The University of Sheffield
School of Architecture
Sarah Wigglesworth
  • Wind-drawing: In-Sung Kim (PhD by Design)
    Wind-drawing: In-Sung Kim (PhD by Design)
  • Participation research: Axel Becerra Santacruz (PhD by Design)
    Participation research: Axel Becerra Santacruz (PhD by Design)
  • Sandal Magna Primary School (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
    Sandal Magna Primary School (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
  • Sandal Magna Primary School (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
    Sandal Magna Primary School (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
  • Siobhan Davies Studios (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
    Siobhan Davies Studios (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
  • Cremorne Canoeing Centre (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
    Cremorne Canoeing Centre (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects)
  • Around & About Stock Orchard Street: edited by Sarah Wigglesworth (Routledge)
    Around & About Stock Orchard Street: edited by Sarah Wigglesworth (Routledge)

MA, Dip Arch (Cantab), ARB, RIBA, FRSA, MBE, RDI

I was appointed Professor of Architecture in 1998. My research interests lie in the boundary between theory and practice, and in exploring sustainable environments. In 2000 I established the School's PhD by Design to ensure design is recognised as a genuine research activity. I am director of London-based Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, a practice pioneering new approaches to building using low energy principles and has won many awards for its work. I received an MBE for services to architecture in 2003 and was granted status as Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2012

Teaching Activities

Currently I provide teaching, lecturing and criticism on an occasional basis to all years of the school on matters of design, technology, management and environmental design.

In 2013 I organised the School Forum, a lecture series dedicated to a subject of interest outside the school’s curriculum. This year’s theme was The Thinking Craftsperson. Contributors from ceramics, knitting, boatbuilding, design education, cuisine, costume making, willow weaving and jewellery debated issues around their discipline, relating their thoughts to architecture.

Administrative Roles

Director of Practice-based Research

Research Interests Research topics centre on Theory/Practice and Professionalism in architecture; Gender and Practice; Low Energy design of buildings; the construction industry and its relation to architecture; design for older people.
Grants, Awards & Consultancy

Competitions and Awards
2011 Sandal Magna School shortlisted for the Wood Awards

2011 Sandal Magna School shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Award
2011 RIBA Award for Sandal Magna School

2010 Shortlisted for “Best Public Building” in the Building Awards

2009 AJ/Ramboll Whitbybird Small Projects Award
Bermondsey Bicycle Station shortlisted for this award that celebrates projects under £150,000.

2009 American Institute of Architects Award
Cremorne Riverside Centre Commended in Excellence in Design category, March 2009.

2009 BURA Award for Cremorne Riverside Centre: runner-up in the Innovation Award.

2008 Scotswood Expo Competition, Newcastle
SWA’s design was winner of one of six house projects

2008 RIBA Award for Cremorne Riverside Canoeing Centre

2008 RIBA’s Stephen Lawrence Award
Cremorne Riverside Centre shortlisted.

2008 British Construction Industry Award
Cremorne Riverside Centre: finalist for Small Building Project Award.
Cremorne Riverside Centre: finalist for Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award.
Cremorne Riverside Centre: finalist for Local Authority Award.
Cremorne Riverside Centre: finalist for Environmental Award.

2007. 2007 CIBSE Building Services Best Practice Award
For our publication (jointly with Mott MacDonald) of School Design: Optimising the Internal Environment, a design guide for those commissioning schools.

2006 RIBA Award for Siobhan Davies Studios, Southwark, London

2005 Runner up in the Stephen Lawrence Award for the best building under £350K awarded to Mossbrook School

2005 RIBA Award for Mossbrook Special School Classroom for the Future

2005 White Rose Award for Best Educational/Medical Building in the RIBA Yorkshire Region for Mossbrook Special School Classroom for the Future

2005 White Rose Award for Client of the Year in the RIBA Yorkshire Region for Mossbrook Special School Classroom for the Future

2004 RIBA Award for 9/10 Stock Orchard Street
2004 RIBA’s Sustainability Award
Part of the Stirling Prize award Special Prizes category for 9/10 Stock Orchard Street

2001 FX/Blueprint Best Residential Project of 2001

Grants
2013 Award of £642,082 jointly funded by EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC for a 3-year interdisciplinary design research project entitled ‘How better design can facilitate mobility, connectivity & wellbeing for older people: a participatory approach to design research’. Commencing 1 October 2013.

2003 Award of £250,000 from AHRB (jointly with Jeremy Till) for a research grant to study the past, present and future of flexible Housing in the UK context.

2002 RSA’s Art for Architecture Grant Award granted by the Royal Society of Arts under the Art for Architecture Grant Scheme awarded to Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Susan Collins to collaborate on producing and integrating art in the context of design for Mossbrook Special School.

