Blackburn is Open project meeting

Partnerships and Collaborations

Our work with key partners, from leading architectural practices and professional organisations to community groups and regional authorities, keeps us at the forefront of innovative architectural teaching and research.

We have profiled a range of our key partnerships which show our commitment to collaborative working.

Teaching Partners

Doncaster Toolkit

Doncaster Civic Trust

We have developed a valuable partnership with Doncaster Civic Trust leading to a range of collaborative projects which have had a positive impact on both the School and the Trust.

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Blackburn is Open Live Project

Blackburn is Open

Our staff and students have worked on a range of projects around the regeneration of Blackburn town centre. The collaboration has enabled students to develop design research that is having a visible impact.

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Civic Engagement

Urban Rooms Network

The Urban Rooms Network is a national working group that consists of organisations who are active in the field of place-based community engagement. As well as sharing practice and offering support, the network works together to promote the value of urban rooms to others.

The Network is chaired by Carolyn Butterworth in her role as Director of Live Works - the UK’s first permanent university-led Urban Room.

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The Big Meet 2017

Research Partners


Experimental Co-design Approaches (EcoDA)

As part of a 2-year Horizon 2020 funded project, researchers at the Sheffield School of Architecture engaged with a range of international partners. The aim was to gain a better understanding of local resilience contexts, to conceive and test digital tools which can support resilience initiatives and to work closely with potential users by engaging with their projects on the ground.

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Stories of Change

Stories of Change

As part of the 'Future Works' strand of the Stories of Change AHRC funded Connected Communities Project project about energy, industry and community we have collaborated with a number of partners.

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Insurgent Regeneration

Insurgent Regeneration

An on-going teaching and research collaboration between three institutions, brings together expertise from the fields of architecture, development planning and public policy to critically examine the processes of urban renewal in São Paulo.

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DWELL (Designing for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life)

The EPSRC funded DWELL research project investigated how the design of houses and neighbourhoods can facilitate the mobility, connectivity and well-being of older people. A key aspect of the research project was the participation of local people and professional stakeholders within the design and evaluation processes.

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DWELL project public event

Alumni Collaborations

MArch in Architecture: Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice

We are proud to have worked closely with a number of our alumni to develop an innovative new MArch route which aims to shorten the time taken to professional qualification by blending practice based experience with academic research and learning.

MArch in Architecture: Collaborative Practice

Marianne Howard


This scheme is run with the support of Alumni Volunteers, who act as mentors, linking with current students that are interested in their occupational area. The mentor offers insight into their job, the skills required, the challenges they face, and advice for students wanting to pursue a similar role.

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