Sarah Lappin

      Dr Sarah Lappin

      Senior Lecturer

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      Dr Sarah A Lappin (BA Columbia, MArch Princeton, PhD University of Ulster, RIBA)  is an architect who teaches theory and design at Queens University Belfast.  As a practitioner, she worked on a large range of projects including preservation and healthcare.  Dr Lappin is co-founder of the All-Ireland Architectural Research Group, and is the current Chair of the Steering Group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. 

      Research Summary
      Dr. Lappin's research interests include architecture and identity and twentieth century architectural history.  Her recent publications include the book Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland (Princeton Architectural Press) 2009, as well as articles on architecture and cultural policy.  Much of her research in recent years has concentrated on manifestations of identity in 20th century on the island of Ireland, including research into the Festival of Britain (published in the volume AHRA Critiques series Peripheries in 2012).  Dr Lappin's further research into modernism and its local manifestations in Ireland will act as part of the Irish pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture.  

      Additionally, Dr Gasia Ouzounian (School of Creative Arts, QUB) and Dr. Lappin co-direct the research group Recomposing the City: Sonic Art & Urban Architectures, which investigates how collaborations between sound artists and architects can generate new ways of understanding, analyzing and transforming urban environments. See






      Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Columbia University, New York City

      Master's of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

      Royal Institute of British Architects professional qualification

      PhD University of Ulster, Belfast



      At Queen's

      Master's Level Teaching

      Co-director Master's level Design Studio with PLACE Architecture Centre Director Michael Corr, 2014-

      MArch Dissertation Advisor 2008 - 


      Undergraduate Teaching

      Course Leader Undergraduate Programme 2013 -

      Leader History and Theory Theme, Undergraduate 2008-

      Stage One Leader 2008 - 2013

      Coordinator History and Theory of Architecture I(i) Stage One 2008 - 

      Stage Three Design Studio 2013-2014

      Stage One Design Studio 2008 - 2013


      Street Society Live Project (BSc and MArch Level One) Team Member 2010 - and Staff Organiser 2014


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