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Dr Sam Clark

Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 4430
2.66, 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 Recruitment & Admissions (Architecture)
  • Member of WSA Executive Board
  • MArch 2 Deputy Year Chair
  • MArch 2 Unit Leader - Dwelling Differently
  • MArch Dissertation Supervision
  • Postgraduate Research Supervision (MPhil/PhD)
  • Architectural Design Reviews & Examinations (BSc & MArch)
  • Personal Tutelage

External activities

  • Architectural practice and practice-led design research
  • External Examiner (BA Interior Design), School of Design, Bath Spa University
  • External PhD Supervisor, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Visiting Design Reviewer to other UK Schools of Architecture
  • Governor, Gatehouse Green Learning Trust, Bristol 









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
  • Specialist Housing
  • Design Ethnography
  • Architecture & Ageing

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Annie Bellamy

Annie Bellamy

Research student

Sarah O'Dwyer

Research student

Past projects

  • Examined Dr Mohammad Khaleel Abukeshek: An investigation of spatial relationships and operational requirements in hospital emergency departments in Jordan (PhD awarded 2021). https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/141836/ 
  • Examined Dr Duaa Osama Al Maani: Exploring transition toward independent learning: student experiences in the first year of architecture school (PhD awarded 2019). https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/129237/ 
  • Director of Postgraduate Research in Architecture (Acting), 2019-2020. 

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