Summer Term 2009 Vertical Studio BSc 1+2
Vertical Studio

Vertical Studio 2009 Final Review Event

Vertical Studio 2009 - Final Review Event

Wednesday 20th May 2009
WSA - Landing @ 1800

Digital Exhibition - Workshop Works - Music - Drinks

The architecture students have been working hard over the last three weeks on a wide range of workshops (16) run by architects, artists, textile designers, urban designers and landscape architects both from our school and from outside. The subjects explored are very diverse and as a result the outcomes are suprising, revealing and varied.

On Wednesday 20th May after 6.00pm the students' work will be on display. We will offer music, some nibbles and wine while you walk around the exhibition and talk to students and tutors.

Vertical Studio 2009 was launched on the 9th of March
Click here to view pdf of launch night presentation (note pdf size is 64mb)
Link to view pdf launch poster
Click here to download Term 3 Vertical Studio Allocation

Dear colleagues,

WSA Vertical Studio is is going to be very exciting with many interesting and original proposals to challenge the students, allowing them to work on different proposals.

We need to make sure that you know how things are going to work so you can organise your diaries.

Therefore we have put together the following schedule stating what is going to happen from now to the end of the Vertical Studio. This information will be available on our website very shortly.

If you wish to see previous Vertical Studio 2008, please visit the following school website:

This link has e-copies of abstracts, pictures and briefs submitted for last year’s proposals and might guide you in your brief’s elaboration.




Worskshop Abstract & Full Brief

Submit the abstract of the workshop (no more than 200 words) and 2 images in jpg format related to the workshop to be uploaded into the school website. This information will also be used to produce a poster to announce the Vertical Studio (VT) to the BSc 1 & 2 students.

Submit the brief containing the following:

  1. Brief description of what is the workshop about.
  2. Aims and Objectives.
  3. Deliverables.
  4. Programme for the three week project period.
  5. Bibliography.
  6. Contact details


Launch Vertical Studio
Venue: Birt Acres. Time: 17.30

Present the different Workshops to the BSc 1 & 2 Students.
It would be great if leaders based in Cardiff and surrounding areas could attend this event to present your own proposal. If you are not able attend the event someone of the VT team will present your proposal to the students.

Each leader will explain his/her proposal in 4 minutes supported digitally by a PowerPoint Presentation with a maximum of 4 slides.

Please issue your digital presentation by 07.03.09 to:


Start of Vertical Studio
Venues: Lecture rooms, studios or any other suitable spaces

We are asking you to present the brief and start working with the students on this day


Two teaching weeks

The remaining two teaching weeks commencing on the 05.05 and 12.05 you can choose the teaching day (the day you will meet with your students). You just need to notify Marga which day/s you are going to be in the school. She will book suitable teaching space where you can meet with your students, carry out tutorials, presentations and the like during tutorial days.

All the workshops will start this day and you must attend this day. The rest of your VS tutorial dates yiou can schedule them freely. Do not forget to provide your final schedule in your brief. We strongly advise you to decide as soon as possible when you are going to meet your students so you can book your train tickets.

Remember that the students will be working on this project for three weeks and they won’t have any other commitments. Thus students should be available any day of the week and can spend all their time working on the Vertical Studio.


Final Reviews

You will be asked to attend one of the two day reviews.

Please let Marga know if you have a preference day and she will organise the reviews taking into consideration your commitments.

If you have any question, comments or suggestions; do not hesitate to contact Marga or Cristian.

Best regards,

Marga Bauza
Cristian Suau
Vertical Studio co-ordinators

Aproved Proposals

01 Meta-Design Tools

Leader: Hannah Jones

link to:
Metadesing Jones Abstract.pdf
link to: Metadesing Jones Brief.pdf

02 Junk-Frame

Leaders: Dr. Cristian Suau Ibanez & Carmello Zappulla

link to: Junk frames.pdf
Junk frames 20-04-09.pdf

03 Point and Line to Plane

Leader: Swan Hung Hotz

link to:
Point-line to plan Swan Brief.pdf
link to:
Point-line to plane Swan Abstract.pdf

04 2020 Vision

Leader: Chris Owen

link to:
2020 VISION - abstract.pdf
link to: 2020 Vision brief.pdf

05 White Ghost

Leader: Prof. Peter Salter

link to:
WhiteGhost Salter Brief.pdf

06 Urban Corners

Leaders: Dr. Cristian Suau Ibanez, Marga Munar & Elvira Marina

link to: Urban Corners brief.pdf

07 Hemp/lime construction

Leaders: Sylvia Harris & David Lea

link to: HelmpLimeConstruction LeaHarris.pdf
link to: Photo Gallery

08 Learning from Llantrisant Street

Leaders: Chris Wilkins & Dr. Adam Sharr

link to:
Learning from Llantrisant WilkinsSharr Brief.pdf
link to:
Learning Llantrisant WilkinsSharr Abstract.pdf


09 Transformative Organisation

Leaders: Peter Feldmann & Sarah Manning

link to:
TransformingOrganisation FutureSystems_BriefAbstract.pdf



10 Light, Space and Landscape

Leaders: Stephanie Tunka & Joanna Irander

link to:
LightSpaceLandscape Tunka_Irander Brief_Abstract.pdf
link to:
WSA 2009_vertical studio_proposal Tunka_Irander_text_only.pdf

11 Obsessive Interiors

Leader: Dr. Stephen Kite

link to:
ObsesiveInteriors Kite Abstract.pdf
link to:
ObsesiveInteriors Kite Brief.pdf

12 Book building for Beginners

Leaders: Richard Powell & Rob Stevens

link to:
vert studio final.pdf

13 Territory Roadside

Leader: Kevin Hong

link to:
TeritoryRiadside Hong Brief.pdf

14 Archi-Textiles

Leaders: Dr. Wayne Forster & Laura Thomas

link to:
Vertical Studio 2009.pdf

15 Digital Tectonics

Leader: Dr. Wassim Jabi

link to:
Digital Design Jabi.pdf

16 Outdoor Learning

Leaders: Keval Patel, Nicola James & Lee Griffiths

link to:
OutDoorLearningSpaces Capita Abstract.pdf