MSS Presents: What's on at Material Source Studio 2022.

That's a wrap on the MSS Presents seminar programme for architects, designers and property professionals in 2022.

However, if you're keen to get the dates in your diary for 2023, check out the calendar for next year's seminar programme here.

Past seminars:

Sustainability: Myth vs Reality

23 February 2022, 18:30-19:30

Exploring best-in-class examples of creating buildings in a sustainable way, untangling key issues and asking what's still to be done.

Panel: Dr. Rhiannon Hunt, circular economy project manager, Manchester Metropolitan University; Stuart Rogers, director at Faithful + Gould, and board member at LandAid; and Mark Atherton, director of environment, GMCA.

With thanks to our supporters: CDUK, Crown Paints, Forbo.

Read our write up here.

The Future of Hospitality: Brand vs Experience

29 March 2022, 18:30-19:30

The world of hospitality is hugely rewarding but enormously challenging. With design in mind, we consider some of the issues relating to brand and experience.

Panel: Tim Smith, head of business development at Valor Hospitality; Lucy Noone Blake, founder and director at Pear Communications; Steve Pilling, owner at Northern Restaurants Ltd.

With thanks to our supporters: Casa Ceramica, EGE, Lutron.

Read our write up here.


27 April 2022, 18:30-19:30

Over the last five years, the property sector has had to change. Materials have had to change. We have gone from a reactive world to a proactive one. And transparency is top. In this seminar we offer four fascinating viewpoints on a complex subject.

Panel: Hannah Mansell Msc, design engineer and group technical director, Masonite UK; Paul McNeill, director at Ball & Berry; Steve McGuirk, former GM chief fire officer; Erin Shoesmith, health and safety partner at Addleshaw Goddard.

With thanks to our supporters: Crown Paints, Panaz, Radii Planet Group.

Read our write up here.

Future of the Workplace

18 May 2022, 18.30-19.30

The notion of the workplace has changed beyond recognition. In this seminar, we consider the validity of the central workplace, look at mixed-use environments now also supporting work, and assess how the design community is making the office a destination.

Panel: Nick Atkin, CEO, Yorkshire Housing; Sarah Clarke, Business Psychologist, Occupational Mind Group; Rachel Kerwin, Eversheds Sutherland.

With thanks to our supporters: Autex Acoustics, Ege, Karndean.

Read our write up here.

Future of Residential

8 June 2022, 18.30-19.30

In this seminar, we offer four different perspectives from the property sector to discover how they're responding to ever-changing end-user needs and evolving market developments to create housing fit for the future.

Panel: Michael Howard, managing director, Urban Bubble; Lesley Roberts, partner (build to rent), Allsop LLP; Peter Sproule, design director, Moda Living; Kate Howell, general manager, VOX.

With thanks to our supporters: Cosentino, Crosswater, Lutron.

Read our write up here

Manchester Property Outlook

14 September 2022, 18:30-19:30

Few will disagree that Greater Manchester - a city of commerce - has been on a steep incline over the last two decades, with the property sector accounting for much of its success.

The Covid pandemic has affected the property powerhouse in different, but significant ways: much of retail no longer resembles the shops of the past; workplace has rightly re-focused on people; hospitality is going through a period of reinvention impacting customers and workers alike; industrialisation and logistics continues to perform well in a tight market; and residential is outperforming every other sector, taking on a variety of modern guises.

Now, Greater Manchester will see adaptions made on an almost daily basis as it prepares for future investors and clients alike, plus the soon-to-be-with-us carbon neutral by 2038 proposition. With the above in mind, our session on the 14th September presents the views of our well-placed panel on the future of Manchester’s Property Outlook.

Panel: Chris Cheap, MD UK regions, Avison Young; Dan Hyde, development director, MEPC; Shannon Conway, residential director, Glenbrook; Michelle Rothwell, founder, Watch This Space.

With thanks to our supporters: Brunner, Karndean, VADO.

Read our write up here

Designing for Neurodiversity

20 October 2022, 18:30-19:30

Panel: Kate Field, Global Head Health, Safety and Well-being, BSI Group; Richard Mazuch, Director of Design Research and Innovation, IBI Group.

With thanks to our supporters: Forbo, Pfleiderer, RPG.

Read our write up here