SSoA summer school


The Sheffield School of Architecture Summer Programme runs from 15th-20th September alongside the Festival of the Mind.

During an energetic week, we will examine the fabric of the City Centre of Sheffield and propose solutions to vacant, underused and underdeveloped sites within the city.

DESIGN TEAM LEADERS - Martin Mayfield Engineer, Irena Bauman Architect, David Cotterrell Artist

VISITING PRACTICES - AHMM, Carmody Groarke, Hawkins\Brown, Penoyre & Prasad, Riches Hawley Mikhail, 5th Studio

SHEFFIELD ACADEMICS - Simon Chadwick, Leo Care, Russell Light, Julian Marsh, Satwinder Samra, Cith Skelcher

Its just £200 for 6 DAYS tuition.

Each day will be packed with skills sessions, walks, talks, and presentations. You will take part in design projects in collaboration with some of the best architects, engineers, artists and academics in the UK.

To apply contact, or call 0114 222 0310

Further information


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Collective Custom Build at Westminster


The parliamentary launch of Collective Custom Build at Portcullis House in Westminster on Tuesday 13 May was a great success. Over 100 people attended from a wide range of fields, including Nick Boles (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning), representatives from local authorities, community trusts, design watchdogs and the architectural community.

The speakers; Kristien Ring, Mark Westcombe and Ted Stevens, were well received and 45 minutes of questioning followed. In the closing discussion, Richard Bacon MP urged delegates to contact their MP’s to highlight the urgency for action to facilitate custom build, particularly in relation to access to land. Baroness Maddock proposed a House of Lords debate on the subject.

Feedback from delegates suggested the only way in which the event could have been improved was by providing more time for discussion!

Background information

Collective Custom Build is a web-based advocacy tool ( that makes the case for developing Collective Custom Build as part of a more diverse housing market in the UK. It uses an animated narrative to curate key research findings, revealing them as peel-backs at key points in its argument. There is also a separate stand-alone report which sets out the findings of the project and offers guidance to various stakeholders:

‘Motivating Collective Custom Build’(2013) Authors: Sam Brown, Cristina Cerulli, Fionn Stevenson, Cany Ash, David Birkbeck Publisher: The University of Sheffield School of Architecture ISBN - 978-0-9576914-6-9

Collective Custom Build is part of the Motivating Collective Custom Build practice-based research project completed within the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Home Improvements Knowledge Exchange based at the University of Sheffield. Motivating Collective Custom build was led jointly by the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, Ash Sakula Architects and Design for Homes.

Kristien Ring,  is an American architect and researcher living in Berlin (ex RIBA) who has written a book, ‘Self-made City’ on how the collective custom build scene in Berlin has generated 300 groups who have built their own homes and effectively become mainstream.

Further information is available at the Collective Custom Build website.

RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2014

Alumni and staff from SSoA have won 9 of the 16 RIBA Yorkshire Awards 2014 that were announced on 1. May.

4 of the 9 buildings that were selected as outstanding were by SSoA staff and alumni:

- Doncaster Civic Office, Doncaster by Cartwright Pickard Architects (alumnus Ian Wright)

- Manor Works, Alison Business Centre, Sheffield by Architecture 00:/ (alumni Sarah Hollingworth and Alastair Parvin)

- Underbank House, Holmefirth by Prue Chiles Architects (project architect Howard Evans)

- Wakefield One, Wakefield by Cartwright Pickard Architects (alumnus Ian Wright, with Holly Castleton working on the sustainability strategy)

In addition, our alumni and staff took 5 of the 7 special awards:

- RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year Award 2014 Manor Works by Architecture 00:/ (Sarah Hollingworth and Alastair Parvin)

- RIBA Yorkshire Architect of the Year Award Cartwright Pickard Architects, Leeds (Ian Wright)

- RIBA Yorkshire Emerging Architect of the Year Award Howard Evans of Prue Chiles Architects, Sheffield

- RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award 2014 Wakefield One, Wakefield by Cartwright Pickard Architects (Ian Wright, with Holy Castleton working on the sustainability strategy)

RIBA Yorkshire Small Project Award 2014 Underbank House, Holmfirth by Prue Chiles Architects

See more details on the RIBA website.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!


Image – Underbank House by Prue Chiles Architects


3 Digital Design + Performance group events

SSoA_JP IEQ4Energy Savings and User ComfortOn Monday May 12 Jihyun Park, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, will give a public talk and workshop on the topic of post occupancy evaluation and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) monitoring. Her talk (at 12pm in room 16.03) is titled ‘Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment for Energy Savings and Increased Occupant Comfort’, and is open to all. At 2:30pm  in the 14th floor lounge area she will give a hands-on workshop introducing IEQ measurement using a simplified toolkit. Space is limited in the workshop, so anyone interested in attending should sign up using this web form.


Hudert_Image_featuredFollowing later the same week, on Wednesday May 14 at 5:30pm in room 16.03 Markus Hudert, a researcher in timber construction and material computation at University of Braunschweig, will give a public lecture on his recent research titled ‘Timberfabric – Assembling Form’.

Both talks are organized by the Digital Design and Performance research group at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Jihyun Park is a Ph.D. Candidate and Researcher in the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her research interests include Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE), indoor environmental quality (IEQ), Energy Efficiency and system integration and optimization for building operation and maintenance. Jihyun has worked on several POE and IEQ assessment projects worldwide, including the Bank of America headquarters building in New York, the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, the Électricité de France (EDF) campus in Paris, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI). Jihyun is an architecture designer with professional experience working on architectural and master plan design for more than 40 projects. She has lectured in several classes in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and has also served as a lecturer in fundamental architecture drawing and design at Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea (2009).

Markus Hudert studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Coburg, Germany and completed his postgraduate studies in conceptual architectural design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2002. From 2003 to 2006 he worked for the renowned Dutch practices UNStudio and Benthem Crouwel Architects. From 2006 until 2013, Hudert was a postgraduate research and teaching assistant at the IBOIS Laboratory for Timber Constructions at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland; he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Braunschweig. He has been a visiting lecturer at UdK Berlin and the University of Innsbruck, has served as a guest critic at the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) in Frankfurt and the Münster School of Architecture (MAS), and his work has been exhibited at Lausanne Town Hall, swissnex China and the Swiss Pavilion at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.