Seamus Ward

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Senior Lecturer

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  • School/Division:
    Built Environment and Architecture / Architecture

Seamus Ward is an architect, and founder of Seamus Ward Architects. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture, and is studio leader in design at undergraduate level.

Seamus Ward Architects is a London-based practice specialising in small residential, commercial and interior developments. Their best projects have been on compromised urban sites with challenging planning histories, where they have delivered interesting and unique schemes for their clients.


  • London South Bank University, 1996-present (0.6 senior lecturer post since 2006), Year 2+3 studio leader
  • Architectural Association (visiting critic) 2010-14
  • Royal College of Art (visiting critic) 2006-present
  • Queens University Belfast (visiting critic) 1983-2002

Student teaching awards

  • 2010 RIBA South London Society - 3rd year student prize for excellence
  • 2011 President's Medals Bronze prizes - Daniel Schinagl bronze medal commendation - single commendation
  • Sergeant Award for Excellence in Architectural Drawing
  • SOM Foundation Fellowship - Special Commendation
  • Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy 2012 - Inclusion of student work
  • 2012 RIBA South London Society - 5th year student prize for excellence
  • 2015 Tamayouz Excellance Award - Waad Durzi 3rd year student 1st prize, Drawings and Representation tutor

Publications and exhibitions

12 of Seamus' individual works in total have been chosen for inclusion in the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, in each of the seven consecutive years between 1993-2000.

Ward Wylie Atelier - The Atelier was set up to develop architectural ideas in the course of a series of projects, design competitions and writing to disseminate the results of these to a wide audience through publication, education and exhibition.

The work of the Atelier has also produced competition wins in England, Scotland and Ireland and has been published in the Architects Journal, Building Design, FX Magazine, and Perspective Magazine.

Comprehensive public exhibitions have taken place in:

  • 1995, Belfast, Old Museum Building, ‘In Praise of Idleness’
  • 1995, Dublin, RIAI 8 Merrion Square, ‘In Praise of Idleness’
  • 1995, Edinburgh, RIAS Rutland Square, ‘In Praise of Idleness’
  • 1995, London, Building Centre, Store St, ‘In Praise of Idleness’
  • 2000, Belfast, Central Library, ‘Monuments + Gardens of the Twenty First Century’

Book publications

  • In Praise of Idleness (1995), ISBN 1-899787-00-3. Sponsored by the Arts Council of N.I. + The Building Centre London.
  • To a Row of Noughts (2000), ISBN 1-899787-02-4. Sponsored by the Arts Council of NI.
  • 1974 – Belfast Lost (2012), ISBN 978-1-899787-03-6. Sponsored by the Arts Council of NI.
  • Landscape Anomalies (2016), ISBN 976-1-899787-04-3.
  • Registered architect. ARB registration no.  050001A
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