Research Projects

The Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA) is an internationally recognised centre for architectural and built environment research. In addition to the main research groupings there are a number of research projects with their own websites.

Musical Vibrations

Musical Vibrations is a new project from the Acoustics Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. We aim to bring music to more D/deaf people, using the power of vibration.

For more information, visit the Musical Vibrations website. 


Since its inception in 2011, ECAlab (Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory) has developed a number of research programmes which look to explore the possibilities of ceramics for sustainable technologies, while examining the role of emerging digital technologies alongside traditional ceramic craftsmanship skills. ECAlab is founded and directed by Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez and Amanda Wanner, and is part of an international network sponsored by ASCER (Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain), which includes groups from the schools of architecture of Harvard University (USA), Darmstadt University (Germany), and a number of universities in Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Castellón, Madrid, and Valencia).

For more information, visit the ECAlab website. 

Live Architecture

On the 15th August 1965 The Beatles performed before more than 50,000 fans at Shea Stadium, New York, USA. In what was by far the biggest event to date of its type, a dramatic revelation of the commercial possibilities of popular music took place and changed the nature of the music business forever. The aim of this research project is to examine the contemporary state of the art in popular music performance space, and to prepare its first definitive architectural history, describing its inception, development, and consolidation.

Click here to visit the Live Architecture website.

Portable Architecture

The aim of the portable and flexible architecture research is to draw together the knowledge present in the skills of designers, builders and manufacturers of flexible and mobile buildings, both past and present as well as from unrelated industries where the possibility of technology transfer has yet to be assessed. Via research, conferences, publication and exhibitions - the cultural, aesthetic, economic and ecological benefits of portable architecture can be disseminated to those who can realise its full capacity for development.

For more information, visit the Portable Architecture website.

City in Film

Mapping the City in Film (2008-10) is a unique project supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council that explores the relationship between film, memory and the urban landscape. A partnership between the Department of Communication and Media and the School of Architecture, it includes a database that holds information on over 1700 films made in and about Liverpool and its historic landscape ranging from the earliest factual films, newsreels and amateur films to more recent features, television dramas and documentaries. 

For more information, visit the City in Film project website.

Tracing the Past

The project investigates medieval vault design in the British Isles using contemporary digital techniques. Our main aim is therefore to examine different tools that are now available, such as digital laser scanning and digital modelling, and ask questions of how these can be applied to historic works of architecture and the knowledge we can gain from this. Our analysis is inspired by the work of Robert Willis, a Victorian engineer and scholar who questioned the design and construction methods used to create medieval vaults, however, he could not fully prove his theories as manual surveying techniques available at the time meant it was logistically not feasible. Now we have the use of digital surveying techniques, the process of surveying medieval vaults is much faster, and our aim is to augment and extend the work of Willis.

For more information, visit the Tracing the Past website.

Transnational Architecture

How have architectural ideas that were developed and produced in one place been exported to another, and with what consequences? This is the most basic and fundamental question that this group is concerned with. One specific strand of this group's research is to investigate the architecture and architects connected to colonial enterprises (both directly and indirectly), and in the aftermath of colonialism the architecture of newly emerging nations. How, for example, were European ideas on architecture and planning executed in territories outside of Europe's boundaries, and to what end?

For more information, the Transnational Architecture Group website.