Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.

AJ Student Prize 2018: Welsh School of Architecture

  • Comment

The two students selected for the AJ Student Prize by Cardiff University

About the Welsh School of Architecture

  • Courses BSc Architecture, MArch Architecture, Masters Architecture and Design 
  • Location Cardiff 
  • Head of School Chris Tweed
  • Full-time tutors 16 
  • Part-time tutors
  • Students 485
  • Staff to student ratio 1:12.5 
  • Fees Part 1 £9,000; Part 2 Year 1 £4,500, Year 2 £9,000, Part 3 £2,950 


Samuel Us, BSc Architecture

10 samuel us 0

10 samuel us 0

Project title Maritime Training College

Project description The architecture of Ilfracombe in north Devon assumes a chaotic yet comfortable, inwardly open relationship with its citizens. The haphazard culmination and evolution of buildings, terrace typology and rugged landscape have given rise to niches; spaces in which people feel comfortable interacting. These conditions are translated into approachable liminal corridors and a fabric detailed to become entirely owned, comfortable and traceable. Through relating only to the human condition, the proposal will be accessible and comfortable for the entire populous to engage with. Spaces are created for interaction and exchange with one another on neutral grounds. Ilfracombe’s vote to leave the EU has become an opportunity for the fishing community to voice longstanding discontent of the fishing quotas imposed upon them. A maritime training college will grasp opportunity offered by changing policy and an ageing fishing population. Training in maritime-related disciplines is offered alongside mainstream secondary education, providing for a progressive and co-operative local sector.

3 samuel us

3 samuel us

Tutor citation ‘This project is a demonstration of how architecture can respond to the complex social, cultural, political and economic pressures that face the UK, presently and in the future, through our craft.’ Michael Corr 


Hollie Jones, MArch

Hollie jones wsa committal room

Hollie jones wsa committal room

Project title Liminal Landscape 

Project description Man has been making marks in the Black Mountains for thousands of years. A path made by walking is a powerful thing, and in this place there is a feeling of long remembering where traces have been left behind: a cairn, an abandoned farmstead, a church with a distant echo of a story. According to Alfred Watkins, these ancient features were positioned along straight lines. I mapped these ley lines in the Black Mountains to discover two convergent points in the Llanthony Valley. In the first stage of the project, I composed a pilgrimage route through the valley marked by new interventions designed to heighten people’s perception and experience of the landscape. The pilgrimage culminates in a retreat, a celebration of forces in both life and death. Different atmospheres were created in a sequence of spaces along the length of the building through materiality and the manipulation of light.

Hollie jones wsa elevation

Hollie jones wsa elevation

Tutor citation ‘The unit challenges students to reimagine and economically repurpose the ‘rural’ in light of the likely impact on farming communities in the Black Mountains and its Borderlands post Brexit. Hollie was rigorous in the progressive reduction of the scheme into its most basic, defining characteristics in order to clarify the significant. The result is a proposition liminal in its presence but real in its ambition.’ Rhian Thomas

Student subscription offer 

Did you know students get 30% off AJ subscriptions? Find out more!


  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.