Summer Term 2012 Vertical Studio - BSc 1 & 2

Vertical Studio

2012 Vertical Studio 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

The outcomes of Vertical Studio are intended to be broad and diverse, including 1:1 built prototypes, community engagement initiatives and experimentation with innovative methods/tools. Proposals are welcome within and outside of the specific field of architectural design (i.e. research does not have to involve a design project). 

At least 13 units are needed to reach the 150 students between BSc 1 and BSc 2. 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. We recommend collaborative partnerships, particularly in situations where a unit leader intends to lead remotely (outside of Cardiff).

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 debriefing/reviews and feedback. Unit leaders cannot charge for preparation time.

The following criteria will be taken into account when selecting 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 teaching budget e.g. materials, travelling, workshops, etc. Commercial sponsorship may be appropriate
  • Alternative approaches to ‘regular’ architectural design studio teaching

Outline proposals should be submitted on one A4 sheet, including abstract and images, along with a CV to Susan Morgans ( by 16 December 2011. Questions may be addressed to Sam Clark ( and Sergio Pineda ( before 9 December 2011. The chosen proposals will be announced online on 25 January 2012.