Heidi Day has completed five years of architectural education at the Welsh School of Architecture graduating with a BSc in 2007, and an MArch in 2009. Currently, she is working on research for a PhD by design and also assisting on projects in the Design Research Unit.
The aim of the research is to investigate how the vernacular buildings of Wales may be used as a model system for the design of a new generation of sustainable building types. The research will involve a wide review of traditional buildings in Wales, primarily dwelling forms. This will be used to explore how principles from the past can be used to enhance architecture in Wales for the future, acknowledging how our needs have changed, but retaining a local distinction of place with time. In order to employ the lessons learnt from tradition in contemporary design, the research will involve designing a series of exemplar buildings and details relevant to the study, drawing on the principles researched.