RIBA announce Lilly Ingleby as Student Member of Council

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the results of the RIBA Council elections 2015. SSoA MArch Student Lilly Ingleby has been elected as Student Member of Council.

The appointment was part of the wider election in which National and Regional Members were decided. All RIBA Council appointments will commence from 1 September 2015.

Lilly said “Im delighted that Sheffield has a student voice within the RIBA council. It’s going to be a great opportunity to widen the debate over the role of the RIBA within the student body.”

The RIBA is governed by a Council of 60 members, elected from among the RIBA membership, the majority of whom are chartered architects. Chaired by the president, Council meets four times annually and is ultimately responsible for the conduct and development of the Institute. Council passes down detailed responsibility and technical focus to the RIBA Board and main committees.

Lilly is about to begin year 6 of the MArch in Architecture course at Sheffield. She has also recently been awarded the 2015 RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarship.

Further information about the RIBA Council.

Lilly’s election statement

Home to City: Scales of Resilience debate announced

10am-1pm, 12 September 2015 Showroom Cinema, Cinema 3, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield

We are pleased to announce this public debate as part of the Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale international conference.

The event will be followed by the book launch of ‘Imagining Castelgate’. This book presents the rich and diverse projects that have resulted from partnerships between The University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council working in collaboration with members of the local community, artists and businesses to foster creative and resilient development in Castlegate – a historic area of the city that is undergoing drastic change.

Register your attendance.

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RIBA President’s Medals Student Award Judges announced

Stephen Walker has been selected as a judge for the upcoming Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals Student Awards.

The RIBA President’s Medals are widely regarded as the most prestigious international awards in architectural education. Awarded annually at a ceremony in December the awards are for outstanding student achievement.

Stephen will judge the dissertation category which is for the best dissertation at part 1 or 2. The judging panel consists of ‘An international jury of distinguished architects, designers and artists who select the most outstanding design portfolios from work submitted by schools of architecture world-wide.’

Stephen trained as an architect and worked for architectural and design practices in London before joining the studio of Gabriel Allende and Antonio Ruiz Barbarín (El Croquis) in Madrid. Since returning to the UK, Stephen worked in practice before studying for an MA in Architecture & Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, and PhD at the University of Sheffield.

Stephen taught in the Faculty of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University, where he worked for five years before being appointed as a Lecturer in Architecture at the Sheffield School of Architecture in 2001.

RIBA President’s Medals

Masters students gain work experience while they study

We are pleased to announce that, following the success of its launch this year, the Postgraduate Advantage Scheme (PSS) will run again in 2015/2016. The scheme provides students with a financial bursary to undertake an internship which is flexible around their studies.

This exciting scheme is designed to provide valuable opportunities for students to work in organisations such as charities and public services, allowing them to put theoretical knowledge in to practice. We think that being able to learn directly from industry professionals is the perfect way to achieve this. We are also passionate that the internships through this scheme are of a high standard and suitable for postgraduate students.

The scheme is exclusive to Postgraduate Taught Students in the Social Sciences Faculty and it’s a prime example of how The University of Sheffield is committed to developing the employability of our students.

In the School of Architecture the scheme has been a great success with a number of postgraduate students securing valuable placements. Here our students and employers share their experiences.

Mark Parsons, Studio Polpo

“The three students worked with us primarily in assisting two local organisations to explore feasibility options on ongoing projects. Working together as a small team they were able to quickly research, explore and visualise ideas and develop these in dialogue with the clients. Portland Works, one of the organisations the students worked with, has been able to move forward with fundraising for new works as a result of this. The work with the other organisation, Gripple, has led to interesting prototypes that will allow us to work with the company and students from both Sheffield and Hallam Universities in the next academic year.”

Nick Bax, Creative Director, Human

“Our student intern became fully integrated into the team and was able to contribute to a major project within the studio, creating 3D modelling on a live brief. The length of the internship meant that she was able to gain a real sense of our working practice and how projects take shape over a few weeks. She also joined us for social outings and celebrations and really enjoyed her time with Human!”

Azra Drishti, MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies

“I was an intern at Integreat Plus. I was mainly involved in mapping studies, and an allotment project which I designed myself. Despite the fact that the placement was not directly related to what I am studying, the experience and the environment were absolutely great. I practiced even further my software skills in Revit. I would recommend the scheme to other students as, apart from making new connections and learning new skills, you get do to something else apart from your studies.”

Wenjie Zhong, MA in Architectural Design

“I secured an internship at the Acoustic Studio in the University of Sheffield. Throughout the three months` work in the studio I learned a lot and really appreciate the kindness of the colleagues.

I participated in a project which is about measuring sound levels in London and using the data to analyse the acoustic impact of a shop’s delivery. It was a valuable experience for me. I learned how to run a project in an unfamiliar place under the permission of local government. I also learned how to operate the sound-collecting device and use the data-analysis software. And obviously, acoustic effect is an important aspect of architecture and it helped me understand the subject better.

I strongly recommend the scheme to students, because what you learn in the project will be beneficial for your studies, and you will understand its significance months or years after you finish the programme.”

Further information about the scheme.