Architectural Research

Actuator prototype of the Performative Ceramic Surface from the Illuminating Through Ceramics Project.  © Alex Kokai & Rosa Urbano Gutierrez.
Actuator prototype of the Performative Ceramic Surface from the Illuminating Through Ceramics Project. © Alex Kokai & Rosa Urbano Gutierrez. 

The Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) is an internationally recognised centre for architectural and built environment research. The LSA performed excellently in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), being the highest ranked department submitted solely as a School of Architecture, a top six place for research intensity and a top ten place for grade point average (as shown in The Times Higher Education magazine). We were ranked third overall in terms of Research Outputs, with 80% of our outputs rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The inclusive nature of research in the School, and its support of early career researchers, meant that 85% of eligible staff were submitted to REF 2014 – one of the highest percentages of eligible staff submitted by any UK School of Architecture.

Research within the LSA is structured under the two overarching headings of History and Theory and Environment and Digital Architecture.

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Research Structure

History and Theory

History and Theory consists of two inter-related research groups that address the cultural and historical context of architecture and the visual arts.

The Architectural and Urban History Group includes Professor Neil Jackson, Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, Professor Rob Kronenburg, Professor Simon Pepper, Professor Nick Ray, Professor Emeritus Mark Swenarton,  Dr Barnabas Calder, Dr Fei Chen,  Dr Andrew Crompton,  Dr Rosa Urbano Guttiérez, Dr Marco Iuliano, Dr Iain Jackson, Dr Christina Malathouni, Dr Torsten Schmiedeknecht and Dr Nick Webb and investigates historic and developing architecture in relation to cities and urban contexts, with an international perspective and a developing emphasis on heritage.

The Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA) includes Professor Richard Koeck, Professor Rob Kronenburg and Dr Marco Iuliano and investigates the relationship between architecture and the visual arts. CAVA is a forum for collaborative research with cultural partners such as Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology.

Environment and Digital Architecture

Environment and Digital Architecture consists of three inter-related research groups:

Acoustics Research Unit (ARU) includes Professor Carl Hopkins, Dr Pyoung Jik Lee, Dr Gary Seiffert and Professor Emeritus Barry Gibbs. ARU is internationally recognised for its research into airborne and structure-borne sound in the fields of engineering and building acoustics, psychoacoustics, human vibration (including vibrotactile stimuli), environmental noise, industrial acoustics (sonic cleaning) and the subjective evaluation of sound and vibration in the built environments. Excellent experimental and modelling resources are available in the ARU’s dedicated laboratory facilities.

Digital Architecture Research Group (DARG) includes Professor Arto Kiviniemi, Professor Andy Brown, Dr Tuba Kocaturk, Asterios Agkathidis and Dr Nick Webb, and focuses on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the use of emerging digital technologies in the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment as well as the impact of these technologies on education, creative processes, collaboration between different professions, virtual prototyping and production methods.

Sustainable Environments Research Group (SERG) includes Dr Halim Boussabaine, Dr Daveed Chow, Dr Rosa Urbano Gutierrez, John Lewis and Professor Steve Sharples. SERG investigates sustainable built environments and the interactions between the performance of the built environment and the processes, complexities and uncertainties that can influence that performance, including the risks associated with adaptation and mitigation strategies for responding to future climates.

Academic Visitors

We have been engaging in internationally collaborative research by hosting academic visitors from all over the world. Please view the academic visitors' profile for more information.