Welcome to the website for the Welsh School of Architecture.
If you are reading this, I imagine you are interested in architecture and the School. Obviously we are too. But more than that, we have a passion for creating a built environment that will enhance people’s lives without destroying the planet for future generations. We want our architecture graduates to design and make beautiful buildings that respond to changing technological, social, cultural, economic and professional contexts. We want our Masters graduates to use their expertise to shape sustainable buildings, cities, and communities. And all of our graduates should leave us as creative problem solvers who can apply their newly acquired understanding, knowledge and skills to the challenges practice and life throw at them. Much of that understanding and knowledge we distil from our own research.
The School’s portfolio of research spans architectural science, low carbon building design, history and theory of architecture, interactions between people and the built environment, and research into design tools, practices and methods. Research is conducted through projects funded by UK Research Councils, Welsh government, industry, and the European Commission, and by a lively group of PhD students. Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as the specialisms we teach through advanced Masters programmes that cater to graduates across the broad spectrum of built environment professions, embracing environmental and sustainable design, conservation, energy modelling, urban design and professional studies.
We have exciting plans for the School and have already started a programme of improvements to accommodation and facilities in the Bute Building with funding from the University. This summer that includes new design studios to integrate digital and fabrication facilities in traditional design studios such that conventional ‘messy’ paper and model based methods sit alongside new computer based tools rather than setting them apart in labs. We like mixing things up, and we think it is the best way to teach design.
The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with a focus on making, its research portfolio, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales. We’re not London, we’re Cardiff, and that gives us easy access to diverse physical, social and cultural contexts we can explore in our teaching and research.
The wsa is not an easy option. We set high standards for students and staff and expect great things from them. But we stand by the quality of our graduates and are proud of what they achieve. You will find them in working around the world, and prospective employers keep coming back for more. That’s the greatest reward for us. We are proud of our staff too, whether they are publishing in key international journals, conducting ‘crits’ on student designs, or helping to make the School run smoothly.
I hope you enjoy reading about the School and what we do. You will find details of the degree programmes and research on this website. If you have any questions, please get in touch or better still, come and see us.
Professor Chris Tweed (Head of School)