Research at Leeds Beckett
About Amanda Wanner
Amanda is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and a Liverpool based Architect who has been practicing in the city since 2001. She is also guest critic and studio tutor at Liverpool University and a design review panellist and enabler for Places Matter!
Amanda's interests centre around working with individuals from very varied backgrounds, to translate their aspirations. Through listening and engagement she has realised the ideas of individuals, community groups, multi-faith congregations, artists, children and students to create meaningful, thought provoking and award winning architecture. She has worked with a number of artists both personally and professionally including ceramicists, painters, sculptors, stone carvers, and community engagement artists, to shape space, and generate sculptural components.
Amanda is a practicing architect. She was a Project Architect with ShedKM until 2005 where notable projects included Oak Farm One which along side a number of prestigious architectural awards was nominated for the Manser Medal. She was also a director and co-owner of Studio Three Architects until 2011 where notable projects included The Food Hub, and the Pavilion in the Park. Her current design projects include an artists studio, workshop and exhibition space in Cornwall, and site specific works for a large scale housing scheme.
Collaborating with artists and craftsmen is central to the development of her own work and she is currently working with a team of artists to generate ceramic building components which culminated in the exhibition "Illuminating through Ceramics" which opened in Liverpool in February 2013. The exhibition realised the research proposals of the MArch post graduate students at Liverpool University, and has generated a body of physical sculptural components which will be tested through a number of lighting and environmental performance experiments.
In addition to this, she is an ambassador for Placed where she has lead workshop sessions in mainstream and special needs schools, a panel member of the Northwest Places Matter! Design Review Panel where she is now an enabler, and she has also been a regional representative and judge on RIBA Northwest awards and RIBA Student awards panels, and she has recently been appointed as a shortlister for the RIBA Awards 2013.
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Current research work focuses on the design of sensory spaces for young people with autism, and has stemmed from an interest in how specific sensory environments can help to enable children with autism to access learning more effectively. She is working in collaboration with fellow Design Lecturer, Joan Love, who has a detailed and working knowledge of the needs of young people with Autism. The impact of this research has led to working with a new SEN school in Leeds, for Children aged 11-19 with Autism.
The school is currently in temporary accommodation and they are working on a live joint project with a group of students, to develop ideas for the school's sensory spaces for their new location. Running parallel and feeding into this brief, Joan and Amanda are re-evaluating and analysing how sensory spaces can be tailor-made to suit the diverse and complex spectrum of individual users. This research hopes to produce new ways of considering design for special needs and sensory spaces in schools which addresses individual need rather than a "one size fits all" approach.
RIBA Awards 2013
Awards Judge. As an active member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Amanda was a regional representative judge and a shortlister for the RIBA Awards NW region. The awards for the North West, Yorkshire and the North East were revealed at a ceremony in Newcastle on 13 June 2013, where Amanda was asked to present the Building of the Year Award.
- Royal Institute of British Architects (2013) RIBA Awards, North West Winners 2013. [internet]
- AJ Online. Mark,L. (2013) RIBA Regional Award Winners 2013. [internet] Available at: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/riba-regional-awards-winners-2013/8649260.article
- The Independent (2013) RIBA Awards 2013: Educational buildings dominate this year's Stirling prize longlist [internet] Available at:
- The Telegraph (2013) RIBA Awards 2013: Bully-proof school toilets, a rooftop playground and a rescued castle [internet] Available at:
- The Guardian (2013) If you build it: Riba awards 2013 - in pictures [internet] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2013/jun/13/riba-awards-2013-architecture-in-pictures
- Mara F (13.06.13) The Architects Journal Vl 237 No.22 RIBA Awards 2013. EMAP Publications
Publications in Books:
- RIBA, (2013) 2013 RIBA Awards Shortlist, RIBA Publications
Digital Audio interview
- BBC Radio Merseyside Interview with Sean Styles (14.06.2013)
(interview starts at approx 32 minutes into the broadcast.)
