Mark is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture with a background in participatory design-research approaches. His research focuses on the intersections between architecture and urban ageing within the home, community and city, with a specific interest in housing inequality and spatial justice. His doctoral research explored the architect’s role in the creation of older people’s cohousing through design-led research methodologies. He has recently completed a two year secondment at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, where he worked with the GM Ageing Hub to develop research-engaged policy and strategy around urban ageing.

Mark is currently principal investigation on 'Co-creating Age-Friendly Social Housing', a three year design-research programme investigating the how older people and social housing providers can collaborate to develop innovative housing and community models.

Other recent research projects include:

'Manchester Age-Friendly Neighbourhood', a four year programme that engaged over 4000 people in the creation and delivery of community action plans across Manchester, which led to £300,000 of investment in programmes to support older people in four neighbourhoods in Manchester  (w/ Southway Housing Trust).

'Righsizing' project, funded by Centre for Ageing Better, which uses large scale data, spatial analysis and workshops to support policy-makers to better plan for the diverse needs of older people within neighbourhoods.

'Age-Friendly Northern Gateway/Victoria North', a study of older people's experiences of 20 years of failed urban regeneration in Collyhurst, Manchester, and their hopes and concerns about future plans for their neighbourhood  (w/ University of Manchester and Newcastle University)

'A Design for Life', a free ebook developed as part of his secondment to GMCA which challenges urban design professions to find new ways to better address the increasingly diverse needs and aspirations of older people (w/ Pozzoni Architecture)

Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, unit lead for Studio 1, 2 and 3 on the Masters of Architecture course, and teaches as part of the &rchitecture atelier.



Hammond, M., Saunders, N., 2024. 'A Design For Life: Urban practices for an age-friendly city', MMU Press, Manchester.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2011. 'Not Content: Projects for a Shared City', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Book Chapters

Hammond, M., Phillipson, C., 2024. 'Ageing and Architecture: from the patient to the citizen'. In Bobic, N., Haghighi, F. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Volume II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, Routledge.

Hammond, M., Crompton, E., White, S., 2024. 'Redesigning the age-friendly city: the role of architecture in addressing spatial ageism'. In Buffel, T., Doran, P., Yarker, S. (eds.) Reimagining age-friendly cities and communities: urban ageing and spatial justice, Policy Press.

Hammond, M., White, S., Christopher, P., 2020. 'From Precarity to Interdependence: The Role of Age-friendly Communities in Promoting Wellbeing in Excluded Communities'. In Bokyo, C., Cooper, R., Dunn, N. (eds.) Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing, Routledge.

White, S., Walker, S., Hammond, M., Sanliturk, C., 2020. 'Starting with Difference: &rchitecture'. In Architectural Affects After Deleuze and Guattari, Routledge Studies in Affective Societies.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2019. 'From representation to active ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the age-friendly city'. In Buffel, T., Handler, S., Phillipson, C. (eds.) Age-friendly Cities and Communities A Global Perspective, Policy Press.


Lang, L., Lewis, C., Yarker, S., Hammond, M., Phillipson, C., 2024. 'Growing Older in Collyhurst: How can social infrastructure be used to support an Age-Friendly Victoria North', Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA).

Hammond, M., Rodgers, K.M., 2023. 'Creating Age-Friendly Developments: a practical guide for ensuring homes and communities support ageing in place', Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

White, S., Dempsey, J., Denovan, A., Hammond, M., Lee, D., Holden, S., O'Leary, C., Walsh, S., 2023. 'Finding the right place to grow older: improving housing choices for older people', Centre for Ageing Better.

Lewis, C., Hammond, M., Kavanagh, N., Phillipson, C., Yarker, S., 2020. 'Developing age-friendly communities in the Northern Gateway regeneration project'.

Hammond, M., Walsh, R., White, S., 2018. 'RIGHTSIZING:Reframing the housing offer for older people', Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)/PHASE @ Manchester School of Architecture.

Hammond, M., White, S., Crompton, E., Youngson,, M., Wells, J., Wong, K., 2017. 'Manchester Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods: State of the Project', Manchester Metropolitan University.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2015. 'The Life of the City - Manchester City Centre, An age Friendly Neighbourhood?', Manchester CIty Council.

White, S., Phillipson, C., Hammond, M., 2012. 'Old Moat in an Age Friendly Manchester'.

Journal Articles

Lewis, C., Yarker, S., Hammond, M., Kavanagh, N., Phillipson, C., 2022. '"Ageing in place" and urban regeneration: analysing the role of social infrastructure', Urban Planning, 7 (4).

Hammond, M., 2018. 'Spatial Agency: Creating New Opportunities for Sharing and Collaboration in Older People's Cohousing', Urban Science, 2 (3), pp. 1-13.

Conference Papers

Kavanagh, N., Hammond, M., Lewis, A., 2023. 'Co-creating spatial justice in high-rise Natural Occurring Retirement Communities in Hulme, Manchester', British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Norwich, UK, 5/7/2023 - 7/7/2023.

Hammond, M., Dempsey, J., Holden, S., White, S., 2023. 'Co-producing Age-Friendly Urban Developments: Reflections on collaborative neighbourhood design with health and housing stakeholders', British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Norwich, UK, 5/7/2023 - 7/7/2023.

Hammond, M., Waterworth, N., McGarry, P., 2022. 'A Design for Life: Reflections on developing research-engaged housing policies for an ageing population', British Society of Gerontology conference 2022, Bristol, UK, 6/7/2022 - 8/7/2022.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2021. 'Cohousing as a catalyst for connected, age-friendly communities', TSA: The International Tech Enabled Care Conference 2021, 22/3/2021 - 25/3/2021.

White, S., Walker, S., Boys, J., Hammond, M., Hall-Patch, P., 2019. 'You, Different, Somewhere: affective architectural pedagogies', Affects as pedagogy: Relation between space, time and bodies, Barcelona, Spain, 21/11/2019 - 22/11/2019.

White, S., Walker, S., Boys, J., Hammond, M., Hall Patch, P., 2019. 'You, Different, Somewhere: Affective Architectural Pedagogies', Affects as pedagogy: Relation between, space, time and bodies, Barcelona, Spain, 21/11/2019 - 22/11/2019.

Hammond, M., 2018. 'Creating a spatial discourse: The potential for sharing in older people's cohousing', Sharing Cities, Shaping Cities, Milan, Italy, 5/2/2018 - 6/2/2018.

Hammond, M., 2018. 'Urban Ageing, Spatial Agency: Testing possible futures through the medium of cohousing', British Society of Gerontology conference, Manchester, UK, 4/7/2018 - 6/7/2018.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2018. 'What does an age-friendly spatial framework look like? Understanding and Creating Age-Friendly Regions, Cities, Neighbourhoods and Homes in Greater Manchester', British Society of Gerontology conference, Manchester, UK, 4/7/2018 - 6/7/2018.

Hammond, M., 2014. 'Cohousing and the Third Age', British Society of Gerontology Conference, Southampton, UK, 1/9/2014 - 3/9/2014.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2013. 'The role of urban research and design in making cities Age-friendly', The 2013 conference of the British Society of Gerontology, Oxford, UK, 11/9/2013 - 13/9/2013.

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