• Found! Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Magdalen Woods Outdoor Theatre
  • Building Clouds book cover
  • Architectural Design book cover



Jane Anderson Principle Lecturer in Architecture
Director of OB1 Live, Co-founder of the Live Projects Network
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Websites: OB1 Live, liveprojectsnetwork.org
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Biography: Jane Anderson, BArch (Hons) is an architect who studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, University College Dublin and University of East London. Jane previously taught at the University of Sheffield. She is now the Programme Lead for Undergraduate Architecture and runs OB1 LIVE, a programme of live projects designed and implemented by students in collaboration with the local community. She leads the year one design studio and supervises undergraduate dissertations. She is co-founder of the Live Projects Network, an online resource to connect students, academics, practitioners and clients involved in live projects. Jane is a National Teaching Fellow.

Practice: Jane has practiced as an architect in the UK and Germany. She has worked for Arup Associates / Eller Maier Walter, John McCall Architects and Brocklehurst Architects where she was an Associate, working on low energy cultural, educational and commercial projects up to £20million from inception to completion. Her live project work focuses on participatory, multi-disciplinary and cultural projects for community groups and charities that include Oxfordshire Play Association and the National Trust. Inter-disciplinary live project collaborations include educators, scientists, artists and construction professionals. Participation in exhibitions and festivals includes Audiograft, Pitt Rivers Museum and the London Festival of Architecture.

Research interests: Research interests include the relationship between reality and imagination in architecture; interdisciplinary connections and collaborations between art, literature, music and architecture; the work of John Hejduk; live projects / design build / service learning and the pedagogy of architectural design. Current research projects include an investigation of research methods for live projects, a survey of live projects in South America and the construction of “playable buildings”.


Selected Works:

A selection of some of my most interesting outputs are below:


  • Anderson, J., Buxton, A. and Hulin, L. eds., (forthcoming). InHabit. People, Places and Possessions. Peter Lang Ltd.
  • Anderson, J., 2010. Architectural Design. Lausanne : AVA Academia. 184 pages.
  • Anderson, J., and Priest, P., 2011. Fabrications. Lulu.com. 66 pages. 32 images.
  • Morrow, R., with Anderson, J. Et al., 2003. Building Clouds, Drifting Walls. Sheffield: A Bank of Ideas Publication.
    Also available online at: buildingclouds.blogspot.co.uk pages, 62 images.

Book chapters

  • Anderson, J., Buxton, A. and Hulin, L. eds., (forthcoming). InHabit. People, Places and Possessions. Peter Lang Ltd.
  • Anderson, J., and Priest, C., 2014. Developing an inclusive definition, typological analysis and online resource for live projects. In: Harris, H. and Widder, L. eds., 2014. Architecture Live Projects. Oxford: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Anderson, J., Godiksen, C. and Harriss, H. (Eds.), 2016. Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching. Live projects across the disciplines. Vol.8, Issue 1. April 2016.
  • Anderson, J., (forthcoming). Uncertain futures, Obscure pasts. In: Anderson, J., Buxton, A. and Hulin, L. eds., (forthcoming). InHabit. People, Places and Possessions. Peter Lang Ltd.
  • Anderson, J., 2014. Facts and Figments. Imagination and reality in DesignBuild education. In: WORKING OUT. Thinking while building. Proceedings of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. 2014 Fall Conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 16-18 October 2014. ACSA Press, pp.213-220.
  • Anderson, J., 2014. Woodland Creatures and Fabrication Wizards. Resources, Product, Context and Motivation observed in a Taxonomy of Live Projects. In: Living and Learning. Proceedings of aae conference. University of Sheffield, UK, 3-5 September 2014, pp.217-222. Available online at: https://aaeconference2014.wordpress.com/abstracts-and- proceedings/
  • Anderson, J. and Priest, C., 2012. The Live education of an architect. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 7(2), pp50-52. ISSN: 1747-4205 Available online at: http://cebe.cf.ac.uk/jebe/pdf/JaneAnderson7(2).pdf
  • Anderson, J., 2012 Undergraduate live projects and integrating health and safety. RIBA. RIBA HSE Research Fund. Paper and case study published as part of the web-based resource hosted by the RIBA and as HSE Research Report RR925. Available online at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr925.pdf
  • Markey, A. & Gueterbock, P., Eds., 2009. National Student Architecture Festival 2008. London: ASD projects, London Metropolitan University Department of Architecture and Spatial Design.
  • Evans, B., 2003. Park Life. The Architects’ Journal. No.22, volume 217. (p38-47)
  • Anderson, J. 2003. The SAS Institute. Architecture Today Handbook. Issue 8. (p8-9)

Research leadership

  • Member of Editorial Board: Charrette, the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators.
  • Co-founder of the Live Projects Network.
  • Collaborator with Design Build Exchange Europe and Design Build Exchange North America.
  • Co-convener of InHabit, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.