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ADRI research seminar: Edward Hollis
Thursday 31 January at 17:30 in room G230, The Grove, Hendon Campus

ADRI research seminar with Edward Hollis (University of Edinburgh):

building stories: narrative structures

In his book 'the Secret Lives of Buildings'; Ed Hollis explores the relationships between time and place, by telling stories about buildings that went wrong.
This paper will reflect on the ways in which buildings and environments change over time, and also on their narratives of change challenge the historiography of architecture and design. It will also examine the application of these theoretical concerns through the work of 'the Invisible College' a research network that is, at present, exploring new models for regeneration for the ruins of a modernist masterpiece: St Peter's Seminary, Kilmahew.


About the presenter:

Edward Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. For the subsequent six years he practiced as an Architect. He worked first in Sri Lanka, in the practice of Geoffrey Bawa, at that time the ‘grand old man’ of Sri Lankan Architecture, famous for his garden of follies and ruins at Lunuganga; and then in the practice of Richard Murphy, well known for his radical alterations to ancient and historic buildings in and around Edinburgh.

In 1999, Edward Hollis began lecturing in Interior Architecture at Napier University, Edinburgh, working with students both in the design studio, and in more theoretical disciplines. In 2004, he moved to Edinburgh College of Art, where he ran the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Interior Design. Now he is the Director of research in the school of Design at Edinburgh College of Art.

Working with follies and ruins in Sri Lanka, with modern interventions to historic buildings in Scotland, and in the notoriously slippery discipline of Interiors, has focussed Edward’s research and theoretical thinking on the notion of time, story, and building.

Edward Hollis is currently working on a number of research projects. He is involved with current plans to revive the ruins of Gillespie Kidd and Coia’s seminary at Cardross. His first book, ‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’: a collection folk tales stories about mythical buildings was published in 2009; and he is currently writing ‘The Memory Palace’ a book of lost Interiors, due for publication in 2013.


Location: Room G230, The Grove, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

Time: Thursday 31 January 2013 at 17:30

Light refreshments are available.