Kimberley Androliakos

Kim joined URBED in October 2020 as an Urban Design Consultant and Part 2 Architectural Assistant after graduating with distinction from the Masters of Architecture Course at Manchester School of Architecture. During which time she participated in the LULU Landscape and Urbanism Atelier, a collaboration between MSA and URBED, attending workshops hosted by the URBED team. Her thesis project looked at creating a framework for the seaside town of Blackpool that protected and strengthened the existing ecological sites. This culminated in a master plan that spread activity throughout Blackpool, diversified the tourist centric economy and celebrated the natural assets in and around the site. It built upon the communities existing pride in and preservation of their green infrastructure. Kim has a keen interest in infrastructure and throughout her university career focused on electives that explored how infrastructural provisions within cities enables or hinders people‚Äôs interaction with the built environment, this includes the reclamation of unused and derelict spaces by creating edible landscapes and how this in turn raises awareness of healthy eating and food sourcing.  She joined Incredible Edible after conducting an in-depth research project into the organisational structure of the grassroots activist group and interacting with the Eccles and Manchester University Branch. Finding their approach inspirational she benefited from their experience and resources, establishing a small vegetable garden in a disused portion of the communal green space of her apartment complex.

Kim has a background in Architecture. Prior to Masters she completed her Part 1 at Triangle Architects, working on predominately residential projects varying in scale from large PRS housing developments and apartment block to small scale specialist care housing and public sector works.  

Hailing from a family of farmers, she can often be found attempting small scale urban farming techniques (to various levels of success). As well as developing her own urban oasis she helps out at an allotment and enjoys exploring what local natural hubs have to offer either on foot or by bike. As a somewhat reluctant cyclist she prefers the tranquility of leisurely cycling to the bustle of the commute. 

 

Kimberley Androliakos