Staff on the course

Channa Vithana

Senior Lecturer – Architecture

Biography

In architectural practice Channa has worked for Moving Architecture, London, with its principal Ed Frith (1995); Architects Co Partnership, Hertfordshire, with chairman Lloyd Stratton (1995-1996); and once more with Moving Architecture (2000-2004). During this period Channa also started to teach Architecture at the University of Greenwich beginning from the 2000-2001 academic year. Within the 2007-2008 academic year Channa was teaching Part 2 Masters level Architecture at Greenwich and the first cohort of first year Part 1 Undergraduate BA (Hons) Architecture students at the new AUB architecture course. In the 2008-2009 academic year Channa became a full time member of the course staff at AUB architecture and is currently year leader for second year (level 5) as well as tutoring in third year (level 6).

Professional practice

Collaborations:

Channa collaborates with other courses at the AUB to help create special projects and outcomes that reoccur during the academic year. These academic alliances are meaningful for both students and staff involved as they work together in creative and professional contexts that allow cross-disciplinary learning and teaching. He has also worked in collaboration with AUB and École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne [EESAB], France, on a series of workshops, which are a part of a match-funded European Union Interreg programme (ICR).

Fashion Architecture Textiles [FAT] (Second year Fashion, Architecture and Textiles. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Innovate Collaborate Consolidate [ICC] (Second year Architecture and Graphic Design. 2013, 2014).

Collaboratory (Second year Architecture and Graphic Design, 2015).

Extreme Territories, Brest France. (AUB + EESAB second year, degree and masters students. June – July 2014).

Our Common Ground. (AUB and EESAB graduate alumni. July 2014 Rennes, France & Bournemouth, September 2014).

 

Exhibitions:

Channa curates MAP with architecture students who have finished second year (level 5) prior to starting work on the final third year of degree (level 6). The students learn how to work in professional situations, with public bodies such as the Lighthouse, and also world-class industry experts inclusive of ARUP Acoustics.

Music Architecture Poole [MAP]: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts (2011-2015):

Lighthouse Gallery. 05 December 2014 – 17 January 2015.

Lighthouse Gallery. 23 November 2013 – 18 January 2014.

Lighthouse Gallery. 10 November 2012 – 12 January 2013.

Lighthouse Gallery. 19 November 2011 – 14 January 2012

A full size Music Practice Room (developed at CODA Music Trust, June-August 2010) was rebuilt sustainably to acoustic standards and bookable for practice and performances. Lighthouse, first floor. October 2011 – April 2012.

Fashion Architecture Textiles [FAT] Pop-up Exhibition. 2 – 5 March 2015.

Music Architecture Poole [MAP]: TheGallery, AUB:

[MAP 2015] 03 July – 27 August 2015

[MAP 2014] 07 – 30 July 2014.

[MAP 2013] 08 – 24 July 2013.

Research Specialism

Channa’s research interests balance the empirical (logical/scientific) and ephemeral (lyrical/poetic) by engaging how materials and acoustics enhance the physical and experienced environments of architecture. His research also involves the curation and making of exhibitions and workshops, including work in France (2014). The input of students in these endeavours helps them to experience and create work of a professional standard and within creative practices often before graduation. Channa actively engages in meaningful, long-term collaborations with industry (CODA Music Trust and Lighthouse Poole (the arts), Tekne (materials), Ramboll (structural & environmental engineering) and ARUP (acoustic engineering)) that help inform and enhance the outputs for all at AUB Architecture.

Interreg (ICR) Symposium and Networking Event (chair and organiser):

Who Owns Our Cities? 4 March 2015, AUB & TheGallery, AUB.

Who Owns Our Cities? incorporated a diverse range of speakers who presented their work within the context of two theoretical positions – Entropy or Reality related to cities:

Yannick Lucéa.
Brest, A City in Search of its Soul. (30 Mins). REALITY.
Directeur, site de Brest. École européenne supérieure d’art de Bretagne [EESAB], France.

Nick Veasey.
Beauty is more than Skin Deep. (45 Mins). REALITY.
X-Ray Artist and Photographer.

Simon Le Doaré.
How Art can have an Impact on our Political Choices. (30 Mins). ENTROPY.
Philosopher and Researcher, Brest, France.

Dr. Willem de Bruijn. (30 Mins). ENTROPY
The City Re-Imagined: Thoughts on the Work of Jonas Dahlberg.
Artist and Academic. Lecturer, Architecture, Arts University Bournemouth.

Laura Oldfield Ford. (45 Mins). From ENTROPY to REALITY
Spectral developments – Haunted Schemes.
Artist and Author.

Who Owns Our Cities? engaged a diverse audience (150+ in attendance) from AUB staff and students (Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture and Design, Film, Photography and Fine Art). There were also professionals from industry in the audience.

Peer reviewed academic papers published whilst at AUB:

Urbanities Materials and Site makes…Music Architecture Poole. Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. Netherlands. EAAE/ISUF International Conference: New Urban Configurations. Delivered, October 2012. Published June 2014. ISBN 978-1-61499-365-0

Architecture is the Poetic Articulation of Technology. Joint Conference: ENHSA-EAAE Architectural Design Teachers’ and Construction Teachers’ Networks. Architectural Design and Construction Education. Experimentation towards Integration. Genoa 11-13 June 2009. Host: Faculty of Architecture, University of Genoa, Italy. Delivered, June 2009. Published March 2010. ISBN 978-2-930301-42-6

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