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Anne Bellamy, a 2017 March graduate from the Welsh School of Architecture, was recently invited to present her dissertation research on the role of architecture in palliative care environments at the Society of Social Sciences conference in Boston. Anne will begin a PhD on the subject with the Welsh School of Architecture this autumn. She was able to attend with financial support from the School and has written about her conference experience and how it has ignited her passion for her research and its potential impact.

This August, as a recent graduate and an upcoming PhD candidate at the Welsh School of Architecture, I found myself with the opportunity to present the research that I undertook for my master’s dissertation amongst a cohort of fellow researchers and academics at the annual Society of Social Sciences conference held this year in Boston, USA.

This year’s conference focused on the theme of ‘[In]Sensibilities’ and, as the brief states, “how the world is made differently sense-able through multiple discourses and practices of knowledge-making”. As part of an open call for papers on a huge variety of research areas, I submitted my dissertation abstract to a closed panel on ‘Designing Death, Dying and the Afterlife’. After having been reviewed by the conferences panel and the panel organisers, my paper was accepted. With the generous support of the Welsh School of Architecture, I was able to travel to Boston for the incredible experience of starting my academic career to talk about the piece of research that kick started my passion to take on a PhD.

My research focused on a niche, often taboo topic: the role of architecture in places of palliative care environments, and how design can shape a ‘dignified death’.  As one of few (as a fellow presenter put it) ‘death scholars’, the conference presented me with an incredible chance to discuss ideas, methodologies and experiences with the few people working in the field of death. Whilst I was one of only two presenting within the field of architecture and design specifically, it was a fascinating chance to get a more rounded contextual view of how to approach this topic. This particular aspect of design is one that encompasses more than just environment, but emotion and intense human interaction.

Initially, I was nervous to present to those not familiar with architecture and design, but soon realised that I was in perfect company. I was soon immersed in an animated conversation with those coming from social sciences, philosophy and neurosciences backgrounds discussing the context and wider impact of this kind of research. Having this opportunity to witness and be part of such an event has given me the extra passion to drive forward my research for my PhD – drawing on my time in Boston and channeling this academic dedication to the very real impact of architecture in society.

Mae Cyfarwyddwr Ymgysylltu ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd, sy'n arwain prosiect yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth gyda chymuned Grangetown, wedi ennill gwobr arweinyddiaeth bwysig.

Roedd Dr Mhairi McVicar yn fuddugol yng nghategori Arweinyddiaeth yn y Sector Cyhoeddus yng Ngwobrau Arwain Cymru eleni ar ôl dangos “arweinyddiaeth ragorol”.

Fe'i henwebwyd am ei rôl arweiniol fel arweinydd prosiect Porth Caerdydd a Chyfarwyddwr Ymgysylltu yn Ysgol Pensaernïaeth Cymru.

Dywedodd Dr McVicar: “Pleser a braint o’r mwyaf yw ennill gwobr Arweinyddiaeth yn y Sector Cyhoeddus yng Ngwobrau Arwain Cymru, o ystyried safon arbennig y bobl oedd ar y rhestr fer.

“Rydw i’n arbennig o falch fod beirniaid y gwobrau wedi amlygu pwysigrwydd arweinyddiaeth ar y cyd a’r ffaith fod angen ymdopi ag ansicrwydd a methiant. Dyma elfennau craidd o unrhyw fenter sy’n cymryd siawns er mwyn ceisio cyflawni rhywbeth o safon...”

“Rydw i'n edrych ymlaen at y camau nesaf wrth i ni weithio gyda'n gilydd.”

Gwobrau Arwain Cymru 2017 yw'r unig wobrau yng Nghymru ar gyfer arweinyddiaeth a chânt eu cynnal ar y cyd â'r Sefydliad Arweinyddiaeth a Rheoli.

Cyhoeddwyd yr enillwyr mewn seremoni wobrwyo amser cinio yng Ngwesty'r Hilton Caerdydd ddydd Iau 21 Medi.

