Archived News 2010
2010 LCRI Conference

The 2010 LCRI Conference "Challenges of the Low Carbon Revolution" and the Projects of the Convergence Energy Programme were launched by Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, with a contribution from Professor John Harries, Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales, Professor Phil Jones, LCRI Chair and Professor Peter Pearson, LCRI Director. The keynote address at the Plenary session was given by Jane Davidson, Assembly Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing. read more

India: the Art of the Temple

A Cardiff University expert has contributed to a British Museum exhibition exploring the visual culture of India's enduring religious traditions.

Professor Adam Hardy, Welsh School of Architecture, has conceived a multimedia display of temple forms for the 'India: the Art of the Temple' exhibition, taking place at the Shanghai Museum in China. read more

Lucélia Taranto Rodrigues on 'green' architecture and the UK

In a Foreign Office film launched today, the Brazilian urban designer talks about Britain's vibrant, multicultural society and its drive to develop more sustainable ways of life. read more

Young architects change lives

Most young architects aspire to design world-renowned buildings such as Sydney Opera House or the Chrysler Building, but three students from the University's Welsh School of Architecture have set their sights on a different dream. James Mitchell, Su Mei Tan and Julissa Kiyenje who founded Orkidstudio, a non-profit humanitarian design organisation, are aiming to change the lives of children and communities throughout the world by using their architectural skills to build much needed shelter in poverty stricken areas. read more

Scarves from Rocks

Richard Weston's 'Scarves from rocks', available exclusively through Liberty of London, have won this year's Best of Welsh Design Award for 'Fashion and textiles'. read more

Graduate 100Workshop-Colloquium on 8 and 9 October 2010
‘Urban Crisis and Resistance’

Organizers: Delft School of Design (TU Delft) & The Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) read more

Reflecting Wales 2010, What Architects Do

Opening Monday 4th October 6pm - 8pm
Continues until 15th October from 11am-5pm
Morgan Arcade Cardiff Reflecting Wales.
link to website

New Research Project at the WSA

The WSA is leading a major new £2.7M EPSRC project Re-engineering the City 2020-2050 (RETROFIT 2050). Working in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of leading academic researchers, and with commercial and public sector research users, the project will explore a range of future-based scenarios and technologies capable of delivering urban sustainability - for energy water and waste - at a 'city-region' scale in the UK by 2050.


Graduate 100British Graduate 100 Awards

WSA 2010 graduates, Alice Brownfield and Rachel Witham, have been successful in being selected as a finalists and award nominees for the British Graduate 100 Awards. read more

Holder Mathias promotes architect to green role

Welsh School of Architecture graduate Julian Morgan, has been promoted by Architects Holder Mathias to deliver its plans for sustainable architecture across its client list. (Western Mail, 18.08.10, Pg 18 read more

summer showEnd of the Road Summer Show 2010 WSA in London

Thursday 2nd - Thursday 9th September 2010: 10.00 - 17.00

Exhibition Opening Thursday 2nd September 2010: 19.00
First Floor Bermondsey Square London SE1 3UN
link to website
link to pdf invite

Reflecting Wales 2010, What Architects Do

Following the successes of Reflecting Wales 08 and 09, for the 2010 exhibition a group of young people between 15 and 19 years of age - the Design Champions - explore what architects actually do and why good architecture matters. The project encourages reflection on and portrayal of how today's architectural practices are responding to the expectations of newer generations. Organised by the Welsh School of Architecture, the Design Commission for Wales and the Design Circle, the project will culminate in public exhibition in the Cardiff Design Festival in October 2010, publication and further exhibition through 2010/2011. link to website

orkidstudioTy Unnos Passivhaus, Ebbw Vale

The house develops DRU-w's third placed 'Welsh Passivhaus' competition entry into a visitor centre for The Works' Passivhaus case study houses, to be retrofitted as a two bed house following the Eisteddfod Festval. read more


Graduates of the wsa are using their university degree to help give children a better start in life. James Mitchell, Julissa Kiyenje, and Su Mei Tan, are the founding directors of new charity Orkidstudio, which aims to help change the lives of children and communities throughout the world by building shelter.

For more information and to support them by donating visit their website:
Click here to view article from the 'Scotman'

WSA Year 2
RIBA / Nationwide Sustainable Housing Awards wins

[June 2010]

WSA year 2 student Alice Harwood received a second prize award in this years RIBA / Nationwide Sustainable Housing awards, and Andra Antone received a special mention. read more

First Minister for Wales visits Cardiff University
[June 2010]

Carwyn Jones AM toured the Welsh School of Architecture, where the School's Head Phil Jones showcased its world-leading research facilities. Professor Jones explained how academics at the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) – the all-Wales partnership on sustainable research which has its hub at Cardiff - are working to provide a comprehensive cross disciplinary energy research base to support the Welsh Assembly Government's low carbon policies. The Minister also had the opportunity to meet some of the Institute's key players including Professor Peter Pearson and Professor Malcolm Eames. read more

Link to article in the Guardian and

WSA students volunteers have succesfully worked and finished the construction of mini mobile allotments at Borough Market in London. read more

Cardiff news Centre

WSA Degree Show 2010: Exhibition

Date: Friday 18th June
Venue: 2nd Floor Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, CF10 3NB

Exhibition was opened by Alan Francis the Chair of the Design Commission for Wales and founding partner of Gaunt Francis Architects.
Click here to view exhibition booklet

Ruthin : Market Town of the Future
[June 2010]

