PhD student published in top Chinese journal

Xiang Ren has published his research article ‘Archi-infrastructure as Urban Patchworks & Generators’ in Time+Architecture this month.

The regeneration and new construction of traffic infrastructures has been one of the key forces in the transition and upgrading of urban structure in both developed countries and emerging economies in the past twenty years. Xiang’s paper explored the transformative value of collaborative architectural design with a case study on the multi-disciplinary transport and infrastructure sector.

Time+Architecture Journal was established in 1984, and is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Shanghai. It is an international academic journal which ranks in the top three in China.

Xiang achieved the offer of MArch from Tongji University in March 2010, with one of the highest marks of the country. After practising architecture for three years he came to Sheffield and completed his MA degree with Distinction. Currently writing up his PhD, he has frequently presented his work in referred international conferences in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy and throughout the UK.

Xiang said “Every time I publish papers and present in conferences outside the School I feel so proud that my enthusiasm and commitment matches the honourable title of being a Sheffield School of Architecture student.”

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Research Symposium with STEALTH.unlimited

On 17 February the School of Architecture is hosting a research symposium with Ana Džokic and Marc Neelen from STEALTH.unlimited. The symposium is part of a 2 day event in which Ana and Marc are running a series of workshops with staff and students in the School.

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STEALTH.unlimited (2000, Rotterdam/Belgrade) is the practice of Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen. Although initially trained as architects, for 15 years their work is equally based in the context of contemporary art and culture. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organisations and institutions, STEALTH connect urban research, visual arts, spatial interventions and cultural activism.

Sheffield student recognised in top RIBA awards

Niamh Lincoln has received a Commendation in the Dissertation Medal category at the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) President’s Medals Ceremony.

Niamh graduated from Sheffield School of Architecture’s MArch in Architecture in June 2015. Her dissertation ‘tempelhof – articulating the void’ presents a very particular form of public space, as a 386-hectare vacuum in the city of Berlin.

Niamh said “It is a great honour to be commended at the RIBA President’s Medals for a piece of work that I took such pleasure in writing. I would like to particularly thank Florian Kossak for his extensive knowledge and support throughout the writing of my dissertation as well as my thesis tutor Carolyn Butterworth for her constant encouragement during my most crucial year of study.

The focus that SSoA places on research and theory drew me back to the university post Part 1. I already look back at my time at the school with great fondness, thank you for five truly inspiring years.”

This is an outstanding achievement for Niamh, making her dissertation one of the best out of the entries received from around 320 Universities in 65 countries.

The ceremony was held at the RIBA in London on the 2nd December with Niamh receiving her award from RIBA president Jane Duncan. The President’s Medals are regarded as the most prestigious student awards in architectural education. They are awarded annually, by a panel of respected international academics and practitioners, to students nominated by schools of architecture worldwide.

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“Congratulations to our deserving medal winners who have fought-off tough competition from around the world and truly excelled with their innovative, challenging and thought-provoking projects. It’s an honour to present these awards to the future trailblazers and current innovators of the architecture profession.”

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tempelhof – articulating the void


Exploring the complexities of public space

Students participate in Theory Forum 2015.

Public space plays a major role in influencing the quality of our cities, providing spaces of social interaction and community cohesion. As part of the School’s annual Theory Forum initiative we are giving students the opportunity to explore the idea of public space through a workshop and symposium.

The forum will examine diverse theoretical approaches and practice methodologies applied to the production of public space by bringing together academics with key thinkers and practitioners in the area.

“I believe public space is extremely complex and politics lies at the heart of any true public space. But what does public space mean to you and what is the role of the architect in the design public space? Can we design public space for private clients? What is the role of the public collaboration in its production? What are the major issues that architects are facing?”Dr Teresa Hoskyns, Theory Forum Organiser

Open Space Technology Workshop with Improbable

On 24 November the Theory Forum launched an interactive ‘open space’ workshop. Students were invited to take part in collaborative conversations and discussions and produce a ‘public space pop-up’ at the venue by inviting people who passed by to participate.

The main debate in the workshop was on the feasibility of the production of public space through collaboration. Groups were asked to define: What is public space? Is public space defined by the existence of private space, so in this case does it mean that public space endures when no one is in it?

Public Space Symposium: Design methodologies and the production of public space.

9 December, Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, Sheffield

Following the workshop held in November, MArch and MA in Architectural Design students will participate in the Public Space Symposium. The aim is to bring together a range of speakers from across the School to collaborate on the theme of ‘Design methodologies and the production of public space’. The event will end with a key note lecture from Massimo de Angelis, who is Professor of Political Economy and Development and co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Change at the University of East London.

PhD student chosen as finalist for Young Lighter of the Year

Zeynep Keskin has been selected as a finalist in the Society of Light and Lighting’s (SLL) Young Lighter of the Year competition. The four finalists will present their work at the LuxLive exhibition on 19 November with the winner announced during the LUX Awards that evening.

The competition is in its 21st year and provides ‘a high profile opportunity to help promote younger members of the lighting profession.’ Entries are open to those actively working in any aspect of the industry. The awards allow the young lighters to illustrate their knowledge and research on a lighting subject, hone their presentation skills, and raise their profile within the industry.

Zeynip’s PhD work is being supervised by Professor Steve Fotios and focuses on investigating the effect of daylight availability on seating preference in open-plan spaces

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