It has been the most exquisite joy to see our studios alive and vibrant once again. New life, creativity and enthusiasm has been breathed into every space within the Arts Tower and our students and staff have responded to a return to face to face teaching with great energy and dedication. Year 1 design programmes incorporated themes of small domestic space working with a live client. The year culminated with the construction of a series of giant structures on the beach at Cleethorpes. Year 2 projects were focused on the London Road area of Sheffield and the Semester 2 Housing Project hosted a symposium to discuss and explore opportunities for zero carbon design in community housing. Year 3 tutor groups virtually explored 5 global cities – Tokyo, Cape Town, Istanbul, Sao Paulo and Reykjavik – for the first semester design project, before returning to the UK to investigate a series of public building programmes, each incorporating the reuse of an existing building for the final project in Semester 2. The Undergraduate Programme has hosted the second ‘Towards Zero Carbon’ lecture series throughout Semester 2, providing depth and breadth to discussions around climate emergency and social justice. The continued success of the Undergraduate Programme is demonstrated by the outstanding achievement of our talented, creative students and the resourcefulness and resilience of our dedicated staff team. It’s great to be back together again. Simon Chadwick Undergraduate Programme Director
The MArch Course at the Sheffield School of Architecture is concerned with embedding a culture of personal investigation and critical enquiry within the student cohort, empowering them to develop distinctive work and to become positive agents for change in the world. From the speculative and fantastical through to the deliverable and the ‘live’, all of our projects in some way respond to the challenges and complexities of the real. It is our duty and our privilege to be able to ask questions of the discipline that would define us, to go beyond normative modes of practice and to nurture students capable of challenging engrained patriarchal structures and unsustainable practices that underpin the architectural profession. Live Projects this year reclaimed its rightful place at the start of the MArch Programme, providing a fantastic opportunity for the students to connect as a cohort, relearning methods of embodied and place-based study. Several of our MArch studios are interested in exploring our relationship to the city through arts-based practice. Studio Waste, one of our new studios run by Mark Parsons, collaborated with Studio in Process on a short-term residency of a vacant building on Eyre Street in Sheffield City Centre, where they explored collaborative working methods through a programme of events that included a popup making workshop and fashion show. – Cith Skelcher, Co-Director.
The Sheffield School of Architecture offers three Postgraduate Taught Masters (PGT) programmes. These are built on the core strengths of academic staff, they are well received internationally and deliver excellence reflecting the School’s ethos in addressing the social, economic, environmental and technological aspects of architecture. MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies (MSc SAS) MA in Urban Design (MAUD) MA in Architectural Design (MAAD) Each PGT programme prepares students with the academic and professional skills to further their career and the programmes are tailored to meet the special needs and interests of their students with flexible modular teaching. These range from research and practice in areas of experimental architectural design, participatory urban design and sustainability. The PGT programmes aim to expose students to meaningful conversations and collaborations with researchers and professionals engaged in all aspects of design and the built environment. We emphasise the importance of allowing students to engage with cutting-edge research and innovation from across the full spectrum of architectural humanities, social sciences, building science, technology and design research. With this, we have an embedded studio culture within our taught and professional programmes making the school a thriving and creative place to be. Krzysztof Nawratek, Tsung-Hsien Wang
SSoA is a social school, we are proud of our supportive and student led culture. We want to celebrate this and are proud of our students’ achievements this year. Please see in this section a virtual tour of our pop up Spitalfields market exhibition. Bringing the best of Sheffield Architecture education to London.