SSoA alumni event – Diversity of Practice

6-9pm, Thursday, 13. September 2012

Hosted by Penoyre and Prasad , 28-42 Banner Street, London, EC1Y 8QE

The School of Architecture is pleased to announce it’s first event for alumni to be held in London.  The theme for the evening will be the diversity of practice and a range of alumni from different generations will briefly outline their different approaches and experience.  This will be followed by a discussion session chaired by Bill Taylor, with plenty of time for informal chat and catching up with old friends.


Melanie Bax/Sarah Considine (We Heart the Suburbs)

Roger Hawkins (Hawkins Brown)

Sarah Hollingworth ( 00:/ )

Selina Mason (London Legacy Development Corp)

William Matthews (Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

Anne Minors (AMPC Studio)

Steve Parnell (University of Nottingham, AJ)

Robert Slinger (Studio Kapok)

Penoyre and Prasad have kindly agreed to host the evening at their office at: 28-42 Banner Street, London, EC1Y 8QE (nearest tube station – Old Street)

The event is free to alumni of SSoA.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to –

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 quoted in New London Quarterly article ‘Practice makes Perfect’

Satwinder was recently invited by Alumni Roger Hawkins to contribute to an article discussing the role of practice in architectural education, as part of his on-going work on Future Practice.  New London Quarterly is the award winning magazine for property, architecture, planning and construction in London produced by New London Architecture (NLA).

View full Article (pdf): New_London_Quarterly_RH

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: