Research Associate (DRU)
Research Group: Architectural Science Group
Welsh School of Architecture
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue
Steve is currently co-chair of the 2nd year of the BSc degree, a chartered architect and a Research Associate within the Design Research Unit Wales (DRUw).
DRUw was established with the aim to found the creative activities of the design studio on a sound research-based approach. Although a relatively young organisation, DRUw has attracted a number of commissions in which research-based design is married to notions of sustainability, tectonics, material innovation, environmental and functional performance, and economy. Steve was part of the DRU-w team that were runners-up in the Building Design Young Architect of the Year Awards, 2007 and 2010.
Steve is actively engaged, and publishing from, design research within DRU-w covering topics of sustainability, landscape and material innovation, while also developing a personal interest in making. Evolving from a variety of different perspectives and disciplines, his research, and teaching is primarily centred on the field of construction and materiality – tectonics and the art of makin. Often in collaboration with industry and other specialists, these research topics include:
Over the last decade Steve has been working closely with the Welsh timber industry, on the use of home-grown Welsh timber in contemporary architecture through innovating, developing and prototyping timber construction methods. His collaboration has involved working with a wide range of disciplines to develop a value added architecture led by craft, performance and sustainability. As project architect, his research has led to a range of innovative projects, from visitor centres to smaller scale prototypes and experiments, that are informed by context, form, sustainability, detail and cost. He is previously lead a Technology Strategy Board funded research project on the award winning low cost Sitka spruce social housing system, Ty Unnos, that has lead to projects for a low energy house, classroom, exhibition pavilion, visitor centre and cycling centre. Further projects include:
In 2007, Steve was invited to be on the panel of judges for the Estonian timber architecture award as part of the Interreg III C Network project GATE (Gaining Added value for Timber in Europe). He has presented reports and papers on timber cladding and construction at conferences and seminars by Wood Knowledge Wales, BRE Wales, WRAP and RSAW. In 2009, with DRU-w, he won the Cardiff University Innovation Award and the Architecture & Surveying Award from the Chartered Institute of Building for early research and development on a low-tech, modular and recyclable, Sitka spruce construction system for affordable, rural housing.