Rosa Urbano GutiérrezRosa Urbano Gutiérrez, PhD

Director of ECAlab

Rosa has been working on sustainable architectural design through the exploration of emergent materials and technologies since 2003. Her research has been funded by institutions like RIBA, Fulbright, Fondation Le Corbusier, MIT Energy Initiatives, Harvard University, Real Colegio Complutense, Fundación Caja Madrid or Fundación Rafael Escolá, and industrial partners like Guardian Glass or the Spanish Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers. Rosa studied and researched in the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is presently Senior Lecturer in Architecture and founder and director of the ECALab (Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory) at the Liverpool School of Architecture.

Rosa is particularly interested in documenting, analysing and pursuing the invention and implementation of pioneering materials and technologies for architecture. Her recent research on sustainable architecture will be published in two forthcoming books: Sustainable Retrofits: Post War Residential Towers in Britain (Routledge, 2018).

Elements of Sustainable Architecture (Routledge, 2018).

Since its inception in 2011, her work leading the ECALab has focused on the implementation of six research projects, which have generated abundant prototypes of ceramic environmental technology. This work has been widely presented in numerous international seminars, conferences and exhibitions, and published in journals and books.

Rosa has been a judge for the RIBA Research Trust Awards and Qatar Foundation Research Programmes, and has held roles for different editorial and conference boards.

She is also a registered architect in Spain.

Amanda WannerAmanda Wanner, RIBA

Director of ECAlab

Amanda is a Liverpool based ARB/RIBA Chartered Architect and a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University with passion for working with artists who practice beyond the realm of architecture and facilitating collaborative creative projects. She has enjoyed the privilege of working with and mentoring a number of highly regarded ceramicists, artists and sculptors over the last 10 years.

Amanda has been practicing in the city since 2001. As project architect for shedKM and as co-owner/director for Studio Three Architects she was responsible for designing and delivering a range of significant projects, which have won a number of prestigious architectural awards 

Whilst Amanda has been a Senior Lecturer with Leeds Beckett University since 2005 she is also a guest critic and studio tutor at Liverpool University. These roles see her teach undergraduate and postgraduate students in Interior Architecture, Architecture, and Environmental Sustainability.

Alongside architectural commissions, Amanda has been design review panelist for the RIBA design review panel Places Matter! since 2009 and she has reviewed a number of significant schemes across the north of England. She has been a judge for the NW RIBA awards and she continues to be an RIBA Pt III professional practice examiner and an ambassador for the third sector organisation PlacED which seeks to inspire young people about the built environment through workshops and community engagement programmes,