Recomposing the City is co-directed by Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Music, University of Oxford) and Dr Sarah Lappin (Architecture, Queen's University Belfast). Gascia and Sarah first came together in leading an intensive, week-long 'live project', Belfast Sound Works, for Architecture MArch and BSc students at Queen's. This programme was developed under the rubric of the award-winning educational initiative Street Society.
Following this collaboration Gascia and Sarah teamed with the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's to establish a Project Research Group that ran in 2013-14. This group brought together over twenty internal and external researchers from a variety of disciplines in examining the relationship of sound and sonic arts to urban architectures and environments.
Gascia and Sarah now co-direct a number of initiatives under the Recomposing the City rubric, including the three-year AHRC-funded project 'Hearing Trouble'. They co-supervise PhD students across Architecture and Sonic Arts, and they have lead new interdisciplinary and cross-faculty teaching initiatives, including the Soundspace Seminar Series and two international symposia.
Dr. Sarah Lappin (BA Columbia, MArch Princeton, PhD University of Ulster, RIBA) is an architect who teaches theory and design at Queens University Belfast. She is co-founder of the All-Ireland Architectural Research Group, and is the current Chair of the Steering Group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association. Dr. Lappin's research interests include architecture and identity and twentieth century architectural history. Her book Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland (Princeton Architectural Press) was published in 2009.
Dr Gascia Ouzounian (BMus and MMus, McGill, PhD UC San Diego) is a musicologist, sound artist and violinist whose work has been described as "an eye-opener for the computer music community... outstanding" (Computer Music Journal). Ouzounian's writings appear in over a dozen journals and edited volumes including Music, Sound, and Space (ed. Born, 2013). She is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford.