Emma Curtin is a registered architect and university teacher. She leads a BA3 design studio and teaches in 1st year, on the MA and MArch programs.
Working at architectural practices in Manchester, Sheffield and London she has built up a wide range of experience across sectors including education, social housing, transport and heritage re-use. With Sheppard Robson she was involved in the redevelopment of the Former Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester and a number of award winning schools. Later at 3D Reid she worked on 1 Angel Square during the construction phase and most recently she was project architect for a number of new social housing schemes in Greater Manchester with Triangle Architects.
Whilst her background is in architectural practice, her current efforts to influence the shape of the built environment are though public campaigns and community led projects, rather than more conventional building-focussed-design. She has an interest in participation and architecture and is chair of The Friends of London Road Fire Station, a community trust working towards the re-use of this listed building in Manchester. This striking listed building in central Manchester has a rich social history but has been undeveloped and left to decay by its owner’s since 1986. After two years of campaigning by the Friends, it seems the situation is starting to change. Library Walk, identified by the 20th Century Society as a unique piece of urban design, was recently closed and built on. Opposition to this development led to a Public Inquiry where Emma acted as an Interested Party; opposing the loss of the Right of Way through this space. More recently Emma has joined the advisory board of Social investor Steinbeck Studio in relation to their Ducie Street Project.
Other projects have included a year long illustration project drawing birds and a new project exploring visual perception of the landscape along the M62 as experienced by coach.