Graham David Livesey




Graham Livesey is a Professor in the Master of Architecture Program (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape) where he teaches design, architectural history, and urban design theory. He holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree, a post-professional Master of Architecture in history and theory, both from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He completed a doctorate from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. In 2019 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Previously he was the Associate Dean (Academic – Architecture), Director of the Architecture Program, and was a principal of Down + Livesey Architects. With Down + Livesey Architects he worked on a variety of projects including: the Vulcan County Administration Building Expansion, the renovation of the Art Gallery of Calgary, the expansion of the Alberta College of Art & Design, and the design of Discovery House (a second stage women’s shelter). He has served with a wide range of organizations, including: Treasurer and Canadian Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, member of the council of the Alberta Association of Architects, and chair of the Council of Canadian University Schools of Architecture. He was an expert advisor on architecture to The Canadian Encyclopedia, editorial advisor to the journal Architecture and Ideas, and Interim Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education. He has undertaken research in the areas of modern architecture and contemporary urbanism. The following is a selection of published work:



Books Authored/Co-authored

Livesey, G. Ecologies of the Early Garden City: Essays on Structure, Agency, and Greenspace. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground, 2019.

Livesey, G. Gordon Atkins: Architecture 1960-85. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2005. 

Livesey, G. Passages: Explorations of the Contemporary City. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2004.  

Livesey, G., McMordie, M. and Simmins, G. Twelve Modern Houses 1945-1985. Calgary: University of Calgary Press/Aris Press, 1995.


Books Edited/Co-edited

Lam, E. and G. Livesey, eds. Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.

Livesey, G. and A. Moulis, eds. Le Corbusier: Critical Assessments in Architecture. 4 Vols. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018.

Livesey, G., ed. Deleuze and Guattari on Architecture: Critical Assessments in Architecture. 3 Vols. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.


Essays in Books

Livesey, G. “Towards an Ecology of the Palladian Villa,” in M. Neveu and N. Djavaherian, eds. Architecture’s Appeal. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015, pp. 228-239.

Livesey, G. “Shifting Boundaries in Environments and Organizations,” in D. Masny, ed. Cartographies of Becoming: A Deleuze-Guattari Perspective. Rotterdam, Sense, 2013, pp. 181-192.

Livesey, G. “Themes in the work of Rem Koolhaas,” in A. Bal-Sanders, G. Bruyns and J. Schapp, eds., Liber Gratulatoria: Arie Graafland. Delft: DSD, 2012, pp. 86-89.

Livesey, G. “Patchworks, Ecologies, and the Contemporary City,” in Parr, A. and M. Zaretsky, eds. New Directions in Sustainable Design. Abingdon: Routledge, 2011, pp. 84-94.

Livesey, G. “Event Theory and Creative Agency,” in R. Faber, R., H. Krips, and D. Pettus, eds. Event and Decision: Ontology and Politics in Badiou, Deleuze and Whitehead. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, pp. 332-342.

Livesey, G. “Assemblage,” “Fold + Architecture,” Rhizome + Architecture,” and “Space + Architecture,” in Parr, A., ed. The Deleuze Dictionary. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Livesey, G., “Agency, Assemblages, and Ecologies of the Contemporary City,” in Kossak, F., D. Petrescu, T.Schneider, R. Tyszczuk, and S. Walker, eds. Agency: Working With Uncertain Architectures. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009, pp. 114-124.

Livesey, G. "The Role of Figure in Metaphor, Narrative and Architecture," in Joy, M., ed. Paul Ricoeur and Narrative: Context and Contestation. Calgary: U. of Calgary Press, 1997, pp. 25-34.

Livesey, G. "Fictional Cities," in Pérez-Gómez, A. and S. Parcell, eds. Chora 1: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994, pp. 109-122.


Refereed Essays in Journals

Livesey, G. “Innovation, the Agricultural Belt, and the Early Garden City.” Berkeley Planning Journal, Volume 28, Number 1, 2017.

Livesey, G. “Assemblage Theory, Gardens, and the Legacy of the Early Garden City Movement.” arq: Architectural Research Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 3, 2011.


Recent Articles in Journals

Livesey, G. “Urban Protagonist (Calgary New Central Library),” Canadian Architect. January 2019.

Livesey, G. “Ahead of the Curve (Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge),” Canadian Architect. August 2018.

Livesey, G “Electric Black: The Works of Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte.” Canadian Architect. RAIC Gold Medal 2018 Issue.

Livesey, G. “Studio Bell: National Music Centre.” Canadian Architect. February 2017.

Livesey, G. “Five Edmonton Pavilions.” Canadian Architect. February 2016.

Livesey, G. “Urbanity in a Suburban Land: Clareview Community Recreation Centre Review.”Canadian Architect. July 2015.

Livesey, G. “Defensive Measures: Calgary Bow River Projects.” Canadian Architect. February 2014.


Graham David Livesey CV


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Graham David Livesey

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Research Interests

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural history and theory
  • Contemporary urban design theory
  • Modern architecture in Canada
  • Urban design
  • Urban ecology