AHRC Home Improvements Knowledge Exchange Ideas Lab

AHRC Home Improvements Knowledge Exchange Ideas Lab will be taking place in the school on 3 and 4 December. Led by Professor Flora Samuel this innovative sandpit event will be used to brainstorm projects that will be of use to Taylor Wimpey in improving the quality of its housing provision. It will be attended by Nick Rogers of Taylor Wimpey, David Birkbeck of Design for Homes, Jonathan Rickard of Radian as well as two representatives from nine UK architectural practices, academics from The Universities of Sheffield, Edinburgh and Kingston. For details see AHRC Home Improvements Knowledge Exchange Project website

SSOA success at the Sheffield Design awards

SSOA success at the Sheffield Design awards sees Prue, Howard and Leo win the ‘best small project’ for the Horsefield House and the Bureau-Design+Research’s contribution to the refurbishment of the Arts Tower recognised as the project won both the ‘best conservation project’ and the ‘peoples’ choice for best building’.  Prof. Sarah Wigglesworth presented the awards.

Ross Jordan wins international AIA Ken Roberts Architectural Delineation Competition 2012 best in category for digital/mixed-media

Jordan Ross prize winning entry

Ross Jordan has won the international AIA Ken Roberts Architectural Delineation Competition 2012 best in category for digital/mixed-media. Ross’s image represents a visionary alternative urban landscape, based on the production of algae as a means of creating bio-fuel. The image formed a key part of Ross’s final dual architecture and engineering degree project entitled ‘bio-fuelled delusion’, relating to people’s obsession with fuel and how we have become desperate to source more of it rather than reduce our reliance on it.

Click on the link to view the image and other winners: http://krobarch.com/winners.asp?winner_year=2012


Sarah Wigglesworth appointed a Royal Designer for Industry

Sarah Wigglesworth has become the first female architect to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.

She joins Peter Clegg and Ted Cullinan as the other two RDI titleholders for architecture. David Chipperfield, Norman Foster and John Pawson have all been made RDIs for interior design in the past.

The award is given by the RSA and Wigglesworth said: “I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to be singled out for recognition in this way. It is a tribute to my practice.”

She added: “Throughout my professional life I have worked hard to raise the profile of women in architecture, to encourage socially responsible and sustainable architecture and, as someone who combines running a practice with a busy academic career, to break down the barriers between practice and theory. I hope the award is more than a pat on the back.”

Only 200 people can be named an RDI at any time.

Designs on the Future NOW: Inaugural Lecture Series

Three new female professors at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) will give inaugural lectures in quick succession this November and December, linked together by the common theme of ‘Designs on the Future Now’ and sharing the same aspiration of influencing the agenda of architectural education and practice. Each lecture will pick up a facet of this challenge: mitigation/adaptation related to climate change, wealth discrepancies, and the urgent necessity for new forms of action.

Between us, we will examine how architectural education, research and practice can contribute to more sustainable future through deeper understanding of building performance, architects practicing ‘as if they give a damn’, and activist research.

We currently have 5 female professors at SSoA. The other 45 schools can only muster around a dozen between them- so we are proud of that achievement within The University of Sheffield

Urban Blind Spots. Theory Forum 2012

Urban Blind Spots is a 2-day symposium to take place on 13th and 14th November 2012 at the School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield. This site will be updated regularly to feature call for contributions, general information, programme, etc.

Please direct all queries to the following email address


or directly to one of the organisers

Florian Kossak – f.kossak@sheffield.ac.uk Tatjana Schneider – t.schneider@sheffield.ac.uk Stephen Walker – s.j.walker@sheffield.ac.uk


New HoD from September 2013 Prof Fionn Stevenson

Prof Fionn Stevenson

Prof Fionn Stevenson will take over the headship of the Sheffield School  of Architecture in September 2013 from Prof Flora Samuel.

Text below from article in AJ:-

Fionn Stevenson is to replace Flora Samuel as head of the University of Sheffield’s school of architecture

The current professor of sustainable design – who joined the school one year ago – will take over at the helm from 1 September 2013 when Samuel steps down.

Stevenson will become the second ever woman to lead the prestigious faculty. Samuel, who became Sheffield’s first female head when she took over the reins in early 2010, will continue to teach at the university.

In a statement, Stevenson praised the school’s ‘distinctive reputation for agenda-setting social engagement’.

She said: ‘We have extraordinary staff and students who are pioneering new interdisciplinary ways of thinking about architecture and my job will be to enable their creative curiosity and empathy to flourish in the best way possible.’

Stevenson – who co-directed Oxford Brookes’ low carbon building unit from 2007 to 2011 – admitted she had a ‘passion for sustainable design, even though the “S” word is no longer fashionable.’

She said: ‘As architects and educators we need to take a more long-term and holistic view about our use of resources to help to create communities that contribute positively to our planetary ecology.’

Samuel will start a year-long sabbatical next September to complete an AHRC-backed ‘Home Improvements’ knowledge exchange project with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey. She also plans to complete a book on the value of architecture to society and continue working with the RIBA Research and Innovation Group.

Explaining her plan to continue teaching at the school, Samuel said: ‘Sheffield has great, really critical students, and a unique mix of architecture and social science that is just right for my work.

‘I want to enjoy the good things that we’ve put in place over the last few years as they come into fruition.’

She added: ‘Also I want to support Fionn, who has the energy and insight to do real good for the profession,  in developing the school’s strategic vision for being a world leader on the interface between architecture and society. The last few years have seen the near “privatisation” of the Higher Education system. There is much work to do to counter the negative results of these changes, particularly in the area of widening participation.’