It was announced yesterday (Wednesday 9 March) that the practice was selected from a shortlist that also included Michael Hopkins, Fielden Clegg Bradley and Ted Cullinan.
Professor Michael Brown, the university's vice-chancellor, said: 'The outstanding calibre of architects who tendered for this project reflects the importance of the Design Academy to the university and the city of Liverpool.'
The academy will be developed on a site that currently houses the university's architecture, product-design and interior-design departments.
Building work is expected to begin in 2006. The university intends to complete the new academy by the summer of 2008 to coincide with the city's year as European Capital of Culture.