SSoA Students Awarded Places on Shanghai Summer School

Two students from the Sheffield School of Architecture have been accepted onto the Shanghai Summer School, hosted by Tongji University. The programme aims to recruit 40 excellent students from European partner universities with a background in architecture, urban planning, arts, design, environments and laws. Year 5 MArch student, Armand Agraviador and Year 3 student Deborah Adler, on the dual course in Structural Engineering and Architecture, will make the trip to Shanghai after taking two of the sought after sponsored places available to European students.

The Shanghai Summer School takes place between 20 July and 16 August and is hosted by Tongji University and organised by Sino-Italian Campus at Tongji University. The 2014 programme will invite professors and experts of universities and outstanding representatives of relevant industries from home and abroad to deliver lectures. Students will participate in research, practice and charity activities centred within the theme of “Green Practice and Future City”.

Culture and Climate Change: Narratives Book Launch

24 June 2014, 7.00pm

Free Word Lecture Theatre, Free Word Centre London

SSoA’s Renata Tyszczuk will launch the book she has co-edited alongside Joe Smith and Robert Butler, during the event, What Sort of a Story is Climate Change? The event will explore the book’s key arguments and will also introduce some new creative work.

The evening is chaired by Free Word Executive Director Rose Fenton. Playwright and academic Steve Waters will explore themes in the book, and offer his own response to the question What Sort of Story is Climate Change? It is part of a wider series of discussions, podcasts and publications exploring the relationship between culture and climate change.

The event has been organised by the Mediating Change group (based at the Open University), the Ashden Trust and Free Word and will explore the book’s key arguments.

Further details and ticket information is available on the Freeword Centre website

£1.47M award for ‘Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in the past, present and future’

A £1.47 million award has been made by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) for the ‘Stories of Change’ research project (2014-2017). The project explores the past present and future of energy choices and is funded as part of the AHRC’s ‘Connected Communities’ programme.

Dr Renata Tyszczuk and Julia Udall from the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture will be working on the Future Works story of the project in Sheffield.

The ‘Stories of Change’ project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future. The project supports the cross-party commitments to decarbonisation that sit at the heart of the UK Government’s Climate Change Act by encouraging more dynamic, open and plural public debates, and by making space for a more imaginative sense of the scope for action. The project draws on history, literature, social and policy research and the arts to encourage a more imaginative approach to current and future energy choices. Working with stories offers a popular and engaging route into thinking about the past, present and imagining possible futures, and also because stories, narratives and narration are concepts that everybody can gather around.

Led by Dr Joe Smith of the Open University, the project team involves the Universities of Sheffield, South Wales, Birmingham, Bath and Exeter and the arts organisations Tipping Point and Visiting Arts. The project will work with many other partners from the arts and cultural institutions, as well as industry, community groups and other researchers.

Dr Renata Tyszczuk of the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture is Co-Investigator on the project and leads one of the three main strands of the project: Future Works. Julia Udall will be a Post Doctoral Research Associate on the project. Future Works is rooted in the English Midlands and will explore stories of the long relationship between energy, industrial making and landscape, and where it might go next. It will gather communities together at a series of factory sites in or near the Derwent Valley to develop accounts of energy system changes as they affect the workplace. The project will collaborate with colleagues at Sheffield, including the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as well as cultural and industrial partners in the Derwent Valley region, for example, John Smedleys Ltd, Gripple, The South Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Society, the Silk Mill and the Derby Museums Trust, Bloc Space, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the Derwent Valley Mills Trust.

View of the Silk Mill in Derby, the 'first factory', c. 1725

View of the Silk Mill in Derby, the ‘first factory’, c. 1725

Love Architecture/Sheffield Design Week

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This year, the SSoA Summer Exhibition opening kicks off the wide range of events that are part of the RIBA’s Love Architecture week and Sheffield Design Week.  In addition to our Summer Exhibition, SSoA will be hosting a debate about architectural research and a series of film screenings.

