BIOGRAPHY

 

Oliver Houchell is a British architect, artist and designer.

Oliver collaborates with structural and environmental engineers, software engineers, immersive experience designers, sculptors and fine artists - as well as other architects - on a diverse range of projects. His artwork explores the nature of structure and its relationship to our understanding and experience of the world around us. 

An experienced lecturer, teacher, critic and writer, Oliver holds a Senior Teaching Fellowship in Engineering & Architectural Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where he currently runs a course in the undergraduate school concerned with how ideas are made.

Oliver works on engineering, art and architecture projects from small scale private commissions to large scale, collaborative public projects between London and his studio in east Suffolk.


Education

Oliver studied at the Architectural Association (2002-2003 & 1998-2000), Oxford Brookes University (1992-1995), and the Kent Institute of Art and Design, now the University of the Creative Arts (1990-1992).

Academic Work

Oliver is a lecturer, design tutor and critic in the BSc Architecture undergraduate school at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where he holds a Senior Teaching Fellowship in Engineering and Architectural Design. He runs a module concerned with how ideas are made, and also teaches digital drawing, 3D modelling and graphic presentation. For the past five years Oliver has also been a technical tutor and design critic in both the undergraduate and postgraduate architecture schools at the University of Westminster.

Prior to his current academic roles, Oliver was a Part-Time Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath (2012-2016), an Undergraduate Design Unit Tutor and Lecturer at the University of East London (2012-2013) and a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Design Unit Tutor, also at the University of East London (2011-2012). Oliver has been a visiting critic at The Bartlett School of Architecture, the Architectural Association, Greenwich University, Portsmouth University, the University of Westminster and the University of Bath.

Professional Work

Oliver is a chartered architect with sixteen years' post-qualification experience in a diverse range of projects ranging from the adaptation of Grade I and II Listed buildings, the design of new university facilities and large-scale commercial office buildings to pedestrian, road and rail bridges, stadia and inner-city masterplans.

Oliver has previously worked as a Bridge Team Senior Architect at Wilkinson Eyre (2004-2008), a Project Architect for Allies & Morrison (2001-2004) and a Digital Modeller and Design Co-ordinator for Brookes Stacey Randall (2000-2001). Oliver started his career working on high specification private residential projects as the Architectural Assistant to the Design Director at Collett Zarzycki (1996-1998).

Selected Projects

Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium, London, UK; K/MOST Building, Kiev, Ukraine; Vodafone Arena Roof, Besiktas Stadium, Turkey; Woodhouse Estate, Ireland; Terreheetoh Bridge (speculative); FBO Private Air Terminal, Riadh, Saudi Arabia; Loughor Viaduct, Wales; Gainsborough River Trent Footbridge, UK; Second Opening Bridge, Poole, UK; (for Wilkinson Eyre) M4 River Usk Crossing, Wales; Viaduc de la Savoureuse, France; Cork Docklands Bridge, Ireland; Ceramics Galleries Bridge, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; 'Living Bridge', University of Limerick, Ireland; Fehmarn Baelt Crossing, Denmark; Buchannan Galleries Footbridge, UK; New York Footbridges, NYC, USA; Project Oosterweel, Antwerp, Belgium; Audi Regional Headquarters, London, UK; Anglia Ruskin University Masterplan, Chelmsford, UK; John Madejski Academy, Reading, UK; Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK; (for Allies and Morrison) Royal Festival Hall, London, UK; Bankside 123, London, UK; BBC Media Village, London, UK; Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, UK; King's Cross Masterplan, London, UK; (for Brookes Stacey Randall) Ballingdon Bridge, Suffolk/Essex border, UK; (for Collett Zarzycki) Vogue House, London, UK.

Clients & Collaborators

Buro Happold Engineering; Ove Arup and Partners; Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd; Malishev Engineers; TALL Engineers; Entuitive Engineering; The Woodhouse Estate; Gainsborough Stakeholder Network; SimplyRhino Ltd; Cl3ver; ATKINS; Lightbox (UK) Ltd; Walter Jack Studio; Hale Brown Architects; Kassanis + Taylor; Pixeldot; ThreeFold Architects and numerous private clients.