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Dr Sam Clark

Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 0415
DRU-w, Adeilad Bute, Rhodfa'r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3NB
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I am a senior lecturer, contributing to the following areas of WSA activity:

  • Director of Postgraduate Research
  • PhD Supervision
  • MArch Dissertation Supervision
  • Design Research Methods ('Fieldwork' Elective; BSc Year 3)
  • Architectural Design Teaching (Studio Lead; BSc Year 2)
  • Architectural Design Reviews & Examinations (BSc & MArch)
  • Personal Tutelage (BSc)
  • Member of the Design & Practice Research Group

External activities

I am a qualified architect engaged in:

  • People-centred architectural practice; working with private clients, ranging from young families to retirees seeking to re-model, right-size and/or future-proof their homes.
  • Practice-led design research; engaging property developers and other stakeholders within the housing sector.
  • Architectural competitions; a number of which have been short-listed and exhibited.









Teaching profile

Sam has been teaching at WSA since 2008, when he started as an external tutor contributing to second-year design teaching. Sam became a full-time staff member in 2009, working as a professional tutor, supporting first and second year design teaching. Sam has co-ordinated the Vertical Studio programme (2010-2012) and co-chaired BSc Year 1 (2010-14). Sam has contributed to a wide range of teaching activities at every level of the BSc and MArch architecture programmes.

Sam regularly acts as visiting design reviewer and guest lecturer at other UK schools of architecture. Sam has contributed to design teaching at Newcastle University (2014-16), co-leading a third-year undergraduate design studio with Dr Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes. He also contributed to teaching at Kingston University (2007-08), co-leading a second-year design unit with Shibboleth Shechter. Sam is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). His design teaching is predicated on collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

Research interests

Sam completed his PhD by Creative Practice, 'Architectural Reflections on Housing Older People: Nine Stories of Retirement-Living', at Newcastle University in 2018. His thesis presented and interpreted the stories of nine actors involved in the design, construction, management and inhabitation of third-age housing in the UK. Sam integrated original storytelling with architectural survey, analysis and design techniques; bringing together the social science practice of participant observation with architectural post-occupancy evaluation. The research foregrounded ‘designerly’ modes of inquiry, resulting in design-relevant feedback for those involved in the production of retirement-living environments. Aspects of his research were practice-led, with work packages commissioned by a UK property developer specialising in retirement-living apartments.

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.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Practice-led Design Research
  • People-Centred Design
  • Architecture & Ageing
  • Design/Production of Specialist Housing
  • Design Ethnography

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Research student

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