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Roger Stephenson: "Using Craft in a Contemporary Way"

Mies. UK recently spoke to Roger Stephenson OBE, Managing Partner at Manchester based stephenson:ISA Studio, about his award winning practice's approach to "using craft in a contemporary way". The office most recently completed an addition to Chetham's School of Music, winning the 2013 RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award, RIBA National Award, and the RIBA Regional Award. This project is the latest in a long list of innovative buildings that are part of a "rigorously coherent, contextually progressive architecture" that has made the practice one of best known regionalist design offices in the UK. 

Read the interview in full, and watch a three minute tour of Chetham's School of Music, after the break.

Chetham’s School of Music / Stephenson ISA Studio

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  • Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
  • Location: Manchester M3 1SB, UK
  • Area: 10600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Daniel Hopkinson

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House 780 / Stephenson ISA Studio

  • Architects: Stephenson ISA Studio
  • Location: Manchester, England, United Kingdom
  • Main Contractor: Planetree Properties Limited
  • M&E Engineer: JRB Environmental Design Limited
  • Structural Engineer: R&D Engineering
  • Quantity Surveyor: The Vinden Partnership
  • Area: 465.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Stephenson ISA Studio

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House 1005 / Stephenson ISA Studio

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House 784 / Stephenson ISA Studio

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