Satwinder Samra

Satwinder Samra

Senior University Teacher

BA(Hons) DipArch(Dist) RIBA

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I am an Architect and Educator. Currently Director of Collaborative Practice and a Senior University Teacher at the Sheffield School of Architecture, I am developing initiatives that encourage new relationships between architectural practice, academia and industry. I am currently lead on ‘Collaborative Practice’ a new MArch programme which is an innovative earn as your learn Part 2 Masters. My MArch studio teaching focuses on Ageing and Intergenerational Architecture.

Previously in the School I was Director of Y3 (2000-2010), Director of MArch (2011-2013), Director of Undergraduate Studies (2009-2011) and Lead on Y2/Y3 Construction (1998-2010). I helped to deliver 3 successful RIBA visiting boards and many of my students have gone on to influential roles in leading UK and International practices. My work in the school was recognised by a University Senate Award (2011) for Sustained Excellence.

I trained at the School and graduated with a First Class Honours (1991) and a Distinction at Part 2 (1994). My student work was exhibited at the RIBA Presidents Medals and at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

I began my practice career with Urban Splash (1994) where I worked on award winning projects including Concert Square in Liverpool, Sally’s Yard, Smithfield Buildings and Trafford Park in Manchester. I then moved to Proctor Matthews to focus on social housing projects such as the regeneration of the Stonebridge Estate, North West London. I then co-founded Sauce Architecture (1998-2013). I currently support leading architectural practices as an advisor and collaborator. Recent highlights include competition entries for the New Irish Embassy, Tokyo and the New School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark with William Matthews Associates.

I have written for Guardian Higher Online, Architects Journal and Chinese Journal of Architecture and Urbanism. Monocle Radio 24, Times of India, The Statesman India and RIBA Publishing have interviewed me about my work and activities.

I have guest lectured, reviewed and external examined at a number of leading institutions including Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), Bergen SOA Norway and Royal College of Art London. I am also an onscreen Designer with ‘The Degineers’ on CBBC, an RIBA Role Model and Trustee of S1 Artspace.

All my work promotes inclusion and diversity, ultimately aiming to make architecture accessible for all.

Teaching Activities

My teaching expertise focuses on design studio and explores the relationship between architectural production (social, spatial and material) and the role of the architect in urban areas of decline and subsequent re-invention. My current MArch studio focuses on Intergenerational Architecture located in Hull and Sheffield.

My aim is to develop projects that encourage students to be canny, flexible, responsive and socially enterprising whilst still producing work of architectural merit. Previous student successes include Neil Michels, Civic School project which was celebrated in the Design Council Ones to Watch, GAGA Architectural Review Awards and RIBA Yorkshire Student Awards. Sarah Habershon recently won the Duke of Gloucester, Construction Youth Trust Award for Design and Architecture.

Collaborative Practice LogoIn my role as Director of Collaborative Practice I have been exploring links between academia, practice and industry. I have developed and recently launched the new MArch Collaborative Practice model. This model blends academic learning with practice experience whilst offering students the opportunity to reduce time to full qualification.

I have instigated and mentored a number of Live Projects included ‘Guang Futures’ where students developed scenarios for the ancient town of Guang Fu in China. The project was a collaboration with Hawkins/Brown and Corporate Affairs here at the University.

I am Undergraduate lead on Management Practice and Law, module leader and lecturer for ARC 328, and support at MArch level. I also contribute to UG workshops and lectures in Communication and contribute to ARC 303 Humanities lecturing on the history of Social Housing.

I also supervise MArch Dissertations, Undergraduate Special Studies and MA in Architectural Design Thesis projects.

Administrative Roles

Member Senior Management Team
Director MArch: Collaborative Practice
Lead MArch Admissions
UG Careers Liaison Officer
Member of Learning and Teaching Committee
Member External Relations Committee
Lead on School Catalogue 2010 + 2011
Lead on School Catalogue Sponsorship 2010- present

Research Interests

New Models for Architectural Education
Ageing and Architecture
Intergenerational Architecture
Mediation of the Profession
Urban Renewal and Regeneration
Social Housing
Architectural Representation and Communication

Grants, Awards and Consultancy



Sheffield University: Senate Awards for Teaching and Learning Sustained Excellence Category


