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Senior Lecturer

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Dominic became a full time lecture at MSA in 2008. Prior to this Dominic, a fully qualified architect, was a founding partner in Sagar Stevenson Architects, a practice set up in 1989 in a decrepit derelict run down area of the City centre. Sagar Stevenson were key figures in setting up the community led 'Northern Quarter Association' in the area North of Piccadilly. Both Sagar Stevenson and the Northern Quarter Association were instrumental in spear heading the regeneration of this area, now known as ‘The Northern Quarter’. The practice have undertaken various projects mainly in the Northern Quarter and Ancoats, including mixed use projects, social housing, leisure, commercial, college and education, master planning and feasibilities, alongside Museum and exhibitions and works further afield.

More recently, his time has been more devoted to teaching, having previously been an Associate Lecturer at Manchester and Liverpool School of Architecture. He has previously lectured in Professional Studies and co-ordinated the Professional Practice studies for BArch. acting as liaison link between the Manchester School of architecture and the Manchester Society of Architects, as well as co-ordinating outside events, lectures, workshops, festivals, exhibitions and pavilion buildings, alongside teaching and lecturing in BA and BArch.

SAGAR STEVENSON ARCHITECTS SELECTED PROJECTS

Sagar Stevenson Architects were part of the ‘Urbanistics’ team commissioned by the City, working alongside Ian Simpson, Nick Johnson and other consultants, to carry out the first Northern Quarter Regeneration Strategy and master planning study, which was adopted by the city as a frame work for the regeneration of the area.

The practice were commissioned to carry out feasibility studies and master planning for the successful Single Regeneration bid in Ancoats and the surrounding Ashton canal and Commonwealth games corridor. All of the above included extensive Community consultation via discussion groups and workshops.

Smithfield Development Bid for AMEC & Crosby Homes, alongside BDP & Hodders Associates as part of the consultancy group Design 01.

11-21 Turner Street, refurbishment and conversion of Warehouse to 31 residential units and 3 retail units for Riverside Housing Association.NQ

16-20 Turner Street, warehouse refurbishment and conversion for mixed-use development for The Manchester Buddhist centre, comprising self-build, residential, workspace for video production, health centre/yoga facilities, shrine space, restaurant and bookshop. NQ.

4-6 Union Street joint residential refurbishment for Riverside Housing association alongside The Manchester Buddhist centre. NQ
Access to Music Building, Lever street comprising of recording studios, practice rooms, video production teaching and performance space., for Manchester College of Art and Technology. NQ

1 Dorsey Street, 13 new build flats and 3 commercial units, for Guinness Trust and Tung Sing Housing association. NQ

88 Oldham Street refurbishment and conversion to 5 flats andshop units for Guinness trust. NQ

84-86 Oldham Street refurbishment and conversion to 9 flats and 2 shop units for Northern Counties Housing Association. NQ.

87 Oldham Street, refurbishment for drop in centre and offices for The Alcohol Advisory Agency. NQ.

101 Oldham Street refurbishment and conversion for Lifeline Drugs advisory agency, drop in centre and offices. NQ

Market Street Stalybridge, 6 new build flats and 4 refurbishment flats above 2 retail units for Portico Housing Association.

Oldham Art Gallery refurbishment of Central gallery.
Rochdale Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre refurbishment of gallery Museum.

RESEARCH
Being from a practicing background Dominic’s specialisms/research centre on urban regeneration, mainly focussing on Manchester City centre, with a passion for all things Mancunian, past, present and future. Generally always having an ear to the ground and researching, current happenings, events, exhibitions, and latest developments in and around Manchester’s Urban Fabric, physical or otherwise. Currently forging and exploring links between outside organisations, practices, voluntary sector groups, charities and musicians, artists/activists and how students could develop by attachments to such groups.

A member of MMU Creative Industries Research Cluster and is now concentrating on developing a more academic research profile; undertaking research on the regeneration of The Northern Quarter, past, present and more importantly the future in relation to Community Architecture, the current economic climate and indeed climate change, submitting abstracts for conference papers with a view to publishing and now organising symposiums and conference on the subject.

Also a Member of MMU Football and Community research cluster and founding member of FC United, delivering the initial feasibility study and contributions to the new stadium design, researching, writing articles and presenting papers at conferences on the rebel group of football fans.
Also exploring Post-industrial cities, with a focus on Manchester & Detroit and their connections, musical or otherwise.

