Summer Term 2011 Vertical Studio BSc 1+2
Vertical Studio

2011 Vertical Studio Call for Proposals

Click here to download pdf version of call for proposals

After the successes of previous years, Vertical Studio proposals are being invited from all teaching/research staff (full and part-time) and external built environment professionals, designers and artists.

The Summer Term is intended to broaden the students’ experience in research and design. A wide range of options is being sought, drawn from research, practice and other interests, so as to reflect the expertise and enthusiasm of the WSA community.


The learning outcomes are intentionally broad and require students to:

  • Engage critically with an aspect of research in the field of architectural studies, and to understand this in relation to a wider context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of architecture as an integrated discipline that engages with a broad range of research approaches
  • Represent and communicate the results of their work in appropriate forms


There are 140 students between BSc 1 and BSc 2. At least twelve units are needed to meet a maximum of twelve students per unit leader. A unit is typically run by one person (teaching payments from WSA are calculated on this basis), though historically we have had very successful partnerships between wsa staff and external tutors.

Unit leaders are expected to deliver a remote briefing (by email or otherwise) from 11 April 2011, so that the students are prepared for an intensive 2.5 weeks Vertical Studio programme, starting from 11 May 2011 (note: unit leaders cannot instruct significant work in advance of the 2.5 weeks, since students will be engaged in final crits; revisions to their design port folio; preparation for exams, as well as the exams themselves, and taking an Easter break! Please see our online schedule.). It is expected that unit leaders meet their students on at least four occasions. A minimum of one scheduled day of teaching per week will be required, plus 1 day for final reviews and feedback. Unit leaders cannot charge for preparation time.


The following criteria will be taken into account when selecting the proposals:

  • Involvement of experimentation and exploration
  • Links to research and/or practice within and outside of the WSA
  • Feasibility of the proposal in terms of time management
  • Consideration of costs outside the budget e.g. materials, travelling, workshops, etc. Commercial sponsorship may be appropriate


Outline proposals should be submitted on one A4 sheet, including abstract and images, along with a CV to Susan Morgans ( by 6 December 2010. Questions may be addressed to Sam Clark ( and Sergio Pineda ( before 1 December 2010. The chosen proposals will be announced on 17 January 2011.