The Food Hub, Birkenhead
Physical Artifact. As co-owner and Director of Studio Three Architects, Liverpool Amanda designed, procured, project managed and contract administered "The Food Hub" Birkenhead for Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and the Governors of St Anselm's College. The building is a small self-contained food technology building for key stage 3 students at an all boys' school in Birkenhead. The building was designed with the help of a student steering group under and incredibly limited budget, which necessitated use and research of alternative construction techniques/materials.
Publications in Journal Articles:
- AJ Specification (2011) Foodhub, ST Anselm's College, Birkenhead, Studio Three Architects. The Architects Journal Specification July pp22-31.
- Turner, B. (2009) The Green Cuisine, Liverpool Echo Education. 24 November. pp15.
Awards and prizes
- RIBA Northern Network Awards, (2011) Silver Award The Food Hub, Birkenhead. (Studio Three Architects)
- RIBA Northern Network Awards, (2011) Client of the Year Award The Food Hub, Birkenhead. (Studio Three Architects)
- North West Business Environment, Green Hero Awards, (2010) Projects under £1M The Food Hub, Birkenhead. (Studio Three Architects)
- The North West Business Environment Awards (2010) 2010 green heroes unveiled. Available from http://www.greenheroawards.co.uk/winners-from-2010 [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- The North West Business Environment Awards (2010) 2010 Case Study - Studio Three Architects. Available from http://www.greenheroawards.co.uk/studio-three [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- ENWorks1 (2010) Northwest Business Environment Awards 2010 - Studio Three Architects Amanda Wanner Available from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzKEFMrVCU4 [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- RSAAccreditation (2010) Studio Three Architects Available from
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IidnvaKHjOo [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- RSA Accreditation for Sustainable development Awards Schemes (2010) Studio Three Architects - Built Environment Award
- Royal Institute of British Architects (2011) Northern Network Awards 2011 shortlisted schemes: Food Hub
- Royal Institute of British Architects (2011) Northern Network Awards Winners 2011.
- Royal Institute of British Architects (2011) Northern Network Awards brochure.
- The Architects Journal (2011) Studio Three shows off black brick and magenta food hub Available from
http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/studio-three-shows-off-black-brick-and-magenta-food-hub/8610002.article [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- The Architects Journal Buildings Library (2010) Food Hub, St Anselm's College Available from http://www.ajbuildingslibrary.co.uk/projects/display/id/3331 [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- Liverpool Daily Post (2010) Studio Three Architects' Birkenhead scheme earns "green" award. Available from http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/ldpbusiness/2010/10/20/studio-three-architects-birkenhead-scheme-earns-green-award-92534-27506762/ [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- Place North West (2010) Smaller projects recognised in RIBA's 350 Award Available from http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/archive/6336-smaller-projects-recognised-in-riba-s-350-award.html [Accessed 20 April 2012]
The Pavilion in the park
Physical Artifact. As co-owner and Director of Studio Three Architects, Liverpool we designed, procured, project managed and contract administered "The Pavilion in the Park" for Grosvenor as part of the prestigious Liverpool ONE Masterplan scheme.
Publications in Books:
- Littlefield, D. (2009) Liverpool ONE: The remaking of a city Wiley Publishing. Pp 189-194.
Awards and prizes
- RIBA Awards, Shortlist (2010) Pavilion in the Park, Liverpool ONE (Studio Three Architects)
- RIBA Stirling Prize Nomination as part of Liverpool ONE Shortlist (2009) Pavilion in the Park within Liverpool ONE (Studio Three)
Publications in Journal Articles:
- Winston, A (2009) A Little Goes a Long Way, Studio Three Architects. BD Careers Supliament July pp**.
- BD Online (2009) A little goes a long way. Available from: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/practice-and-it/a-little-goes-a-long-way/3149304.article
- Place North West (2008) Pavilion approved for Liverpool One Park. Available from: http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/archive/1436-pavilion-approved-for-liverpool-one-park.html [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- The Architects Journal (2008) Studio Three Paradise Street pavilion wins green light Available from http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/studio-three-paradise-street-pavilion-wins-green-light/1226833.article [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- The Architects Journal (2008) Studio Three's Liverpool One Pavilion Available from http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/studio-threes-liverpool-one-pavilion/1931280.article [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- e-architect Liverpool ONE : Architecture Information + Images Available from http://www.e-architect.co.uk/liverpool/liverpool_one_masterplan.htm [Accessed 20 April 2012]
- RIBA Journal Liverpool ONE thrives Available from
http://www.ribajournal.com/index.php/feature/article/liverpool_one_thrives/ [Accessed 20 April 2012]
Oak Farm One, Liverpool.
