Laura Sanderson is a senior lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture and a qualified architect. She leads the Continuity in Architecture atelier as well as the first year of the MArch.

Continuity in Architecture focuses upon the process of analysing and understanding the nature and the qualities of place in order to develop new buildings and other elements within the urban environment. Over the last few years, the atelier has studied Small Settlements; producing research outputs in Bollington (2016), Bakewell (2017), Rochdale (2019) and Shrewsbury (2020) including exhibitions, articles, book chapters and built interventions. This year the atelier is focussing on a series of research strands including ‘Contentious Heritage’, in collaboration with U Hasselt and ‘Encounter and Exchange’, in collaboration with Bradford Civic Society and the Townscape Heritage Team.

Alongside her work in Small Settlements, Laura recently co-curated UnDoing (2019), an exhibition at Castlefield Gallery (with Stone, S.), featuring the work of a number of international artists and architects, exploring how buildings, places and artefacts are re-used, reinterpreted and remembered. These themes will be further explored in ‘Remember, Reveal, Construct’ to be published in 2020 (with Stone, S.).

Laura has published a number of reflections on her pedagogic approach including her work in Continuity in Architecture, the 2014 Atelier [Zero] installation and the MSA Events Programme which has produced over 200 diverse live projects over the past decade.

Projects on the drawing board include a collaborative project with the Institute of Place Management, Simone Riddyard and Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr using a Serial Vision approach to the UK High Street.

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Research

Exhibitions

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2020. Oddments and Epigrams : Interventions in Bollington, Bollington Arts Centre.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. UnDoing Exhibition, Castlefield Gallery, 21/3/2019 - 26/5/2019.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2017. Bakewell : Some Ideas, Bakewell Town Hall, 16/6/2017.

Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., 2017. The Way We Live Now, Bakewell Town Hall, 24/2/2017.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. Bollington. Real : Imagined, Bollington Arts Centre, 22/5/2016.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2013. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller : The Drawings, Cartmel Priory, 17/6/2013.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2013. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller : The Models, RIBA HUB : Manchester, 19/6/2013.

Artefacts

Sanderson, L., 2014. 'Analogies', Manchester.

Sanderson, L., 2013. 'Crossings', Manchester.

Sanderson, L., Jefferies, T., Aston, H., 2012. 'Atelier[zero]', Manchester.

Books

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2020. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

Stone, S., Pendergast, M., Emery, T., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'UnDoing Exhibition Catalogue + Essays', MSA Press.

Book Chapters

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2018. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements'. In Day, K. (eds.) Global Dimensions in Housing, Green Frigate Books.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'Oddments and Epigrams'. In Day, K., Chatzichristou, C. (eds.) Housing Solutions Through Design.

Reports

Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'Reclaiming the Road: Public Realm Improvement Proposals for Bollington in Cheshire'.

Conference Papers

Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'Reclaiming the Road: People and Vehicles in Small Settlements', REHAB 2019: 4th International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures, Guimaraes, Portugal, 17/7/2019 - 19/7/2019, in REHAB 2019 Proceedings.

Jolley, VS., Sanderson, L., 2017. 'Events // A Decade of Student Led Collaborative Projects', AAE Conference 2017: Architecture Connects, Oxford Brookes University, 6/9/2017 - 9/9/2017, in https://aaeconference2017.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/aae-2017-architecture-connects-proceedings_180706_high-res-print.pdf, pp. 117-125.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements', AMPS, Derby, 22/6/2017 - 23/6/2017.

Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2016. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.', Proceedings: Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges, EAAE ARCC 10th International Conference (EAAE ARCC 2016), Lisbon, Portugal, 15/6/2016 - 18/6/2016.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2016. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.', EAAE ARCC, Lisbon, 14/6/2016 - 18/6/2016.

Sanderson, L., Aston, H., 2012. 'Atelier[zero] Negotiated Dialogues', The Production of Place, University of East London.

Sanderson, L., 2012. 'Delicate Interpretations', Cite Margins City Memories, Bangor.

Presentations

Hanley, AL., Jolley, V., Sanderson, L., Coucill, L., Robertson, J., Sobell, HB., 2011. 'MAP Manchester Architecture Papers'.

Other Outputs

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., Lee, SJ., 2020. 'A Future for the Already Built, Portfolio'.

Lee, S., Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2020. 'Reclaiming the Road: A Research-by-Design Approach to the Problems of Small Settlements'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing Buildings Tour'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing, Portfolio'.

Stone, SH., Sanderson, LM., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : Symposium'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. 'Time and Context'.

Sanderson, L., 2014. 'Sinister Dialogues'.

Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., Sanderson, L., 2014. 'Symposium : Contextualism Dead or Alive'.