Our Professor of Architecture, Charles Holland has been dreaming about modernism on Stefi Orazi’s excellent Modernist Estates blog. Here he shares why the M1 Motorway, the Sainsbury Centre at University of East Anglia, Yale University Art and Architecture Building all inspire him. Along with the iconic 1920s Moscow home of Russian avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov and a Memphis D’Antibes Cabinet designed by George Sowdon in 1981.
Charles is Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton School of Architecture and Design; one of Britain’s leading architects he was a founder of FAT architecture. Responsible for a range of exciting architectural projects in recent years, including Living Architecture, A House for Essex with Grayson Perry. When the practice decided to end Charles went on to co-found Ordinary Architecture, the London-based architecture and design practice. Charles’ work has three distinct strands: practice, teaching and research. His practice is multi-disciplinary and includes architecture, art and design projects while his teaching focuses on the relationship of planning, legislation and political policy to architecture and urban design. Charles regularly writes in various places including RIBA Journal, Dezeen, Icon and Volume.