Liam is an architect and lecturer in architectural design at ESALA. 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 a doctoral candidate by Design, supervised by Dr. Dorian Wiszniewski, and is working on a genealogical survey of the development of UK 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 in both national and international contexts, 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.
Image: Domestic Handbook Standards 4.3.2 / 4.3.11 / 4.8.3, Liam Ross, 2013