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Sound and architecture; architectural history of the island of Ireland


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Head of Architecture Dr Sarah A Lappin (BA Columbia, MArch Princeton, PhD University of Ulster, RIBA)  is an architect who teaches theory, design and professionla skills 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 past 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 acted as part of the Irish pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture.  

Additionally, Dr Gasia Ouzounian (Oxford University, Music) 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 www.recomposingthecity.org.   





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

Module leader, Professional Skills, 2018 -

Co-director Master's level Design Studio with PLACE Architecture Centre Director Michael Corr, 2014-2015

MArch Dissertation Advisor 2008 - 


Undergraduate Teaching

Course Leader Undergraduate Programme 2013 - 2016

Leader History and Theory Theme, Undergraduate 2008-2013

Stage One Leader 2008 - 2013

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

Stage Three Design Studio 2013-2014

Stage Two Design Studio 2014-2015

Stage One Design Studio 2008 - 2013

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


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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