The waterfront of Liverpool showing the Three Graces, Liverpool museum and the ferry landing stage.


The Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) is an internationally recognised centre for architectural and built environment research. The LSA performed very well in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021): 100% of our research impact is outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*). 100% of our environment is conducive to generating research that is world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our outstanding (4*) impact almost doubled from REF 2014, seeing an 87% increase. Our research overall (covering outputs, impact and environment) is in the top quarter. We are ranked: 

  • Joint 5thin the sector for research classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) overall (covering outputs, impact and environment) out of 38 submissions
  • 7thin the sector for world leading (4*) outputs out of 38 architecture school submissions

Research in the School spans across the Architectural Humanities, Heritage, Environment, Digital Culture, and Design Practice.

Our research has produced world-leading academic outputs and shows strong commitment to local, national, and international public engagement activities and partnerships, and to generate maximum Impact on issues ranging across Acoustics, Heritage, and Policy. Our research covers multiple platforms, formats and strands that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships.

Key to our research strategy is the establishment of Research Centres and Research Clusters across our main areas of expertise and scholar work. These research units facilitate peer support, foster collaborative research, and encourage different kinds of knowledge exchange and public engagement. As well as writing journal articles and monographs our research work is shared through exhibitions, films, animations, digital media, 3d models, simulations, and design projects.

We have international partnerships with higher education institutions and several partnerships and knowledge transfer partnerships with leading businesses, third sector, and public sector associates.

We have secured considerable research funding from various sources, including the AHRC, ESRC, the British Academy, Aga Kahn, the Leverhulme Trust, Paul Mellon, Royal Institute of British Architects and a range of commercial companies and government agencies.

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