Recomposing the City is co-directed by Gascia Ouzounian (Music, University of Oxford) and Sarah Lappin (Architecture, Queen's University Belfast). Gascia and Sarah first collaborated in leading an intensive, week-long 'live project', Belfast Sound Works, for Architecture MArch and BSc students at Queen's in 2013. Following this they established a research group at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's. This group brought together over twenty internal and external researchers from a variety of disciplines in examining the relationship of sound art to the city.
Gascia and Sarah now lead a number of initiatives under the Recomposing the City rubric, including the three-year AHRC-funded project 'Hearing Trouble'. They have undertaken cross-faculty teaching and research 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 an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oxford. Her writing on sound art, experimental music and new technologies appears in journals including Leonardo Music Journal, Organised Sound, Computer Music Journal, Contemporary Music Review, and many others. Her current book project explores the history of acoustic and auditory spatiality since the early 1800s in a number of contexts: stereophonic and binaural technologies, the science of spatial hearing, wartime listening devices, multichannel electroacoustic music, sound installation art and sound mapping.