Professional Standing & Distinctions

Public Honours
2012 Granted Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts
2003/4 Awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours’ List

Public Appointments
2010-11 CABE Commissioner

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
2005 - Member of the Architecture Club
2003 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Other Professional Activities
2012- Appointed CABE Built Environment Expert
2010-11 Member CABE National Design Review Panel
2008-10 Member L B Southwark’s Design Review Panel
2008-10 Member RIBA Book Award Panel
2008-11 Member RIBA Research Awards Panel

Professional Invitations and Engagements
2012-13 Member of RIBA Gold Medal Jury
2007 Invited to be Chair of RIBA East London Region Awards committee, March-May ‘07

Publications

Books

2011 Around and About Stock Orchard Street
Book conceived, partially written and edited by me with invited essays. Routledge, Abingdon, April 2011. ISBN 978-0-415-57529-4

2001 9-10 Stock Orchard Street, a guidebook
Guidebook by Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth, Bank of Ideas, London 2001, 24pp. ISBN 0-9541362-0-9

1998 ‘The Everyday and Architecture’
Issue of Architectural Design guest edited jointly with Jeremy Till. Published by John Wiley & Sons, July/August 1998. ISBN 0-471-98424-8

1996 Desiring Practices: architecture, gender and the interdisciplinary
Joint Editor (with Duncan McCorquodale and Katerina Rüedi) of Proceedings of the Desiring Practices Symposium. Published by Black Dog Press, March 1996. ISBN 0-523773-9-0.

Artilcles

2013 ‘“WLTM Caring Contractor”: the dating game of Design and Build’
Article for an issue of the Journal of Architecture on the theme of the written aspects of architecture, edited by Adam Sharr, April 2013.

2012 ‘Essay’ by Sarah Wigglesworth
For issue of AJ on Women in Practice, Architects Journal, vol. 235 no 1, 12 January 2012, pp. 28-29.

2009 ‘The Plinth and the Tower: stories/storeys’
Essay for the catalogue of the exhibition entitled A Clump of Plinths by Sarah Staton, Lowry Centre, Salford, 30 April – 6 September 2009. The Lowry Press, 2009 pp.16-20. ISBN 978-1-902970-37-0.

2006 `Londres, capitale du XX1eme siecle?´
Article in L´Architecture d´aujourd´hui, no 365, July/August 2006, pp 66-67.

2005 `Critical Practice´
Article published in the Journal of Architecture, guest edited by Jane Rendell, Jonathan Hill and Murray Fraser, vol. 10 no 3, May 2005, pp 335-346. ISSN 1360-2365.

2005 `A journey in the future: Mossbrook School´
Article by Sarah Wigglesworth and Maggie Brough in Access by Design, issue 104, Autumn 2005, pp 17-20.

2003 `Scratching the Surface: The Case for a Material Architecture´
in Transmission: Speaking and Listening, edited by Sharon Kivland and Lesley Sanderson, Sheffield Hallam University / Site Gallery, pp 015-113 and 22-30.

2003 `Clearwater Garden: design research and collaboration´
Article (jointly authored with Jane Wernick) describing the working process in the design of pavilion for the Clearwater Garden at the 2002 the Chelsea Flower Show. ARQ vol. 6 no. 3, 2002, pp. 214-229. Edited by Peter Carolin. ISBN 0-521-53763-0

2002 `Cuisine and Architecture: a recipe for a wholesome diet´
Article concerning the relationship between cookery and architecture. Architectural Design edition entitled ´Food and Architecture´, edited by Karen A. Franck. Wiley Academy, December 2002, pp 102-105. ISBN 0-470-84570-8.

2002 `Maison de Verre: modernity in vitro´
Essay on the Maison de Verre published in Architecture d´Aujourd´hui 342 Spet-Oct 2002, pp 88-93.

2002 `Samuel Mockbee, An Appreciation´
Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth in Architectural Review, February 2002, pp14-15.

Chapters in books

2007 ‘Critical Practice’
Chapter in book entitled Critical Architecture, edited by Jane Rendell, Jonathan Hill, Murray Fraser & Mark Dorrian, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis), September 2007, pp 309-317. ISBN 978-0-415-41538-5.

2002 ‘The Background Type’
Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth, in Accommodating Change, ed. Hilary French (Architecture Foundation/Circle 33, London, 2002) pp 150-158.

2001 ‘The Future is Hairy’
Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth, in Architecture: The Subject is Matter, editor Jonathan Hill, (Routledge, London 2001) pp 11-28.

2000 ‘A Fitting Fetish: Interiors of the Maison de Verre’.
Chapter forming part of a publication entitled InterSections: Architectural Histories and Critical Theories, edited by Iain Borden & Jane Rendell. Routledge, 2000, pp 91-108. ISBN 0-415-23292-9.

Book Reviews

2007 Book: Maison de Verre.
Review of new book Maison de Verre: Pierre Chareau´s Modernist Masterwork by Dominique Velay and Francois Halard, in Blueprint no.257, August 2007, p 69. ISSN 0268-4926.

