School of Architecture joins forces with London School of Architecture

The University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture will join forces with the London School of Architecture (LSA), with the aim of “defining new pathways of architectural education for decades to come”.

The new academic partnership, which will be operational from September, was brokered by Head of School, Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay and Lecturer in Architecture, Johanna Muszbek.

Prof Bandyopadhyay said: “The possibility of connecting the two institutions, we felt, was an extraordinary opportunity for architectural education in the UK and internationally.

“We at the Liverpool School of Architecture are excited to collaborate with the London School of Architecture in defining new pathways of architectural education for the decades to come.

“We look forward to creating new collaborative programmes and exploring opportunities for sharing the pedagogic and research expertise of the two institutions. Our aim is to expand the horizon of architectural education and make it relevant.”

An MSc in Global Housing, led by Johanna Muszbek, is planned for launch in the academic year 2022-23, offering the opportunity for practitioners and recent graduates drawn from an international pool to conduct in-depth study and research into housing design.

Other projects – which will support the objectives of widening access and participation to a career in the built environment, and to deploy design as a transformative force to enable people living in cities to experience more fulfilled and sustainable lives – will be developed in due course.

Dr Neal Shasore, Head of School/CEO of the LSA, said: “I’m hugely excited about the possibilities this new and dynamic partnership with the University of Liverpool will open up.

“Liverpool was the pioneering redbrick university in the nineteenth century – a civic institution fundamentally; it is this foundational ambition that the LSA seeks to further in a twenty-first century context.

“We look forward to a rich and ambitious reciprocal partnership over the coming years, one that will further enable our students to flourish in their studies.”

The LSA – founded in 2015 – has two fundamental objectives: to transform access to and diversity in the architectural and built environment professions; and to generate design innovations that will deliver more sustainable lives and contribute to reaching environmental targets.

The new arrangement with Liverpool sees the LSA’s six year partnership with London Metropolitan University draw to a close.

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