Thursday lectures:

15.00pm, A025, Richard Murphy on Carlo Scarpa, all students

Richard Murphy OBE, BA (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA, FRIAS, RSA, FRSA, FRSE.

Richard has been studying the works of Carlo Scarpa since he was a student, and his own practice exemplifies this influence. His publications include on Scarpa include:

  • Carlo Scarpa and the Castelvecchio. 1991
  • Querini Stampalia Foundation, Carlo Scarpa. 1993
  • Carlo Scarpa and the Castelvecchio Revisited. 2017 (NEW)

18.45pm, SH001, RIBA Lecture; Richard Murphy, all registered students

note: there may be some spare seats on the door.

Richard Murphy founded his practice in 1991. Its early reputation was built on highly crafted and innovative domestic work in the Edinburgh area. The practice has since won an unprecedented 22 RIBA Awards, and has considerable experience in the Arts, Education, Housing, Health, Public and Community use and Masterplanning.

Richard Murphy Architects defined their goals to make architecture equally of its place and of its time. This selection of projects illustrates that approach looking equally at careful contextual responses to designing within and adjacent to existing buildings and also constructing new buildings within the contexts of established landscape and urban patterns.

The house designed for Richard Murphy himself won the 2016 RIBA / Channel 4 House of the Year 2016. The house sets out to achieve a number of architectural ambitions. Firstly, it acts as a ‘bookend’ to the above mentioned gable, hiding as much of it as possible. The elevational treatment continues the pattern set up by the Hart Street houses of an indented ashlar base, string courses and a significant cornice which is now terminated by becoming the roof edge of a dramatic sloping roof.

This roof made mostly of glass with inset photovoltaic cells is designed both to ensure daylight to the adjacent basement flat on Forth Street and also to act as a major collector of solar energy. Inside the roof are a number of insulated shutters which are capable of closing when the roof is in net heat loss mode and opening when there is a net heat gain. In addition the photovoltaic cells power an industrial fan which draws air from the very top of the house to the semi basement to both counter the stack effect but also to store heat in a rock store placed in the solum for night time heating.

The external form of the house is completed by a garage with a small roof terrace above. Internally an interlocking section places the living/dining and kitchen on the first floor with the master bedroom at the apex of the section capable of opening up and closing to the living space. A study sits between entrance hall and living room and a bedroom is placed on the ground floor and a further bedroom in a semi basement.

Other projects include the Maggie’s Centre Edinburgh (2001), the British High Commission for Sri Lanka (2008) and the recently completed Dunfermlin Carnegie Library & Galleries. There have been two monographs on Richard’s work:

  • Of Its Time And Of Its Place – The Work Of Richard Murphy Architects. 2012
  • Richard Murphy Architects: Ten Years of Practice. 2001

Friday Lectures:

9.00am: SH001 Fausto Sanna: (Non-Domestic Architectural Technology), L5, L6, M.Arch 2

10.30am: SH001Alumnus Lecture: Thora Arnardottir : Bio-technology, all students

Thora joined AUB in 2011, graduated with a First-Class Degree and was awarded the annual Terence and Annette O’Rourke Undergraduate Architecture Prize 2014.

Her final work examined Hydoponics and biological systems in architecture and her final project, “Yggdrasil” (Tree of Life) took its name from Nordic mythology. As part of her personal development she attended a Summer 2013 Earthship Bioitecture Academy in New Mexico. After a year working with Brightspace Architects she moved to Barcelona in 2015 to complete a two year Masters at IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia). Her research examines biological systems in architecture, graduating in summer 2017. She is a member of the Biocentric Design Group and recently installed an installation at London Zoo. See more details on her website.

12:00pm, SH001, Catja de Haas: Recent work, all students 

Catja completed a PhD by Architectural Design from the Bartlett school of the Built environment from UCL, studied architecture under Professor Herzberger at Delft University in the Netherlands and holds an MA in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association. Prior to setting up on her own, she worked for Will Alsop in London and for Arata Isozaki and Itsuko Hasegawa in Japan. She has worked on housing projects in Japan, Malaysia, Barcelona, France, the Netherlands and the UK.

Catja de Haas uses dolls’ houses and imaginary homes as a way to explore domesticity and architecture. Catja is a qualified architect and works as a sole practitioner and artist. She is co-founder of the Giant Dolls’ House Project- a Shoebox 4Shelter, which raises money for the housing and homeless charity Shelter and encourages people to make their own ideal home in a shoebox and to assemble those into one Giant Dolls’ house conglomerate.

14.00-17.00pm Giant Dolls House Workshop with Level 4 Students in Studio.