Guest Lecture Series

Each semester the Liverpool School of Architecture holds a quest lecture series, with noted practitioners from the fields Architecture, Design and Art invited to speak to our undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts.

For any queries please contact Sandy Britton on sandy.britton@liverpol.ac.uk

All lectures are free open access events, however in some cases prior booking via EventBrite is required.

For information on previous years lectures, click the relevent tabs below.

Spring Semester Lectures 2021


Thursday 11th February 2021

Two buildings under construction, on the right using cross laminated timber construction

David Lomax

How CLT Can Save The World

We will share with you our work over the last decade to bring cross laminated timber construction to the fore, explaining the circumstances that contribute to the meteoric rise in the use of this innovative and sustainable material.

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Thursday 18th February 2021

Woman with megaphone in front of University of Liverpool Victoria Building

UrbanistasNW

Where did everybody go?

We want to explore why architectural education, especially during undergrad, has around a 50/50 gender split, but the further up the ladder women seem to drop off.

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Monday 22nd February 2021 

Community Festival Mehr Al Wohnen, Lukas Zieglar

Anna Page

The Swiss Genossenschaft: Cooperative Housing

What can we learn from the Swiss Genossenschafts which could change the way we approach housing for the better?

Read more here

Thursday 25th February 2021

Dyson Centre Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios ©CraigAuckland

Dr Joe Jack Williams, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios  

The hidden carbon of building – Embodied Carbon

Joe Jack Williams from FCBStudios will provide an overview embodied carbon in construction

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Thursday 4th March 2021

Indian street scene with Cow looking at camera

Lesley Lokko  

Sacred Cows

Generally speaking, institutions are built to withstand change, not encourage it. This lecture and Q&A speculates on different approaches to architectural education that might encourage institutions to give up a few ‘sacred cows’ in favour of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive future.

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Wednesday 10th March 2021

Woodcut image of the the Colosseum (1827-84), Regent's Park London

Richard Koeck

Public Lecture: History and Future of Immersive Experiences

Professor Richard Koeck presents ground-breaking innovations and failures in the history of immersive experiences and a peep into the future.

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Thursday 11th March 2021

Grid representing social exclusion in architecture

Danni Kerr

Your Name's not on the List: The Failure of Space as Social Mediator

Danni Kerr discusses how the power that attaches or is attached to space disables mediation for minority persons as a 'normal' way of being; and how 'normal' behaviour in the space leads to non-participation, invisibility and exclusion.

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Thursday 18th March 2021

Parkonomics Link

Martin Prince-Parrot

Park-onomics: The Value of Healthy Places

A collaboration between LSA and BLAC Black Led Architecture Collective

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Thursday 15th April 2021

Future Architects Front Link

Future Architects Front

Grassroots Activism in Architecture 

This talk by FAF's founder will outline how all young people can organise and campaign through digital and grassroots methods in order to manifest the change they want to see - both within and without architecture.

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Thursday 22nd April 2021

Robert Maxwell

Reflections on the predicament of Architecture: seven points in retrospect

Kenneth Frampton

The Liverpool School of Architecture is pleased to announce a new lecture series entitled to its alumnus Robert ‘Bob’ Maxwell (1922-2020). 

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Thursday 6th May 2021

MYAA & Qatar Foundation

Ali Mangera, MYAA Architects

Architecture, Culture & Identity in a Globalised World

We believe architecture has a profound ability to connect with our heart and our soul. Our talk will illustrate how Globalization, Identity & Culture are not mutually exclusive but interdependent. Let’s build bridges, not walls.       

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Thursday 13th May 2021

Text describing diversity

Symposium

Addressing EDI Issues in Architectural Education at the LSA

We invite you to join us in this symposium to discuss how issues in gender, race, sexuality, social mobility, accessibility, and mental health affect architectural education. This symposium aims to better articulate the challenges and the strengths regarding EDI issues in the education offered at the LSA. 

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Thursday 20th May 2021

Stephen Lawrence Day Link

Stephen Lawrence Day 2021

A panel discussion looking at the realities of being Black in the profession and exploring why it is so significant that we lost a future Black architect when Stephen was murdered.

BLAC want to celebrate Stephen and highlight the issues of race in the UK, and the issues of race within architecture.

A collaboration between LSA and BLAC Black Led Architecture Collective.

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Autumn Semester Lectures 2020


November & December 2020

Person sitting alone by a canal in front of the Liver Buildings

Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

Five online sessions of guest talks culminating in a round table discussion will focus on the complex and multi-faceted connections between mental health and the built environment.

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12th November 2020

Neil Pinder Link

Neil Pinder

POWER

A talk and Q&A with activist and educator Neil Pinder. Could you be inspiring others? What role can you play in increasing inclusivity and diversity in architecture?

An ASOC LSA collaboration

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19th November 2020

Courtyard superimposed with an image of a Lunatic Asylum

Madness and Architecture: An Archaeology of Lunatic Asylums

Dr Burçak Özlüdil, Associate Dean, Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA)

Part of the series on Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

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23rd November 2020

Anna Page Link

Anna Page

Secular Retreat, Peter Zumthor: The Process of Making

Peter Zumthor's House on a Hill in North Devon is a meditation on living in the landscape. This lecture will discuss the process of designing and building this house, from its early model making to its final construction. 

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26th November 2020

Vintage poster using a maze as a metaphor for mental illness

Social Psychiatry and Preventing Mental Illness in the USA 1939-1980

Professor Matthew Smith, University of Strathclyde

Part of the series on Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

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30th November 2020

Stephanie Imbeau procession

Stephanie Imbeau: Procession

Recheduled from June, artist Stephanie Imbeau joins us with a recording of her talk and for live Q and A

Read more here

3rd December 2020

Image showing a contemporary health centre design

Nurture and Nature – Approaches to Mental Health Design

Karen Flatt, Architect & Studio Director, IBI Group

Part of the series on Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

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10th December 2020

Architecture and heritage for mental health in the community

Architecture and heritage for mental health in the community

Stacey Charlesworth, Design Director, ADT Workplace
Chris Pickup, Studio Associate Director, IBI Group)

Part of the series on Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

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17th December 2020

Mental health for all: the role of architecture, design and place

Round table: Mental health for all: the role of architecture, design and place

A round table discussion on the intersection of mental health and community environments.

Part of the series on Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

Read more here

16th December 2020

David Rapp Link

David Rapp

‘Elements ‘ Screening  32 minutes and Q and A

Introduced by Pietro Pezzani, we are delighted that Davide Rapp will join us at LSA for questions and answers following a screening of his film

Read more here

7th January 2021

International Space Station in orbit over earth

David Nixon

The International Space Station

This talk offers an introduction to the major issues and challenges that impacted the design of the Station, the first significant piece of architecture beyond Earth.

Read more here

Spring Semester Lectures 2020


Thursday 6th February

M’Hamid Oasis Morocco

M’Hamid Oasis Morocco

Screening and Directors Discussion

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Wednesday 12th February

Between the sand and the sea: Oman’s architectural heritage

Between the sand and the sea

Oman’s architectural heritage

5.30pm-8pm, 502 Teaching Hub

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Thursday 13th February

Reilly teaching in the Liverpool School of Architecture, Ashton Street, 1930

Joseph Sharples

Charles Reilly and the Liverpool School of Architecture

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Thursday 27th February

Image © Simpson Haugh

Ian Simpson

One Blackfriars, impacting the London skyline

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Thursday 5th March

Urbanistas NW

Urbanistas

SHE-Builds NW

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EVENT POSTPONED

John Meunier

John Meunier

Life and works

We are very sad that due to circumstances outside of everyones’ control this event has been POSTPONED

EVENT POSTPONED

John Meunier and Friends

John Meunier, Patrick Lynch, Alan Dunlop and Simon Henley 

On Intricacy: an evening with John Meunier and friends

We are very sad that due to circumstances outside of everyones’ control this event has been POSTPONED

EVENT POSTPONED

Jim Eyre

Jim Eyre

Wilkinson Eyre

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EVENT POSTPONED

©Brock Carmichael – waterfront montage

Michael Cosser and Chris Bolland

Liverpool Architecture: 45 Years of Progress

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EVENT POSTPONED

Stephanie Imbeau procession

Stephanie Imbeau 

Procession

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EVENT POSTPONED

Annelie Kvick Thompson

Grimshaw Architects

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June 11th Online

Paul Monaghan

Paul Monaghan 

How we work

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Autumn Semester Lectures 2019


