Welsh School of Architecture staff

Sam Clark

Sam Clark
Research Group Practice Research Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email ClarkSD1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 4430
Fax 029 2087 4623

Sam is a part-time lecturer, contributing to the following areas of WSA activity:

  • Architectural Design teaching (design studio)
  • Architectural Technology teaching (technical lectures)
  • Theory & Practice of Sustainable Design (reviews)
  • MArch & MSc Dissertation modules
  • Member of the Design & Practice Research Group

Sam has worked within five London-based architecture offices, primarily Levitt Bernstein Associates and Potter & Holmes Architects; contributing to a variety of projects, ranging from private homes and social housing schemes through to school refurbishments and other commercial projects. Sam is a founding member of architectural design collaborative ad:HOC.

Sam currently works in a private capacity on small scale jobs and competitions, a number of which have been short-listed and exhibited. He has prepared scheme designs for residential conversions, including lofts, a former pub cellar, a narrowboat and a coal barge. Sam has also developed feasibility studies for private clients looking to expand or reorganise their homes, including recent retirees seeking to down size or 'future-proof', with physical and sensory setbacks in mind. He is currently developing a PhD by Creative Practice in this area.


Sam has been teaching at WSA since 2008, and in recent years chaired First Year (2010-14) and co-ordinated the Vertical Studio programme (2010-2012). His design teaching is predicated on collaboration and stakeholder engagement. Recent projects include Taff Vessels, Umbrella Teahouse and Working Re-Generations. Sam currently teaches within second year design studio.

Sam also contributes to design teaching at Newcastle University, School of Architecture Planning & Landscape, and Chelsea College of Art & Design as an external critic for first year of the Interior Design Foundation Degree. He previously taught at Kingston University where he co-led a design unit for second year undergraduate students (2007-08). Sam is a member of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Sam is currently working towards a PhD by Creative Practice, in collaboration with a national house builder, Churchill Retirement Living; exploring new design approaches to sustainable housing in later life. Previous research areas include design pedagogy, particularly student transitions into architectural education and design practice; architect roles within disaster relief and reconstruction sectors, including international humanitarian aid and UK flooding, and architect capacities to design for communities generally. Sam is also interested in waterscapes, including UK inland waterways and the opportunities they offer for water-based dwelling.