Sheffield MArch student wins 2015 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and The Wren Insurance Association Limited (the architects’ professional indemnity insurance mutual) have announced five 2015 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships. We are pleased to announce that SSoA MArch Student, Lilly Ingleby, has been named amongst the winners. Each winner will receive £5,000 for the last year of their Part 2 course in architecture and the opportunity to be mentored by a member of the Wren.

Lilly said:

“It’s an absolute pleasure to have won such a prestigious scholarship from the RIBA.

I’m really pleased that the RIBA are championing not just students committed to design excellence, but also those with strong research agendas, and developing the value proposition of the profession. 

The scholarship was set up to support students with future potential to contribute to the profession, and was judged on a personal statement and a brief design portfolio, and then panel interviews. I used the interview as an opportunity to debate issues faced by students and the profession, which I hope to be able to contribute to, such as the diversity of the profession, and the relationship of architects to the UK land economy, particularly in sectors such as housing.

It’s great that the RIBA are recognising the value in students who set out to tackle the really big questions facing society, and are willing to support them to continue this questioning into practice.”

If you’d like to follow Lilly’s research progress, you can follow her on Twitter @lillyingleby

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

“I’m delighted that this scheme continues to recognise young, outstanding talent within our profession. Through a significant financial contribution to their studies, and the opportunity to be mentored throughout the last year of their Part 2, I have no doubt that these students will make the most of this exciting prospect and look forward to seeing how they progress in their future career.”

Richard Pullen, Chairman of Wren, said:

 “I am delighted to announce that Ruxandra Maria Gruioniu, Lilly Ingleby, Johnny Liu, Alexander Mills and Charles Proctor are the winners of this year’s RIBA Wren Scholarships. Our insurance mutual, having enjoyed over 25 successful years, is continuing to mark its quarter century by making available a scholarship fund of £25,000 per year to Part 2 students at a time when the cost of qualification can be overwhelming. We are also offering the successful students the opportunity of being mentored by some of the UK’s leading architectural firms. The Wren Members, having helped each other for so long, feel it is appropriate to support and encourage the next generation of talented architects who have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of architecture.” 


Future Works studio featured in International Exhibition

Work from our Future Works studio is currently on display in an international exhibition in London and Beijing. Alexander Schofield and Armand Agraviador were approached to submit their work to showcase the ‘design force of the University of Sheffield’. They submitted a presentation board of their thesis project ‘Hydro-generation’ to be displayed at the exhibition.

The title of the event is ‘Architect’s Double Vision 2015′ which explores fresh talent from key Chinese and UK architectural universities. The exhibition sets out to discover shared global visions of architecture, urban planning, landscape and interior design and provides a platform to celebrate student work. China Design Centre and architectural student association, Arch-champions, have collaborated to present this unique showcase of work. Chinese and UK Universities that feature in the exhibition include:

  • The University of Sheffield
  •  UCL, The Bartlett
  • Architectural Association
  • The University of Nottingham
  • Beijing’s Chinese Tsinghua University
  • Tianjing, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Shanghai’s Tongji University

The UK exhibition is been held at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT. The event runs from the 16 July until the 24 July in London and from the 29 August until the 4 September in Beijing.



In the context of UK cross-party commitments to the reduction of carbon emissions by 2050 that promise to have huge impacts on industry and the built environment, Studio Future Works explores changing relations with energy in the workplace and the role of architecture and design in these transformations. Part of the AHRC Connected Communities project ‘Stories of Change’ Future Works is based between Derby and Sheffield, a place with good claim to be the birthplace of industrial manufacturing.

University of Sheffield Students develop official event finder app for Tramlines

The winners of the University of Sheffield Enterprise Startup Weekend, Overhear, have secured a major deal with the organisers of Tramlines festival to be the official app for the 3 day event. SSoA MArch student Ben Hooper was part of the winning team.

Startup weekends are weekend-long hands on experiences where aspiring entrepreneurs from all backgrounds come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch Startup businesses. This year University of Sheffield Enterprise hosted a specialist music and literature themed Startup weekend, with the intention of discovering the next Goodreads, Spotify or SoundClound.

The winning team, Overhear, was comprised entirely of University of Sheffield students, representing a wide range of disciplines, including Maths, Architecture and Computer Science.  Over an intense 54 hours they developed their initial concept – a dynamic app that allows you to plan for future gigs and events in your city – into a working prototype. The weekend culminated in the team successfully pitching the product to a panel of expert Startup coaches.