Full details are as follows…

Friday 20. June

Tuesday 24. June

Wednesday 25. June

  • Film screening: 16 Acres
  • 7.00pm. Lower ground floor, Arts Tower

Thursday 26. June

  • Film screening: Lost Rivers
  • 7.00pm. Lower ground floor, Arts Tower

The film screenings are open to all and free to attend, but you will need to reserve a place via Eventbrite using the links above.

The full listing of all the Love Architecture events can be found here.

The full programme for Sheffield Design Week can be found here.


SSoA Summer Exhibition 2014

SSoA exhibition 2014

The SSoA Summer Exhibition opens on Friday 20. June 2014.

Our summer exhibition features a large range of drawings, models and videos by students across the different years of the BA and the diverse studios that form our MArch and Masters courses.  The exhibition will also include work from our innovative Live Project programme, which involves our MArch and MAAD students working in teams on real projects with real clients.

The opening event kicks off an exciting week of architecture and design related events in Sheffield that are part of Love Architecture and Sheffield Design Week.

A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will also be available.

Extra Information

Opening event: Friday 20. June, at 5.30 pm

The exhibition continues until Saturday 6. September.  Opening hours 9.00am  - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Free Entry


Alternate Materials Group, Year 1 Matter-Reality Project, 2014

SSoA Research 2008-2013 Book Launch

Arts Tower, LT04 lower ground

24 June, 5.30pm


The SSoA research community is pleased to announce the launch of a book which showcases the last 5 years of research on Architectural History, Theory and Education, Architectural Sciences and Technology and Community, Participation and Future Practice.

The launch will take place during Sheffield Design Week, a city wide celebration of design in all its forms, and the nationwide festival Love Architecture. To celebrate this we will hold an evening of events starting with a debate on the topic ‘How Does Architectural Research Create Value in Society Today?’ Particular strands of research and positions within SSoA will be introduced by some of our leading academics. The open debate will be chaired by Professor Fionn Stevenson, Head of School.

After this we will host a screening of The Human Scale, a film which questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our equations. Danish architect and Professor, Jan Gehl, has studied human behaviour in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

For tickets to the film screening please click here.

For further information contact or 0114 222 0399


5.30pm-6.45pm Debate

How Does Architectural Research Create Value in Society Today?

Introduction: Professor D. Petrescu. Trigger statements:  Professor Irena Bauman, Professor Peter Blundell Jones, Professor Jian Kang, Dr Tatjana Schneider. Discussion chair: Professor Fionn Stevenson, Head of School.

7.00pm Film Screening Continue reading

SSoA ranked 2nd in AJ 100

SSoA has again scored strongly in the Architects Journal’s AJ100, being rated as the UK’s 2nd best architecture school by architectural practices.  This is a further improvement on our ranking last year, when we were joint second (with Westminster).

This is an important mark of distinction that again confirms our reputation as a place where students gain a broad range of useful skills for a practice environment, including technical ability, team working, collaborative working with clients, as well as the ability to innovate and think outside the box.  Strong links with numerous high profile practices in London who are keen to recruit Sheffield students is another asset of the School, setting it above the majority in the UK.


Congratulations also to Penoyre and Prasad who won the AJ100 Sustainable Practice of the Year Award.

Full details are in the AJ 22. May 2014 and on their website (subscribers only).

Undergraduate Open Days – Now booking

Book your place on the next undergraduate Open Day and get a taste for studying Architecture at the University of Sheffield, voted number one in the UK for student experience in the 2014-2015 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

You will have the opportunity to attend a range of activities between 10am and 4pm covering all aspects of university life; including a general welcome to Sheffield and information about the Students’ Union, accommodation and finance. There will be opportunities to look around the campus and accommodation, and ask our experts any questions you might have at our general exhibition. You will be sent a full programme of events closer to your visit so you can plan your day.

The Sheffield School of Architecture has been placed amongst the top three Schools of Architecture in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. Our undergraduate courses provide a balance of theory, design work and professional experience so, when booking your visit, select to attend the Architecture departmental talks to find out more and meet some of our academic staff.

The 2014 undergraduate Open Days will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday 6 September
  • Saturday 18 October

The next open day is on Saturday 6 September – book your place here!