Professor Stevenson visits Mexico City

Head of School, Professor Fionn Stevenson, is currently visiting Mexico City to take part in a series of events and talks at local universities. Fionn is being hosted by the postgraduate unit of studies in Architecture at The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Beginning her trip with a visit to UNAM, Fionn will deliver a talk on ‘Sustainable Housing: Resilience and Social Learning’. She will talk to students and staff about why providing sustainable housing that is also resilient is a key challenge in the 21st Century. This talk will cover the results of a recent two year research case study of a highly innovative housing development in the UK, highlighting key lessons for design, construction and engagement with the residents.

Fionn will also run a one day workshop with UNAM students on ‘Building Performance Evaluation’ which will involve an introductory lecture, group exercise, site visit and tutorial. This workshop will introduce the basic concepts and principles of Building Performance Evaluation and Usability. A case study will be explored to show what can be done to ensure that usability and comfort is promoted throughout the building lifecycle from briefing through design to commissioning and occupancy.

Other activities include a visit and talk at Monterrey ITSEM School of Architecture. Fionn will also host prospective students and Sheffield School of Architecture alumni in an evening of informal networking held at UNAM.

MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies course webinar

We recently held a successful MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies webinar with prospective students from all over the world.

The event was hosted by course leaders, Sofie Pelsmakers and Aidan Hoggard, alongside student ambassadors Anaclara Penha and Maria Englezou.

The webinar aimed to guide participants, who have an interest in this field on:

  • Our world-leading expertise in sustainability
  • Why there is an industry need for expertise in this area
  • Course structure, outcomes and activities our students are involved in
  • Admissions and selection procedure

View a recording of the webinar here

We have also put together some course videos where you can hear our academic staff and current students talking about the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies course and why it’s so important for architects to possess skills in this field.


Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience Series

This month Sheffield will host the next Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience event in the ESRC sponsored seminar series. The series combines academic research and debate with practical interventions, aiming to strengthen links between UK and international cohousing networks.

The next seminar will take place in Sheffield on 29 January and will draw attention to collective learning to change and influence ecological behaviour, and empowerment through collaborative design.

In the morning there will be key-note contributions from Lucelia Taranto Rodrigues (sharing community energy to build resilience) and Fionn Stevenson (‘collective learning in co-housing’). Then Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen will join by video from California to introduce a workshop activity on ‘co-developing for ecological living’. Further afternoon workshops cover intersecting themes of ‘retrofit challenges’ (with Mark Parsons), socio-technical challenges, ‘gender challenges (with Jenny Pickerill) and ‘co-designing challenges’.

The day before the seminar will involve a coach tour of several collaborative housing developments in Sheffield, facilitated by The University of Sheffield, engaging in discussion with the residents at each development.

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Celebrating the success of our class of 2015 masters students

Congratulations to all our postgraduate taught masters students who graduated last Thursday (14 January 2016).

Students graduated from the MA in Architectural Design, MA in Urban Design, MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies, MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments and MA in Conservation and Regeneration.

At the ceremony an honorary degree was awarded to Bob Adams. Bob is a distinguished architect-planner and a former member of staff in the University’s Faculty of Architectural Studies who was instrumental in setting up the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Following the ceremony we welcomed the graduates to a reception in the School.

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Our graduates join a global community of alumni. We maintain a strong network allowing our students, staff and alumni to benefit from one another.

SSoA Alumni


Future Scenarios – Surgery & Network Event

The University of Sheffield and the Open University have launched the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios project. This funded programme of work provides an opportunity for three artists to be ‘in residence’ for one year from June 2016 within key climate change networks and institutions. They will be supported to develop new cultural work in the context of climate change scenarios.

This event has been organised by SSoA’s Renata Tyszczuk and will take place on 27 January 2016. The evening will explore why scenarios are such a key element of climate change research and politics, and also why it is important to invite a wider range of perspectives on these themes.

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