Guest Lectures and Talks

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

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All lectures and talk, unless otherwise stated, take place on Wednesdays at 1PM, are Hybrid and free open access. In some cases prior booking via EventBrite or Zoom is required, for Hybrid events booking is essential.

Spring Semester 2023

22th February 2023

WHite man with short hair and beard building a model structure consisting of stacked ceramic columns each flailing widely at the top

Richard Youel: Model Making as a Design Tool

"Through model images and a case study, I aim to show the value in using rough, quick models to further your design process."

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8th March 2023

Brick built block of flats looked at from below against a blue sky

International Women’s Day

A celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Liverpool’s Polish School and our international community of Women

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15th March 2023

Middle aged man wearing a jacket and tie on the right, on the left text saying A-Z Fire Safety Design Principles, Ian Abley

Fire Safety Symposium
Prof Julie Bregulla: TEDI London
Ian Abley: Fire Protection Association



As you all know the Grenfell disaster led to a fundamental reassessment of architecture's role life-safety. The tragedy brought home the relationship between the safety of the individual and architectural production today consequently the far reaching social, economic and political impacts of design. Attendance is mandatory for M.Arch Students.

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15th March 2023

A vintage car and caravan parked by the roadside. A white woman is standing by the open door of the caravan Photo credit, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading pulled over in a lay-by with trees behind. A woman stands by the door and a dog looks out from inside the caravan.

Inaugural Lecture - Prof Luca Csepely-Knorr, ’Shaping Tomorrow’s Landscape'

In this lecture, Professor Luca Csepely-Knorr discusses her ongoing Arts and Humanities Research Council-supported research project ‘Women of the Welfare Landscape’.

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22nd March 2023

Map of Europe showing numerous linked cities

The ARCH Project
Diana Heredia, Engage Liverpool 


Co creating a disaster risk management framework for climate change adaptation and resilience to natural hazards in heritage areas. Diana will introduce both the project and the work of Engage Liverpool and share some of the tools developed in the process and where to access them.

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26th April 2023

Rust coloured building with prominent vertical ribs and vents, framed by foliage

Rob Leechmere: Jonathan Tuckey Design

The lecture will focus of the praxis of Jonathan Tuckey Design, examined through the lens of testing through models, prototyping and metaphors.

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3rd May 2023

Suburban scene of adapted brick built industrial buildings

Simon Henley
Henley Hale Brown


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Autumn Semester 2022

12th October 2022

Woman wearing a mask standing in front of patchwork

Venice Fellowships Programme Launch

Introduced by Sandy Britton

We are pleased to launch the application process for Venice Fellowship programme 2023 and to celebrate the work of our two Fellows of 2022, Rim Yasine Kassab and Razan Simbawa.

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26th October 2022

Collage image of photographs of african village life, architectural plans and pressed flowers

Ilze Wolff

A cottage to breath in: Refusing museums, making homes

Introduced by Professor Ola Uduku

A talk on a recent project regarding the Rhodes Cottage in Muizenberg, Cape Town. 

This was an online event, read more here

2nd November 2022

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David Jourdan

Computational design of self-shaping textiles

Introduced by Asterios Agkathidis

David is a postdoctoral researcher, his work focuses on the computational design and fabrication of self-actuated structure.

This was a Hybrid lecture, read more here

9th November 2022

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Dr Bridget Ogwezi

Senior Academic Development Manager at ANSYS UK

Introduced by Dr Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi

This was a Hybrid lecture, read more here

10th November 2022

Open cast mine in Norway

The Colin Rowe Lecture Series at RIBA 

Presented by David Grandorge, who has pursued the photography of buildings, cities, and landscapes since 1996, the lecture took place at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

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16th November 2022

Middle aged white man wearing a Dark blue coat, blue shirt and grey hat standing in front of a featureless wall

Panu Savolainen

Aalto University in Finland

Introduced by Dr Barnabas Calder

Panu talks about the ways in which Finnish architecture has historically coped with very low winter temperatures in a completely sustainable way.

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23rd November 2022

White man with light brown hair and beard, wearing a grey shirt, standing in a cathedral

Rob Hopkins

Director AHR Architects

Introduced by Professor Steve Sharples

Rob who was previously involved with The Spine and is currently working on HEMISPHERE, Liverpool’s first proposed net zero carbon building.

This was a Hybrid lecture

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30th November 2022

Identity in the Architectural World

Identity in the Architectural World

How are different cultures expressed in the built environment?
How does your identity change the way you're perceived as an architect and how can we change that for our future?

1pm Reilly Room

Join BLAC for an engaging, interactive conversation between architects, students and graduates about how our identities influence our architecture.

This was a hybrid event, read more here

7th December 2022

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Dr Ella Chmielewsk 

University of Edinburgh

Introduced by Dr Katerina Antonopoulou

This was a Hybrid lecture

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14th December 2022

How Do We Live? In the global South

How Do We Live? In the global South

We would like to invite you to our housing symposium: How do we Live? In the Global South.

The event took Wednesday, 14th December, 2022, 12:30-15:30 GMT and was conducted in 2 locations in Liverpool UK, and Santiago Chile in a hybrid format.

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