I am an architect and recently renovated a remote derelict chapel in Wales using natural materials. I follow this interest as a member of the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) Natural Materials group. Before moving to Manchester School of Architecture I taught at the University of Liverpool where I was Year Lead for BA2. 

After working in practice for many years I started to teach part time and realised how much I enjoyed it, so made the switch to full time teaching. My interest lies in studio, passing on skills I have learned that are required for architectural design and communication. It's good to share the knowledge I gained from practice and support future architects.

In practice I designed a lot of education and leisure projects, then set up my own company as a place to focus on my personal interests in community projects providing architectural expertise to groups who would not usually employ an architect. Clients include Withington Baths and Sow the City both based in Manchester.

I teach in the Atelier Some Kind of Nature, where we encourage you to ‘think like an ecosystem’, placing climate and biodiversity concerns at the heart of your design process. I also teach in BA1.

I am a certified Passive House Designer and have been an RIBA Part 3 examiner.

Liminal space in the design process can take a while to get used to, so if you ever feel stuck please get in touch for a chat.

Academic and professional qualifications

BA(Hons) Arch, Dip Arch and Land, ARB, FHEA

Previous Employment

University of Liverpool



Gidman, A., Connelly, A., 2024. Natural Materials Now, Manchester School of Architecture, 2/2/2024 - 16/2/2024.