Mae prosiect y Porth Cymunedol, sy'n rhan o raglen Trawsnewid Cymunedau’r Brifysgol, yn gweithio gyda phreswylwyr yr ardal i wneud Grangetown yn lle gwell fyth i fyw ynddo.

The Welsh School of Architecture has come top in the Russell Group of the 24 leading UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS).

The National Student Survey gives final year undergraduate students the opportunity to share their experiences of life at their university with the public and is a vital source of information for prospective students when deciding where they want to study. It also gives students a powerful collective voice to help shape the future of their course and their university.

Since the last survey, conducted in 2016, the School has improved in three areas – teaching on the course, assessment and feedback, and learning resources. In the current survey, the School is above the Russell Group average in eight of the nine categories and top of the Russell Group schools offering architecture degree programmes in six categories, including teaching, learning opportunities, academic support, organisation and management, student voice and student satisfaction.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Professor Chris Tweed, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture said: ”I’m delighted with the results of this year’s NSS and that we are leading the Russell Group in key areas. I would like to express my thanks to all students who completed this year’s NSS and worked with us during the year to help us make our courses even better. I also want to thank all the teaching and administrative staff who work hard to support our students and give them a good learning experience.”

Professor Sarah Lupton’s “Guide to JCT Standard Building Contract 2016” has been named RIBA’s “Book of the Month”.

Three further books by Professor Lupton are currently in the RIBA Bookshop top 20 – “Guide to JCT Design and Build Contract 2016”, “Guide to JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016”, and the “Guide to RIBA Domestic and Concise Building Contracts 2014”.

Professor Lupton, a Personal Chair at the Welsh School of Architecture, is a well-known expert in the field of design administration and management, having written over 20 books including the leading text “Design Liability in the Construction Industry” and a series on standard forms of construction contract, which are widely used throughout the UK and internationally. She is Course Director for our Master in Design Administration, as well as our RIBA Part 3 programme, the PGDip in Architecture: Professional Practice.

Community Gateway has been shortlisted in a new international awards scheme hosted by the University of Brighton in memory of its former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Watson for its work with the community of Grangetown.

The ‘Professor Sir David Watson Award for Community-University Partnerships’ recognises the combined efforts of community and university partners towards making a difference to the lives of people in their shared community. The scheme, the first of its kind, will reward achievements by community and university partners working together to build a healthier, just, and sustainable community.

Community Gateway, along with community partners Grangetown Community Action and the Grange Pavilion project, is committed to building a long-term partnership with residents of Grangetown to make the area an even better place to live by developing world class research, teaching and volunteering opportunities which respond to local needs.

Over the past three years the project has successfully launched award winning projects such as the Grangetown Youth Forum and developed long-standing and popular activity groups like the Run Grangetown running group that now has over 140 active community members regularly meeting up for runs. The project has also recently renovated the old Grangetown Bowls Pavilion and launched a community cafe ‘The Hideout Coffee House‘ run by a local business man Moseem Suleman in a bid to bring residents together further in a friendly community space.

Mhairi McVicar, Project Lead said:

“We are delighted and honoured to be nominated for this award and are immensely proud of what Community Gateway, our partners and the residents of Grangetown have achieved in such a short time. We are looking forward to what the next five years of the project might bring and to making Grangetown an even better place!”

The award is supported by an international group of networks and leaders in the field including the Talloires Network, a global network of community-engaged universities that Sir David helped to build and lead, and Drs Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon, the UNESCO co-chairs for Community Based Research. Sponsors also include the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, University of Winchester and Engagement Australia which helps develop best practice university-community engagement in Australia.

Sir David, who died in February 2015, created the University of Brighton’s award-winning Community University Partnership Programme CUPP which has supported scores of partnership projects over the past 12 years. Each year hundreds of academics, students and community partners work together to produce benefits for the community whilst enriching teaching and research. CUPP now supports other universities in the UK and across the world to develop similar initiatives in their own contexts.

Individual donors to the award fund will select the winning application, to be announced in September.

