Paul Harries

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Dr Paul Harries BSc (Hons), BArch (Dist), PhD, RIBA, ARB Registered Architect

Head of Architecture, Principal Lecturer


Dr Paul Harries is Head of Swansea School of Architecture and a partner in Shrewsbury based Baart Harries Newall Architects.

Having a practicing architect in a leading role in a School of Architecture is common on the European continent, perhaps less so in the UK. It underpins the course objectives of closely aligning practice and education – with a view to producing graduates with a sound theoretical base and an ability to perform in practice. 

Paul teaches the third-year design studio, runs the Modern World module in first year, and lectures on the History and Theory modules. He also organises the annual study trip – in the last three years, we have visited Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona. These are whole course events for students from all years. These are a great experience for students, they get to know fellow students across the course and see some fantastic buildings.

Dr Paul Harries was born in West Wales and studied at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff.

He spent the early years of his career in London before moving to Shrewsbury in 1996.

Paul was appointed as the Head of UWTSD’s new School of Architecture in 2016. The first intake of students began their studies in September 2016 for the three year Part One BSc (Hons) Architecture course, Since then the course has been awarded prescription by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Candidate status by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). A Part 2 MArch will be launched in 2021, the aim is to provide students with a  complete route to qualification as an architect

He has 30 years experience as a practicing architect and has engaged extensively in teaching and lecturing. During his 13 years in Practice in London, he worked in both the private and public sector. He was project architect for several commercial and public buildings including Heavers Farm Primary School which received a Civic Trust Award in 1996. With his move to Shrewsbury, he became increasingly focused on the design of educational buildings, developing collaborative approaches to design along with an emphasis on sustainable architectural solutions. He was the project architect responsible for the design of the RIBA Award-winning Wrekin College Business School, St Judes Primary School, and Concord College Canteen.

Paul has lectured, taught, and acted as visiting critic at several Schools of Architecture and has acted as an External Examiner at a number of universities. He is currently external examiner at Nottingham Trent University and MSA University Cairo.

He was awarded a Doctorate from The University of Wales in 1990 for his research on the critical reception of the modern movement in Britain.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Contemporary Design, Sustainable Architecture, Place Making, Architectural discourse. 

Modules taught:

  • Architecture Studio 3A – Module Code M6X01983
  • Architecture Studio 3B - Module Code M6X01984
  • Architecture Studio 3C - Module Code M6X01985
  • The Modern World - Module Code M4X01976
  • History and Theory 1 - Module Code M4X01975
  • History and Theory 2 - Module Code M5X01981
  • Dissertation - Module Code M6X01986    

I am interested in the emergence and development of European modernism and it’s reception in the British context.

I am a practicing architect with experience in the design of nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, university buildings, healthcare buildings, housing, museums, community buildings, theatres, offices, student accommodation, laboratories and individual houses. Design work has included master planning (of school campuses and business parks), new buildings and the remodelling and conversion of existing buildings.

I am particularly interested in participatory design processes and contextual design.

Recent Clients include: NHS, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, Wolverhampton City Council, Worcestershire County Council, Shrewsbury School, Wrekin College, Hereford Cathedral School, Thomas Telford Academy, Sandwell Academy, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Meres and Mosses Housing Association, South Shropshire Housing Association, Clarion Housing Group.

Design Awards:

RIBA Awards:

2020 Shortlisted for RIBA Regional Award, No 4 Restaurant, Shrewsbury

2019 RIBA Regional Award Wrekin College Business School

2010 Shortlisted for RIBA Regional Award Upper Arley Primary School

2008 RIBA Award St Judes Primary School, Wolverhampton

2005 – Shortlisted for RIBA Award Mansers Antiques, Shrewsbury

2001 RIBA Award Students Canteen, Concord College

Civic Trust Awards:

2017- Civic Trust Regional Award - Fordbridge Community Primary School, Solihull

2017 - Civic Trust Regional Award - Coleshill Heath Primary School, Solihull

2016 - Civic Trust Regional Award - Pelsall Village Centre

2013 - Civic Trust Regional Award - Gwernevy House, Powys

2009 - Civic Trust Award - St Judes Primary School, Wolverhampton (Commendation) 

2005 Civic Trust Award - Mansers Antiques, Shrewsbury 

2003 Civic Trust Award - Concord College, Student Canteen (Commendation) 

1998 Civic Trust Award - Heavers Farm Primary School

Other Awards: 

2013 LABC Building Excellence Awards Overall Winner - (Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin) – Shrewsbury Sixth Form College Earth Science Building.

2012 Powys Building Excellence Award - Gwernevy House, Powys

2007 - SCALA Civic Building of the Year - St Jude’s Primary School

2003 The Brick Awards - Best Commercial Building Mansers Antiques, Shrewsbury

2002 Architects Journal/Robin Ellis Small Projects Award - (Third Prize) Students Canteen, Concord College,

Guest Lecture at Centre of Alternative Technology
18th January 2019, Macynlleth.
‘Plans and Planning’

Royal Society of Architects in Wales Spring School
11th May 2018, Portmeirion

Presentation: Swansea Waterfront- Swansea School of Architecture 

Eisteddfod Architecture Scholarship 2018
Panel Judge

Celebrating Welsh Architecture in the Senedd.
Exhibition Launch - Opening Address – 23rd November 2017

Royal Society of Architects in Wales Conference
17th November 2017, Cardiff
Presentation: ‘Equipping the next generation How will architecture education respond to change in the next ten years?’ 

Eisteddfod Architecture Scholarship 2017
Panel Judge .

Eco-build Conference. 9th March 2017
London Excel Conference Arena.
Session title: What does legislating for the wellbeing of future generations look like and can it work.
Presentation: How Could the ‘Well Being of Future Generations Act’ frame architectural education.

Royal Society of Architects in Wales Welsh Architecture Awards 2017.
Chair of the judging panel.

Royal Society of Architects in Wales Conference 5th November 2016.
Conference Chair and panel presenter: ‘Growing the architectural profession in Wales’. 

Guest Lecture at Centre of Alternative Technology, Macynlleth.
15th October 2015
‘Primary School Design’

Guest Lecture at Centre of Alternative Technology, Macynlleth.
5th December 2013
‘Schools: The Politics of Procurement'