Live Works is run by a team of staff, students and graduates from Sheffield School of Architecture.

Live Works is run by a core team of SSoA staff with many years of experience in socially engaged design, teaching and research. We also employ highly skilled students and graduates, enabling them to gain experience in socially-engaged practice whilst helping to retain talented graduates in Sheffield.

The Live Works Team
Carolyn Butterworth, Director

Carolyn is a Senior University Teacher and Director of Live Works. She also runs SSoA’s Live Projects programme which involves groups of masters students working with external partners to deliver real projects for the benefit of the community. She leads the ‘In Residence’ MArch design studio which specialises in arts-led community regeneration.

She is a an advocate of the value of ‘liveness’ in architectural education and teaches students how to engage with local communities actively and creatively on site, often in collaboration with artists. She is also Founding Chair of the national Urban Rooms Network and a member of the Advisory Board for ReNew Sheffield.

Leo Care, Co-Director

Leo is Co-Director and co-founder of Live Works. Having led the MArch (RIBA Part 2) course for four years, he currently leads the Y2 undergraduate course at SSoA. Leo has previously run the Live Projects programme and been involved in curating a range of ‘Live’ teaching initiatives, including the first year undergraduate project ‘Matter-reality’, where students design and build structures in Sheffield’s City Centre, and the second year ‘Community’ project in collaboration with South Yorkshire Housing Association.

As a design enabler and facilitator Leo has worked with many community/interest groups, delivering design training and advocating participatory design practices.

Dr Maša Šorn, Research Associate

Maša is a researcher working on an international project Urban Education Live. As part of Live Works team, her main research focus is on collaborations between communities and universities and using local hubs as spaces for nourishing creative conversations about cities. 

Her interest in spatial co-production emerged during her undergraduate study in Slovenia, where she co-founded group PAZI!PARK with fellow landscape architecture students passionate about making their university projects ‘live’. Her MSc and PhD theses were both structured around a core live design collaboration.

Dr Faith Ng’eno, Project Stack Coordinator

Faith is an architect and educator from Nairobi, Kenya, who recently completed her Ph.D. study at the University of Sheffield. Her research interest is in understanding the implications of contextual dynamics – socio-economic, cultural and environmental – particularly with regards to the development of sustainable built environments. She is passionate about understanding the needs of a society and working with them to develop appropriate spatial solutions. As part of the Live Works team, she is the Coordinator of the Design Research Project Stack, a collaboration between South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) and SSoA. Her role is to coordinate various collaborative aspects of the project stack by working closely with SYHA and students and researchers at SSoA. 

Tom Moore, PhD Candidate

Tom is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD candidate at Sheffield School of Architecture. His research explores spatial educational practices between the university and the city and uses his practice with Live Works as a laboratory of experimentation.

His interest in engaged education emerged during his study on SSOA’s MArch course, where he took part in two Live Projects, ‘Revealing The Castle’ and ‘Harmony Works’ which he continues to work on alongside other design projects and participatory events with Live Works and their partners.