Scholarships for 2014 entry

The University of Sheffield has launched its 2014 Sheffield Scholars programme, providing scholarship support for high-achieving undergaduate applicants. There are three strands to the scheme:

Global Scholars - an award of costs towards attending an international summer school after your first or second year

City Scholars - bursary awards of £1500 for high achieving local students from low participation neighbourhoods

Masters Scholars - the payment of masters programme fees for new undergraduates who aspire to postgraduate study at Sheffield.

Further details of the scheme are available on-line at

Postgraduate Open Day – 4 Dec

Postgraduate Taught Masters Open Day 4th December 2013

Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) has a diverse and vibrant graduate community with their roots firmly placed in improving the world around them. Through internationally recognised research led teaching and inspiring, applied studios our graduates are given a solid base from which to grow and develop. On our masters programmes we take a range of students from many professional and cultural backgrounds preparing each graduate for the multi-disciplinary world of work.

We offer part time and full time routes on several of our master’s programmes helping your studies to suit you.

Come to our PGT Open Day and find out more…

MA in Designing Learning Environments

MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments

MA in Conservation and Regeneration

MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies

MA in Urban Design

MA in Architectural Design

MArch in Architecture (RIBA Part 2)

MArch in Architecture and Town and Regional Planning (RIBA Part 2/RTPI)

Click here to book a place.  (If you interested our MArch in Architecture or MArch in Architecture and TRP, please select MA in Architectural Design from the drop down menu).

Another PGT Open Day will take place in March 2014. Check back soon for further details.

Rocco Yim lecture at SSoA

Rocco Yim will be visiting SSoA on Wednesday 13. November at 5pm to deliver a lecture on ‘Reconnecting Cultures‘. Rocco’s talk will be introduced by Emeritus Professor Bryan Lawson.

The lecture will take place in 16.03 on the 16th floor of the Arts Tower. It is free to attend and is open to all SSoA students, alumni and visitors.

Guangdong Museum, Ghangzhou, China


Architecture is the embodiment of culture. Culture stems from the past, but it is not just about tradition or heritage. Culture actually deals with the present.  It is about contemporary living and current attitudes, tempered by the past, towards space, material, perception of beauty and balance of values. All of which are essential ingredients in the making architecture, if such architecture is to be authentic and relevant.

As an art, architecture is unique in that it is tied both to a place and to its time.  In this regard Asia is a place with disparate cultural and physical landscapes where modern and tradition cultures co-exist, and in her more cosmopolitan cities like Hong Kong, values from diverging times and places converge and collide.  I believe a unique architecture would only result from the resolution of such values, rather than a single-dimensional pursuit of the stylistic / technical agenda, and if architecture is indeed to be authentic and relevant, it should address, through individuals borne of this place and age, such diverse cultural phenomena like density, connectivity, community, materiality, spatiality and identity.


Rocco Yim was born and educated in Hong Kong.  After graduating from the University of Hong Kong he joined the firm of Spence Robinson for two years before starting his own practice in 1979, which eventually evolved into a partnership with Messrs Patrick P W Lee and Bernard M B Hui in 1982.

Since winning a First Prize Award for the L’Opéra de la Bastille international competition in 1983, his works have consistently been awarded both in Hong Kong and overseas.  Recent accolades include ARCASIA Gold Medals in 1994 & 2003, Chicago Athenaeum Architectural Awards in 2006 and 2011, Kenneth F. Brown Award in 2007 and World Architecture Festival category winner in 2010.

Rocco is a regular invited speaker in local and international symposia.  His works have been published in various regional and global journals, and have been exhibited four times in the Venice Biennale over the last decade.

He is currently on the Advisory Council for the HKU Department of Architecture, Adjunct Professor in HKU SPACE, a Museum Adviser to the LCSD and a member of the IAF Council of International Advisors for the University of Southern California. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by the University of Hong Kong in 2013.

Rocco’s work was published in The City in Architecture in 2003, Being Chinese in Architecture in 2004 and Presence 2012.

More details and projects can be found on Rocco Design Architect’s website.

An exhibition of the work of Rocco Design Architects will open at the WORK Gallery, 10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG on Thursday 14. November and run until 14. December. A new monograph Reconnecting Cultures is being released to coincide with this exhibition.

Bamboo Construct at MOCA Shanghai, China