Archived News 2009

AHRA Research Student Conference

On Saturday, 12th December the WSA will host the 6th AHRA (Arts and Humanities Research Association) Research Student Conference.
Link to Programme

Year 2 BSc urban conditions study of Aberdare

exhibition opening on
Friday 11th December

Please join us in the exhibition / crit room from 2pm-5pm for group presentations of urban conditions in Aberdare and for the exhibition opening and end of term drinks celebration at 5pm on Friday 11th december.

The exhibition will close on January 4th 2010.

click here to view pdf invite

UUK-logoUniversities UK launch Sustainability website

Universities UK have launched a new website which follows up on their Greening Spires report published last year. Alongside other leading sustainability work from unversites in Britain, the site features, from the Welsh School of Architecture, The Low Carbon Research Institute, and also the Ty Unnos project

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wsa School Brochure 2009Great World Architecture Exhibition
9th December 2009

@ Exhibition Room
Opening 10-10.3
Presentations 10.3-12.3
Plenary 12.3-13.00
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Artists' Studios Reflecting Wales 09:09 exhibition closing and gallery talk
on Wednesday 4th November 2009,
6.30pm talk at Howard Gardens Gallery

The architectural exhibition Reflecting Wales 09:09 showcasing nine emerging welsh / Welsh resident architectural designers will close on Wednesday 4th November with a gallery talk with the exhibitors. If you haven't had a chance to see the exhibition, please join us for the closing and discussion with the architectural designers. We look forward to seeing you there. view pdf poster

Cutting Wales' carbon emissions

The University’s Welsh School of Architecture will lead a new £34M European funding drive designed to help Welsh businesses develop innovative carbon reduction projects and meet strict carbon emission targets. read more

MADE issue 5
On sale now!

MADE - an international refereed architecture journal published by the Welsh School of Architecture.This edition includes, among other texts: Graham Morrison on Icons and Placemaking; Richard Powell on Here & Hereabouts; Christopher Platt on Flat Packing to Eichstaett: An Introductory Studiio Design Project; read more

Artists' StudiosThe 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: ... read more

Artists' StudiosExhibition
on the 9th of Oct - 4th of Nov
Location: Howard Gardens Gallery

An exhibition of nine architectural designers critically defining, challenging, and interpreting themes of ‘place’... read more
Artists' StudiosArtists' Studio
by MJ Long

MJ Long - newly appointed Visiting Professor to the School - has just published a book on Artists' Studios (Black Dog Publishing) - a highly personal account of the development of these studios from the 1970s to the present day ... read more
6th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium:
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK
Saturday 12th December 2009
Deadline for papers: 31st August 2009

Call for Papers:
Proposals are invited from current graduate students for the AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association) 6th Annual Student Research Symposium which will take place on Saturday 12 December at the WSA ... read more

AJ Review of this year's student degree show

While it is mindful of its context, the wsa has, with an influx of new blood, flourished into a very international school ... read more
""Western Mail 22.07.09

Prof Phil Jones is interviewed about the role of the built environment in tackling climate change. ... read interview
Welsh build system in Washington DC
Designed by DRU-w

An award-winning modular building system for affordable housing that uses sustainable Welsh wood was the international spotlight at a major cultural festival in Washington DC this summer. ... read more
wsa School Brochure 2009New wsa School Brochure 2009

The latest Welsh School of Architecture brochure has recently been published. The brochure includes details of the school, courses, research community, journals, centres and more.

Click here to download a pdf copy of the new wsa brochure (size- 6.09MB)

""Delivering Low Carbon Buildings Cymru from Policy to Practice

The Centre for Research in the Built Environment  (CRIBE) has received a grant of £497,311 from Welsh Assembly Government  under the Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) Knowledge Transfer Centre Programme ... read more
Steel bunker is made into garden
[June 2009]

Former wsa students Lianne Russ and Philip Henshaw have recently won a nationwide design competition to transform a concrete basement at the site of the former Ebbw Vale steelworks into a "vertical" garden in time for the 2010 National Eisteddfod of more

"" The Medieval and its Contexts Seminar
[June 2009]

An international seminar 'The Medieval and its Contexts' will take place in London on 1-2 July, as part of the large AHRC-funded project 'The Indian Temple: Production, Place, Patronage' being run by PRASADA, the WSA's centre for the architecture of South Asia... read more

2009 degree show inviteReflections
Graduate Degree Show 2009

[June 2009]

Opening Friday 19th of June 2009
Arrive 18:00-18:30 -Drinks Reception
at the Welsh School of Architecture 2nd floor Bute Building

Exhibition will be opened by Ruth Reed RIBA President Elect

DRU-w and the Royal Academy
[June 2009]

An exploded spatial and construction model of the Environmental Resource Classroom, Ebbw Vale, designed by Design Research Unit Wales, has been selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2009. .... read more
Eduard Bru Poster

Urban Design Lecture
[June 2009]

Date: 4th June 2009
Time: 6:30 pm
(Please join us at 6.00pm for a glass of wine and a chat.)
Location: Bute Building, Cardiff University

... read more

Prisoned 2009Vertical Studio 2009
Final Review Event
[May 2009]

Wed 20th May '09
WSA Landing @ 18.00 ... read more

Scala/ Sceme/ Claw2009 Innovation Prize
[April 2009]

