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.


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 2021

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.

Click here to watch a recording of the talk

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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.

Click here to watch a recording of the talk

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.

Click here to watch a recording of the talk

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.

Click here to watch a recording of the talk

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.

Click here to watch a recording of the event

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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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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