Events and Projects

Stirling and the North

In June 2011, an event was held in Stirling's only Liverpool building - Tate Liverpool - to discuss, debate and re-consider the role of the north in Stirling's development and oeuvre, from his thesis design for Newton Aycliffe to late projects like the Lowry at Salford.

At the time of his death in 1992, James Stirling was widely regarded as the leading architect of his generation, not just in Britain but worldwide. Born in Glasgow, he spent much of his childhood in Liverpool and trained at the Liverpool School of Architecture. The rich urban fabric of Liverpool and the north, combining industrial and vernacular buildings with some of Europe's grandest neoclassical monuments, exerted a powerful fascination for Stirling and had a profound influence on the rich architectural language that he was to develop.

Chaired by Mark Swenarton, James Stirling Professor at Liverpool University, the speakers were: 

  • Robert Maxwell (Emeritus Professor, Princeton University) - Stirling the Northerner
  • Elain Harwood (English Heritage) - The Housing at Preston and Runcorn
  • Brian Hatton (Liverpool John Moores University/Architectural Association) - Stirling as photographer of Liverpool.
James Stirling

  James Stirling Portrait

  © Edward Jones


Stirling and the North video

You can now watch and download a video (put together by the University of Liverpool) of the debate to see what was discussed as well as find out more about Stirling himself:


The event was part of Architecture Festival 2011 and was organised by RIBA NW in association with the University of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool.


Supported by Hope Street Hotel 



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