PADS is the student society for the School of Architecture. Our aim is to run events to widen our students knowledge, showcase their work and bring energy and a sense of community to the studio! Throughout the year we host a guest lecture series, a great variety of socials, excursions, joint society events, sport activities, exhibitions offering students opportunity to get their work noticed in the public eye and much much more. We offer students a chance to meet architects, theorists, writers and to enhance relationships with other students and staff. We are an established community with a rich history and local and national recognition that welcomes anyone to join and take advantage of the wonderful things we have to offer!
The aim of our socials is to cater to our students wishes and timetable. We treat socials as time to wind down, whether that be a wild fancy dress social or a chilled movie with a few beers! We also emphasise the importance of exercise with opportunity for students to come on group runs and take part in our sporting events like the ever popular, and now monthly, dodgeball! We celebrate the years success at the Annual End of Year PADS Ball which is certainly the highlight of the social calendar!
Throughout the year we host a fortnightly lecture series during which we invite architects, theorists, designers, writers and staff to talk about their projects, agendas and interests. This aims to inspire members own research and projects which has proven very successful! During the year we offer students the chance to enter competitions, ranging from an ice breaker at the beginning of year to more formal and larger scale ones.