Professor Oren Lieberman

Professor of Architecture

Biography

With a BA in psychology (minor in philosophy) from Boston University, a postgraduate MArch degree in architecture from SCI-ARC (Southern California Institute of Architecture), and further studies at Parsons (New York) and the Städelschule Academy of Art (Frankfurt), Oren is educated in the human and the discursive, the artistic and performative, and in design, the geographic and the spatial. He has developed a wide-ranging practice: as an architect, teacher, exhibitor, initiator and curator of events and symposia as well as exhibitions, and as a writer and publisher. He has worked as a practicing architect in Germany; in the 1990's he established offices in both Frankfurt and Berlin. He has held teaching positions and professorial chairs in various institutions (including the Bartlett and the Technische Universität Berlin), and has been both Professor of Architecture and the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the Arts University Bournemouth, UK (2009 – 2015). He was Head of Architecture at Canterbury (University of the Creative Arts), and has held Visiting Professor posts at University of Umeå (Sweden), Bochum University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and at Arts University Bournemouth.

Teaching

Professor Lieberman has taught at university level – undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil and PhD supervision – since 1989. His teaching philosophy focuses on supporting students to reach their potential, to become engaged and critical citizens in their chosen profession and in the world. To do this, he draws on interdisciplinary practices and various methodologies and methods in order to both entangle students in the complexities of the subject matter, and to foreground their ability to make differences in the world. 

Research Interests

Within the broad area of critical spatial practices, he focuses particularly on performative practices which entangle knowledge, methodologies and techniques from various disciplines, including architecture, performance (particularly choreography, devising, and improvisation), geography, anthropology, and sociology. In this area there are various 'matters of concern', including the role architecture and its processes of production plays in the construction of political practices and the establishment of the 'common'; the both/and of relationality/contingency and the durability of things; critical pedagogy through embodied practices and a focus on an individual's development; and research as intraventional. His research and teaching attends to our ability, as academics, practitioners, and students, to transform and produce space – sites, events, encounters – bodily and materially. Fundamental to this work is the fact that we are performative and diffractive in our engagement and participation with the world: we make a difference, we transform. The work engages with these differences and their attendant ethical and responsible practices for establishing commons and ways and places to make and to co­exist. Developing research areas are in the critical engagement with 'smart' cities, and in the relationships between material/constructed places and health and well-being.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Psychology (minor: Philosophy) graduated 05.81, Boston University (cum Laude)
  • Master of Architecture (MArch) graduated 01.89, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), Los Angeles
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects (affiliate)
  • Member, Places Matter! Design Review Panel
  • Executive Council member SCHOSA (Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture), former
  • External Examiner experience: University of Plymouth; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London); Umeå University (Sweden), Department of Architecture
  • Board Member; Board of Trustees Lighthouse (Poole Centre for the Arts) 03.13-06.16

Publications

Lieberman, O. and Altes, A. (2015). Matters of care and responsibility: Curiosity-driven worlding practices at the Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention. Nordic Journal of Architecture, 4(5), 98-101.

Lieberman, O. and Altés Arlandis, A. (2013). Questioning strong discourses: LiAi. In: Lieberman, O. and Altés Arlandis, A. (eds.) Intravention, Durations, Effects: Notes of Expansive Sites and Relational Architectures. Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag. pp. 23-27.

Lieberman, O. and Altés Arlandis, A. (2013). Immediate architectural interventions, durations and effects: apparatuses, things, and people in the making of the city and the world. In: Lieberman, O. and  Altés Arlandis, A. (eds.) Intravention, Durations, Effects: Notes of Expansive Sites and Relational Architectures Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag. pp. 29-45.

Lieberman, O. and Altés Arlandis, A. (2013). Interventions, durations, effects: architecting the city and the world. In: Verbeke, J. and Pak, B. (eds.) Knowing (by) designing, 22-23 May 2013, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels. Ghent/Brussels: LUCA, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent/Brussels and KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture. pp. 614-621.

Lieberman, O. (2010). Making/sense: drawing architecture. In: McLean, V. (ed.) Crab by the sea: Peter Cook and a sideways look at architecture. Poole: text + work/Arts University College at Bournemouth. pp. 20-25.

