Just watched final episode series 2 of 30 degrees in February thanks @SkyArts for UK showing, poignant & emotional, unmissable. I loved it. - 27 Mar
RT @Len_Grant: Like to have a go at urban sketching? Take a look at this. I'm leading some... https://t.co/i41dbNOxbX - 27 Mar
@circlesquaremcr @awol_studios thanks for the RT! - 27 Mar
@RobHamesArt hi - really love your main sketch of the ferry /tanker(?) Some great work! - 27 Mar
Just hit 5k followers on Instagram, if you like architectural urban sketches check out https://t.co/TpNTSXwFaZ - 27 Mar
RT @McrSchArt: Well done to MArch student @JahandidehRafat who has won the third place prize in the @FentressArch global challenge! https:/… - 27 Mar
@JahandidehRafat hi - could you send me a direct message with your email address and I'll send you info. Thanks for your interest! - 27 Mar
Manchester & Sheffield 10X10 summer urban sketching classes filling up - get in touch asap if interested in attendi… https://t.co/nnnZHXsNPg - 27 Mar
@circlesquaremcr Thanks so much..I'm delighted to see the sketch on Twitter!! - 27 Mar
RT @circlesquaremcr: We can't wait to see #Manchester's newest neighbourhood! In the meantime check out this sketch from @simoneridyard #Ci - 27 Mar

Simone studied architecture at Canterbury School of Art where the value of pencil, pen and watercolour in the communication of space and buildings became embedded in her work. She specialised in interior architecture for 15+ years and practices she has worked for include Sheppard Robson, Austin-Smith:Lord and 3DReid. In 2011 she joined Manchester School of Art as a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design.

Whilst teaching in Singapore in 2012 Simone discovered the global Urban Sketching community and set up Urban Sketchers Manchester on her return. Since then she has become an internationally recognised proponent of the urban sketchers movement and her first book Archisketcher was published in 2015 by North Light books in the US and Quarto books in the UK. Her drawn collaboration with writer Phil Griffin was shortlisted for the inaugural UWE / Moleskin Reportager Awards summer 2015 for ‘You May Look at a Building’.

As well as being a member of the Society of Architectural Illustration (MSAI), Simone is also a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) and she continues to develop her painting portfolio as well as painting architectural visualisations to commission, alongside her teaching commitments. Recent clients include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester International Festival, Marketing Manchester, Hotel Costes Paris (Costes Projets et Etudes), Conde Nast Traveller, Argent PLC and Simpson Haugh Architects (formerly Ian Simpson Architects). Simone also runs drawing workshops across Europe and in recent months she has taught at Tate Liverpool, The Herbert Reade Gallery Coventry and on location in Amsterdam.

Simone is foremost a committed ‘urban sketcher’ and reportage artist as well as being responsible for the winning bid to host the 7th international Urban Sketchers Symposium which will take place in Manchester in July 2016.


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