Latest News 2015

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

News 2014

Internal launch of flagship engagement projects

Monday 15th December, 1.30-3pm, VJ Gallery, Main Building

Find out more about the flagship engagement projects, meet the teams, and discuss how you can get involved. All staff and students are welcome to join us in the VJ Gallery for mulled wine and mince pies. There will be an introduction from Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Engagement at 1.30pm.

For catering purposes, please email if you'd like to attend. read more

New WSA 'hub' for PhD students

The new space in the Bute Building will be home to more than 30 PhD students working on a range of global issues, from carbon emissions to the design of high-rise buildings in the world's big cities. read more

SAWSA Lecture Series

SAWSA is proud to announce the 1st lecture of this year's Lecture Series. Shankari Raj Edgar will be talking about her practice, The Nudge Group, who are particularly interested in 'place making' and forward-thinking responses...

Date: 21st of October 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Bute Building (Lecutre Theatre 0.14)
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Transforming Lives

Five University projects to transform people's lives are being launched at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay, on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.
The five flagship engagement projects are focused on Wales but will also benefit communities as far as south-west Africa. read more

Rory Martin named 'Future Green Leader'

WSA are delighted to learn that Rory Martin, a third year Distance learner on WSA's MSc Environmental Design of Buildings course, has been named the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) 2014 'Future Green Leader'. read more

Food City lecture and book launch with CJ Lim

Food City, the follow up to Smartcities and Eco-Warriors, explores the issue of urban transformation and how the creation, storage and distribution of food has been, and can again become, a construct for the practice of everyday life. read more

Low-Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) August 2014

The School recently hosted its second summer programme in August 2014 with the dedicated theme of 'Sustainable Built Environments'. read more

Cardiff Degree Show 2014 in London

The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University invite you to their London Master's Degree Show at Hoxton Arches this summer.
OPENING: WED 9th July, 18:00 - 23:00
Show running dates & times:
10th-11th July, Open 11:00 - 20:00
12th July, Open 12:00 - 17:00 read more

WSA Degree Show and Graduation 2014

Visit the WSA Degree Exhibition at the Welsh School of Architecture Bute Building, King Edward VII Ave., CF10 3NB. Open daily until Graduation day on Monday 14th of July 2014 details for Graduation details for Exhibition

Masters students visited Cardiff from British University in Dubai

As part of the collaborative agreement between Cardiff University's Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) and the British University in Dubai (BUiD), 26 Masters students visited Cardiff on 16th June accompanied by two members of staff from BUiD. The trip was organised to include a visit to the Senedd where the group met The Minister of Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, who had also visited Dubai recently, read more

MSc Environmental Design of Buildings Distance Learning

Two new distance-learning routes for the MSc Environmental Design of Buildings are now available (subject to approval). The new accelerated study pathways for our existing MSc course in Environmental Design of Buildings by distance learning will now allow completion of studies in one or two years. read more

Urban Design PhD Studentships

An EPSRC and WSA funded PhD studentship in 'Transformative Urban Design' is open to UK and EU applicants. Deadline: 30th June 2014
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EPSRC Funded PhD Studentships

Open to UK and EU applicants. To start October 2014. Deadline: 29th June 2014. To apply email CV, covering letter and research proposal to
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Transformative Urban Design PhD Studentship

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) invites applications for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship exploring Transformative Urban Design, to start October 2014
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Would you like to receive 50% funding for our Master Courses here at the WSA?

21st Anniversary fund launched to provide 50% fees Scholarships to support Home and EU PG Study @ WSA in 2014-15.

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) has been awarded funding by the University to enable us to offer 50% fees scholarships to excellent home and EU students applying to study on our PGT programmes.
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New head of School at the WSA

Forty years since first arriving at the Welsh School of Architecture as an undergraduate from Northern Ireland, Christopher Tweed now takes the helm as its head. As Head of School, Professor Christopher Tweed will oversee all of the School's research and teaching activities.
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MA Urban Design receives Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accreditation

The Cardiff MA Urban Design has just received Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation, effective from September 2012.
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WEST energy courses
WEST launches energy courses with cross-country roadshow

The Low Carbon Research Institute's (LCRI) Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST) project embarked on a cross-country tour around Wales in November to promote the launch of its new training courses.
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Taylor and Francis
Building Research & Information Article in the top 10 Most Read

Taylor & Francis online has listed,'City futures: exploring urban retrofit and sustainable transitions' paper by, Malcolm Eames, Tim Dixon, Tim May & Miriam Hunt as being top 10 in two categories: 'design' and 'building and construction'.
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MSc student wins EI prize
WSA MSc student wins EI prize

Charlotte Booth from the Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modelling MSc at WSA won first prize in the Student Presentation Competition with the South West and South Wales (SW&SW) branch of the Energy Institute.
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Urban Retrofitting book
New book explores urban retrofitting for sustainability to 2050

Although new zero-carbon buildings are an important part of any low carbon transition, but in existing cities it must occur alongside the transformation of the current building stock and infrastructure. Including contributions from experts in systems dynamics, governance, urban design, renewable energy technologies and water management, the book aims to illuminate some of the key changes and challenges that lay ahead as part of a transition to a sustainable built environment.
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