The University of Brighton will be re-running the award in future years. To donate to the award fund, go to: Just giving David Watson Award

For more information on the Community Gateway project or to get involved please contact: communitygateway@cardiff.ac.uk

Orkidstudio, founded by Welsh School of Architecture alumnus James Mitchell, is named one of the winners of this year’s Curry Stone Design Prize.

The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded each year to honour innovative projects that use design to address pressing social justice issues. Supported by the Curry Stone Foundation, the Prize highlights and rewards projects that improve daily living conditions of people in communities around the world. The Prize is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. As well as naming the Design Prize winners, they have assembled The Social Design Circle, a group of 100 of the most compelling social design practitioners of the last decade, which includes Orkidstudio.

Orkidstudio was developed as a design/build non­profit active throughout Africa, focusing on long­term sustainable development through community-­based design and construction. They deliberately avoid conventional methods of distributing aid, instead beginning with an examination of local context, materials, resources and skills. Orkidstudio also strongly advocates the design/build process as a means of economic development. The choices of what you design and how you build can have a dramatic effect on local jobs, local earnings, and micro­-economies. The studio therefore looks to designs which promote the highest possible economic development.

Orkidstudio is currently completing a large hospital in Zambia, near the border of the DRC and Angola. The extreme remoteness leaves the surrounding area in desperate need of regional health facilities. The hospital is expected to serve 30,000 people when completed. Orkidstudio is currently also working with the charity Mothers of Africa (led by Professor Judith Hall of the School of Medicine) to rebuild a school in Shiyala, Zambia with funding from Cardiff University’s Global Opportunities Centre and the Welsh School of Architecture. Students from the Welsh School of Architecture and across the University are spending their summer helping villagers with the construction of the school, as well as houses for teachers, a borehole and toilets. On completion of this 300-place community school in September, the District Education Board have agreed to supply qualified teachers to ensure that the children of the village will have access to sustainable, meaningful education.

To find out more about their ongoing projects, please visit the Orkidstudio website.

Bydd consortiwm sy'n cynnwys academyddion o Brifysgol Caerdydd yn datblygu ffasâd cynaeafu ynni i'w osod ar adeiladau sydd eisoes yn bodoli fel rhan o brosiect Horizon 2020 gwerth €6m.

Mae consortiwm rhyngwladol o ymchwilwyr o ledled Ewrop, gan gynnwys academyddion ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd, wedi cael €6m gan y Comisiwn Ewropeaidd i ddatblygu ffasâd cynaeafu ynni cenhedlaeth newydd i'w osod ar adeiladau presennol.

Nod 'PLUG-N-HARVEST', sy'n brosiect pedair blynedd, fydd creu ffasâd ynni effeithlon i adeiladau sy'n gallu cynaeafu ynni solar a'i droi naill ai'n drydan neu wres, i'w ddefnyddio yn yr adeilad ei hun neu adeiladau cyfagos.

Drwy fuddsoddi mewn ynni adnewyddadwy, rydym yn gobeithio y bydd y dechnoleg yn helpu i leihau ein dibyniaeth ar adnoddau ynni traddodiadol fel glo a nwy, ac yn helpu i leihau biliau ynni.

Mae ymchwilwyr o Ysgol Pensaernïaeth Cymru ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd wedi cael €399,085 fel rhan o'r prosiect, a byddant yn gweithio ar amrywiaeth o dasgau ymchwil gan gynnwys optimeiddio a gwerthuso, a modelu gwahanol ffyrdd o osod y ffasâd er mwyn darganfod y ffordd fwyaf effeithiol o'i ddefnyddio mewn gwahanol hinsoddau ledled Ewrop.

Unwaith i'r ffasâd gael ei ddatblygu, bydd yn cael ei brofi mewn pedwar cynllun gwahanol ar sawl adeilad, yn yr Almaen, Sbaen, Groeg a'r DU.

