Funding opportunity for PGT applicants for MA Conservation and Regeneration

The University of Sheffield is inviting applications for an AHRC Professional Preparation Masters Award to study for a postgraduate taught masters programme where the focus is on the development of high-level skills and competences as a preparation for professional practice in a relevant field. Applicants and offer holders for the MA in Conservation and Regeneration at SSoA are encouraged to submit an application.

The award covers tuition fees and provides an annual stipend of c. £8845. Home and EU students (who have been resident in the UK for 3 years) are eligible to apply. EU applicants that have not been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for a fees-only award, paying the standard UK/EU tuition fees only.

The MA in Conservation and Regeneration (MACR) addresses design processes and the management of change in the historic built environment, and covers the history, theory and practice of architectural conservation. The programme is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.  Further information is available at

Information about the AHRC PPM Award, including application details, is available at The closing date to apply for AHRC Masters awards is 30th March 2012. New applicants will need to submit an online PGT application (including a personal statement and short design portfolio) prior to completing the AHRC award application form. PGT forms are available at

For further information, please contact Dr Jo Lintonbon, Programme Director MACR,

Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée/ Doina Petrescu’s work is featured in exbition at Architekturzentrum Vienna

The Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée’s project R-URBAN , which implements a participative strategy of resilience  in a suburban town in North East of Paris,  is one of the projects featured in the exhibition Hands-on Urbanism 1850-2012. The Right to Green, at Architekturzentrum Vienna, March, 15th 2012 – June, 25th 2012,

Doina Petrescu and Constantin Petcou have also co-authored an essay in a book related to the exhibition.

”Hands-on / practical, involving action, based on active participation Urbanism / urbanization; the culture and way of life of urban dwellers Hands-on urbanism, bottom-up urbanism and irregular urbanization are not the exception to the rule – they are driving forces behind the urban development and often behind changes in urban policy. From the onset of industrialization, first in Europe and North America and then in the Southern hemisphere, to today’s neoliberal, developer-driven global city, the history of urban transformation processes unfolds as a sequence of critical situations. Gardening and informal settling are indicative of these crises. Taking root from bewlo, these self-organized, self-help practices are dynamic and inspiring agencies of change” (Elke Krasny, curator)

In conjunction with the exhibition a book is published in German with Turia + Kant Verlag, Vienna  and in English with MCCM Creations, Hongkong. The book contains 26 essays, including new texts by Phoebe Giannisi and Zissis Kotionis, Francoise Fromonot, Fallen Fruit, aaa, Felipe Hernández, Marjetica Potrc, Lucia Babina, Obrat, Anke Hagemann, Bohn & Viljoen architects and others, but also reprints of texts by Jane Addams and John F.C. Turner  356 pages, 300 photographs.

MAUD 2012 working perilously hard in Copenhagen

Visit to award-winning Sandal Magna School with Prof. Sarah Wigglesworth

Classroom Wing

Students on the MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies (MSc SAS) visited Sandal Magna Community Primary School in Wakefield on Wednesday 7th March 2012. Julia Simpson, the Head Teacher and Prof. Sarah Wigglesworth, the architect, greeted the group of postgraduate students and several members of staff from the School of Architecture on a wet and windy March morning. One of the  MSc SAS studios is currently working on proposals for the design of an educational centre for the Ruskin Mill Trust in Sheffield. Students were therefore keen to glean information about the design of educational spaces as well as discussing the  integration of the solar photo-voltaic panels, the ground source heat pump and rainwater recycling systems into the building’s energy and environmental strategies. Of particular interest were the choice of materials – combining the use of brick cross-walls with fair-faced KLH cross-laminated solid wood structural panels.

Architect explains

Photographs by Prof. Peter Blundell-Jones


MAUD Presents

Urban Design Conversations

Friday // 16.03.2012 // 14:00 – 15:30 // LT 16.3 // Arts Tower

Irena Bauman talks with Wulf Daseking

Prof Irena Bauman will engage Prof Wulf Daseking, Head of Planning for the City of Freiburg (Germany) in a public discussion about sustainable city development.

Freiburg is one of Europe’s ‘greenest city’ that pioneered sustainable development on a city wide scale, including extensive low-energy housing, large scale use of renewable fuels, priority and high use of public transport, walking and cycling, all within a very compact, short-distance city with a historic centre.

Wulf Daseking has been the Head of Urban Planning for the City of Freiburg for over 20 years and is a key figure in shaping the city and in developing the ‘Freiburg Charter’.

You are all invited to join this conversation in which Irena Bauman will quiz Wulf Daseking as to how Freiburg was able to achieve this and how their experiences could be translated into different contexts and applied to cities like Sheffield.

Satwinder Samra invited by Royal College of Art to review Masters Studio with Carmody Groarke and Peter Murray of New London Architecture

Review at Royal College of Art

Satwinder Samra joined Lara Gibson, London Metropolitan University and William Whitby of Arup as the guest reviewers for the ‘Walled Cities’ project currently being led by Kevin Carmody and Lewis Kinnear from Carmody Groarke Architects, London. Peter Murray  gave a tour of the NLA for the second part of the session with a inspirational discussion on the historic and future growth of London and the context of these student projects within that.

Sheffield University School of Architecture plays host for first RIBA Regional Members Forum

Satwinder Samra worked with RIBA Yorkshire to host the February Regional Archiecture Forum.  This new initiative, led by the new regional chair John Orrell from DLA Architecture saw RIBA Members from across come to the Arts Tower for a very entertaining and informative talk by Alan Robshaw of HLM followed by a tour of the refurbishment project.  The RIBA had also invited Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons and Professor of Architecture here at the school,  who gave a fascinating talk on Localism in the evening session, which was attended by a group of 70 practioners and students.

Zero carbon construction methods using the ModCell straw bale panel system

The MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies is pleased to host a CPD session available to students, staff and local practitioners on “Zero carbon construction methods using the ModCell straw bale panel system”. Finlay White from ModCell will speak from 1pm-2.30pm on Tuesday 24th April 2012. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available from 12.30pm.

Please join us in the Lecture Theatre, Floor 16, Arts Tower, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

For more information on ModCell see:

To book a place please contact: Lucy Jones, Programme Director of the MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies (MSc SAS) at

For more information about MSc SAS please see: