Guest Lecture Series Film Archive

During lockdown the Liverpool School of Architecture Guest Lecture Series has taken place virtually, with practitioners from the fields Architecture, Design and Art speaking to our undergraduate and postgraduate cohorts over Zoom.

Below are archived recordings of some of the most recent lectures.

Robert Maxwell Memorial Lecture

Robert Maxwell

Kenneth Frampton Reflections on the predicament of Architecture: seven points in retrospect

A new lecture series entitled to alumnus Robert ‘Bob’ Maxwell (1922-2020). Maxwell, who graduated in Architecture and then took his diploma in Civic Design at the University of Liverpool in 1949, taught at the Bartlett, the AA, and was Dean at Princeton University.

Click here to watch the the inaugural lecture delivered by Kenneth Frampton, Emeritus Professor at Columbia University - Reflections on the predicament of Architecture: seven points in retrospect.

Spring Semester Lectures 2023

Rust coloured building with prominent vertical ribs and vents, framed by foliage
Map of Europe showing numerous linked cities
Middle aged man wearing a jacket and tie on the right, on the left text saying A-Z Fire Safety Design Principles, Ian Abley
Brick built block of flats looked at from below against a blue sky
WHite man with short hair and beard building a model structure consisting of stacked ceramic columns each flailing widely at the top

Autumn Semester Lectures 2022

Woman wearing a mask standing in front of patchwork
Collage image of photographs of african village life, architectural plans and pressed flowers
Head and Shoulders of a young white man with short cropped ginger hair and moustache. He is wearing round glasses
Black woman with long dark hair, wearing a blue top and smiling. She is standing in open plan office with balloons floating on the ceiling
Middle aged white man wearing a Dark blue coat, blue shirt and grey hat standing in front of a featureless wall
Identity in the Architectural World
How Do We Live? In the global South


Latif Al Ani, Shorja Street, Baghdad, 1960. Latif Al Ani Collection, courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai.

Crucibles, Vectors, Catalysts: Envisioning The Modern City

This online event brings together scholars, researchers and curators to explore the architectural production in the blurred era of independence to the post-colonial period of the mid-20th century, focussing on cities in Africa, Middle East and South Asia.

2/3/2021 Session

9/3/2021 Session

Spring Semester Lectures 2022

Photograph of Chater Paul-Jordan standing on a balcony

Chater Paul-Jordan: Alternative agencies in architecture: listening to archival silences.

Thursday 26th April 


As part of SLD week Chater will deliver a recital of his article, “This Dilemma”: Collecting and constraints at the RIBA, before unpacking the issues that archival silences raise in understanding the role of women, POC and queer people – those often overlooked by the canon – within architecture.

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Portrait photograph of Aupama Kundoo

Anupama Kundoo

Thursday 18th March 

Anupama Kundoo is the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Charles Jencks award for simultaneous major contributions to both the theory and practice of architecture and the Auguste Perret Prize 2021 for architectural technology.

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Neil Thomas: Two Worlds

Thursday 24th February 

As an engineer how can I reconcile the two worlds I inhabit?

The first, a love of a nature and my desire to promote a world that can be as sustainable as I can make it. The second, a world of rock and roll. I would like to show some radical steps which allow my two worlds to collide.

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Autumn Semester Lectures 2021

Back to the Future

Martin Prince-Parrot: Back to the Future: The optimistic case for retrofitting places

Thursday 2nd December 

Retro-fitting all our buildings is one of the largest challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s built environment. How we can turn this mammoth challenge into a renaissance for our homes, workplaces, communities, towns and cities?

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LSA COP26 Link
The Garden of earthly delights by Hieronymous Bosch, 16th C, Wikimedia commons

Designing for an Ethical World

Thursday 4th November

The patriarchal hierarchy of our designed environment seeks to dominate nature and those who are weaker, including animals and other humans.  Now with the existential threat of the climate crisis, do we need a different way of designing?

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Rahel Belatchew

The Challenges for Architecture

Thursday 21st October

Rahel joined us from Stockholm to talk of the challenges of architecture exemplified in the numerous projects and lab pieces of Belatchew Arkitekter.

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Marina Tabassum

Works by Marina Tabassum

Thursday 7th October 2021

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, a practice established in 2005 based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. MTA began its journey in the quest of establishing a language of architecture that is contemporary to the world yet rooted to the place.

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Katy Marks

Katy Marks: A Citizens Design Bureau

Thursday 30th September 2021

Katy talks about the work of Citizen’s Design Bureau, scratch process and why the business model of architecture practices needs to change.