Bydd prosiect Horizon 2020 yn dod â 13 o bartneriaid yng Ngroeg, yr Almaen, Sbaen, Romania a'r DU, gan gynnwys prifysgolion, partneriaid ym myd diwydiant, ac awdurdodau lleol – gan gynnwys Cyngor Dinas Caerdydd.

Dr Meddai Hu Du, Prif Ymchwilydd ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd a Chymrawd Ymchwil Sêr Cymru: "Bydd Prifysgol Caerdydd yn chwarae rhan sylweddol o ran gwella datblygiad modiwl PLUG-N-HARVEST a'i roi ar waith.

"Bydd y prosiect yn mynd i'r afael â'r her o integreiddio technolegau cynaeafu ynni i adeiladau sydd eisoes yn bodoli, ac yn cynnig platfform ardderchog ar gyfer gwella ein perthynas â phartneriaid sydd ymhlith y gorau yn y byd ym maes diwydiant."

Mae gan Ysgol Pensaernïaeth Cymru ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd hanes o wneud ymchwil sy'n arwain y byd ynglŷn â datblygu dulliau carbon isel o gynhyrchu ynni, a thechnolegau ac arferion storio, dosbarthu a defnyddio, ynghyd â chynnig cyngor a dadansoddi polisïau.

Six former WSA graduates have set up a design and build collaborative called CAUKIN Studio; which aims to give students and young professionals the opportunity to design, build and travel.

The six members met through their shared love of architecture and humanitarianism whilst studying at Cardiff University in 2015. The enterprise name came from the origins of its founders; Alden (Canada), Josh, Harry and Harry (UK) and Clarissa (Indonesia) together make ‘CAUKIN’.

Whilst already good friends at university, the group decided they wanted to test out and apply their skills to real world projects, which they obtain themselves through contacting various charities, NGO’s and schools worldwide. Co-founder Joshua Peasley said; “We realised that as architecture students, there is so much to be learnt from on-site construction, so we set up CAUKIN to give other students and young professionals the opportunity to access this practice”.

Their first project, PLAYSCAPE, a creative play and learning space, was designed and built for a charity on the island of Koh Rong, off the coast of Cambodia. They funded the project via a successful kickstarter campaign which raised over £7,700 and managed to gain the support of the music artist Caribou, as well as his music label through winning a competition entry.

Their next two projects PLAYDIUM and PLAYVILION, both located in Indonesia, took a team of over 30 Welsh School of Architecture and Sheffield School of Architecture volunteers to build the two playgrounds. Co-founder Harry Thorpe said “it was a natural progression from self-funding the projects to inviting volunteers to come and build with us, this really marked the start of our enterprise, having tested our ideas with PLAYSCAPE the year before”.

This year they will be completing their two most substantial projects to date; a Nursing Station/Kindergarten and a Community Hall on the island of Vanua Levu in Fiji. They welcome a team of 40 volunteers from numerous universities worldwide, and hope to complete the projects over a 2 month period in August and September.

Whilst studying for their first year of their masters in Architecture this year, they have managed to win Cardiff Universities ‘SPARK Enterprise’ competition, a business competition which encourages new startups to push their business ideas and aspirations further. Off the back of their success at the SPARK competition, they were entered into the nationwide ‘Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards’ where they won ‘The People’s Choice Award’, placing them in the top 18 start-ups, from the 2000 applicants. They will be pitching their business to the CEO of Santander in October in the finals.

Co-founder Harry Marshall said “it is off the back of some great teaching and a solid skills set that we have obtained through studying Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, that has made the start-up and continued operation of CAUKIN a success. Studying at Cardiff has given us so many opportunities to develop ourselves as architects and our business as a whole!”

The team hope to go all go on to qualify as Part III Architects, and wish to practice as CAUKIN Studio full time, working both in the UK and overseas.

For more information on their projects to date and ways you can support, please visit the CAUKIN Studio website or email: info@caukinstudio.com

The Welsh School of Architecture official graduation ceremony took place on Tuesday 18th July.

