Major code: ARMR
School of Architecture
Liverpool was the first University School of Architecture in the UK to be accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
We were rated joint third for research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, thanks to our internationally renowned work in the fields of History and Theory, and Environment and Process.
This work not only contributes new knowledge and expertise to the profession but also reaches out into related areas, such as the visual arts, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.
School of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Staff research interests
Staff are interested in supervising PhD and MPhil projects in the following areas:
DR FEI CHEN
- Urban Morphology
- Urban Design.
DR ANDREW CROMPTON
- Design and understanding of sacred spaces
- The work of particular architects.
MR JACK DUNNE
- Post-colonial housing development.
- Practice Management and Law
DR CARL HOPKINS
- Sound and vibration transmission in architectural, automotive, aeronautic, or marine structures
- Low-frequency sound insulation
- Vibroacoustics and sound quality
- Sound radiation and transmission with porous metal plates
- School acoustics - sound transmission via natural ventilation solutions using wind catchers
- Subjective aspects of sound insulation in dwellings
- Prediction and measurement of wind noise from buildings
- Room acoustics.
DR IAIN JACKSON
- Indian Architecture, post-colonial architecture
- Modernism within India and the Indian subcontinent
- Garden Suburbs
- British Modernist Architects (especially those working in the ‘tropics’)
- Outsider Art / Visionary environments
- Follies and Garden Buildings
- Issues of Identity, territory and alienation within the built environment.
MR MIKE KNIGHT
- Application of digital technologies in Architecture.
DR RICHARD KOËCK
- Expertise in time-based digital applications that overlap the fields of architecture and film/moving images.
- The expertise is applied in research and practical outputs, which often leads to public dissemination (e.g. in form of films, screenings or exhibitions)
- Technological Sciences: Architecture, interior design.
MR TORSTEN SCHMIEDEKNECHT
- Contemporary German architecture.
- Competition in Architecture
PROFESSOR ANDRÉ BROWN
- Innovative technologies in Architecture
- Computer mediated design and information
- International issues.
PROFESSOR NEIL JACKSON
- Nineteenth-century industrial housing; twentieth-century architecture
- Japanese architecture.
PROFESSOR ROBERT KRONENBURG
- Portable and flexible architecture;
- Film and architecture.
DR ROSA URBANO-GUTIERREZ
- Sustainable Architecture
- Design and Advanced Materials and Technologies
- Building Envelopes
- History and Theory of Glass in Architecture
- Daylighting and Environmental Design
- Educational instruments to promote sustainable technology in the built environment.
PROFESSOR MARK SWENARTON
- The politics of architecture in the twentieth century
- The development of a ‘new’ form of urban housing, -the garden suburb, in the early twentieth century and its adoption by social democratic governments across Europe
- Twentieth-century (and later) architectural and urban history and theory.
PROFESSOR STEPHEN SHARPLES
- Sustainable urban environments
- Sustainable building design
- Adapting urban areas to climate change
- Climate-sensitive building design
- Thermal comfort in hot climates
- Air flow in and around buildings
- Daylight in buildings
- Energy use in buildings
- Interactions between natural ventilation and urban noise
- Eco-refurbishment of existing buildings
DR TUBA KOCATURK
- Computational, Generative and Performative Design
- Human Computer Interaction in Design
- Augmented Design Technologies and Pedagogies
- Distributed Intelligence/Cognition in Design
- Digital Design Narrative
Our Postgraduate Research Centre provides personal work stations, dedicated work and study spaces and a comfortable, open plan space where our students can meet. Our computing facilities include a selection of the major CAAD environments.
There's also a well-equipped physical modelling workshop, equipment for digital video film and editing, and specialist science and engineering areas including sound transmission suites, an anechoic chamber, a lighting laboratory with artificial sky and computer laboratories.
All facilities are supported by our technicians.
Sharonnizam Ahmad Shafandi
The support from tutors has helped me in developing my ideas and I really enjoy the scope of study and learning methods which are very different from my home country.
I chose to study here because of the excellent reputation of the University of Liverpool in architectural study. The support from tutors has helped me in developing my ideas and I really enjoy the scope of study and learning methods which are very different from my home country. Liverpool is a wonderful and interesting place to discover, no wonder it was named as a European Capital of Culture.