Mr Hugh Strange

Research project: Qualitative aspects of scale: making and inhabitation, strategy and intimacy

Abstract

How can scale in contemporary architectural practice in general, including my own output be considered qualitatively? This will focus on two sub-questions and their relationship. Firstly, what is the character of inhabitation suggested by the architecture looking in particular at engagement with site, spaces to dream and intimate spaces? Secondly, how is the resulting character of space related to the inherent scales suggested by modes of construction, types of structure and more generally, the means of production?

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Qualitative aspects of scale: making and inhabitation, strategy and intimacy
  • Research supervisor: Dr Alexandra Stara
  • Other research supervisor: Professor Andrew Clancy

Biography

I established my practice Hugh Strange Architects in 2011 and in my designs seek to combine sensitivity to context and scale with a thoughtful approach to construction.The practice's first completed project, The Strange House, has been internationally published and won an RIBA Award and awards from the AIA and the Wood Awards. The practice has since completed an Architecture Archive set within a working farmyard in Somerset for a private drawings collector. This has been extensively published and won an RIBA National Award and has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Both projects use structural timber and the practice has a particular interest in constructing with wood. In 2016 the practice won the AJ Small Projects Award for a new visitors cabin for the Avon Wildlife Trust.

Areas of research interest

  • Architectural practice

Qualifications

  • MA in Architecture, University of Edinburgh
  • Diploma in Architecture, University of Edinburgh
  • Diploma in Architecture Professional Practice/Part 3, University of Edinburgh