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Spring Semester Lectures 2021


FEMIN.AE X LSA CLIMATE CRISIS: Why Climate Action needs womenOnline Panel Discussion

Thursday 5th July 2021

Liverpool School of Architecture’s student-led groups were pleased to welcome five incredible guests on the 5th of July 2021 in an important debate on why climate action needs women. We were joined by Antionette Vermilye, Bianca Pitt, Fliss Childs, Sarah Wigglesworth MBE and Sumita Singha OBE. The guests were welcomed by our student group members: Jamie Hole and Ffion Douglas from LSA Climate Crisis, Bonnie Jackson and Philippa Mack from and Holly Knight-Parfitt who is a member of both. While our speakers for the event were all female, we would like to highlight how men also play a vital role in campaigning for more women leadership roles and climate action. 

A collaboration between LSA and FEMIN.AE student led collective .

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Stephen Lawrence Day Link

Stephen Lawrence Day 2021: Online Panel Discussion

Thursday 20th May 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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Addressing EDI Issues in Architectural Education at the LSA

Thursday 13th May 2021

We invited a number of Architectural Education practitioners from the LSA and beyond to discuss how issues in gender, race, sexuality, social mobility, accessibility, and mental health affect architectural education. This symposium aimed to better articulate the challenges and the strengths regarding EDI issues in the education offered at the LSA. 

Please note: For copyright reasons this video is currently only available to University of Liverpool Staff and Students.

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MYAA & Qatar Foundation

Ali Mangera, MYAA Architects: Architecture, Culture & Identity in a Globalised World

Thursday 6th May 2021

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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Future Architects Front Link

Future Architects Front: Grassroots Activism in Architecture

Thursday 15th April 2021

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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Parkonomics Link

Martin Prince-Parrot: Park-onomics: The Value of Healthy Places

Thursday 18th March 2021

How do we defeat the idea that healthy, well designed places are more expensive? The only way viable and responsible way is to take a holistic look at the interconnectedness of modern life, and to highlight how the value of healthy places goes beyond pounds and pence and pays social and economic dividends for generations.

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Grid representing social exclusion in architecture

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

Thursday 11th March 2021

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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Indian street scene with Cow looking at camera

Lesley Lokko: Sacred Cows

Thursday 4th March 2021

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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Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay: An Approach to Design

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay is the Sir James Stirling Chair in Architecture at the Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA). In this lecture he talks about extensive experience of architectural practice in India and the Middle East, and his advisory and consultancy work in urban development, regeneration, architectural and urban design, and conservation.

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Dyson Centre Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios ©CraigAuckland

Dr Joe Jack Williams: The hidden carbon of building – Embodied Carbon

Thursday 25th February 2021

Joe Jack Williams from FCBStudios provides an overview embodied carbon in construction, with Q&A session.

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Community Festival Mehr Al Wohnen, Lukas Zieglar

Anna Page: The Swiss Genossenschaft, Cooperative Housing

Monday 22nd February 2021 

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

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Woman with megaphone in front of University of Liverpool Victoria Building

UrbanistasNW: where did everybody go?

Thursday 18th February 2021

UrbanistasNW 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. They discuss their individual experiences within education and practice, what they like/ dislike about the profession and why they think women drop out at a comparatively high rate.

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

David Lomax: How CLT Can Save The World

Thursday 11th February 2021

David Lomax of Waugh Thistleton shares their 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, touching on the politics and economics that support its use, as well as the environmental benefits.

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International Space Station in orbit over earth

David Nixon: The International Space Station

David Nixon gives an introduction to the major issues and challenges that impacted the design of the Station, the first significant piece of architecture beyond Earth.

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

Mental Health and the Built Environment

Historical and contemporary perspectives on mental health and the built environment

November & December 2020

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

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Madness and Architecture: An Archaeology of Lunatic Asylums
Dr Burçak Özlüdil, Associate Dean, Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA)

Social Psychiatry and Preventing Mental Illness in the USA, 1939-1980
Professor Matthew Smith, University of Strathclyde

Nurture and Nature – Approaches to Mental Health Design
Karen Flatt, Architect & Studio Director, IBI Group

Architecture and heritage for mental health in the community
Stacey Charlesworth, Design Director, ADT Workplace
Chris Pickup, Studio Associate Director, IBI Group

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

Autumn Semester Lectures 2020

Stephanie Imbeau procession

Stephanie Imbeau: Procession

30th November 2020

Artist Stephanie Imbeau joins the LSA with a recording of her talk from earlier in 2020 and for live Q and A

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Neil Pinder Link

Neil Pinder:POWER

12th November 2020

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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Paul Monaghan

Paul Monaghan: How we work

Monday 26th October 2020

In October 2020, Paul kindly agreed to meet us online to talk about his practice AHMM in 'How we work'.

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