An exhibition of studies carried out by DRU-w and the WSA's 'Rebranding Ruthin' Vertical Studio has opened at Ruthin Craft Centre. The exhibition combines an analysis of the town carried out by DRU-w with a large scale model, themed booklets and proposals for urban spaces designed by students as part of the Vertical Studio.
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Environmental Resource Classroom opens to the public
[June 2010]

The Environmental Resource Classroom (ERC) in Ebbw Vale designed by Design Research Unit Wales has been formally opened by Jane Davidson AM and BBC Wales' Iolo Williams. The 140sqm Classroom is the first building completed on ‘The Works’ regeneration site in Ebbw Vale and the first to use Ty Unnos – ‘a house in a night’- an innovative Welsh Sitka spruce construction system. read more

LCRI on Twitter
[May 2010]

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Committed to achieving continual environmental improvements.
[May 2010]

The WSA is participating in the University Environmental Management System pilot project.  The University is committed to achieving the Environmental Management standard ISO 14001 and the School has agreed to participate in the early stage pilot.  The work has involved identifying key environmental impacts and the development of an action plan to tackle the key issues. more

Vertical Studio visits Ruthin
[April 2010]

The ‘Rebranding Ruthin’ Vertical Studio of nine first and second year students have spent three days carrying out studies and meeting local people in the north Wales town of Ruthin. As part of the ongoing ‘Ruthin: Market Town of the Future’ project students were asked to analyse the town and identify key areas for improvement.
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Designing an Indian temple

Dr Adam Hardy from the University’s Welsh School of Architecture, a leading authority on Indian temple architecture, has been commissioned to design a Hindu temple in the complex and ornate 12th century style of the Hoysala dynasty of south India. read more

New research centre will be ultimate in sustainable construction

A unique centre is to be established in Wales to develop the ultimate in low carbon, low energy, sustainable construction technologies where the actual façade of buildings – the walls and roofs - are used to transform the buildings from being energy consumers into energy generators.
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LCRI's Chinese Expedition

Early March, the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) launched its first overseas affiliate in China - Chongqing Low Carbon Research Centre, in a partnership with Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology (CAST), China, and in a recognition of the MOU signed in November 2009 between the two more

'Reflecting Wales 09 : 09 Exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre
until 4th May 2010

Reflecting Wales 09 : 09 highlights nine young / emerging architectural Welsh or Welsh resident designers who exhibit the potential to make a significant impact on design standards in our homes, working environments and the quality of places - cities, towns, villages and rural areas - in the decades to come. The exhibition includes work by: David Chambers / Steve Coombs / Aled Wyn Davies / Sarah Featherstone / Richard Golledge / Matthew Jones / Niall Maxwell / Chris Owen / Rhian Thomas. read more

New Honorary Visiting Professors at the wsa for 2009-2010

Jane Wernick FREng Hon FRIBA FRSA CEng FIStructE FICE
M.J. Long MArch OBE RIBA Rolfe Kentish MA DipArch RIBA read more

wsa Graduate wins the European Young Architect award

Henry Goss, who graduated from the WSA in 2005, has won the European Young Architect award presented by the Leading European Architects Forum. read more

Dr Vicki Stevenson (WSA) representing WISE Wales and Dr Fiona Wyllie representing Cardiff University School of BiosciencesRichard Westson invited to supply Liberty of London

Following its second ‘British Open Design Call’, Professor Richard Weston has been invited to supply Liberty of London. One of a dozen or so selected from some 950 who attended the event, Richard will be making silk scarves printed with images from his digital database scanned from minerals and rocks ( read more

Dr Vicki Stevenson (WSA) representing WISE Wales and Dr Fiona Wyllie representing Cardiff University School of BiosciencesCareers Wales Award

Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale held their "Most Valued Partner Awards 2009-2010" on 4th March 2010. Dr Vicki Stevenson (WSA) was delighted to accept an "EBP Award for Curriculum Support" on behalf of WISE Wales (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction). read more

Vertical Studio 2010

Launch Event:
Monday 8 March 2010
17.00 - 18.30
Room 0.21Redwood Building (School of Pharmacy)
King Edward VII AvenueCardiff CF10 3NB read more


RIBA Student Competition; Third Severn Bridge Competition Is the time right for a third crossing of the Bristol Channel?
Could you design it?

[February 2010]

RIBA South West and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) are working in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers in the South West and Wales to coordinate a competition and exhibition highlighting the potential of a third crossing .... read more

Competition for an MSc dissertation award
[February 2010]

A competition has been launched to win a £1,000 honorarium for undertaking an MSc dissertation on “A survey of waste management issues in the construction industry in the UK”.  read more

WSA Students and Graduates winning things!
[February 2010]

A BSc Year 2 student Emily De Courtenay Willium has recently been awarded a £500 bursary from the South Essex Chapter of the RIBA
Erioseto Hendranata a BSc 2008 graduate from the wsa has been selected as one of the Wallpaper Graduate Directory 2010
This is following the success of Ceri Williams a wsa Graduate from the BSc in 2007 who was published in the Graduate Directory 2009 read more

Application deadline 31st January 2010
[January 2010]

The Union was founded in 1921 with the aim of developing relations between French and British architects to the benefit of education and practice in both countries. Towards this end, and with the support of the Institut Français de Londres, the Union offers bursaries to help young architects or students of architecture in either country to extend their understanding of some aspect of architecture in the other country. read more