2000 `Sex and the City.´
Review of Gender and Architecture eds. Louise Durning and Richard Wrigley. Building Design, 15
September 2000, p. 30.

2000 Review of Gender/Space/Architecture eds. Jane Rendell, Barbara Penner and Iain Borden, Routledge, 1999 for The Journal of Architecture.

Other Outputs

Exhibitions

2011 Against All Odds
Exhibition featuring SWA’s work, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, June 2011.

2009 Body Works
Three projects by SWA exhibited at Penn State University, Pennsylvania, as part of the Deviant Decoration series of events, 26 September-5 December 2009.

2009 Habiter Ecologique: quelles architectures pour une ville durable?
Stock Orchard Street represented in exhibition at the Cité d’Architecture et du Patrimonie, Paris, 13 May–1 November 2009.

2009 Green Architecture for the Future
Stock Orchard Street represented in exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, 29 May - 18 December 2009.

2008 ‘We are all Architects!’
SWA’s entry to the London Development Agency’s “If I could design London I would…..”
Exhibited at the opening event for the London Festival of Architecture, Somerset House, June 2008.

2007, Scratching the Surface: New London Facades by London Architects
Stock Orchard Street featured as one of 24 projects featured. New London Architecture at the Building Centre, Store Street, 28 June-1 September.

2007, Architecture Week
SWA exhibited their carbon audit and transport miles in an open day at Stock Orchard Street offices as part of Architecture Week´s celebrations, 17-23 June 2007.

2007, Schemes built in the Yorkshire Region
Exhibition (arc 12) held at arc, Hull, 13 June-12 July 2007.

2006, Venice Biennale
Co-contributor assisting the Curator Jeremy Till in conceptualizing and realising the 2006 Architecture Biennale, Venice, on the theme of `Cities and Social Change´.

2006, Exhibition of `Designs on Kings Cross´ Charette jointly organized by the Architect´s Journal and developer Argent, at New London Architecture Gallery, 3 August – 2 September 2006.

2004, A Place for Eating
An installation at Olympia Exhibition Centre, Earls Court, as part of the House & Garden Show, May 2004.

Competitions and Awards

2013 Takeley Primary School winner of RIBA Eastern Region Award.

2012 Around & About Stock Orchard Street received Commendation in the RIBA President’s Medals Awards in the Practice-based research category.

2011 Sandal Magna School winner of the RIBA Network Awards in the following categories:
Gold Award; Sustainability Award; Best Public Building in the Yorkshire Region.

2011 SWA shortlisted for the Building Design Education Architect of the Year Award

2011 Sandal Magna School shortlisted for the British Construction Industry Award2011 RIBA Award for Sandal Magna School

2010 Shortlisted for “Best Public Building” in the Building Awards

2009 AJ/Ramboll Whitbybird Small Projects AwardBermondsey Bicycle Station shortlisted for this award that celebrates projects under £150,000.

2009 American Institute of Architects AwardCremorne Riverside Centre Commended in Excellence in Design category, March 2009.

2009 BURA Award for Cremorne Riverside Centre: runner-up in the Innovation Award.

2008 Scotswood Expo Competition, NewcastleSWA’s design was winner of one of six house projects

2008 RIBA Award for Cremorne Riverside Canoeing Centre

2008 RIBA’s Stephen Lawrence AwardCremorne Riverside Centre shortlisted.

2008 Cremorne Riverside Centre: British Construction Industry Awardfinalist for Small Building Project Award; finalist for Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award; finalist for Local Authority Award; finalist for Environmental Award.

2007. 2007 CIBSE Building Services Best Practice AwardFor our publication (jointly with Mott MacDonald) of School Design: Optimising the Internal Environment, a design guide for those commissioning schools.

2006 RIBA Award for Siobhan Davies Studios, Southwark, London

2005 Runner up in the Stephen Lawrence Award for the best building under £350K awarded to Mossbrook School

2005 RIBA Award for Mossbrook Special School Classroom for the Future

2005 White Rose Award for Best Educational/Medical Building in the RIBA Yorkshire Region for Mossbrook Special School Classroom for the Future

2005 White Rose Award for Client of the Year in the RIBA Yorkshire Region for Mossbrook Special School Classroom for the Future

2004 RIBA Award for 9/10 Stock Orchard Street2004 RIBA’s Sustainability AwardPart of the Stirling Prize award Special Prizes category for 9/10 Stock Orchard Street

2001 FX/Blueprint Best Residential Project of 2001

Postgraduate Students

Agustinus Sutanto: Drawing the Everyday: site of resistance in commonplace Jakarta, completed 2007

In-Sung Kim: Drawing My Office: a Study in the Architectural Representation of Time, completed 2009

Axel Becerra Sanatcruz: The Architecture of ScarCity, completed 2009