Latest News 2015

Welsh School of Architecture improves student satisfaction across all areas in National Student Survey

The Welsh School of Architecture's (WSA) student satisfaction rates have risen in all areas, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results. read more

The Welsh School of Architecture is helping to make urban areas greener

The Welsh School of Architecture, together with the University of Florida, the University of Indonesia, and researchers from the Cardiff University's School of Planning and Geography, will look to research and develop novel ways of 'building with nature' and explore how these practices can be sensitive to diverse physical and cultural conditions in cities around the world. read more

Architecture flies high in QS World University Rankings

Architecture at Cardiff University ranks amongst the world's best, according to a recent international league table. Architecture is ranked 29th in the world, making it the highest-ranking Cardiff University subject. read more

UK's first 'smart' carbon positive energy house

Experts from the WSA have designed and built the UK's first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house, capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses.

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Growing the BEST sustainable talent for Wales

Please join us for the BEST conference: Growing the BEST sustainable talent for Wales - 2 July 2015, 9am - pm followed by a networking lunch, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

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3rd RESEArchi Conference

We are very pleased to announce the 3rd RESEArchi Conference - a Research Event for Staff-Student Engagement in Architecture, to be held on 2nd July 2015 in Bute building Room 2.32 from 12:30 to 17:00.

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Ester Coma
Young Achiever of the Year Award

Congratulations to Ester Coma-Bassas, who received the Young Achiever of the Year award, for the SOLCER house.

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School Ranked 2nd in the UK

The WSA has recently had great success in published league tables and has now risen to 2nd in the Guardian University Guide

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Connections to Grangetown Event

Are you a resident of Grangetown? Do you have research, teaching, administrative or personal links with Grangetown? Could your work support the development of Cardiff University partnerships with communities in Grangetown?

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Interdisciplinary research conference on Energy Transitions

An interdisciplinary research conference on Energy Transitions, funded by the University Graduate College, has been organised by the WSA's PhD student Max Lacey-Barnacle and Alister Forman in CPLAN.

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme

The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University invites expressions of interest from talented post-doctoral researchers to carry out research at the School under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme.

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Studio Bark
BARK Live-Build 2015

Studio Bark are running an exciting live build workshop this summer with TRADA that may be of interest to WSA students.

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Solcer House
Solcer House

Low carbon energy positive house built in Wales. The Welsh School of Architecture have designed and built Wales' first low cost energy smart house. The Solcer House is capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses, in an attempt to meet tough new targets for zero carbon housing.

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Structures of Feelings
Structures of Feeling

Dr. Juliet Davis took part in the event 'Structures of Feeling' at the Royal College of Art, London on 15 May 2015.

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BSc MArch Design Units
BSc / MArch Design Units 2015-16 - Call for Expressions of Interest

We are inviting expressions of interest in running a design unit in the graduating years of our BSc and MArch programmes. read more

Orkidstudio design workshop at WSA

James Mitchell, Founding Director of humanitarian design organisation Orkidstudio and WSA graduate, ran a 2-day design workshop at WSA on April 26 with Cardiff University Architecture and Engineering students who will be travelling to western Cameroon in September 2015 to participate in the CAMMAY project. read more

Green walls
PhD studentship: Plants & Architecture - Nature inspired design and biomaterials

A Sêr Cymru National Research Network funded PhD studentship is available at the Welsh School of Architecture. The studentship covers tuition fees and provides a stipend at the RCUK rate (currently £13,863 for 2014/15). read more

Opportunity for WSA students: Dis-Used Spaces: a voluntary arts-architecture collaborative project in Grangetown: a short art-architecture project from June 15-18 2015

This is an architectural-arts collaboration that looks at spaces identified as disused or abandoned around Grangetown. read more

Introduction to Architecture workshops - summer studentships

WSA is offering up to three 3-week long full time paid studentship positions in June / July 2015 to develop 'Architecture packs' for primary, secondary, and further education schools. read more

Free events for built environment professionals

We are delighted to announce that the former MA UD student CLARA KOHLER was awarded the NATIONAL URBAN DESIGN AWARD 2015 in the STUDENT AWARD category sponsored by Francis Tibbalds for her project she developed as part of the MA Urban Design. read more

Urban Design collage
Urban Design Group National Urban Design Awards

We are delighted to announce that the former MA UD student CLARA KOHLER was awarded the NATIONAL URBAN DESIGN AWARD 2015 in the STUDENT AWARD category sponsored by Francis Tibbalds for her project she developed as part of the MA Urban Design. read more

Plastic bags
Designing our communities

Pupils of Grangetown and St Paul's primary schools visited the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University on 22 April, to see what architecture students do, and to tell us what they thought of a wide range of ideas generated by BSc Year 2 Architecture students for the conversion of Grange Gardens Bowls Pavilion and Bowls Green into a café and community garden. read more

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Architecture Study Day

Five third year students from the Welsh School of Architecture participated in a special Architecture Study Day connected to the exhibition 'LAND MARKS: Structures for a Poetic Universe' at the Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Somerset on Saturday 18th April. read more

