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. Emily leads Year 1 on the undergraduate programme and co-leads the M.Arch atelier PRAXXIS with Helen Aston alongside Sarah Renshaw and Kat Timmins and has previously taught within the MSAp atelier.
Leading Year 1, Emily focuses on understanding students’ previous experience of ‘space’ and architecture. All projects in year 1 are designed to enhance that existing knowledge and increase the students’ understanding of space.
PRAXXIS is a feminist research collective and teaching atelier in both the BA and M.Arch courses at the MSA. We explore and ask questions as to what feminist architecture might be now and in the future, and use intersectional feminism and its multiple political, ideological, and social movements to explore inequalities in society and what that might mean for the built environment. We are looking to create and take space to stimulate feminist debate within the teaching, practice, and profession of architecture.
In collaboration with The Proud Trust, Emily has been researching the Manchester LGBT+ Centre’s heritage and design for the last five years, and regularly leads a walking tour uncovering how Manchester became the first city to entirely public fund and build an LGBT+ Centre. She also sits on The Proud Trust’s Building’s Re-Building Board as an expert advisor on design and participation and will continue to document, research and study the demolition and re-building of the space over the next 18 months. This forms part of a wider study on LGBT+ Community Space in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Previously Emily 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 also has experience working in a range of practices. 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.
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 curates a project known as the Library of Engagements which aims to create an individualised archive of methods of engagement concerning spaces, buildings, neighbourhoods and cities.
Come talk to me about methods of engagement, feminism, beautiful shadow gaps, participation, other-ness, really good stairs, mapping, that female architect you’ve forgotten the name of, community buildings, LGBT+ spaces and identities or whatever else you are interested in!