Thursday 26th September

Vivian Sin

Resilient Infrastructure - How Infrastructure shapes our cities

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Thursday 3rd October

CJ Lim

Smartcities, Resilient Landscapes and Eco-warriors

Booklaunch and Lecture

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Thursday 10th October

British Council and Fellow Andy Lane launching the 2020 Venice Biennale Programme

Image courtsey of Andy Lane

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Thursday 17th October

Jonathan Falkingham MBE, House

Jonathan Falkingham MBE

House

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Thursday 24th October

Fieldoffice Link

Living with Sky, Water and Mountain

Huang Sheng-Yuan

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Thursday 31st October

LAS Honan Prize Presentation talk by Matthew Thompson

RIBA North, Mann Island

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Thursday 7th November

Austin Williams

New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future

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Read the review here

Thursday 14th November

Dave King shedkm

'the technology of serendipity'

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Thursday 21st November

Carl Turner

Turner Works

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Read the review here

Tuesday 3rd December

Peripherals Of Performance

Prof Sharada Srinivasan

Peripherals Of Performance

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Thursday 5th December

Neil Elliott & Andrew Levers

Technology in the Built Environment

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Spring Semester Lectures 2019


Thursday 24th January

Spring School 2019

LSA Spring School 2019

Carl Turner & Simon Cadle
Geoff Rich
Howard Miller
Ragunath Vasudevan
Dr Patrick Lynch

Read more here

Thursday 31st January

Levitt Bernstein

Housing Design Handbook: designing for mixed communities

Levitt Bernstein
Book Launch and Talks
Chaired by Prof Mark Swenarton

6.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Tuesday 12th February

Tim Heatley

'Designing an Experience'

Tim Heatley of Capital and Centric

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Tuesday 19th February

M J Wells

Utopia, instrument, and tool: 
A thematic history of the architectural model

Dr Matthew Wells

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Thursday 28th February

Geoff Rich

Creative Reuse

Geoff Rich (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios)

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Thursday 28th February

Breakfast Brexit Talk

RIBA Mann Island 8.00 am

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Thursday 28th February

What Next?

WHAT NEXT? Careers Day

Reilly Room, 10.00am - 5.00pm

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Thursday 7th March

Thelma Silcock

International Womens Day: Decades of LSA Women Alumni

Budden Lecture Theatre 5.00 – 8.00 pm

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Wednesday 20th March 

This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place: Liverpool’s Popular Music Venues

Professor Robert Kronenburg (Architecture)

Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery and Museum

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Wednesday 13th March

The Temporality of Building

European and Chinese Perspectives on Architecture and Heritage

1.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

Thursday 28th March

NOW WHAT?

Careers Day 2

Reilly Room & Stirling

10.00am - 5.00pm

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29th - 31st May 2019

Building Children’s Worlds

Looking at how modern architecture has been portrayed in children’s picture books since 1945 and exploring the potential influence of illustrations and portrayals of home.

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Thursday 2nd May

Off Road, Prof. Dipl. Ing. Christian Moczala

Off Road

Prof. Dipl. Ing. Christian Moczala

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Tuesday 7th May

The world as a city

The World as a City

Professor Wolfgang Dokonal

12.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Events in May & June

The Keyword Conversations

Liverpool & London Campuses

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Wednesday 26th June

Summer Degree Show in London

University of Liverpool in London

Click here to register

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Autumn Semester Lectures 2018


Tuesday 25th September

How Food Shapes

Carolyn Steel: How Food Shapes Our World

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Tuesday 9th October

LIVERPOOL ARCHITECTURAL SOCIETY

LAS Honan Scholarship 2017 & 2018 Student Presentation

5.30pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Monday 29th October

Poseidon

Liverpool, by 2020 the world’s first ‘climate positive’ city

11.00am to 12.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Tuesday 30th October

Ibstock Bricks

An Introduction to Brickwork and Innovations in Brickwork

Michael H Thomson Design Advisor at Ibstock brick

13th & 14th November

The Big Connect

The Big Connect

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Tuesday 20th November

Acrylicize

Paul Arad. Acrylicize.
Selling Creativity

17.30 Budden Lecture Theatre

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Tuesday 27th November

Venice Biennale British Council Fellowship

Venice Tales and Fellowships

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Thursday 6th December

Ragunath Vasudevan

Pragmatic Parametric Poetry

A talk by Ragunath Vasudevan of
schneider+schumacher

5.00pm Budden Lecture Theatre

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Spring Semester Lectures 2018