Plastic bags
Pro-environmental Behaviours in Supermarkets: An Observational Study of Carrier Bag Use in England and Wales

The project evaluates the introduction of the English plastic bag charge as a policy 'window of opportunity' for wider behavioural change. This is a unique opportunity for a student to learn to conduct policy-relevant research with a high impact potential. read more

WSA CUROP summer placements and Internships

Several positions are available in WSA for CUROP Undergraduate summer placements (for which MArch 1 WSA students are eligible), and engagement student internships for WSA undergraduate and graduate students. read more

New Desks for WSA Students Designed by WSA Students

Students studying on the BSc in Architectural Studies degree have recently been creating digital designs for student studio desks. Students worked on this project as part of the Design Principles and Methods 2 (DPM2) module as the WSA wishes to digitally manufacture 120 studio desks for its Year 2 and Year 3 students to furnish its newly refurbished studio space in Bute Building. read more

MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings study trip in Dubai

Students of the MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings spent a 5-day study trip in Dubai where they visited several major developments in the UAE. Foster and Partners architects accompanied the group in the World Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi - a major development that includes a traditionally designed souk and the tallest residential tower in Abu Dhabi. read more

Prof Chris Tweed at TEDx Cardiff

Design creates 'dirt.' Professor Chris Tweed presented on the topic of misalignment between design intentions and users' behaviours at the TEDx Cardiff conference on Saturday, 28 March. read more

Adam Hardy's Latest Book launched.

Adam Hardy's latest book, Theory and Practice of Temple Architecture in Medieval India, was launched by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, on 20th February 2015. An exhibition of drawings and photographs relating to the book was inaugurated at the event. .... read more

Robot helps manufacture sculptural acoustic panels for WSA meeting room

The new Conference Room at the Welsh School of Architecture is a beautiful modern space, but has one problem: It has bad acoustics. All the surfaces are hard and very reflective. In order to soften some of the surfaces and introduce a sculptural element, Dr. Wassim Jabi, a Senior Lecturer, suggested using the WSA's KUKA KR60 HA 6-axis robot to manufacture and install undulating sculptural acoustic panels made of polystyrene.... read more

New issue of ARQ: curated by Juliet Davis

The special issue aims to bring together a set of critical perspectives on London's Olympic legacy, paying special attention to the Stratford and Lea Valley site and to the themes of sustainability and regeneration that have occupied centre-stage in claims about the transformative potential of London's Olympic legacy for communities, for architecture and for urban design.... read more

The special issue is now available and can be accessed on Cambridge Journals Online ( ), with Juliet Davis' introductory perspective available for free until 31 March 2015.

Scholarships available for International Post Graduate Students

The College of Physical Sciences and Engineering is offering self-funded, international students scholarships worth a maximum of £4,000. Scholars must evidence outstanding academic achievement, and display commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and community engagement. Applicants must have firmly accepted a conditional offer on a post graduate taught course at the Welsh School of Architecture by 30 July 2015; and, have firmly accepted an unconditional offer via the Cardiff University SIMS Applicant Portal by 30th September 2015. Details of eligibility and deadlines can be found here.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our International Admissions Office on

Congratulations to Ann-Marie Smale

WSA graduate, Ann-Marie Smale is awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours' List for Services to Education and Training in Construction in Wales.

Ann-Marie joined Powell Dobson Architects in 1996 after graduating from The Welsh School of Architecture and she was made Partner in 2000 at the age of just 31. In September 2013 she became Managing Director of the practice. Her work includes award-winning waterfront developments such as Pentre Nicklaus Village and the Mariners Quay development... read more

Ken Yeang invited speaker at the WSA
2 Feb 2015

MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings is hosting Ken Yeang at the WSA on Monday 2nd Feb 2015 for an inspirational lecture on sustainable design of mega-buildings. Ken Yeang is an ecologist and one of the world leading architects specialised in bioclimatic and sustainable design of high-rise and large-scale buildings. The WSA students are invited to attend the event which will start at 9:30 am and will take place in the Crit/Exhibition room of the Bute Building.

Note: places are limited so it will be on a first come first served.

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Call for Volunteers

Camaay Project
Cameroon 2015
A community benefit project in western Cameroon, promoting small-scale farming as a tool for social empowerment and enterprise.
Deadline: Saturday 21 January 2015
click here to download application form

Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme 2015

The Welsh School of Architecture is launching its third Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) taking place from 25th July to 8th August 2015 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. A two week programme aimed at undergraduate architecture students keen to develop a UK/International experience in low carbon design. An opportunity to participate in design workshops, field trips and visits, and practitioners' lectures and seminars, read more

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WSA tops table for research impact in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014)

In the latest assessment of research activity in UK universities, 90% of the WSA's research impact has been judged as outstanding (4*). This places us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Our overall research profile also shows that overall 45% of our research is judged to be outstanding, read more