Fay al Khalifa wins RIBA Research Award

Masters student Fay al Khalifa has won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Degree Thesis in the RIBA President’s Research Awards 2013.  The award was given for her dissertation entitled An urban healing agenda for reform in Bahrain: where the dweller falls into the urban gap and the sailing boat hits the skyscraper, which was completed as part of her MA in Conservation and Regeneration course at SSoA and was supervised by Professor Peter Blundell Jones.

The RIBA judging panel praised Fay’s thesis as follows…

“Al Khalifa successfully tackled the implications of rapid change in Bahrain in a post-oil world in this well executed study. Although the struggle to find people willing to contribute is evident, the author has been able to consult with key players including the Bahrain Ministry of Culture and the University of Bahrain. This sophisticated MA is full of astute observations and recommendations; a relevant and important topic tackled well.”

Further information about the awards is available on the RIBA website.

This award continues our very successful record in the RIBA Research Awards. In 2012, 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. In 2011, Tatjana Schneider was awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-located Research for her work  Spatial Agency with Jeremy Till (then at Westminster).

Fay al Khalifa is now completing a PhD in the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield.

Atelier d’Architecture Autogeree / Doina Petrescu at Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, MOMA New York

AAA at Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, MOMA New York

Doina participates together with Constantin Petcou  and their practice atelier d’architecture autogeree at the launch of the MoMA exhibition “Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities”.

The exhibition organised by Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Architecture and Design at MOMA, addresses the unbalanced urban growth which is one of the greatest challenges to societies across the globe and convene a number of international teams including practitioners and researchers  to  work together on the topic and examine new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Lagos, Hong Kong, and Istanbul.

A first workshop on Friday and Saturday 26-27 October marks the series of workshops that will conduct to a publication and an exhibition at MoMA in November 2014. The 12 international teams include: Situ Studio/New York, and Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra)/ Rotterdam,  RUA Arquitetos/Rio de Janeiro, and MAS Urban Design/ETH, Zurich, URBZ/Mumbai, and Pop Lab Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/ Cambridge, NLÉ Architects/Lagos, and Inteligencias Colectivas/Madrid,  MAP Office/Hong Kong, and Network Architecture Lab Columbia University/ New York, Superpool/ Istanbul and aaa/Paris.

Success for Chris Parrott in AR Global Arch. Graduate Awards

Chris Parrott, who completed his MArch in Architecture at SSoA this summer, is the post graduate runner-up in the Global Architecture Graduate Awards (GAGA), which feature in the October 2013 issue of the Architectural Review. The awards attracted hundreds of entries from students worldwide.

Chris’s project ‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ was developed as part of Studio 5, tutored by Carolyn Butterworth. Based in a large redundant brewery in Sheffield, the project proposes a gradually expanding facility for start-up businesses, collaborative research projects and digital fabrication for a community of techno-savvy, anti-capitalist makers.

One of the judges, Peter Carl, summarises the strengths of the project and creates a new stylistic label of ‘steampunk mannerism‘ to describe it -

The project’s great merit is the iconography of mess. Parrott would undoubtedly prefer realism over mess, but his prodigious rendering skills accurately capture the entirely credible lifestyle of such a group and its self-build means of continual adaptation. The hi-low tech of CNC timber ribs is at one with the steampunk mannerism of overscaled plywood texture maps, ornamental electric conduits and the two-storey ring and cable devices.

Also shortlisted was Rob Taylor, who is an alumnus from our BA in Architecture course.

You can read more and see additional drawings on the AR website.

SSoA scores strongly in new national rankings

Two new authorative rankings confirm that the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) is one of the best places to study architecture in the UK.

In the National Student Survey 2013 SSoA has received an overall score of 97%, ranking us joint second for architecture in the country, along with the University of Bath and Coventry University.  The NSS data is based on questionnaires completed by final year students. Our students gave us particularly strong scores for student satisfaction (97%) teaching (95%), academic support (90%) and learning resources (93%).  Our scores in all of these areas have risen from the previous survey in 2012, confirming our commitment to continually improving our courses and enhancing the student experience at SSoA.

Full details can be found on the Unistats website.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 has placed SSoA among the top three schools of architecture in the UK (up from 4th in the Times 2013 Guide). This is a ranking based on a weighted combination of student satisfaction, research quality, entry points and graduate prospects. Student satisfaction with our courses in this Guide rose to a new high of 90.4%.