Sumo Store: Independent on Saturday Top Ten Skateboard Outlets


Mile End Road: Housing Design Award Building for Life Award

Collegiate: RIBA Regional Award Housing Design Project Award


Hutchings Wharf: Housing Design Award


Smithfield Buildings National Homebuilder Awards: Commendation
RIBA Design Award / Housing Design Award/ Manchester Society Architects: Design Award
Manchester Civic Society: Design Award Renaissance/ Manchester Civic Society: Design Award Victorian City

Concert Square: Civic Trust Award

Concert Square: BURA Best Practice Award Merseyside Tourism Award

The Junction Cambridge: New Bar design Collaboration with James Reed Shortlisted

Smithfield Buildings: RIBA Housing Design Award UK Property Marketing /Design Award: Finalist Public Relations Award for Best product Launch

Sally’s Yard: RIBA Design Award (Shortlisted)


Concert Square: RIBA Design Award Merseyside Civic Society Award for Conservation


RIBA President’s Medals in Architecture Exhibited Entry: Bronze Medal

The Pinder Research Award for Excellence in Degree year design

Professional Standing and Distinctions


CBBC The Dengineers
Onscreen designer for 3 dens with Tony Broomhead 0S31 Architects


Architects Journal Awards
Judging panel for national awards: Infrastructure Projects

S1 Artspace Love Amongst the Ruins
Chair public debate. With Lynsey Hanley and Elaine Harwood

 Urban Splash Park Hill Sheffield
Host Panel Discussion ‘It will never work’ With Tom Bloxham, Jonathan Falkingham and Mark Latham

Sheffield Modern Weekend
Guest Speaker Social Housing

 CBBC The Dengineers
Onscreen designer for 3 dens with Tony Broomhead 0S31 Architects

BBC Look North
Interview with Tom Ingall discussing Arts Tower and Paternoster lift

BBC Radio Sheffield
Live Interview with Rony Robinson discussing Inclusion and architecture


S1 Artspace New £21m Arts Building: Judging panel

ROCA London ‘Brand or Bust’ event: guest panellist


Monocle Magazine: Radio interview ‘Concrete Conclusions, Section D

Sheffield Festival of the Mind ‘Hole in the Road’ Architectural Expert

CBBC The Dengineers Designer with Tony Broomhead 0S31

RIBA Smart Practice Future Forward: Panellist

Trustee S1 Artspace Sheffield

Brutal Utopias Events National Trust Architectural Expert

Guardian Higher Education Network: Guest online debate


Hong Kong Design Institute/Lincoln University: Appointed external examiner

RIBA Role Model

RIBA for Clients Chair RIBA Yorkshire Client discussion

RIBA Guerrilla Tactics: Shortlisted for Creative Director Role


UWE Bristol Appointed External Examiner BA Architecture

Birmingham City University Appointed Professional Practice Part 3 examiner

Sheffield Design Week Joint curator for Architecture programme with RIBA Yorkshire

Sheffield Live TV and Radio Interview exploring housing design and the Farrell Review


Value the Social: A voice for future practice Joint Curator for half day symposium at New London Architecture with Hawkins/Brown

RIBA Education Committee

RIBA National Council member of initial governance group led by Stephen Hodder

Lincoln School of Architecture Appointed External Examiner BA Architecture


RIBA National Council – Appointed representing RIBA Yorkshire

Judge for RIBA Presidents Medals Part 1 Bronze Category

Research in Commercial Practice Co curator with Sarah Wigglesworth, one day symposium Sheffield University


BBC Radio Sheffield: Invited Architectural Expert
Toby Foster Breakfast Show: Four interviews to date
Park Hill Housing, Ugly Buildings, Architectural Taste and Supermarkets.

RIBA Stirling Prize Awards Afterparty Creative Lead on Event organisation with Urban Splash and RIBA Yorkshire

RIBA Northern Awards Judging Panel Shortlisting Jury member of Yorkshire, Northwest and North East Region


RIBA Regional Awards Judging Panel Shortlisting Jury member of Yorkshire Region

Domestic Bliss Housing Conference, Leeds Co curator with RIBA Yorkshire

Sponsorship Director Sheffield School of Architecture Catalogue
present Advocacy with Practice and Industry – £20K income to date.

RIBA Visiting Board Panel
Present Approved Academic for Validation of UK Architectural Courses


Oxford Brookes University External Examiner :OBE (Office Based Exam Part 1 + Part 2)


Integrate Yorkshire . Appointed as Design Review Panel Yorkshire and Humberside Region Initiative


Yorkshire Forward. Appointed as Renaissance Advocate One of 40 national people to represent and promote the work of the Agency.