Physical Artifact. Amanda was Project Architect for ShedKM for this single family residence for a private client in South Liverpool. The project saw the restoration of a Grade II listed farmhouse dating from 1660, with a substantial new build addition and design of its landscape setting.
Awards and prizes
- Grand Designs Award, (2006) Restoration Project Award Oak Farm One, Liverpool. (ShedKM Architects)
- RIBA Manser Medal, (2005) Nomination Oak Farm One, Liverpool. (ShedKM Architects
- RIBA Award, (2005) Oak Farm One, Liverpool. (ShedKM Architects)
- Roses Design Award, (2005) Oak Farm One, Liverpool. (ShedKM Architects)
- Neild, L. (2005) The Past is Brought Back to Life, Liverpool Daily Post. 27 June. Pp
- Royal Institute of British Architects (2005) RIBA Awards, Winners 2005, North West. [internet]
- Channel 4, (2005) RIBA Stirling Prize 2005, Manser Medal, Available at: http://www.channel4.com/microsites/S/stirling_prize/manser.html
- Neild, L. (2005) The Past is Brought Back to Life, Liverpool Daily Post. Available at: http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100regionalnews/tm_headline=the-past-is-brought-to-life&method=full&objectid=15669925&page=1&siteid=50061-name_page.html
Also available at: http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2005/06/27/the-past-is-brought-to-life-99623-15669925/
- Shedkm (2002) shedkm: architecture 1997-2002
Garlic Press Publishing
- Shedkm (2005) shedkm: architecture 1997-2005
Shedkm Ltd Publishing
- The Stirling Prize (2005) Manser Medal Shortlist. London, Channel 4, 15.10.2005. [Television Broadcast].
The Contemporary Crafts Fellowship Scheme
Exhibitions and Mentoring. The Contemporary Craft Fellowship Scheme (CCFS) was a pilot project supporting growth in the size and the economy of the contemporary craft sector in the South West of England. The scheme was supported by the Crafts Council, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England South West, ArtsMatrix and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Applications were drawn from across the South West. The Contemporary Craft Fellowship Scheme is part of the Crafts Councils current professional development portfolio for mid-career makers which is piloting three approaches: placing makers in Higher Education institutions through peer learning residencies; within a museum environment through residencies at the V&A in a programme running from 2008 to 2010, and through studio practice and mentorship for a group of artists in the south west in partnership with the development agency ArtsMatrix. ?
Ceramicist Jenny Bevan asked Amanda to be her Professional Mentor for this project, which involved site-specific research on a disused china clay site at Par Dock, researching and mapping materials, buildings and generating a new body of work, which was exhibited in the exhibition, Re-Route, at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
It is hoped that the resulting body of work and research will be used within the ECO-BOS Sustainable Homes Regeneration Development which is proposed for the disused china clay mines and pits that this research project studied.
- 14 March-26 April 2009 Re-Route. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
- Arts Matrix (2009) Our Journeys: The Fellows/The Scheme. The Contemporary Crafts Fellowship 2007-2009
Exhibition Filmed Interviews
- Re-Route: Exhibiting fellows in conversation (2009) Contemporary Crafts Fellowship Scheme. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
- Jago, M. (2009) A past in china clay captured by local ceramicist, Cornish Guardian. 8 April. Pp26
- The Devon Guild of Craftsmen (2010) Previous Exhibitions: Jan '09-Apr '10
- The Crafts Council (2010) Re Route Exhibition Available from http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/about-us/press-room/view/2009/re-route-exhibition?from=/about-us/press-room/list/2009/2
- de Burlet, P. (2009) The Devon Guild of Craftsmen: Re Route. Available from
- The Crafts Council (2010) Programme for established and mid career makers 2008-2010 Available from www.craftscouncil.org.uk/files/.../mid-career-plot-programmes.doc
Digital Audio interview
- BBC Devon Interview with Rosy Greenlees (2009)
Illuminating through Ceramics
Exhibitions and Artist coordination. The basis of this project is a research-led teaching project that took place within the MArch Programme of study at the University of Liverpool in Autumn 2012.
