UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering hosts Acanthus Conference 2018


UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) was delighted to host the 32nd Acanthus Conference 2018, on Saturday, April 14.

With a focus on innovative and sustainability projects in and around Swansea, the conference, was organised by Acanthus Architects and held at Swansea College of Art’s Alex Design Exchange in the city centre together with support from the University’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services (RIES).

The Acanthus group contacted UWTSD’s Paul Harries, Head of School of Architecture at FACE with a request for the university to host the prestigious event, after members attended a lecture given by FACE Professor of Practice Chris Loyn.

The conference, which was attended by 80 delegates, featured a number of key speakers including Ioan Jenkins of Tidal Lagoon Power; Elfed Roberts, Head of Development (West) at Pobl Group; Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects at Swansea Council and a project review, presented by members of  Acanthus practices.

Linda Jones, chair of Acanthus Architects and Director of Acanthus Holden (Pembroke) said:"Each year we hold our annual conference is a different city and I was delighted to be able to organise it in Swansea this year. Acanthus Architects is a group of 8 architectural practices from around the UK and our conference brought over 50 staff from the various practices to Swansea. We are grateful to UWTSD for hosting the conference and to the speakers who gave an insight into the exciting projects proposed for the city and area.  Acanthus Architects were so impressed at the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project that a spontaneous petition was organised that will now be sent on to the UK government in support of the scheme.”

UWTSD’s Ryan Stuckey (FACE), shared the aims and ambitions of the University’s Swansea School of Architecture, during the event. UWTSD offers a range of Architecture and Built Environment undergraduate courses through its faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. The University has extensive and long standing expertise in the area of the Architecture and Built Environment and students can study a wide range of Single Honours, Integrated Master, Major/ Minor Honours and Higher National Diplomas.

Ryan said: "The conference was an excellent and well organised event that gave the university an opportunity to collaborate with industry and the profession of architecture. The speakers offered delegates some great insights into local and national built environment issues and I was most impressed with Councillor Francis-Davies' vision for Swansea.”

UWTSD Professor of Practice at the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Chris Loyn also addressed the conference. Professor Loyn is a chartered architect with over 30 years of experience. As the founder of Loyn & co Architects, he set up in practice in 1987.

Delegates were also given a tour of Swansea Glass School by Swansea College of Art Dean, Professor Ian Walsh. Professor Walsh said: “UWTSD was delighted to welcome the 32nd Acanthus Conference to the Reading Room in Swansea College of Art and to host a tour of the Swansea School of Glass for its delegates.  In recent years, the historic Reading Room has become the stand out venue for many conferences, festivals and other events in Swansea - it continues to occupy centre stage as a seat of creative learning in the heart of the city centre.”


Note to Editor

For more information on the courses offered in Architecture and Built Environment at UWTSD click here: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ug-builtenvironment/


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