Kirsten McKnight

Senior Associate - Historic Building Consultant (Manchester)


Kirsten has over ten years’ experience of working in the heritage sector and is based in Heritage Architecture’s Manchester office where she is managing a number of projects providing advice on the historic environment and preparing supporting material for planning applications. 

Currently, Kirsten is working on a range of projects in the north-west for private and public clients. These include heritage surveys of the grade-I listed Manchester Town Hall for Manchester City Council, Masterplanning for the Co-op’s Manchester NOMA estate and advising Manchester University and Metropolitan University of asset disposal strategies. She is also providing heritage advice to Allied London regarding the redevelopment of the former 1.3ha ITV Granada site, Manchester.  

Kirsten has an excellent working knowledge of the legislative framework related to the historic environment, which is supported by an extensive knowledge of British architectural history and conservation philosophy.  She has practical experience of undertaking archival research, recording buildings and undertaking site surveys which allows for detailed assessment and interpretation of historic buildings and areas.  Her skills in the analysis and assessment of historic buildings and areas, alongside the ability to liaise closely with clients and key stakeholders, allow issues with the historic environment often to be resolved at pre-application stage.

On graduating with a Masters, specialising in British Architecture, Kirsten worked for the RIBA and the Globe Theatre assisting with a number of research projects.  She then worked for three years as a Caseworker for the Georgian Group where she was responsible for responding to statutory and ecclesiastical casework for the south of England, Midlands and London.  At this time Kirsten also obtained an MSc in Historic Building Conservation which provided a practical knowledge base regarding conservation techniques, surveying historic buildings and materials.

Kirsten joined Heritage Architecture Ltd from Mouchel, a global consultancy group, where she took the lead on delivering a number of large EIA projects and planning applications. Kirsten is the Secretary of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s North-West Branch and is on the Northern Building Committee of the Victorian Society.

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