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Prof Robert Kronenburg BA, DiplArch, MPhil, PhD; Roscoe Professor of Architecture

Roscoe Professor of Architecture Architecture


Personal Statement

I am a registered architect and hold the Roscoe Chair of Architecture at the Liverpool School of Architecture. After qualifying as an architect I worked for ten years in large and small practices before taking my first lecturing post at the University of Manchester. I received my Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Manchester and my doctorate from the CNAA. I was head of school between 2004-09 and director of research from 2010-18. I teach studio design, masters dissertations, and am the RIBA Validation lead. My research interests and expertise centre on the design of architecture - influenced by innovative technology, transient demands, and the arts of film and popular music. I have a twenty-five year history of researching, designing and writing about mobile architecture, that has inspired and informed more recent interests in film and architecture and music performance space. My books include Flexible: Architecture that Responds to Change (2007), Architecture in Motion (2014), and Liverpool's Musical Landscapes (with Sara Cohen, 2018).

Personal Distinctions

  • Invited Keynote Lecture, Melbourne Music Week Symposium (Keynote Speech, City of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia 2015)
  • Invited Keynote Lecture, Ryerson University, Toronto (Keynote Speech, Ryerson University, ICAMA 2013 (International Conference) 2013)
  • Invited Lecture, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Keynote Speech, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2013)
  • Invited Keynote Lecture, University of Calgary (Keynote Speech, University of Calgary Building Dynamics Conference 2013)
  • Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, British Academy/Leverhulme 2012)
  • Keynote Lecture, Bucharest (Invitation to Speak, Archetypes Organising Committee 2011)
  • Invited Keynote Lecture, London (Keynote Speech, Loughborough University 2011)
  • Invited Lecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Invitation to Speak, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 2011)
  • Invited Keynote Lecture, London (Keynote Speech, University of Nottingham 2011)
  • Flexible: Portable Architecture: Entertainment Venues (Invitation to Speak, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA 2010)
  • Peer College Review Panel Member (Arts and Humanities Research Council 2010)
  • Appointment to the Roscoe Chair of Architecture (University of Liverpool 2010)
  • Mobile and flexible architecture solutions for shelter and rebuilding in post-flood disaster situati (Invitation to Speak, University of Venice 2009)
  • Flexible: Portable Architecture (Invitation to Speak, Cambridge University School of Architecture 2008)
  • Televised Interview, Korean Television (Invitation to Speak, Korean Television KBNe-UK 2008)
  • Flexible Architecture: Building for Adaptability and Response to Change (Keynote Speech, Vancouver City Planning Commission, Canada 2008)
  • Keynote Speech, Tensinet 2007, Milan (Keynote Speech, Milan Polytechnic 2007)
  • Invited Lecture, Backstage '07, Roskilde, Denmark (Invitation to Speak, Roskilde Centre 2007)
  • Invited Lecture, La Casa Encicada, Madrid (Invitation to Speak, La Casa Encicada, Madrid 2007)
  • Invited lecture (Invitation to Speak, University of Graz, Austria 2006)
  • Concept House Symposium (Keynote Speech, Technical University of Delft 2006)
  • Invited Lecture, University of Wales (Invitation to Speak, University of Wales, Cardiff 2005)
  • Invited lecture, Harvard University, USA (Invitation to Speak, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA 2005)
  • Invited keynote speech, Digifest, Toronto (Keynote Speech, Digifest, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada 2004)
  • Invited Lecture and Panel Chair, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA (Invitation to Speak, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA 2003)
  • Invited Keynote Lecture, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA (Keynote Speech, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA 2003)
  • Invited Lecture, University of Dundee (Invitation to Speak, Duncan of Jordanstone, College of Architecture and Design, University of Dundee 2002)
  • Leverhulme Travelling Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Leverhume Trust 2001)
  • St. John College Oxford Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, St Johns College Oxford 1998)
  • Fulbright Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, US Fulbright Commission 1994)

Administrative Roles

  • I was Head of Department of the School of Architecture from 2005-2009 and currently a member of the School's strategic planning team. In the University I was on the project team for Capital of Culture 2008 and the Role Review team for academic staff. I am Research Lead for the Liverpool School of Architecture and chair the school's Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. I am RIBA professional validation co-ordinator.

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