The project formed part of the Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments sponsored by ASCER Tile of Spain (Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain), and coordinated through the ICEX (The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade).
The use of ceramics in contemporary architectural facades offers an interesting combination of thermo-acoustic control and aesthetic properties, but very little has been explored in relation to its potential sunlight/daylighting benefits. Traditional and contemporary proposals of ceramic lattice walls have investigated privacy and shading in combination with the visual effects and cultural connotations of patterns regarding colour, texture, and geometry, but have rarely studied the optimisation of daylight distribution.
The teaching proposal addressed the issue by exploring a new concept of sustainable ceramic façades. Students were asked to improve the distribution of daylight in buildings by transforming the standard ceramic lattice wall into a dynamic lighting interface. By means of advanced light-control techniques, geometrical analysis and contemporary digital design tools, the students aimed to shape the ceramic surface to generate a system to capture and transport and/or deflect daylight through the building skin.
Working alongside the students and their proposals, Amanda was responsible for coordinating a team of artists, which interpreted the research ideas of the students and created physical sculptures which could be tested under the daylighting conditions explored within the individual projects. Working with a team of professional and internationally renowned ceramicists, five physical artworks were created through elevational and ceiling hung ceramic components, exploring issues of light reflectance, light absorbtion, transparency and translucency, and through the use of different three-dimensional forms, different clay bodies, varying glazes, slips and engobes and different firing temperatures.
- 07 February 2013 Illuminating through Ceramics. The Main Hall, The University of Liverpool. Sponsored by ASCER (Network of Ceramic Tile Studies Departments), Tile of Spain.
- Liverpool University (2013) Illuminating through Ceramics.
Conference proceedings and presentations:
- Urbano Gutiérrez, R & Wanner, A. Light in Ceramic Architectural Skins. Oral Presentation at the ATINER 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture.11.06.2013
- Wanner, A. Conference Session Chair, Individual Buildings. ATINER 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture.11.06.2013
Journal articles (1)
- Wanner AJ (2011), Food Hub, Birkenhead, designed, procured, project managed & contract administered for Wirral Borough Council & the Governors of St. Anselm's College
Conference contributions (3)
- Wanner AJ (2017) Moulding Futures: Collaborative Explorations in Ceramics for Architecture Symposium RIBA North National Architecture Centre. 20171208. : .
- Wanner AJ (2015) Energy Forum Bern, Switzerland 20151103. : .
- Wanner AJ (2015) Advanced Ceramic Environmental Screens Bern, Switzerland 20151103. : .
- Wanner AJ (In press), Illuminating Through Ceramics.
- Wanner AJ (In press), Cerámica Exhibition
Films or broadcasts (1)
- ECALab: Moulding Futures Film (2017) Wanner AJ. : Cinetecture
- Wanner AJ (2018), Cerámica Curators Tours
- Wanner AJ (2018), Ceramica: Moulding Futures Public Clay Play workshop
- Wanner AJ (2017), ECALab: Artists Collaboration Workshops.
- Wanner AJ (2017), ECALab: Artists Collaboration Propotypes.
- Wanner AJ (2017), ECAlab website, branding and professional network.
- Wanner AJ (2016), PlacED
- Wanner AJ (2015), Engage Series
- Wanner AJ (2011), Co-founder of ECALab (Environmental Ceramics in Architecture Laboratory)
- Wanner AJ (2011), Design for Autism
- Wanner AJ (In press), Performative Ceramic Screens
- Wanner AJ (2018), Ceramica: Moulding Futures Artists Lecture Series
- Wanner AJ (2017), Presentation and Public Lecture at TATE Exchange Liverpool.
- Wanner AJ (2017), Presentation and Public Lecture at Ceramic Wales, Wrexham. (2017)