Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr is a chartered landscape architect, art historian and Reader at the Manchester School of Architecture. Her research and writing centre on the histories of landscape architecture, architecture and urban design from the late 19th century to the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on the development of design theories of public spaces and international knowledge transfer. She has led design studios for both under- and postgraduate architecture and landscape architecture students, lectured in various history and theory units, and guided postgraduate research projects. Luca has experience in running international multi-disciplinary workshops, and acted as Humanities coordinator for the undergraduate architecture course at MSA between 2015 and 2020. Luca co-directs the Architecture Research Hub at MSA (with Richard Brook), and is Joint Programme Leader of the Master of Landscape Architecture course (with Becky Sobell).

Luca has disseminated her work in both academic (Journal of Landscape Architecture, Childhood in the Past, 4D Journal of Landscape Architecture and Garden Art) and non-academic (Építészforum, Magyar Építőművészet, Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute, The Modernist Magazine) publications, at conferences and seminars. She has guest-edited the Modernist Magazine’s ‘In-Between’ issue. Her book 'Barren Places to Public Spaces: A history of public park design in Budapest 1867-1914' was published both in Hungarian and English, and brought Luca the Special Jury Award by the Association of Hungarian Architects at the prestigious Landscape Architect of the Year gala in 2017.

She is currently Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded project ‘Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: Culture, Amenity, Heritage and Industry’ (https://www.msa.ac.uk/postwarinfrastructure/), and co-convener of the multidisciplinary conference and research network ‘How Women Build?’ (https://www.msa.ac.uk/howwomenbuild/), which is supported by the Women’s History Network and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Academic and professional qualifications

PhD, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

MPhil, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

MA Art History, Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, Hungary

MEd Teaching Art History, Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, Hungary

MSc Landscape Architecture, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

PGCert in Higher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chartered Landscape Architect / Chamber of Hungarian Architects, Landscape Architecture Chapter


Fluent in Hungarian

Prizes and awards

Special Jury Award by the Association of Hungarian Architects at the Landscape Architect of the Year (Hungary)

Expert reviewer for external funding bodies

Review Panel Member Newton Fund Researcher Links and Institutional Links

Membership of professional associations

Chamber of Hungarian Architects / Chartered Landscape Architect

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

20th Century Society

Network of European Landscape Archives

Women's History Network 


Conference organisation

'How Women Build?' 2020 (postponed)

'The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure' 2019


2020 AHRC Follow-on-funding: 'Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: Coolin Down' £99807.27 (Co-I)

2019 AHRC Networking Grant 'Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: Culture, Amenity, Heritage and Industry' £44981.26 (Co-I)

2019 AHRC NWCDTP Collaborative PhD support with Historic England for the project: 'Women in Post-War Landscape Architecture' (PI)

2019 Paul Mellon Centre Event Support Grant for the Conference ‘How Women
Build’ £2900 (Co-I)

2019 Women’s History Network Conference Grant ‘How Women Build’  £500 (PI)

2019 JMCE Teaching and Learning Grant ‘Runcorn:
Destination Europe’ £500 (Co-I)

2018 Educational Programme Grant ‘Landscape, Architecture and Post-War
Infrastructure’ awarded by the Paul Mellon Centre to the Manchester
Metropolitan University £2900 (PI)

2015 Imre Ormos Foundation, Publication Grant £150

2014 Hungarian Cultural Fund Publication Grant (In collaboration with Budapest City Archives) £2800

2014 Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Publication Grant £350

2013 Hungarian Cultural Fund Manuscript Writing Grant £1400

2012 Hungarian Cultural Fund Manuscript Writing Grant £1400


Steele, M., Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. Bauhaus Models, The Modernist, 16/1/2020 - 25/1/2020.


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

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., 2019. 'TERVEZÉSELMÉLETI IRÁNYVONALAK A KÉT VILÁGHÁBORÚ KÖZÖTTI MAGYAR KÖZPARKÉPÍTÉSZETBEN'. In Urbs. magyar várostörténeti évkönyv XIII, Budapest Fováros Levéltára.

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., Klagyivik, M., 2020. 'From Social Spaces to Training Fields: Evolution of Design Theory of the Children's Public Sphere in Hungary in the First Half of the Twentieth Century', Childhood in the Past, 13 (2), pp. 93-108.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. 'The artistic and social role of public gardens: Béla Rerrich and the renewal of public park design in early twentieth-century Hungary', Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15 (1), pp. 54-67.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Wild Landscape', The Modernist, 30, pp. 62-65.

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., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Urban landscape approaches for a deindustrialized town: City beautiful and modernist restructure in the case study of Bolton, Manchester', Journal of Landscape Architecture, 12 (3), pp. 32-45.

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., 2019. ''To broaden the outlook of training' - The first landscape course in Manchester, UK', Lessons from the past, visions for the future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe, 16/9/2019 - 17/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Female landscape architects and the independent Landscape Institute', Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political, LSE Library, 6/9/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Landscapes of coal as 'third nature'', The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure, Manchester, 14/2/2019 - 16/2/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2019. 'Towards a 'total environment' for children. Michael Brown's landscapes for play', LANDSCAPE OF PLAY: DESIGN FOR CHILDREN'S PLAY, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 16/3/2019 - 16/3/2019.

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, in https://modscapes.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/abstracts-book_web-c047b60.pdf.

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, in https://research.kent.ac.uk/frombuildingtocontinent/wp-content/uploads/sites/106/2018/05/Abstracts-List.pdf.

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., 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.