Graduates and staff donned their caps and gowns for the official ceremony which took place in St. David’s Hall. Afterwards, students and their families were welcomed to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for the Welsh School of Architecture graduation reception. Refreshments were enjoyed while students, staff and guests mingled in the College’s foyer and took photos.

Valerie Owen OBE, a multi-disciplinary expert in economic and sustainable development, was invited to give this year’s graduation speech, after which selected prizes were awarded to students at BSc, MArch and MA/Diploma levels.

Following the ceremony and reception, students and their families were invited to visit the Welsh School of Architecture summer exhibition in the Bute Building.

We would like to congratulate all our graduates on successfully completing their degrees and wish them all the best for the future.

Students can keep in touch by registering with the Cardiff University Alumni Network or by following the School on LinkedIn.

Full list of 2017 prize-winners


L.C. Pritchard Prize (Best History of Architecture in Year 2) – Madeline Barnes-Planer

T Alwyn Lloyd Memorial Travelling Scholarships – Velina Iantcheva, Isabella Open, Albert Ching Leung, Edward O’Neill


T Alwyn Lloyd Memorial Prize (Best overall performance in MArch Year 2) – Ryan Gormley

Colwyn Foulkes Memorial Prize (Best MArch Year 2 design in Built Environment) – Ryan Gormley

Wyn Thomas Prize from WYG (Final MArch Year 2 Design project that responds best to site and context) – Anne Bellamy


Society of Construction Law Prize – Azhar Kapadi

Stanley Hall Cox Prize from Stride Treglown – Stephanie Adamou

Mae Cyfarwyddwr Ymgysylltu ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd sy'n arwain prosiect yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth gyda chymuned Grangetown wedi'i gosod ar restr fer ar gyfer gwobr arweinyddiaeth bwysig.

Mae Dr Mhairi McVicar ar restr fer categori Arweinyddiaeth yn y Sector Cyhoeddus yng Ngwobrau Arwain Cymru eleni.

Fe'i henwebwyd am ei rôl arweiniol fel arweinydd prosiect Porth Caerdydd a Chyfarwyddwr Ymgysylltu yn Ysgol Pensaernïaeth Cymru.

Ymrwymiad ac angerdd

Dywedodd Dr McVicar: “Mae cael fy enwebu a'm gosod ar restr fer y wobr nodedig hon yn gwneud i mi deimlo'n wylaidd, ac mae'n adlewyrchiad o ymrwymiad ac angerdd grŵp mawr o bartneriaid cymunedol yn Grangetown a staff Prifysgol Caerdydd, ac nid lleiaf y timau Porth Cymunedol ac Ymgysylltu, sydd wedi sicrhau llwyddiant partneriaethau’r Porth Cymunedol.”

Gwobrau Arwain Cymru 2017 yw'r unig wobrau yng Nghymru ar gyfer arweinyddiaeth a chânt eu cynnal ar y cyd â'r Sefydliad Arweinyddiaeth a Rheoli.

Ymhlith y cyn-fyfyrwyr buddugol mae Laura Tenison MBE, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, Mario Kreft MBE, Prif Weithredwr Cartrefi Gofal Pendine Park, Kelly Davies, Rheolwr Gyfarwyddwr Vi-Ability, a Dr Sabine Maguire o Sparkle, Sefydliad Plant De Gwent.

Dywedodd Barbara Chidgey, Cadeirydd Gwobrau Arwain Cymru: “Mae'r rhestr fer yn adlewyrchu safon uchel iawn ac amrywiaeth eang o arweinwyr ym mhob sector ar draws Cymru.”

Caiff y buddugwyr eu cyhoeddi mewn seremoni wobrwyo amser cinio yng Ngwesty'r Hilton Caerdydd ddydd Iau 21 Medi.

Mae prosiect y Porth Cymunedol, sy'n rhan o raglen Trawsnewid Cymunedau’r Brifysgol, yn gweithio gyda phreswylwyr yr ardal i wneud Grangetown yn lle gwell fyth i fyw ynddo.