Phil Jones and Jane Davidson

The Welsh School of Architecture
1920-2008: a History
by Christopher Powell

The wsa is pleased to announce the book launch of 'The Welsh School of Architecture 1920-2008' by Christopher Powell. The event was held on the 23rd of September at the National Assembly for Wales, sponsored by The Rt Hon the Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Presiding Officer. Copies of the book can be purchased by contacting Anne Evans on tel: 029 20874018 or email:

The Welsh School of Architecture 1920-2008: a History
by Christopher Powell

This study charts the path of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, from its earliest beginnings over ninety years ago. The story is pursued from a small institution meeting local professional needs through a fifty-fold expansion into a major centre widely recognised as one of the leaders of its type in the UK. From origins before the First World War, the early educational aims, experience and growing academic successes are traced. From the nineteen twenties and thirties progress is charted through the difficult forties and on into the expansionary times of university status and research opportunities which followed. The distinctive impacts of successive heads of department are related, as the size and reputation of the School expanded. Restlessly changing parent institutions are plotted along with the response of the School’s internal organization to changing context. The story is brought fully up to the present with its international joint projects, wide range of specialist expertise and staff from many countries. An Afterword weighs up what gave the School its distinctive character and what helped to bring it to prominence in architectural education and research. Over 70 illustrations show people, places and architectural designs at the School, and Appendices give details of key events and staff.