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Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr is coordinating the BA Architecture Humanities units. In addition to studio teaching, she lectures on 20th-century landscape architecture and urban design history and theory.

Luca’s research is multidisciplinary in its approach. Her cross-disciplinary interest in the theory and history of urban open space design derives from her education in a variety of subjects. She has an MSc in Landscape Architecture (Corvinus University, Budapest), an MA in Art History (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) and an MEd in Teaching Art History (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest). She is particularly interested in the impact Western thinking had on Eastern European landscape and urban design theory at the turn of the 20th century.

Her PhD dissertation (Corvinus University, Budapest) investigated and described the evolution of modernist open space design theory through the comparative analysis of written and pictorial primary sources of public park theory from the middle of the 19th century to the early decades of the 20th century. The research summarised the most important theoretical changes and their international implications, rendering possible the examination, description and evaluation of Hungarian public park theory in an international context. The research was published in her book 'Barren Places to Public Spaces. A history of public park design in Budapest 1867-1914'.

Due to the generous support of the RIBA Goldfinger Scholarship 2010, Luca undertook an MPhil degree in urban design history at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design. In her research, she investigates town planning movements at the turn of the 20th century from a landscape architectural point of view. The research described and compared the urban design principles of the English landscape architect and civic designer Thomas Hayton Mawson (1861–1933) and the Hungarian architect Bela Rerrich (1881–1932), who was a key figure in the Hungarian urban design theory of the 20th century and the first teacher of garden design at the Royal Horticultural School (Budapest).

Before joining the MSA in 2011, Luca was appointed as a teaching assistant at the Department of Garden and Open Space Design at the Corvinus University of Budapest.


A selection of recent research outputs.


Jefferies, T., Csepely-Knorr, L., Morton, R., Coucill, L., 2017. 'Data Mapping Cornwall'.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Barren Places to Public Spaces: A History of Public Parks in Budapest, 1867 - 1914', Budapest City Archives, Budapest.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Budapest közparképítészetének története a kiegyezéstol az elso világháborúig', Budapest Fováros Levéltára.

Book Chapters

Csepely-Knorr, L., Fatsar, K., 2018. 'The city of the future, or a retropolis? The utopian experiment of socialist modernist architecture in Salgótarján'. In Adventures in the Land of Modernism, The Modernist Society.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Szabo, G., 2012. 'Az esztétikai alapú várostervezés és kapcsolata a tájépítészettel a XX. században. Út a "New Urbanism" és a gyalogosbarát város elméletéhez'. In Jámbor, I. - Kerekes, S. eds. Fenntartható fejlodés, élheto régió, élheto települési táj 1.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2010. 'Budapesti közparkok a 19. század végén. A közparkok jellegzetes elemeinek és a közpark-elmélet változásainak vizsgálata Berlin, Bécs és Budapest parkjainak példáján'. In Ormos Imre Tudományos Ülésszak?. LOV 2009. Tájépítészeti Tanulmányok.

Journal Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Mediation in Urban Landscape Approaches: City Beautiful and Modernist Restructure in Bolton, Greater Manchester', Journal of Landscape Architecture, 28.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'The Lost Glory of the Royal Northern College of Music Roof Garden', The Modernist, 24/Gone.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2015. 'Sunflower Houses: a Hungarian experimental housing estate', The Modernist Magazine, Issue #16 EXPERIMENT..

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2011. 'The Birth of the Theory of Urban Green Systems in Britain and Hungary. Correspondence between Thomas H. Mawson and Béla Rerrich concerning Urban Design Principles', Acta Universitatis Sapientiae Agriculture and Environment, 3, pp. 37-49.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2009. 'A "Gellérthegyi Paradicsom" - A Budai Arborétum Felso kertjének építéstörténete a II. világháborúig', 4D Tájépítészeti és Kertmuvészeti Folyóirat (4D Journal of Landscape Architecture and Garden Art, 14, pp. 2-25.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2008. ''A múlt kérdései - a jövo válaszai. Budapest, V. ker., Kossuth tér térépítészeti tervpályázat' (Past Questions - Future Answers: Budapest, Kossuth Square Urban Space Design Competition)', 4D Tájépítészeti és Kertmuvészeti Folyóirat (4D Journal of Landscape Architecture and Garden Art), 8, pp. 3-25.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2007. 'A hotkóci szentimentális kert, a 'kert portréja' és a portré festoje (The sentimental Garden at Hotkóc, the 'portrait of the garden', and the Portraitist)', 4D Tájépítészeti és Kertmuvészeti folyóirat (4D Journal of Landscape Architecture and Garden Art), 7, pp. 17-26.

