Press Releases 2017

UWTSD to host inaugural lecture by renowned architect and Professor of Practice Chris Loyn on April 26, 2017

17.03.2017

University of Wales Trinity Saint David will host an inaugural lecture by renowned architect Chris Loyn on Wednesday, April 26. The talk, entitled ‘Mind the Gap’, will take place in the Round Reading Room, at the University’s Alex Building in Swansea at 1pm. It will explore the complexities inherent in human knowledge, experience and communication in art and architecture.

Chris Loyn of award-winning architectural practice Loyn&Co has been awarded the title of Professor of Practice at UWTSD. The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the university.

UWTSD’s Stephen Hole, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, said: “We are delighted that Chris has accepted the invitation collaborate with the university as a Professor of Practice. His work is of the highest calibre and has been showcased on the Grand Designs television series. Chris’s experience is being used to keep our students informed through specialist lectures, build closer links between academia and the construction industry and to act as a specialist on new programme developments."

Professor Loyn is a chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience, founder of Loyn & Co Architects, and a regular visiting/external tutor at UWTSD’s The Welsh School of Architecture. He is also President of the Penarth Civic Society and an enthusiastic artist. Chris established Loyn & Co. Architects in 1992. Based in Penarth, Loyn & Co. Architects has gained a reputation for realising creative, imaginative and Contextual architecture.

During its history the practice has enjoyed recognition for its achievements in architecture through published projects and many significant awards and nominations, the first being 6 Raisdale Road, awarded an RIBA award 2001, located in the practices home town of Penarth.

Nearly 25 years on, with Professor Loyn at the helm, the practice philosophy places great emphasis on working as a team, in a studio environment. This approach ensures ideas are shared and collectively reviewed during the development of the design, throughout each stage of a project’s evolution. It is the practice’s belief that group work produces the most comprehensively successful design solutions, something that is evidenced by consistent client satisfaction and the award winning record.

The unique response to each site and client brief drives the wide and varied output of the office, with projects ranging from master planning to furniture design, residential to

commercial work and mixed use schemes, through to one-off dwellings and sensitive refurbishment, including work with listed structures and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The practice has been a long standing supporter of contemporary Architecture in Wales, promoting, exhibiting as well as regularly teaching at the Welsh School of Architecture and other architecture schools in the UK. The practice has been awarded the respected Eisteddfod Gold Medal in 2007, 2014 and 2015 and Professor Loyn received the Dewi Prys-Thomas Award for his personal contribution to architecture in Wales.

The practice has established a specialism in residential dwellings, recognised by numerous Housing Awards granted over the years, including in 2014 the RIBA’s award for the best new home in Britain, the ‘Manser Medal’ for Stormy Castle, situated in Gower, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ‘Building of the Year’ RIBA Regional Awards for both 2015 and 2016. Their most recent project to be awarded a national RIBA award and regional RIBA Building of the Year, ‘Outhouse’ has been described in the Architects Journal as ‘one of the most outstanding new houses in Britain in a decade’.

As Principal Architect Chris’ role includes involvement in all of the Practice’s work. He has been Project lead on Art based projects such as, Sardis Media Centre, Bridgend (£1.2M), Rubicion Dance Centre, Cardiff (£5.5M) and St Donats Art Centre. Masterplanning projects include a regeneration plan for Bargoed, various residential schemes and the Office of National Statistics (£20M).

As design team Lead for Masterplan proposals for the Headquarters of the ONS, commissioned by Newport County Council, Professor Loyn led the scheme which proposed an inseparable connection between various buildings on the site and the landscape in which it sits.

Two further examples of the practices success in contextual, environmentally sustainable visitor centres include Aberthaw Centre for Energy and Environment (£1M) is an educational facility and visitor centre located on an exposed coastal site with the Aberthaw Power Station complex. Margam Park Discovery Centre (£6.5M) is a training facility with dormitories, public exhibition space and restaurant providing a visitor attraction in the historic grounds of Margam Park.

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: catherine.hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788