Welsh School of Architecture

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The Bute Building, home to the WSA

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is an academic school of Cardiff University. It is located in the Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales.

For two years[when?] it was voted the UK's top School of Architecture in the Times Higher Educational Supplement league table.[citation needed] In 2013 it was ranked second by The Guardian and, in a poll of architects carried out by the Architects' Journal, was ranked equal first with the Architectural Association as the top UK school.[1] Its "intellectual, yet no-nonsense approach"[1] to design embraces all aspects of architecture and is focused around the studio project, based on one-to-one design teaching.[citation needed] Academic staff are supported by visiting professors and tutors from local and leading UK practices.

The WSA condenses its Part II architecture course, which would normally involve 2 years of full time study, into a year spent working in practice with part time study modules, followed by 1 year full time at college.[1]

In July 2013 the annual degree show of student work was for the first time held in London, at the Truman Gallery in Brick Lane.[1]

Notable people[edit]

  • Prof Dean Hawkes
  • Prof Sarah Lupton - architect, arbitrator and author of numerous books on professional practice and law. Personal Chair at WSA.
  • Prof Malcolm Parry - TV personality and former Head of the School of Architecture
  • Prof Peter Salter
  • Prof Flora Samuel - former lecturer at the school and author of books on Le Corbusier; head of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (since 2010).[2]
  • Prof Simon Unwin - author of Analysing Architecture and other books. Former Senior Lecturer at the school.[3]
  • Prof Richard Weston - architect, author and designer.[4] Current (2011) Chair of Architecture at WSA.


  1. ^ a b c d "The Welsh School of Architecture's Summer Show Hits London", The Architectural Review, 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  2. ^ The Architects' Journal Flora Samuel: 'I’m not sure the term architect really describes what we do any more'; 26 February, 2010 (viewed 2011-10-07)
  3. ^ Simonunwin.com
  4. ^ The Independent on Sunday Wrapped in Thought: how an architecture professor become the hot new thing on Liberty's books; 20 March, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07

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Coordinates: 51°29′11″N 3°10′58″W / 51.4865°N 3.1827°W / 51.4865; -3.1827