Thursday 1st February

Shepard Robson Link

Sheppard Robson

Launch of their 2018 Jicwood prize 

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Thursday 15th February

Mark Swennarton Link

Professor Mark Swenarton

Cook’s Camden

The Making of Modern Housing

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Thursday 1st March

Liverpool Young Architects Link

Liverpool Young Architects    

Tales of postgraduate paths

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Thursday 8th March

caravatti

Emilio Caravatti

caravatti_caravatti

architecture and community

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Friday 9th March

shedkm link

shedkm

A talk in two parts by Director Hazel Rounding

 

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Autumn Semester Lectures 2017


Wednesday 11th April

LSA_RIba Event

LSA_RIBA Education debate

A debate that brings together the RIBA and architectural educators from across the region

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Thursday 19th April

Partington-String

Robin Partington

Alumni Robin Partington talks about his life and work

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Thursday 19th April

Visa Breakfast

Visa Breakfast

Employing International Graduates, aimed at practices recruiting Part one or Part two Architecture Graduates

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Thursday 3rd May

LSA RIBA

BRUTALISM EVENT at RIBA NORTH

RIBA North in collaboration Urban Splash with support from LSA and LJMU

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Monday 11th June

Housing RIBA North

HOUSING EVENT at RIBA NORTH

RIBA North in collaboration Urban Splash with support from LSA and LJMU

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Thursday 28th September

A New Cathedral 1960

Dominic Wilkinson

A New Cathedral 1960

The competition for Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral

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Thursday 5th October

Inhabitable Infrastructures

CJ Lim

Inhabitable Infrastructures

Science fiction or urban future?

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Tuesday 10th October

Cultural Memory and Architecture

Robin Monotti RMA

Cultural Memory and Architecture

1.00pm Start

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Thursday 19th October

Mutt

Mutt

Everything Else is Still an Option

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Thursday 26th October

Ben Derbyshire Link

Ben Derbyshire RIBA President

'Change is necessary ' The future of the RIBA 

Talk with Q&A

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Thursday 9th November

Stephen Bayley Link

Stephen Bayley

Quentin Hughes Memorial Lecture

Seaport - Liverpool’s ineffable sense of place

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Thursday 16th November

Welsh Streets Link

Nina Edge and Dr Gareth Carr

The Welsh Streets of Liverpool 

5.30pm, Introduced by Neil Jackson

Talk with Q&A 

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Thursday 23rd November

Richard Pare Link

Richard Pare 

Architecture and Photography

From the lost vanguard to Le Corbusier

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Thursday 30th November

Caroline Voet

Caroline Voet

Dom Hans van der Laan

A House for the Mind

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Thursday 14th December

Professor George Baird

Professor George Baird

Japanness: Atelier Bow-Wow

Introduced by Michael Wilford

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Spring Semester Lectures 2017


25th January 2017

Marco De Michelis

Marco De Michelis

Budden Lecture Theatre,

5.00pm

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Tuesday 31st January 2017

Marco De Michelis

Life By Design

Budden Lecture Theatre,
Booking Required
11.30am to 1.00pm

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Thursday 2nd February 2017

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic

Budden Lecture Theatre,

5.00pm

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Thursday 9th February 2017

A Gendered Profession

A Gendered Profession

Ruth Morrow and James Soane

Budden Lecture Theatre, 5.00pm

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March 16th February 2017

What is the objective of architectural education?

What is the objective of architectural education?

Michael Wilford, Patrick Lynch Dave King

Budden Lecture Theatre, 5.00pm

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Dunlop Link

The North American Gridiron City

Professor Alan Dunlop

Budden Lecture Theatre, 1.00pm

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Thursday 23rd March 2017

Damascus

Threats and Opportunities in Post-war Reconciliation

Dr. Ataa Alsalloum

Budden Lecture Theatre, 5.00pm

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Tuesday 28th March 2017

Ethics and Morality

Ethics and Morality: A discussion

Ian Ritchie, Alan Dunlop, Nick Ray, Michael Wilford and Dr Rosa Urbano Gutierrez, hosted by Johanna Muszbek

Budden Lecture Theatre, 7.00pm

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Thursday 30th March 2017

Ethic or Aesthetic-link

Ethic or Aesthetic?

