Dr Sarah Lappin becomes the new Head of Architecture at Queen’s
Architect Dr Sarah Lappin, RIBA is the first woman to be appointed as Head of Architecture in the Queen’s University’s 54 year history. Dr Lappin, who trained at Columbia University in New York City and Princeton University, teaches history and theory, design and professional skills at Queen’s as well as being an active researcher. Dr Lappin is co-founder of the All-Ireland Architectural Research Group and is the outgoing Chair of the Steering Group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. From 2016-2019, Dr Lappin acted as the School of Natural and Built Environment’s Director of Post-graduate Education. She has won two Queen’s University Teaching Awards and is currently External Examiner at Manchester School of Architecture.
Dr. Lappin’s research examines two veins of architecture: history of architecture particularly on the island of Ireland in the 20th century and how sound and architecture operate together. Her research outputs include the book Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland and input into the Irish pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture, published in InfraEireann: Infrastructure and the Architectures of Modernity in Ireland 1916-2016. Her many other outputs on Irish and Northern Irish architectural history, (often published with Dr Una Walker, artist and art historian,) include an examination of the work in Northern Ireland of Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis; an analysis of the Festival of Britain in Belfast in 1951, and a history of Ulster ’71 and its political and cultural context at the outset of the Troubles.
Along with Prof. Gacia Ouzounian, Oxford University, Dr Lappin is co-director of the Recomposing the City project which examines how sound and public space might be better considered by both designers and policy makers. They were awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant and have published multiple publications. Their advice notes, The Sound Considered City, can be downloaded from their website www.recomposingthecity.org.