Sheffield Specials Public Debates Joint Curator with Emma England Yorkshire RIBA Simon Gedye Sheffield Civic Trust. High profile public debates to discuss contemporary issues relating to Architecture and the Built Environment.


Castleford: Cultural Facility for City Centre With Channel 4 Curator for Public Exhibition of Student work in the town “Young Visions: Reflective Futures” Screened as part of Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan Summer 2008.

Channel 4 + Talkback Productions London. Shortlisted as Architectural Advisor and Co Presenter for new Architecture and Interiors Programme.


Leeds Metropolitan University External Examiner: BA Interior Design


Rotherham MBC: Invited member of assessment panel for new masterplan


Pedagogy and Practice Architectural Review‘Research Led Design’ Essay with Prof Jian Kiang and Xiang Ren
Architecture and Urbanism China September 2018

‘Pathways to Practice’ Essay by Sue Emms BDP
BDP The Conversation, interview and discussion around Collaborative Practice February 2018

‘Routes to a Socially inclusive architectural education’ Essay by Virginia Newman
Retro pioneers: Architecture Redefined RIBA Publishing, interview about Collaborative Practice
June 2017

‘How to Build a Social Campus’ Essay
Guardian Higher online Dec 2015

‘Civic School’ Essay by Jon Astbury
Neil Michels Runner Up Annual Student Awards Oct 2014

‘The course to build a dream up’ Interview with Debameeta Bhattacharya
Reflection on teaching at SSoA
The Statesman India 10.11.15

‘21 things you wont learn in Architecture School’: Adrian Dobson
Interviewed as one of 12 successful figures from the world of Architecture p133-138
September 2014

‘Pedagogy and Practice’ Essay
Discussion around relationship between industry and academia
Special Issue on Hawkins/Brown Architectural Review
May 2013

‘Building Ideas’ Interview with Poonam Jain
Reflection on current opportunities for Architects
Times of India March 13.03.13

‘Pattern Purpose Place’: Proctor and Matthews Book Review
Architects Journal online

Kings Cross Charrette : Sauce Architecture
Design Proposals: One day event
Architects Journal Special Issue

‘University of Sheffield 1908-2008’ Peter Blundell Jones
Thesis Drawings Published p78

‘Sketchbook’ Sauce Architecture
Published Drawings
Architects Journal 29.09.07 p58

Top ten Skateboard Outlets: Sumo, Sauce Architecture
Independent on Saturday

‘Stifling careers’ Published letter
Commentary on compulsory PI insurance
RIBA Journal February 2002 p9

‘Reasons to be cheerful’ Kester Rattenbury
Thesis Drawing Published: Locus Cartographica
Building Design 12.8.94

‘Locus Cartographic: Maps and Society’
Degree and Diploma Show Catalogue Sheffield University 1994 p22

‘Presidents Medals Student Awards’ Published Drawing
Building Design 6.12.91


‘Pattern Purpose Place’ Proctor and Matthews
Black Dog Publishing 2009 Projects featured

‘Regeneration: Estate of the Art: Stonebridge HAT’ Proctor and Matthews
Architecture Today May 1998 pp26-31

Transformations: Bloxham T, Falkingham J + Johnson N, Urban Splash
RIBA publishing 2011 projects featured.

Smithfield Buildings Homes 99: Award Winner, Urban Splash
Guardian Supplement 9.4.99 p7

‘Six Places for Dalliance and Coquetry’ Roccocomodo, Urban Splash
Elle Decoration Jan 1998 p29

‘A tale of Five Cities’ Luella Bartley Roccocomodo, Urban Splash
Vogue Jan 1998 pp26-29

‘Making a Splash’ Deborah Mullearn, Urban Splash
Architects Journal 12.11.98 pp26-27

‘The cream of Manchester’ Deborah Mullearn, Urban Splash
Architects Journal 12.11.98 pp26-27 (Building Study)

External Examining at Hong Kong Design Institute Arts Tower 50th Filming with Sahmir Masri BBC Intergenerational Architecture Andrew McKay
Annual SSOA Catalogue Production Collaborative Practice with Rogers Stirk Harbour Sheffield Design Week at Park Hill