MatriArch facilitates discussions on architectural education and practice, with the aim to share more female and non-binary voices and create a better more accessible environment.

The Feminist Research group is an SSOA initiative which began in 2018. It came about due to the recognition that a number of staff and PhD students were engaging various feminist approaches in their research.

Article. Emma Cheatle, in Text Journal, 55, 2019. Through an exposé of my research, ‘The Architecture of Lying-in: From the Dark and Airless Room to the Hospital for Women’, this paper explores creative-critical methods of writing architectural history. Until the 1740s, women […]

Live project, 2015. The SSoA ‘Around The Toilet’ Live Project group is a multi-disciplinary team of students from Sheffield School of Architecture. The client, ‘Around the Toilet’, is a cross-disciplinary, arts-based research group […]

Katherine Dauncey and Clare Timpani, MArch Design Project, 2020. Our Place is a new model of community centre that belongs on every highstreet in the country. This project offers an alternative response to current pressures facing the social care system while also offering a regeneration strategy for the declining highstreet.

Helen Stratford, PhD Thesis, 2021. Architecture requires movement and interaction with the body to be understood. 1 In this tacit inter-relationship, buildings and public space are better understood as ‘performative conditions’ – “acting on us and activated by us.” 2 In visual, live-art and performance practices […]

Rachel Sara, PhD Thesis, 2004. This thesis traces a history of the design studio, provides a description and
critique of the current normative model, and summarises the criticisms of the current system, followed by ways in which architectural educators are addressing these criticisms. Both the studio and live projects are then […]

Kim Trogal, PhD Thesis, 2012. This PhD brings feminist ethics of care and feminist methodologies to bear on an examination of agency in contemporary practice. In following feminist theorists to define care as […]