Job title: Lecturer, Architecture

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Research outputs: Liam Ross on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Liam is an architect, a lecturer in Architectural Design and a doctoral candidate in Architecture by Design. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and at the Architectural Association, London, before going on to practice in Edinburgh, London and New York.  He has experience working on projects in the UK, USA, Russia and UAE, and prior to becoming a lecturer, spent 5 years with Malcolm Fraser Architects, leading and assisting on projects at all stages of the design process. He has received a number of awards for his academic and professional design work, including commendations from ArchiPrix, the Urban Studies and Architecture Institute New York, and the Edinburgh Architecture Association.  In 2012 he was selected to exhibit in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

He has been a staff member at ESALA since 2008, where he leads or contributes to courses in design, theory, and professional studies.  His principal teaching and research interests concern the relation between architectural design practice and its governmental frameworks.  He has run a series of research-led design studios studying the architecture of a range of regulatory requirements, from Domestic Standards to Environmental Impact Assessment. He is currently engaged in PhD research, supervised by Dr. Dorian Wiszniewski and Prof. Mark Dorrian, conducting a by-design study of the effects and side-effects of the Scottish Building Standards.

Further to his work at ESALA, Liam has taught as an invited critic at Newcastle University, Tong-Chi University and SUNY Buffalo, and is an external examiner at Oxford Brookes University.  His research has been presented, exhibited and published widely, and besides his academic outputs, he makes journalistic contributions to online and print magazines including Archi-Ned, Blueprint, Prospect and Volume.  He maintains an engagement with speculative design practice, and in 2012 - with colleague Lisa Moffit - he established ‘ESALA Projects’, an initiative that supports design consultancy undertaken by staff and students in the school.

Teaching Projects

  • 2013-14. Erosion & Sedimentation: Architecture and Environmental Impact II. Course Organiser for MArch studio studying environmental mitigation within the Venetian Lagoon.
  • 2012-13. Zoological Urbanism: Architecture and Environmental Impact. Course Organiser and MArch studio studying environmental mitigation in the Leith Docks.
  • 2011-12.  Invitation / Escape: Architecture and Fire Safety Engineering:  Studio Leader for MA honours design studio studying fire escape legislation.
  • 2010-2014. Placement Working Learning:  Course organiser for honours level professional studies course.
  • 2009-12. In Place / Any Place: Course organiser for second year architectural design studio.
  • 2007-9. Compliant Architecture.   Course organiser for MA Honours design studio studying the Domestic Standards.
  • 2004-9. MArch:  Tutor on two-year urban-design and architecture studio.

Research Supervision

Liam welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate research students, and is available to act as second supervisor within the Architecture PhD/MPhil/MSc by Design and by Research programmes.  His areas of expertise are within design and studio practice, and architectural theory and philosophy.  His own research interests concern the professionalization and regulation of design practice, and draw theoretical insights from discourses on governmentality and biopolitics, science and technology studies, and law and geography studies.


Currently undertaking part-time PhD Architecture by Design (started September 2011), supervised by Prof Mark Dorrian.

Current PhD students

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