University of Calgary

Graham David Livesey

  • Professor


Bsc (Arch), BArch, MArch, PhD, MRAIC

Personal Statement

Graham Livesey is a Professor and Associate Dean (Academic – Architecture) in the Master of Architecture Program (Faculty of Environmental Design) where he teaches design, architectural history, and urban design theory. He holds a professional BArch degree (1984), a post-professional MArch (1991) in history and theory, both from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He completed a doctorate in 2013 from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands; the title of his dissertation is “Assemblage Theory, Ecology and the Legacy of the Early Garden City.” Previously he was the Associate Dean (Academic – Architecture) from 2009-10, Director of the Architecture Program (2000-2006), and was a principal of Down + Livesey Architects (1995-04). 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 of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (2007-2009), Canadian Director of the ACSA (2003-06), and member of the council of the Alberta Association of Architects (1997-00). He is currently the chair of the Council of Canadian University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA). 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 (2012-13). He has undertaken research in the areas of modern architecture and contemporary urbanism.

Selected Work

Books Authored/Co-authored

  • 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

  • Livesey, G. and A. Moulis, eds. Le Corbusier: Critical Assessments in Architecture. 4 Vols. Abingdon: Routledge, Forthcoming.
  • 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, Forthcoming.
  • Livesey, G. “Assemblage Theory, Gardens, and the Legacy of the Early Garden City Movement.” arq: Architectural Research Quarterly. Vol. 15, No. 3, 2011.

Articles in Journals

  • 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.
  • Livesey, G. “Big D Design in the Big E.” Canadian Architect. January 2013.
  • Livesey, G. “Productive Infrastructure: Ralph Klein Legacy Park.” Canadian Architect. October 2011.
  • Livesey, G. “The Architect as Developer.” Canadian Architect. July 2011.
  • Livesey, G. “Green to the Core (Profile of Peter Busby).” Canadian Architect. July 2010.
  • Livesey, G. “A Look at Landscape Urbanism.” Canadian Architect. November 2009.


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