Research in Commercial Practice Symposium 2013

Research in Commercial Practice Symposium 2013

Following the success of the Research in Commercial Practice Symposium in 2012, The University of Sheffield will be holding RCP 2013 on Friday 4th October. This year the event will bring together six speakers to expose the diversity of research topics and methods in Commercial Practice. The event will also include an exhibition which showcases the findings of three research partnerships between practice and academia, conducted as part of Home Improvements, an AHRC funded research project. Projects include:

Motivating Collective Custom Build: Ash Sakula, University of Sheffield & Deisgn for Homes

Parking Space: URBED, University of Edinburgh & Deisgn for Homes

Making Place: Satellite Architects, Kingston University & Taylor Wimpey

Home Improvements will also launch a Report on Housing Research in Practice, which aims to provide an understanding of the current state of housing research in UK practice, and a Research Practice Guide, which provides key sources of information for SMEs looking to develop a research profile.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and CPD points will be awarded to attendees.

Speakers include:

Flora Samuel, University of Sheffield

Anne Dye, RIBA

Prof. Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Andrew Matthews, Proctor and Matthews

John Ackroyd, Architype

Alex Ely, Mae Architects

Sandy Wright, Wright & Wright

Walter Menteth, Walter Menteth Architects

Full more information and to register, visit:

London Alumni Event 2013

6-9pm, Thursday 19 September 2013.

Hosted by John McAslan & Partners, 7-9 William Road, London, NW1 3ER

Sheffield School of Architecture is pleased to announce that it will be holding it’s second London alumni event on Thursday 19. September 2013, 6-9pm.

Building on last year’s very successful event, this year we are asking a number of alumni from different generations and backgrounds to reflect on their diverse careers and experiences. The presentations will be followed by a discussion chaired by Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad. There will then be plenty of time to catch up with old friends.

The full list of speakers is now confirmed:

David Cash – Chairman, BDP

Sarah Ernst – Architype and Architecture Sans Frontières UK

Andrew Groarke – Carmody Groarke

Stephen Proctor – Proctor and Matthews

Jane Rendell – Bartlett, UCL

Annalie Riches – Riches Hawley Mikhail

Tony Skipper at John McAslan & Partners has kindly agreed to host the evening at their office at: 7-9 William Road, London, NW1 3ER (nearest tube stations – Euston and Euston Square)

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

Renata Tyszczuk awarded British Academy fellowship

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Award

Dr Renata Tyszczuk, Senior Lecturer in Architecture has been awarded a prestigious British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the academic year 2013-2014 to work on a project entitled: Provisional City: Revising the Role of Architecture in Responding to Environmental Change.

Project Description:

Climate change establishes humans as a disruptive geological force and reminds us of collective vulnerability, responsibility and uncertainty. However, science and policy debates have tended to overshadow accounts that address the historical, philosophical and ethical dimensions of living with environmental change. In the midst of this architects are charged with redefining how we create, shape and maintain our cities in order to limit environmental impacts and risks. This project consolidates and extends Dr Tyszczuk’s previous work on architecture and provisional thinking to bring into a single volume a set of arguments about how to re-position architectural practice in relation to wider intellectual, environmental, political and cultural shifts. Central to this project is the proposition that living with uncertainty requires that architecture is reframed as a provisional practice. The project includes a historiographic survey of architectural responses to environmental change and the piloting of a programme of professional and public engagement with this research.

The British Academy intends, through this scheme of Mid-Career Fellowships, both to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. 46 Fellowships were awarded in 2013.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder praises Mark Emms

Who is the best architect you’ve worked with?

The new RIBA President, Stephen Hodder, has named our third year director, Mark Emms, as the best architect he’s ever worked with. (‘Hodder on Hodder – the likes and dislikes of the new RIBA President’, Architects’ Journal, 29 August 2013, p12.)

Mark worked for the award winning practice Hodder + Partners between 2002 and 2006, during which time he was the associate responsible for both refurbishment works and a major extension at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The extension of Arne Jacobsen’s acclaimed college design (originally completed in 1963 and given Grade 1 Listing in 1993) provided 132 new study bedrooms, eight seminar rooms and a new porters’ lodge with architectural ingenuity and restraint. The completed extension was itself recognised with an RIBA Award, an Oxford Preservation Award and the Roses Design Award for Best Public Building 2006.

In the AJ article, Stephen Hodder, who starts his term as RIBA President this week, also refers to Mark as ‘a very nice person as well’!

St Catherines College, Phase 2 Extension, 2006 (Photo Martin Jones)