Conference Papers

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. ''Power and the countryside': Power Stations, Amenity and Rural Britain', MODERNISM, MODERNISATION AND THE RURAL LANDSCAPE, Tartu, 11/6/2018 - 13/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Klagyivik, M., 2018. 'From social spaces to training fields: Changes in design theory of the children's public sphere in Hungary in the first half of the 20th century', European Architectural History Network Fifth International Meeting, Tallin, 13/6/2018 - 17/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2018. 'Mawson's 'Volksparks'?', SAHGB 2018 Annual Symposium Architecture, the Built Environment, and the Aftermath of the First World War, Institute of Historical Research, London, 8/6/2018 - 9/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. 'Territories of Power: Landscapes for Public Amenity', KSA Create Biennial Conference 2018. From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories, University of Kent, Canterbury, 28/6/2018 - 29/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice, Architecture and Landscape', Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference, Glasgow, 7/6/2017 - 11/6/2017.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2017. 'Tervezéselméleti irányvonalak a két világháború közötti magyar közparképítészetben', Város - liget - köztér - szórakozás: VI. Magyar Várostörténeti Konferencia 2017., Budapest, Hungary, 13/11/2017 - 16/11/2017.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'The Architectural vs. the Natural: The Birth of Modernist Landscape Design Theory in Hungary', European Architectural History Network: Fourth International Meeting, Dublin, 2/6/2016 - 4/6/2016, in Kathleen James-Chakraborty (ed) Proceedings of the fourth international conference of the European Architectural History Network.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2015. ''Following the example of the British' - Influence of Sir Joseph Paxton's public parks in Budapest', PAXTON 150: Histories and Futures of Public Parks, University of Sheffield, 11/9/2015 - 12/9/2015.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2015. 'Changes to Urban Landscape Approaches. Case Study of an Industrial Town', Landscape in Flux, Estonian University of Life Sciences, 20/9/2015 - 23/9/2015, in Niin, G. & Mishra S. H. (ed), Landscapes Flux: Book of Proceedings; Tartu: Department of Landscape Architecture Estonian University of Life Sciences, 2015, pp. 373-378.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Szabo, G., 2012. ''The Art of Landscape Architecture as a Development Driver: The Civic Art Era and Its Influence on Contemporary Movements in Urban Design.'', ECLAS 2012 Conference The Power of Landscape, Warsaw, 19/9/2012 - 22/9/2012, in Dymitryszyn, I., Kaczynska, M., Maksymiuk, G. eds. The Power of Landscape: Peer Reviewed Proceedings of ECLAS 2012 Conference at Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Warsaw, September 19-22, 2012. Warsaw: SGGW, pp. 365-369.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2012. 'Public parks: Reflections of social and cultural transitions in the urban environment', in 49th World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, IFLA 2012, pp. 113-127.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2012. 'Urban Landscapes for Social Betterment: English and German Influences on Hungarian Urban Space Design Theory', ECLAS 2012 Conference The Power of Landscape, Warsaw, 19/9/2012 - 22/9/2012, in Dymitryszyn, I., Kaczynska, M., Maksymiuk, G. eds. The Power of Landscape: Peer Reviewed Proceedings of ECLAS 2012 Conference at Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Warsaw, September 19-22, 2012. Warsaw: SGGW, pp. 139-144.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Szabo, G., 2011. 'From England to Hungary. Correspondence between Thomas H. Mawson and Bela Rerrich concerning aesthetic principles', ECLAS 2011 Conference Ethics/Aesthetics, University of Sheffield.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Olah, A., Gergely, A., 2010. ''The Use of Archive City Plans in Contemporary Urban Planning', ISUF, 17th Conf. Int. Seminar on Urban Form, Hamburg.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2010. 'Frederick Law Olmsted's Public Parks, Parkways and their influence on the Continent', Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning, Budapest, in 'Proceedings of Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning', ed. Julius Gy Fabos - Ryan, Robert L. -Lindhult, Mark - Kumble, Peter - Kollányi, László - Ahern, Jack - Jombach, Sándor, pp. 671-678.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2010. 'The 'Art of Place Making' and Social Change', 'Beauty will save the world': An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference on Art and Social Change, University of Bristol.


Csepely-Knorr, L. and Szabo, Gy., 2012. 'The Aesthetics of Town Planning and its Relation to Landscape Architecture in the 20th Century', TAMOP-4.2.1.B-09/1/KMR-2010-0005 Research Programme, Final Conference. 18-20. 01. 2012. Budapest..

Theses and Dissertations

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2014. 'Connections between the United Kingdom and Hungary in the field of urban design with a particular emphasis on the work of Thomas H. Mawson and Bela Rerrich'.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2011. 'Korai modern szabadtérépítészet (Early modernist open space design)'.

Other Outputs

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Fischer, József (1901-1995)'.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2011. 'Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the UK and Hungary: Thomas Mawson and Bela Rerrich', guest lecture.

Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr