is always interested in the other side of the story. She is currently working on a project known as the Library of Engagements which aims to create an individualised archive methods of engagement concerning spaces, buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. She is also helping to set up PRAXXIS, with Helen Aston, Sarah Renshaw and Kat Timmins. PRAXXIS is a feminist architectural collective who are looking to create and take space to stimulate feminist debate within the teaching, practice, and profession of architecture.