NTU Architecture Subject Group


SHIFT is a female-run archive and co-working space, archiving the spirit of feminism and social change as a result of the invention of the typewriter.

The project has been designed for Rachel Johnson, the archivist behind SHIFT, who has a fascination of typewriters and the power they hold, stemming from the discovery of her late mother's 1960s Imperial typewriter. Alongside this was her mother's handwritten diary, full of personal stories of hyper-sexuality and oppression while working as a typist in Manchester in the 1950s and 1960s. This propelled Rachel into creating a safe space for strong Mancunian women to connect, work, and thrive.

Hannah Fradley
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Hannah Fradley
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Interior Architecture and Design at NTU has an incredibly long and rich history; with Interior Decoration taught at the first ever UK Art school, in the Waverley building during the 1950s.

Over the last 70 years, our programme has grown and adapted to meet the requirements of industry and social change, respond to trends, and deliver a degree which encourages students to look, think, critically appraise, and understand local and world issues amongst the principles of design.

We are a validated degree programme in which our students can join the Chartered Society of Designers, and we are members of the Interior Educators network. Our dedicated design studio in the Grade II* listed Arkwright building enables a studio culture which reflects professional practice, in a dynamic environment that challenges everyone to work collaboratively, share experiences and experiment with ideas.

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