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Charles Holland to give RIBA East 2015 Spring Lecture

‘End Of/Start Up’

Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6pm at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA

‘Julies House’ by Grayson Perry and FAT architects. Credit photographer  Jim Stephenson.     

Charles Holland, architect, teacher and writer challenges the convention approaches to architecture.  He was director in charge of ‘A House For Essex’ designed with Grayson Perry.

Where is he going now?

This lecture is held in partnership with the University of Cambridge Architecture Department

Charles Holland is a founding director of Ordinary Architecture Limited, a new London-based practice bringing a distinctive approach to architecture combining aspects of Pop Art and post-modernism as well as an interest in the ordinary and the everyday.

Prior to these, Charles was a director of the award-winning architectural and design practice FAT.  A practice that Charles Jencks described as ‘’going against the tide" of British architecture.

Charles was the director in charge of A House For Essex, which he described as ‘one of the most wonderful projects ever: a house in the wilds of the county I was born in, designed with a cross-dressing, mega-famous potter with an even-bigger love of decoration than us, a creative collaboration with Grayson Perry for Alain de Botton’s holiday let venture, Living Architecture.’

The RIBA East’s Spring Lecture is a yearly chance for architects with a different vision to challenge general assumptions and priorities in front of an audience. Charles pushes the boundaries of architecture, he has said that ‘he wants to make architecture that is aware of other of popular culture; the immediacy of pop music, the currency of cinema and the savvy of contemporary art’. Come and hear him, challenging the profession and discussing the direction in which he is going now.’

Contact name: contact: D. Turner-Harriss or telephone 01223 566285 / To book contact or 01223 566285

To Book: £10 inclusive of VAT (includes a glass of wine)

Cambridge University Architecture Dept. students free entry on production of a student card.  Booking essential.

Wednesday, 29 April, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:15
Event location: 
Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA