Mark Shtanov

Mark Shtanov


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My research focuses on the experiences of staff at the UK-based Energy-from-Waste facilities. The aim of the PhD project is to examine the operational issues experienced by the staff at the UK-based EfW facilities, in order to contribute to urban infrastructure studies and to change design practice for the future EfW facilities. I predominately use qualitative methods, such as walk-along interviews, participant observation and graphic anthropology (field sketches).  I am supervised by Prof. Deljana Iossifova from Architecture and Dr. Jaise Kuriakose from Engineering. 

In parallel to my research I run model-making workshops for architecture and art students at universities and schools. I have conducted qorkshops at the Universities of Westminster, Cambrdige, and Universidad SEK (Ecuador), and at Bradfield College. For more information, see

As well as a researcher, I am an ARB-qualified architect with over 6 years of industry experience in cultural, hospitality, commercial, residential and student residential sectors and all RIBA stages. I have worked in the UK and in France in practices ranging from 4 to 300 people. Since 2015 I have engaged with Emilia's Crafted Pasta and took part in all of their fit-out projects in the role of the interior architect or the project manager.

I completed my MPhil at the University of Cambridge between 2016 and 2018. My MPhil thesis, Another Hotel in Africa, received a commendation at the RIBA President's Medals in 2018.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Another Hotel in Africa, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 20163 Jul 2018

Award Date: 3 Jul 2018

External positions

Architect, TP Bennett

3 Jul 2018 → …

Areas of expertise

  • NA Architecture
  • infrastructure
  • GN Anthropology
  • Graphic Novels

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute


  • waste recycling and management
  • Waste-to-resource recovery
  • Infrastructure
  • drawings
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork


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