Architectural Research

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.

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 investigates historic and developing architecture in relation to cities and urban contexts, with an international perspective and a developing emphasis on heritage.

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 two inter-related research groups:

The Acoustics Research Unit (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.

The Environment, Sustainability and Technology in Architecture (ESTA) Research Group investigates the general areas of low carbon architecture, the impact of climate change on building performance, digital design, innovative material technologies and the operational and embodied carbon of sustainable design.