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 spearheading 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.
Specialisms and research centres on urban regeneration, post-industrial cities and how underground, creative industries and communities can act to change the cultural face of a city; keen interest in music, the arts and sport and their relation to cities, as a tool for regeneration, with a specific focus on Manchester and Detroit, as part of a research cluster. Also researching connection to community, football and sport and how they can be used as an aid to regeneration, studies highlighting FC Utd, having been involved in the realisation of FC United community football stadium and integral in FC United’s visit to play Detroit City FC a similar community football team.
Other various wide ranging research activities:- engaging with the Manchester Homelessness Charter and homelessness issues; research on Zones of Experimentation urban and rural and ‘Influential Sheds’, The Merz Barn project in the Lake District; Le Corbusier’s Cabannon and the successful reconstruction of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s retreat in Norway
Papers and lectures delivered around these subjects and others relating to community projects, including further projects within the Northern Quarter; researching the past, present and more importantly the future in relation to community architecture, the current economic climate and indeed climate change; exploring how Industrial cities, responsible for the onslaught of consumerism and capitalism can look to readdress the balance.