Lieberman, O. (2009). Th–ings. In: Lieberman, O. and Starck, G. (eds)  – ing: spatial acts. circulating objects series. Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts. pp. 26-33.

Lieberman, O. and Starck, G. (2009). The –ing thing. In: Lieberman, O. and Starck, G. (eds)  – ing: spatial acts. circulating objects series. Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts. pp. 8-9.

Lieberman, O. (2009). Figure/ground: double occupations of criticality. In: Proceedings of Occupation: Negotiations with Constructed Space, 2-4 July 2009, University of Brighton, Brighton. Brighton: University of Brighton.

Lieberman, O., Roberts, A. and Pearce, M. and Matzica, W. (2006). The development of values in the studio: a hidden curriculum. In: Al-Qawasmi, J. and Vasquez de Velasco, G. (eds.) Changing trends in architectural design education, Proceedings of the International Conference of the Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR 2006), Rabat, Morocco, 14-16. Amman: CSAAR. pp. 469-483

Lieberman, O. (2001). Theoretical objects: gifts of architecture. In: Proceedings of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) Conference Research in Architecture, 2000, Paris. Leuven: EAAE - AEEA.

Lieberman, O. (2000). The application of object-oriented software concepts in architectural pedagogy. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), Weimar, Germany, 22-24 June 2000. eCAADe. pp.27-33.

Lieberman, O. (1999) Aqueous virtues. zone 7. Vol.1 Spring. p.13.

Lieberman, O. (1998) Einfach völlig banal [Simply, totally banal]. zone 7. Vol. 0 Winter. pp. 5-7.

Lieberman, O. (1997) Architecture’s fiction: the white space of technologies' insinuations.' In Techno-Fiction: Zur Kritik der technologischen Utopien. Thesis, Wissentschafliche Zeitshrift der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Vol.47 Heft 1. pp. 238-242.

Lieberman, O. (1996). Architectural practice works. In: Musa, S. and Exner, U. (eds.) INDEX Architekten: Work/Projects. Darmstadt: J. Häusser Press.

Lieberman, O. (1992). INDEX: Projects. In: Lieberman, O. and Exner, U. (eds.) Fenster zur Architektur: 19 approaches. Darmstadt: J. Häusser Press. pp. 22-25.

Lieberman, O. (1992). Window. In: Lieberman, O. and Exner, U. (eds.) Fenster zur Architektur: 19 approaches. Darmstadt: J. Häusser Press. pp. 26-27.

Lieberman, O. (1992). Bundeswettbewerb: Kunststudenten stellen aus. Germany:Der Bundesminister für Bildung und Wissenschaft. pp. 158-9

Lieberman, O. (1991). Space to be unattended. In: Drei Klang Installationen, Achim Wollscheid. Frankfurt am Main: Vernon Warren Verlag.

Lieberman, O. and INDEX Group (1991). Reports 2. New York: Storefront for Art and Architecture Publication.

Lieberman, O. and INDEX Group (1990). Frankfurt special. Blueprint. October No. 71.

Lieberman, O. and INDEX Group (1990). Raum - Projekt in: Kunst in Frankfurt 1990. Frankfurt: Kunstverein. Frankfurt: Benedikt Press. pp. 24-32

Publications: editor

Lieberman, O. and Altés Arlandis, A. (eds.) (2013). Intravention, Durations, Effects: Notes of Expansive Sites and Relational Architectures. Baunach, Germany: Spurbuchverlag.

Lieberman, O (ed.) (2008-9). circulating objects (series). Four in the series to-date: extensive:intensive; Update: All possible worlds; adjacencies; -ing. Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts

Lieberman, O. and Starck, G. (eds.) (2009). – ing: spatial acts. circulating objects (series). Canterbury: University for the Creative Arts.

Lieberman, O. and Exner, U. (eds.) (1992). Fenster zur Architektur: 19 approaches. Darmstadt: J. Häusser Press.

Lieberman, O., Exner, U., Parmasche, N., (eds.) (1988-9). INDEX. (3 issues)