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Architecture Student Societies

Sheffield University Architecture Society (SUAS)


Sheffield University Architecture SocietyWhen you study at Sheffield there are many opportunities for you to engage with other students and staff in the school. A great way to do this is to join SUAS which exists to encourage a thriving academic and social scene.

SUAS brings together undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff who are studying, teaching or interested in architecture and its related fields. They aim to encourage a lively culture of architectural debate and learning through a weekly evening lecture series of well-known speakers. They also put on diverse and unusual film screenings and a 'Lunchtime Specials' series of talks given by students for students. A diverse social scene is encouraged by regular themed socials and the annual Bakewell Pub Crawl and the Architecture Ball, which are held in university-wide acclaim.

In 2017 SUAS were awarded Best Departmental Society of the Year at the University of Sheffield’s Activities Awards for a second year running.

Professor Fionn Stevenson, Head of School, explains “SUAS have put on a fantastic programme of top lectures as well as numerous other events this year which have really enriched our students' experience in the School.”

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Humanitarian Architecture Society


Humanitarian Architecture SocietyThe Humanitarian Architecture Society (HAS) builds on the Sheffield School of Architecture’s social agenda, encouraging members to consider how they can actively be involved in architecture that makes a positive change to those that need it most.

Through events, workshops, lectures and debates the society promotes skill sharing and offers opportunities to be actively involved in student-led live projects. HAS aims to collaborate with a number of societies and organisations both within the University of Sheffield and further afield, whilst supporting various built environment charities.

The launch event for HAS was a free timber construction workshop held at Foodhall, a ‘pay as you feel’ community cafe set up by a Sheffield graduate. Students and members of the public came together to design and build three benches for the cafe. The workshop allowed students to develop and apply their design, construction and participatory engagement skills. The day concluded with a screening of a documentary about Dutch artists Haas and Hahn, who have used art to promote social capital in Rio de Janeiro and Philadelphia, with the audience sitting on the newly constructed benches. The workshop aimed to broaden the vision of what architecture is and what the role of the architect can be.

Students from all years and a number of courses have also taken advantage of a day trip to the Centre of Alternative Technology. This was an opportunity for students to learn and engage with alternative methods of practice whilst also being able to experience the advantages of low carbon materials and low energy systems.

A number of other events are in the pipeline, all with the aim of encouraging students to develop a personal stance on architecture and the profession. The society helps to prepare students not for what practice is now, but for what it can be.

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