Guy Balaam, a second year Maths student at the University of Sheffield and co-founder of Overhear said: “The app was originally intended for any gig or event but as it developed over the weekend we quickly realised it was ideally suited to a city based festival like Tramlines, in which there are several events happening simultaneously and that are spread out all over the city.

“After winning Startup Weekend the first priority was to tidy up our code, it was a manic 54 hours and we hadn’t really slept, so the code was understandably a little messy.  We then approached Tramlines and had a really great meeting with them where they agreed to make Overhear the official app for the festival. Since then we have worked non-stop to get the app developed in time for Tramlines.”

In addition to listing upcoming events in your city on a dynamic map, Overhear also has a number of other unique features.  This includes a personal timeline of all the gigs and events you have attended, with photos and a list of any social media connections you made. The ‘Clashfinder’ function alerts you to any potential clashes between events you are due to attend.

For the moment the team are focussing on the music industry, but have ambitions to introduce the app to the many arts and comedy events that are hosted across the UK.

The team have received a significant amount of support from the University of Sheffield Enterprise team, including free financial, legal and marketing advice, as well as a creative space to work from and initial seed funding.

Overhear is now available to download on both Android and Apple platforms. Visit their website for more information.


Leading innovative PGT programme delivery

Our pioneering methods for delivering postgraduate programmes have been featured in a University guide. After sharing case studies of best practice and innovation, the University have created a toolkit based on those submissions.

These innovative techniques allow us to develop world leading postgraduate programmes.

External partners

As part of the MA in Architectural Design, students participate in an international joint design studio with the University of Padova. This collaboration involves teaching, partnership and field trips and makes use of a range of technologies to support a strong and effective cooperation between postgraduate students and external partners. This collaborative learning opportunity provides excellent preparation for the increasingly common internationalisation of professional practice.

Chun-Yin Lin and Betsy Peñaherra, two students studying the MA in Architectural Design in the School of Architecture, explain what they have gained from the international collaboration on their programme.

Live projects

We have a well-established framework for ‘Live Projects’ in which students undertake project work for organisations which would not normally have access to architectural practice. Assessment includes a public presentation and is marked on both the quality of the project and on the feedback the presentation receives. See the Live Projects Handbook for further information.

Meeting challenges in the intercultural learning environment

Students may benefit from the opportunity to acknowledge and address some of the challenges which they may encounter in an intercultural learning environment. For example, we ran a project called ‘The Elephant in the Room/The Lice on the Bald Head’ which aimed to address integration in the context of the working practices on the MA Urban Design programme. Case study download.

Launch of new Urban Rooms Network

SSoA’s Carolyn Butterworth has been invited to chair the Urban Rooms Network which is part of the new ‘Place Alliance’ initiative. The network aims to develop ideas, resources and support for the growing number of Urban Rooms around the UK. Member organisations so far include other universities, community groups and public sector organisations in the fields of arts, design and the built environment.

The Place Alliance initiative has developed out of the Farrell Review in which Sir Terry Farrell and his team undertook a national review of architecture and the built environment. It brings together organisations and individuals who share a belief that the quality of the built environment – the places in which we live, work and play – has a profound influence on people’s lives.

Carolyn leads the School’s Live Works project. It incorporates an Enterprise Teaching Centre and Social Enterprise, creating a shop window for SSoA in Sheffield City Centre where local people and organisations can learn about our civic engagement activities, suggest and collaborate with us on Live Projects.

Live Works is also a facility for community groups and organisations where they can access support with designing/re-designing: resources, buildings, places, spaces, neighbourhoods and towns.

Award success for PhD Student as part of Northern Ireland BIM Hub

Ahmed Louay Ahmed, as member of the Northern Ireland BIM Hub team, has successfully won the award for best Architectural Design and Presentation (Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement) at Build Newcastle Live.

The competition aimed to promote collaborative working while adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction projects in order to a2chieve the optimal deliverables in terms of time-cost-quality. It enabled those who took part to engage with the BIM process in a risk free environment. Ahmed was able to experiment and test empirically his PhD research approach.

The competition focused on a site in Newcastle’s Quayside, with the teams given a brief for a multiuse development. Participants were given 48 hours to redesign the area with a new building modelled using BIM, after which they were asked to present to the press and jury.

The Northern Ireland BIM hub is part of a national network who work to help with the Government’s implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). They provide up to date information to the Government’s Level 2 BIM programme and act as a local feedback mechanism and contact for professionals.

Building Information modelling is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining our assets. This allows effective management of information through a project lifecycle. From April 2016 all appropriate construction projects will be delivered by BIM Level 2, affecting contractors and construction consultants.

More information about the BIM Task Group


View the Build Newcastle Live online presentation