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?

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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 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

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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

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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

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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.

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