LKE Ozolins PhD Studentship

Congratulations to Helen Stratford who has been awarded the prestigious 2013 LKE Ozolins PhD Studentship for her research on ‘Performative Architectures’ at SSoA. She describes her research below:

‘Architecture produces certain ways of behaving, yet requires movement and interaction with the body to be understood. In this inter-relationship, buildings and public space are perhaps better understood as “performative conditions” – “acting on us and activated by us.” (Petrescu-2007) This PhD research asks: what new spatial knowledge can performative research bring to the understanding and production of architecture and urban politics in public space? Going beyond an examination of works and practices, it proposes a research-based architectural practice that uses performance-based methodologies and practices to research and produce space, asking, how does such practice differ from conventional architectural practice and what kind of space does it produce?

I have an established research-based architectural practice involving site-specific, collaborative and performance-based practices. This practice-led PhD research will develop this practice, while establishing an original theoretical and practical framework for considering Performative Architectures in relation to spatial production. Research methods will include researching other artists and practices, establishing a theoretical framework and developing practice-based ‘tools,’ focusing on Performative Architectures as design practice. Drawing on models from practice-led research in art practice and concepts of performativity from performance studies and feminist theories, Performative Architectures will investigate implications for alternate models of practice-based knowledge production in architecture.

In visual and live-art, growing numbers of people and groups are working between concepts of art, architecture and performance. Simultaneously, within architectural practice and theory, the idea of the performative has become prevalent. However, whilst prevalent, the term is still readily conflated with performance, formal design, or material technologies, rather than architecture as a social-space. Few examples exist of foregrounding performativity, and architecture, through active terms that “foreground performance as a site of group co-ordination in space over time.” (Jackson 2011) The research will offer significant and original insights for architecture, art, geography and researchers/practitioners working within participatory and socially-engaged practices. Ultimately it will bring a rigorous conceptual framework to an otherwise poorly articulated area, while opening up significant dialogues between social sciences, performance studies, live/visual art and architecture.’

(taken from the RIBA website)

RIBA President’s Awards for Research

Staff and students at SSoA have been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2013.

Irena Bauman has been shortlisted for Practice Based Research for her Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Flora Samuel and Inge Linder Gaillard have been shortlisted for University Based Research with their book Sacred Concrete (Birkhauser 2013). One of our Masters students, Fay Al Khalifa, has also been shortlisted for her dissertation An urban healing agenda for reform in Bahrain: Where the dweller falls into the urban gap and the sailing boat hits the skyscraper.

Additionally, an alumnus from our BA and MArch programmes, James Brown, has been shortlisted for the PhD that he has completed at Queen’s University Belfast: A Critique of the Live Project.

Winners will be announced later this year.

These shortlistings follow on from our success in these awards last year, when SSoA staff, Sarah Wigglesworth, Cristina Cerulli and Tatjana Schneider won awards for Practice Based Research and PhD student, Stephen Parnell, won the award for best PhD.

The full 2013 shortlist of can be seen on the RIBA website.

Chinese Academy of Science & Uni. of Sheffield PhD Studentship

SACO (Institute of Sustainable Architecture and City Optimization, Suzhou & Chinese Academy of Science) and the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, have set up a new programme, to support 2-3 PhD students each year, in the area of sustainable architecture.

The program is under the remote location PhD scheme at the University of Sheffield, and the registration period is 4-6 years. During the period, the students are required to work in SACO for 60-70% of the total time, participating in research and practical projects of the institute, and to study in the University for the rest of time. SACO will fund the students’ tuition fee, as well as the maintenance in Sheffield (equivalent to standard UK Government studentship level), and pay salary to the students when they work at the institute.

The candidates should have a master degree in relevant fields, and candidates with experience in practical projects and/or professional qualifications will be given priorities.  The candidates should apply follow the application procedure of the University of Sheffield, supplying the required documents, including transcripts, language certificate, etc. For detailed information, please visit:




本计划为谢菲尔德大学在职博士生项目(remote location scheme),注册学习时间4-6年,期间在SACO工作时间约为60-70%,参与其研究及实际项目,其余时间在谢菲尔德大学学习。SACO将资助学费及在谢菲尔德期间的生活费(参照英国政府奖学金标准),并发放其在SACO工作期间的工资。