Charles Holland to give RIBA East 2015 Spring Lecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East is delighted to announce that Charles Holland, architect, teacher and writer will deliver the 2015 RIBA East Spring Lecture ‘End Of/Start Up’ on Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6pm at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA.

The RIBA East Spring Lecture is given by an architect who challenges the convention approaches to architecture, making a direct difference to the built environment. Previous speakers include BD Architects of the year, Alison Brookes and Alex de Rijke.

Charles Holland is a founding director of Ordinary Architecture Limited, a new London-based practice. The firm brings 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 this, Charles was a director of the award-winning architectural and design practice FAT. A practice that established itself for its innovative and inventive work across disciplines including architecture, fine art and design. Charles Jencks described the practice 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.’

RIBA East’s Events and Professional Development Co-ordinator, Delyth Turner-Harriss said today:

‘It is really great that Charles Holland has agreed to give RIBA East’s Spring Lecture – 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’. I am looking forward to him challenging the profession and hearing the direction in which he is going now.’