Leverhulme Trust Funding Success

Rosie Parnell has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant of £231,059 for a three year study exploring the interactions between children and spatial designers.

Children’s participation in built environment design has been so far supported by children’s rights debates and evidence of the learning benefits resulting from collaboration with professionals in real-life contexts. Increasingly, however, practice-based anecdotal evidence points to more dialogical perspectives bringing transformational potential, through reciprocal learning and the particular qualities that children can bring to the design process itself. The nature of this potential has not been adequately explored and evidenced through research. This study aims to address this gap by documenting, understanding and theorising designer-child interactions in co-design, reflecting a vision of design as a creative and collective learning process.

The project, entitled,’ Children Transforming Spatial Design: creative encounters with children’, will involve international fieldwork and UK-based workshops for practitioners and will result in an online resource and network as well as publications.  A research associate post and a PhD studentship associated with the project will be advertised shortly.

Satwinder Samra elected to RIBA National Council

Satwinder Samra elected to RIBA National Council. 

Following a two year period on RIBA Yorkshire Regional Council, Satwinder will represent the region on RIBA National Council, as part of a group of 60 elected members, from 1 September 2012.  In his election statement Satwinder outlined Future Practice as his particular interest and hopes this appointment will be an opportunity to influence the approach of the Institute in this key area of work.  This role also acts as a voice for regional RIBA interest in key votes and debates.  

The appointment was recently featured in the Architects’ Journal at:  http://m.architectsjournal.co.uk/8633737.article

Healthy Design and Creative Safety

A team from Sheffield School of Architecture has published a report exploring best practice in health and safety teaching for undergraduate architecture students.

‘Healthy Design and Creative Safety’ was produced on behalf of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The report, which can be freely downloaded from the HSE and RIBA websites, identifies innovative health and safety teaching approaches and promotes the sharing of ideas and teaching materials between schools of architecture.  It concludes that a consideration of ‘buildability, maintainability and usability’ at all stages of the design process is likely to be more engaging and better understood than using the term ‘health and safety’.

Philip White, HSE’s Chief Construction Inspector said: “This report identifies that there are many positive things schools of architecture are doing to include health and safety as part of their students’ education, and this is heartening. Some very sensible approaches are being taken, and the report provides a useful framework for how this work can be developed.”

The research team for the project was Leo Care, Daniel Jary and Dr Rosie Parnell.

Sheffield School of Architecture Profiled in the AR

Sheffield School of Architecture is profiled in the June issue of the Architectural Review as the subject of their monthly Pedagogy section. Every month the AR chooses a school to profile that they judge to be distinct in its field. SSoA is only the second school in the UK to be profiled alongside other international schools. Focussing on Live Projects and the ‘liveness’ inherent in much of the school the article describes the emphasis the school places on the “practical involvement in making architecture – whether that architecture is a building, a development process, or a social formation designed to engage in urban change”. They illustrate this with the work of two of last year’s Y6 MArch students, Rebecca Hinkley and Phil Etchells, tracing the way in which their projects built on Live Project experience  and are “steered by a concern for architecture’s social implications”.

Mark Dudek is a Lecturer at the European Conference on the Design of Educational Environments

The event is a high level European conference on the design of educational environments entitled: “The role of communication spaces in fostering social contacts in schools”

Features Peter Hubner, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, University of Stuttgart, Mark Dudek, Research Fellow, Sheffield School of Architecture, author of “Schools and Kindergartens, a Design Manual” and Professor Herman Hertzberger, eminent school designer, from Amsterdam and author of “Space and Learning”.

Sheffield Society of Architects Shop Windows Project

First year students Lotti Backshall and Louis Pohl joined with architecture students from Hallam University to create a series of window displays in Sheffield City Centre celebrating architectural education in the city.  The design, featuring a broad range of student work from both schools, was realised during an intensive one day workshop.

This collaborative venture between the two Universities was organised by the Sheffield Society of Architects and the RIBA through Integreat Plus.  The display forms part of a year long series of events commemorating the Sheffield Society of Architects’ 125 year anniversary. The work will remain on display on Pinstone Street until 15 June.

SSoA Summer Exhibition 2012

Our annual exhibition of student work from the School.  The exhibition features a large range of drawings, models and videos by students across the different years of the BA, MArch and Masters courses.  The work includes a variety of research topics and briefs, from ‘Matter-Reality’ on the Moor and U-boat museums in Birkenhead to cinematic space and toxic cities.  As well as numerous projects based in Sheffield and it’s environs, there are projects investigating a range of sites from around the world.  The exhibition will also include work from our innovative Live Project programme, which involves our MArch and MAAD students working in teams on real projects with real clients.

A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will also be available from the School office and online.

Extra Information Opening event: Friday 15 June, at 5pm Continues until Friday 20 July 9.00am  - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Free Entry

Pavilion of Protest Live Project, 2011 – drawing by Marianne Howard

Successful Submissions to Digital Humanities Congress 2012

Three abstracts submitted by students and staff of the Digital Design + Performance and RECITE research groups have been accepted by Digital Humanities Congress 2012: (1) (Context) aware: The production of a ‘locative digital trail’ as a creative, collaborative methodology to investigate or ‘map’ place-identity by Adam Park, (2) Connecting Digital Representations: A City’s Urban Spaces and its Collective Memory by Sushardjanti Felasari and Chengzhi Peng, (3) Exploring the Boundary of Architectural Enquiry through Mixed Reality Modelling by  Yang Yu and Chengzhi Peng.

The conference will take place during 6th – 8th September 2012 at the University’s  residential conference facility, The Edge. The purpose of the conference is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities. The full papers will be submitted for publication in the Humanities Research Institute’s new online journal, Studies in the Digital Humanities after the Congress.

Students and Staff Visit from the School of Architecture Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Tweleve undergraduate students led by two members of academic staff (Jianmei Wu and Luo Peng) from the School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology visited Sheffield in early May for a week-long stay. They were actively involved in studio work, lectures, seminars and group discussions, which greatly enhanced the mutual understanding of teaching and research at both schools. Another visit from Sheffield to HIT will take place in September 2012.

During their stay in London the students were asked to complete a site analysis exercise focussing on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Southwark Bridge.  Once in Sheffield the students worked in three groups to edit and collate their analysis work, before developing a sketch design response to the areas they had been investigating.

On Wednesday 2 May 2012 the work was presented to a group of staff and students from across the School.  The imaginitive design proposals ranged from inhabited bubbles floating on the river to wing-form shelters inspired by London pigeons, all supported by a remarkable range of analysis material.

on Thursday afternoon Dan Jary gave a presentation about our first year programme which led to an interesting discussion about the differences between the undergraduate teaching at our two Universities.

SSoA Graduate Destination Summary 2010-11

Our graduates are doing incredibly well at finding employment considering the enduringly dire economic climate:

BA Architecture 78% Dual Structural Engineering and Architecture 92% Dual Architecture and Landscape 76% MArch 92%

Graduates in work for whom qualification was formal requirement or advantage: School overall 85% BA Architecture 87% MArch 92%

The above statistics is provided by the Careers Service using GEMS (Graduate Employment and Marketing Statistics).