A collaboration between the WSA and Coed Cymru which is helping to produce low carbon, affordable housing using homegrown Welsh softwood has been recognised at the University’s annual Innovation Awards. ... read more

Scala/ Sceme/ ClawScala/ Sceme/ Claw
Study Day/ Diwrnod Astudio 2009
[April 2009]

Friday 15 May 2009 at the Welsh School of Architecture - Cardiff University
Dydd Gwener 15 Mai 2009 yn Ysgol Pensaernïaeth Cymru - Prifysgol Caerdydd
Achieving a Low Carbon Environment - Fact FromFiction
Cyrraedd Amgylchedd Carbon Isel - Ffaith a Ffug ... read more
Prisoned 2009Prisoned 2009
Annual International Student Design Competition
[April 2009]

Congratulations Dominic Yik & Erioseto Hendranata, 4th year students from WSA, have recently been shortlisted as one of the 12 honourable mentions in the Prisoned 2009 Competition organised by the Socio Design Foundation, Denver-USA. more

Abigail LockeyStudy Abroad Studentship awarded
[April 2009]

Congratulations Abigail Lockey, graduate teaching assistant (MAUD) at the wsa, awarded Study Abroad Studentship by the Leverhulme Trust. more

Ty Unnos wins CIOB Award for Architecture and Surveying
[April 2009]

DRU-w at the Welsh School of Architecture won the Architecture and Surveying Innovation Award for ‘Sustainable Sitka spruce housing system: Ty Unnos - 'A house in one night'. This entry could make a real contribution to sustainable domestic housing.

further information about the Ty Unnos project can be found on the BBC website:

SAWSA eco ball
[April 2009]
Date: 28-04-09
Sophia Gardens (click here for map of location)
green tie dress code

This years Ball Is set to be the best ever! The aim is to show that ‘thinking sustainably’ can enhance the students designs rather than hinder them and, to prove that this truth can be paralleled with our everyday lives. more
visit eco ball flash site

Really Sustainable Building: hemp/Lime ConstructionSponsors for ...
Really Sustainable Building: hemp/Lime construction

[April 2009]

This venturesome and important Vertical Studio has attracted the interest and sponsorship of a number of companies both local and nationwide.

Among the sponsors are: Machine Mart, Hire Station, Lime Technology Limited and Loft Shop more

Caring for older people-
International Student Design Competition 2009

[March 2009]

Awarded second prize: Rachel Witham and Chris Wilkins

The RIBA competition sponsored by BUPA and DWA Architects sought a new approach to designing care homes for the elderly. Entrants were asked to respond to the demands of older people with diminishing mental and physical capabilities. more

Earth is launched
[March 2009]

The Earth's oldest art? Natural art? Organic art? Not art, just nature?

Richard Weston launchs his new website 'Earth'. To find out more goto

The Huffington Post
Zero Carbon Design and Architecture, But How Low is Zero?

[March 2009]

Article posted March 13, 2009 -Phillip Jones

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

The built environment is key to a low carbon future. Many countries are now planning for a zero carbon built environment, but the question remains "how low is zero?" click here to view full article

This years British Council Cityscapers studio
[March 2009]

The wsa and the School of City and regional Planning, with the the University of Glamorgan, are jointly co-hosting this year's British Council Cityscapers studio. this is an international collaborative studio. more

from these hands...
An exhibition of art works from the students of the wsa

[March 2009]

Date: 9th-14th March 10am-7pm daily
Location: Exhibition and Crit Rooms of the Bute Building

Opening night 9th March 6.30pm-9.30pm on the landing for drinks & nibbles.
25% of all proceeds from the exhibition will be split between the charities Article 25 and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable trust.
click here to view digital catalogue of art works

ARB 2009 Election of architects to the Architects Registration Board:

[March 2009]

Sarah Lupton was one of the successful candidates in the ARB election of architects to the architects registration board for 2009. She will serve as a board member from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2012.
...see results and read more

AHRC Studentship Opportunities
[Feb 2009]

The University was successful in its Block Grant Partnership application to the AHRC for postgraduate studentships and has funding for the next 5 years. ... read more

Winners of Annual Student
Design Charrette : Cardiff University

[Feb 2009]

One of the highlights of the AlA UK events calendar is the Annual Student Design Charrette, which took place this year on Saturday, 18 October at the Architectural Association. The Charrette is a lively opportunity for students to limber-up their design skills early in the academic year. ... .read more

Vicki StevensonNew WISE (Wales) chair at WSA

[Feb 2009]

Vicki Stevenson has just taken the Welsh chair of Women into Science Engineering and Construction (WISE). The WISE campaign ( encourages young women to study technical subjects (e.g. Science, Technical Studies, Engineering and Mathematics) and to consider future technical careers. ... read more

[Feb 2009]

Congratulations to Year 2 WSA students who won several awards at the 2009 Nationwide Sustainable Housing Awards Student Competition, in an awards ceremony held at RIBA on 2nd Feb 2009. more

Building Futures: DesiRecent Publication
"Adrian Stokes: an architectonic eye" by Stephen Kite
[Feb 2009]

Adrian Stokes (1902-72) - aesthete, critic, painter and poet - is among the most original and creative writers on art of the twentieth century. He was the author of over twenty critical books and numerous papers. more