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).

Architecture SURE success

SURE (Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience) offers funded research scholarships for The University of Sheffield’s undergraduate students. In the latest round of competition, Architecture students and staff have been successful in winning 8 SURE bursaries (for Social Sciences there are only 32 altogether).

Amy Jeffries, SURE coordinator, has commented that Architecture put in a high number of applications and that they were all of a very high quality. The Architecture winning entries are:

  • All the Fun of the Fair: Mapping the Hoppings (proposed and supervised by Dr Stephen Walker)
  • The Adaptation of Learning Environments for the Integration of Disabled Children (proposed by Rory Cleary and Chloe Anderson supervised by Dr Cristina Cerulli)
  • Material Re-use: A database for Sheffield (proposed by Andrew Sadler supervised by Lucy Jones)
  • Open Shop – A Strategy for Sheffield (proposed by Ivan Rabodzeenko supervised by Dr Cristina Cerulli)
  • The River Commons Next Steps: Evaluation of feasibility of potential projects on the Upper Rover Don in Sheffield (proposed by Jekaterina Porohina supervised by Dr Cristina Cerulli)
  • ‘Variations on a Theme’ – A typo-morphological survey of the Berlin Mietskaserne (proposed and supervised by Dr Florian Kossak)
  • Does a live project have a life? (proposed by Simeon Shtebunaev supervised by Carolyn Butterworth)

Congratulations to all concerned.

A project diagram provided by Chloe Anderson

Live Projects on Display in the City Centre

Work produced for this year’s MArch and MAAD Live Projects is on display in the city centre for the next two weeks. This is part of a series of exhibitions that celebrates the socially-engaged work done by students from the Faculty of Social Sciences in collaboration with community organisations. The work is on display in a shop window on Furnival Gate, opposite Debenhams, until Friday 4th May:

click here for location More information on Live Projects can be found at

More information on Faculty of Social Sciences community engagement projects can be found at

Sarah Wigglesworth is currently in the USA at the invitation of two American Universities

At University of California Berkeley, Sarah was an invited participant in a panel discussion on the subject of Activism in Architecture. The panel was chaired by Greig Crysler, and co-organised by faculty colleagues Margaret Crawford and Jill Stoner. Also represented on the panel was Eric Cesal (Architecture for Humanity), Dan Pitera (architect and activist in Detroit, Michigan), Amit Price Patel of ADPSR (Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility), and Jeremy Till of the University of Westminster, UK.

In the second of the appearances, Sarah will be giving a lecture as part of the Dept of Architecture at Portland State University’s lecture series under the banner ‘First’. Sarah will be discussing the role of first projects in generating ideas that are then capable of transferring to other projects, illustrating the lecture with seven examples of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’ recent work.

Florian Kossak and Irena Bauman at Temporary Urbanism debate

Urban Design Journal , April 2012 issue, features 6 essays on Temporary Urbanism including two written by MAUD coordinator Florian Kossak and MAUD visiting professor Tina Saaby, chief architect of Copenhagen. This issue of Urban Design journal looks at Temporary Urbanism, guest edited by Irena Bauman, architect and patron of the Urban Design Group. Temporary urbanism is growing in popularity as a response to the need for low cost, loose fit and creative solutions to increasing liveability factors in cities, as well as fighting blight caused by the economic downturn. Reshaping space for changing needs, encouraging the use of unoccupied places in innovative ways, and creating a vibrant street culture improves the economic competitiveness of a city. The articles in this issue are from both England and Denmark, and open with Henning Thomsen writing about this new form of squatting, and the coalition between authorities and finance, and the unsalaried, anarchic and creative grass roots, visiting an example in Copenhagen Tina Saaby, City Architect for Copenhagen explains Lively Copenhagen – a municipal initiative to use temporary measures in the development of the city to promote urban life at all scales. The article includes reasons for using temporary measures and case studies in Carlsberg, Sundholm and Ørestad. Peter Schultz Jørgensen, Planner of the Municipality of Roskilde and Jes Vagnby, architect of the Rosklide Festival examine the effect of the international music festival on the planning of the area, and its temporariness in keeping the city open to change at the hands of urban society.

See also: Urban Design 122 – Spring 2012

Irena Bauman and Florian Kossak will be debating issues raised by this issue of the journal on the 25th of April in London. For more information see: Urban Design Group – Temporary Urbanism.

Discover Architecture trip to London


Sheffield University’s Discover Architecture and the Built Environment outreach programme aims to encourage Year 12 students from local schools and colleges to pursue a career in architecture.  As part of the programme a group of school pupils recently went on a trip to London accompanied by staff and students from the University.

The day began with a visit to the offices of Hawkins Brown,where the process of seeing a project through from sketch design to completion was explained by Roger Hawkins, with the help of Sheffield graduates currently employed by the practice.

The students were then taken to the Barbican Centre, where they were asked to carry out a series of sketching exercises, exploring the relationship between internal and external public spaces.

The day ended with a tour around the Olympic Park in Stratford, observing both permanent and temporary sports facilities, framed by the emerging landscape infrastructure.  The group then made their way back to St Pancras on board the Javelin high speed rail link, at the end of a packed and thoroughly enjoyable day.

For more information about the Discover Architecture and the Built Environment programme please go to:  or contact Caroline Knight:

Research Funding in the School of Architecture

The award of funding to carry out research is an essential part of a successful research strategy. Staff in the School of Architecture have been successful in attracting large funding from highly competitive sources,  and this is a good indication of their standing in the research environment.

Two projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are MERLIN and  Solar Energy for future societies. MERLIN (EPSRC, £1.2M) is a collaboration between Steve Fotios and colleagues at UCL and City University and is investigating lighting for pedestrians – what characteristics of lighting contribute to making you actually safer, and feel safer, when walking at night-time? Prue Chiles  is a co-investigator on the £1.2M Solar Energy for future societies project, which aims to introduce energy users as knowledge partners in the development of innovative solar energy solutions.

Three projects have been funded by the EU. Hasim Altan is a co-investigator on the Wireless Friendly Energy Efficient Buildings (WiFEEB) project, a €2.1M project funded through the EU/FP7 programme, in collaboration with Czech Technical University (CTU) and Ranplan. HOSANNA is a £4M project funded by the EU; Jian Kang is one of the 11 EU partners in this project which investigates holistic and sustainable approaches to noise abatement by optimized combinations of natural and artificial means.  Doina Petrescu is coordinator of the €1.5M R-URBAN project, funded through the EC  Life+  programme for Environment Policy and Governance, and is a participative strategy of development, practices and networks of local resilience for European cities.

1st and 2nd Year Students Win Haiti Design Competition

A group of first and second year students from SSoA have won a competition run by Article 25 entitled ‘Re-Imagining Haiti’s national Palace’.

The students triumphed against some tough competition, including Masters level students from a range of Universities as well as practising architects from offices including Foster and Partners.

The presentations took place on 29th March, and Article 25 now want to use the competition to raise awareness and lobby for funding for the work that still needs to be done in Haiti two years on from the 2010 earthquake disaster.

The prize for the competition was a number of books on humanitarian architecture, which the students have generously decided to donate to the University library.

Live Projects Showcased by Enterprise Educators UK

The MArch/MAAD Live Projects are generating a great deal of interest across the University and beyond for their social-engagement and their encouragement of enterprise in our students.

Enterprise Educators UK, a national network supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship teaching, has featured Live Projects on their website as a case study. For the full story go to:

This follows on from the recent profiling of Live Projects as a ‘Success Story’ by University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE):


If you have a Live Project suggestion for the 2012/13 academic year then please contact Carolyn Butterworth at

For more information go to our Live Projects website at