Delivering papers on ‘King Cotton’ and ‘Motor City’ Manchester and Detroit at conferences including the Spaces and Flows conference in Detroit and elsewhere on music culture and sport in urban regeneration, using case studies of FC Utd and the Northern Quarter.

Instrumental in bring together the two community football teams FC United and Detroit City FC.

Founder member of Belle Vue, A Mancunian Guide/fanzine and contributor of articles and DJ at the Belle Vue Vinyl Night,

Responsible for listing several buildings in Manchester City centre.

Also engaged in collaborative outside projects, involved recently with several community groups linked to community asset transfers.

Participant in ‘A City Speaks’ virtual conference blogs on commodification of Manchester’s culture and spaces.

Researching the life and works of Architect Guiseppe Rinvolucri, including the modernist church of Our Lady star of the Sea, Anglesey


Dominic and Sagar Stevenson Architects have featured in various Journals and books and have organised and taken part in several exhibitions, symposiums and conferences.

FEATURES IN BOOKS

Hands, D. and Parker, S. Manchester, A Guide To Recent Architecture, Ellipsis, 2001

Manchester: Shaping the City, RIBA & Manchester City Council, RIBA Enterprises Ltd.

Manchester: The Mancunian Way, Edited by Jane Price, Clinamen Press, 2002

Parkinson-Bailey, J. Manchester: An Architectural History, Manchester University Press, 2000

Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Edited Sarah Peacock, English Heritage, 2008

Public Art: North West, Edited by Ian Banks, Carnyx Group Ltd, 2003

FEATURES IN JOURNALS

RIBA Journal, October 1999

Northern Quarter A guide, Urbis and Jarrold Publishing, 2008
Decorative And Applied Arts Magazine No. 157, March /April, 1999

Various articles in housing journals :- Northern Housing, Sept/Oct 2001, BBC Good Homes October 2001, Manchester Corporate Housing Strategy 2001

Award for housing project on Oldham St, for best practice 2000, Manchester Building Control

Various newspaper articles, on History of The Northern Quarter, Guardian 2015 Manchester Evening News 2014

FEATURES IN EXHIBITIONS, SYMPOSIUMS AND CONFERENCES.

Award for housing project on Oldham St, for best practice 2000, Manchester Building Control

Exhibition Northern Exposure, Cube Gallery, 2002, Cube Posters, catalogue 2005

Magazine Reviews, Phil Griffin, City life, July 2002, Metro, Phil griffin, July 2002, Architects Journal, July 2002

‘I Never Promised You a Roof Garden’, Northern Quarter Symposium, with associated exhibition Urban Splash Smithfield building, March 1999

Model featured in travelling Beach Hut/pavilion Competition Exhibition, National Centre for Craft and Design & Midland Hotel Morecambe 2012 -2015

Model of China Wharf London, featured In Victoria & Albert Museum, Architecture section

Delivering papers on ‘King Cotton’ and ‘Motor City’ Manchester and Detroit musical and other connections of post-industrial cities at various conferences, including Spaces and Flows conference in Detroit.

Founder member of FC Utd, delivering initial feasibility study and contributions to the new stadium design, researching, writing articles and presenting papers at conferences on the rebel group of football fans.

Founder member of Belle Vue, A Mancunian Guide/fanzine and Vinyl Night, contributor of articles and DJ.

Responsible for listing several buildings in Manchester City centre.

Also engaged in collaborative outside projects involving several community groups linked to community asset transfers.

Participant in ‘A City Speaks’ virtual conference blogs on commodification of Manchester’s culture and spaces.

Research

A selection of recent research outputs.

Journal Articles

Sagar, D., 2016. 'Our lady Star of the Sea and St Winifrede', The Modernist.

Conference Papers

Sagar, D., 2016. 'Rag Tag Bags of People and Zones of Experimentation', Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 21/3/2016 - 23/3/2016.

Sagar, D., 2016. 'Tales of Two Cities, Two Teams,Two stadiums, Manchester V Detroit', Brooklyn Says ' Move To detroit', Detroit.

Other Outputs

Sagar, D., 2016. 'Merz Bau Rural Studio'.

Sagar, D., 2016. 'TALES OF TWO CITIES:- 'KING COTTON' &'MOTOR CITY''.

Sagar, D., 2016. 'The Northern Quarter and Zones of Experimentation'.

Dominic Sagar