Further details are available on the Times website (subscription required).

These latest rankings follow a survey by the Architects’ Journal in their AJ Top 100 Special Issue (9. May 2013), where architects in practice also voted SSoA as being one of the top two schools in the UK.

Taken together, these figures demonstrate a consistency in the different rankings that is unmatched by any other UK school of architecture.

Architecture for Education: Symposium

Architecture for Education: Symposium - School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

When: Wednesday 30th October, 10am – 4pm

Where: Room 16.02, Floor 16, Arts Tower

A symposium relating the history of progressive education, its buildings and spaces to contemporary questions and challenges in education and spatial design.

Talking point:Does formal schooling start too early in the UK?

Speakers include:

Mark Dudek - Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Director of Mark Dudek Architects. Author of Space for Young Children, Nurseries and Schools and Kindergartens, a Design Manual.

Dominic Cullinan - Director, Studio Cullinan and Buck Architects, prolific school designer based in London. SCABAL http://www.scabal.net

Elizabeth Wood – Professor of Education, The University of Sheffield. Specialist in early childhood and primary education. Author of Play, Learning and the Early Childhood Curriculum and The Routledge Reader in Early Childhood Education.

How do buildings which promote the ethos of learning through play differ from those which represent formal education along more traditional lines? How has the history of progressive architecture for children aged 0-11 years manifested itself in particular educational theories since the commencement of mass education circa 1880? In an ‘age of austerity’ how can we justify an authentic architecture of schools as opposed to merely doing buildings with negligible design value?

Hosted by the Children’s Architecture Unit, part of the launch of our new MA in Designing Learning Environments.

Places are limited for this free event, including talks and workshops.

Please contact Rosie Parnell to book your place: r.parnell@sheffield.ac.uk


Top image: Brook Community Primary School, SCABAL

Image below: Cherry Lane Children’s Centre, Mark Dudek Associates, Education Architects

What is it like at SSoA?

What’s it like at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture?

Our new guide has been developed from voices and views gathered from current students, alumni and academic staff from the School of Architecture (SSoA) at the University of Sheffield.

The content has been designed for prospective and current students of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture; students from other disciplines may also find it useful.

All of our students have questions and expectations about studying architecture. The aim of this guide is to use the experience of people who have gone before you to help you understand what you might expect at the School and after you leave.This guide does not aim to explain everything and it is certainly not a substitute for direct experience; it offers advice and insight to help you prepare for the next stage in your education or to help you reflect on your experience so far.

You can can find out more about ‘What is it Like?’ at our WordPress website. Alternatively, you can also download the guide in PDF format here.

New book by Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker’s latest book ‘Helen Chadwick: Constructing Identities Between Art and Architecture‘ has just been published by I.B.Tauris.

Shifting from early institutional and architectural critique to personal, poetic installations, large format photography projects and sculptures, British artist Helen Chadwick produced a wide-ranging body of work in an assortment of media. In this book, Stephen Walker looks beyond the apparent variety of this work and identifies a consistent range of issues and enduring interests. Critical of the impact that limiting political, philosophical and scientific constructions have on identity, Chadwick’s art can offer insights into a number of major, enduring questions: the relationship between body and space, self and world; between art and science; between artifice and nature; between theory and practice, the creative self and the creative process. Walker combines a close reading of Chadwick’s notebooks and research with a broader investigation into their ongoing relevance for artistic and architectural work today.

Helen Chadwick’s work has found in the linguistic elegance, intellectual probity and theoretical acumen of Stephen Walker the security it so richly deserves.’ Prof Andrew Benjamin, Monash University, Australia

Full details are available here.

Fionn Stevenson visits University of Tokyo

SSoA Head of School, Professor Fionn Stevenson has been invited to join the Vice Chancellor and other delegates from the University of Sheffield for a high level University-to-University Symposium with the University of Tokyo on Wednesday 9th October.

The title of her lecture is: Resilient City Regions: from place-making to urban infrastructures. She will be discussing research work from the University that covers Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Town and Regional Planning as well as Civil Engineering. A key aspect of the lecture will be the role of resilient design in relation to climate change and the regeneration of cities, with a clear focus on positive social engagement.  ’This is a key opportunity for the School to forge links with our colleagues, alumni and friends in Japan, and I will be promoting the value of international collaboration between our School and others in relation to our key areas of research‘, said Professor Stevenson.

More details are available here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/staff