Triumphant end of year show for Architecture students at UWTSD


Final year students at the Swansea School of Architecture UWTSD celebrated their upcoming graduation with an end of year show, displaying artwork models and plans from their architecture portfolios. Staff, industry representatives and proud parents were in attendance to join in the celebrations as a selection of students were awarded prizes for their innovative work.

Triumphant end of year show for Architecture students at UWTSD

Ryan Stuckey, lecturer in Architecture and Programme Director for Architectural Technology said: “The inaugural Swansea School of Architecture End of Year Show was a triumphal success. The students have exceeded expectations this year and that reflects in their efforts to put on such a fantastic show of current work with a broad collection of projects. It was great to see the show being supported by local professionals, staff and of course, the supportive family and friends of a great cohort of students that are the Class of 2022. I wish them all every success in their future endeavours, but firstly, in getting a work placement. They deserve it.”

Triumphant end of year show for Architecture students at UWTSD

Aneurin James was winner of the UWTSD Architecture Prize. Aneurin chose to study architecture as it covers such a wide range of different subjects. He said: “I took art and science subjects at school that seemed to be the right subjects that tie everything together. I always enjoyed maths but its rewarding to express yourself artistically, and then put the detail in and the reasoning behind it. I enjoyed studying at UWTSD because of the collective working environment, the lecturers are great, we get lots of one-on-one support, especially during COVID and it’s been brilliant this year to get back into the studio and learn from each other. “ Aneurin has already gained a placement to start after graduation at George and Co. Architects in Merthyr and is really looking forward to the next steps in his career and perusing a master’s in architecture.

Brandon Roberts was the proud recipient of the Darkin Architects Technical Merit Award, presented by David Darkin. Brandon talked about his path onto the architecture course and said: “When I was younger, I played with Lego for hours and later on it went onto Minecraft, and my mother always told me ‘you are definitely going into Engineering or Architecture’. I came to the open day at UWTSD before I started the course and thought this is where I want to be. I studied Maths, Physics and Product Design at A-level, and Art for GCSE. A-levels were tough, but doing something specific to your interests definitely helps, and the end game was always in site.

The best thing about the architecture course at UWTSD was the variety, we covered so many different aspects of architecture, we haven’t just been specialising, so we are well-rounded students, and have the opportunity to dabble in different aspects of architecture, I found that really good. I want to go into the conservation side of architecture, that is my aim. I did my dissertation on ‘the lost architecture of Wales’ which gave me the opportunity to delve deeper into that interest. I am already aware that sustainability and the environment are paramount for architects, who have a big impact in what we do, it’s an important step forward for the industry to recognise this.” Brandon is now looking for an industry placement to continue his professional learning.

Benjamin Howells was awarded the Benham Architects Architectural Merit Award, presented by Dan Benham. Ben previously studied Law at university, but after carrying out a Project Management role on a self-build for a family he decided his passion lay in Architecture. Benjamin said: “When I came to see the course there was so much more one to one time with students, the course has a modern structure which focuses on sustainability but also the business and practical side of the industry. The lecturers have that personal involvement, we have frequent tutorials, which a lot of universities don’t offer. That is a massive benefit, especially if you haven’t come from an art background. My A-levels were in Health and Social Care, Computing and Sport, so the first year was tough but you pick it up quite quickly, and it was finding my creative side. Last summer I had a work placement in North London at Fourpoint Architects, and after that they offered me a job so I will be starting there after I graduate. “

Finally, The Allan Stuckey Architecture Prize was awarded to Hollie Parsons and presented by Ryan Stuckey. Hollie, like Benjamin, transferred to UWTSD from another course, this time Aeronautical Engineering, she said: “It didn’t turn out to be my passion as it was mostly maths and I have always been a creative person, I did really well in GCSE Art and love creative stuff, so Architecture is the perfect combination of science art. As a comparison, my previous university, the lecturers didn’t even know my name, whereas at UWTSD you get so much personal time with the lecturers, and they are always there to help you. My plan for the future is either to pursue a year in industry, or maybe a postgraduate course in Graphic Design, which I love. I would recommend the Architecture course 100%, the lecturers are amazing, and I have loved it.”

For more information on the Architecture courses available at UWTSD please visit our website Architecture Courses | University of Wales Trinity Saint David ( or contact the academics below.

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Triumphant end of year show for Architecture students at UWTSD

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