Dr Liz Walder

Dr Liz Walder FRSA MCIPR – Design Out Suicide

Liz is currently a Visiting Lecturer at WISA (Wales Institute of Science and Art) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Her PhD, on the subject of the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), was awarded from the School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool in 2012, and was published by Wordcatcher Publishing in 2019.

In addition to her teaching work, Liz also runs a successful architectural design consultancy Architecture Matters Limited, based in south Wales.

Liz’s publications include:

  • “It’s Good to Talk”, in Various Authors. Surviving the Coronavirus Lockdown and Social Isolation, Available via Wordcatcher Publishing Ltd, Cardiff, March 2020, p. 21-22. ISBN: 978-1-78942-340-2 PDF
  • History, Design, and Legacy: Architectural Prizes and Medals. Wordcatcher Publishing Ltd. Available via Wordcatcher Publishing Ltd: https://wordcatcher.com/product/history-design-and-legacy-architectural-prizes-and-awards/
  • Going for gold: looking at the gender imbalance of recipients of major architectural awards and prizes. Wordcatcher Publishing Ltd. Available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F92P7VK/
  • “The Royal Gold Medal”, in Chapman, T. Buildings of the Year 2012: The RIBA architecture awards, RIBA Publishing, London, December 2012, p. 182
  • “A Travelling Exhibition about Archaeology as an Activity” in McManus, P., Archaeological Displays and the Public: Museology and Interpretation, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, 1996, pp. 72-82.

Since 2012, Liz has been a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words writing competition for children, and has spoken at a range of architecture conferences in venues as exotic as Chicago, Lisbon, Oxford and Turin. Her recent body of work highlighting gender issues in architecture has started the ball rolling for change within the profession and she is now turning her research mind into other areas.

Suicide has touched the edge of Liz’s life and she believes that she can make a contribution to change within her field of architecture, as our National Lead on Research & Strategy. Raising design awareness is a key part of her new research project, and her aim is to incorporate awareness of Design Out Suicide within the formal legislation of the UK Building Regulations. In 2021, Trinity St David is also undertaking a “live” design project within the mental health field and it is proposed that this scheme become part of an early stage toolkit for other practising architects.

You can contact Liz via LinkedIn or Twitter (@walderwithttp://uk.linkedin.com/in/lizwalder