Simon Henley from architects Henley Halebrown

Reilly Lecture Theatre, 1.00pm

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Thursday 27th April 2017

 Daniel Glenn

Contemporary Indigenous Architecture: Recent Works 

Daniel Glenn

Budden Lecture Theatre, 5.00pm

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Thursday 4th May 2017

LSA-Future Link

The LSA - an architecture school's future? 

Michael Wilford, Patrick Lynch, Dave King, Roger Stephenson, Prof Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, hosted by Ms Johanna Muszbek

Budden Lecture Theatre, 5.00pm

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Thursday 15th June 2017

Unknown Futures

School of Architecture Industry Night

The Liverpool School of Architecture, Leverhulme Building, Abercromby Square

4.00pm to 8.00pm

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Autumn Semester Lectures 2016


Thursday 29th September

Raw Concrete

Barnabas Calder

Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism

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Thursday 6th October

Japanese-Wood-Craftsmanship Small

Hugh Miller

Japanese Wood Craftsmanship

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Thursday 13th October

Mimesis

Patrick Lynch

'Mimesis'

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Thursday 20th October

Farm Urban

Paul Myers and Jens Thomas

Farm Urban: Urban food Production

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Thursday 10th November

Alun Jones   Dow Jones Architects Title - An Idea About Construction

Alun Jones

An Idea About Construction

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Thursday 17th November

CJ Lim Food City

CJ Lim

Food City

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Thursday 24th November

Architecture School Debate

Visiting Professors Discuss 'architecture school'

Stirling Gallery
5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

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Thursday 1st December

Fiona Mclachlan

Professor Fiona Mclachlan

Ethereal Material: Colour Strategies in Architecture

Photo: Urs Siegenthaler Zurich

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Thursday 8th December    

Dr Polly Gould

Dr Polly Gould

No More Elsewhere: Antarctica though the Archive of the Edward Wilson (1872-1912) Watercolours

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2015/16 Lecture Archive

1st October Joseph Sharples
8th October Carla Molinari Sequences in architecture
15th October Dr Marco Iuliano Stirling thinks
22nd October Cristóbal Amunátegui Things Made Whole
29th October Assemble Collective practice
5th November Ab Rogers and Jimmy Loizeau Nostalgia and Progression
12th November Prof. Ian Ritchie Architecture and Neuroscience
24th November November 2A +P/A The School, A space for education
3rd December Clare Nash RIBA role model
4th February Eric Parry Eric Parry Architects
11th February Irena Bauman Retrofitting Neighbourhoods - Designing for Resilience
18th February Jane Duncan President of RIBA 
25th February Darryl Condon HCMArchitects
3rd March David Nixon International Space Station – Architecture Beyond Earth
10th March David Houghton If we have seen it before it’s the wrong solution
14th April Dr Pedro Leão Neto Contemporary Photography: Architecture, City and Territory
21st April Oliver Heath The Science and Style of Biophilic Design
28th April Toby Wallis and Luke Cooper Collaborative design
5th May Stefanos Roimpas How not to answer questions
12th May Peter Clegg Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

2014/15 Lecture Archive

23rd Oct CJ Lim Food City
30th Oct Jonathan Hendry Foraging
6th Nov Paul Domela On art, body and space and the speculation of an Architecture Biennial
13th Nov Stephanie Strain Assistant Curator of Tate Liverpool on Claude Parent and La Colline de l’Art commission
20th Nov Jay Gort Gort Scott Architects
27th Nov Patrick  Lynch Lynch Architects
4th Dec Raymond Quek Line Wash and Tone, architecture and the metropolis and the thematics of redemption
5th March Michael Wilford Composition and Character
10th March Justin de Syllas Peckham and Finsbury, London’s Pioneering 1930s health centres
12th March Roger Watt Haworth Tomkins Aspects of theatre design
19th March Matt Driscoll Director, Threefold Architects www.threefoldarchitects.com
30th April Sophie Goldhill and David Liddicoat Liddicoat & Goldhill www.liddicoatgoldhill.com