Professor Charlie Sutherland BArch, DipArch, RSA

Job Title:

Lecturer, Honorary Professor, Mackintosh School of Architecture


Mackintosh School of Architecture


The Love Shack, Cumbria
RIBA Award winning property by Sutherland Hussey Architects

The Love Shack, Cumbria


Professor Charlie Sutherland

Charlie Sutherland studied Architecture at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow. Upon graduating he joined the office of the late Sir James Stirling and worked on a number of international commissions and competitions including the Tokyo Forum, The Paris Library and the Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. Following the untimely death of Stirling, He continued in the office as an Associate with Michael Wilford and Partners and was responsible for the competition design for the New British Embassy Berlin and the Sto K in Weizen Germany both of which were short listed for the Stirling prize.

In 1997 He established Sutherland Hussey Architects with his long term colleague, Charlie Hussey, and completed a number of award winning small scale projects all over the UK; Barnhouse in Highgate London, Lynher dairy in Cornwall; and An Turas on The Island of Tiree, which was also shortlisted for the Stirling and Mies van der Rohe prizes.

Aside from seven RIBA award winning projects in the UK the practice has also developed in collaboration many projects overseas on a larger scale such as a major urban regeneration proposal for Sligo, the new British Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia, a design template for a new National park in Xiling mountains of Sichuan China, an Archaeology museum in inner Mongolia and most recently winning an International architectural competition in Chengdu for a new City Museum

As a result of this success The practice has been invited by the mayor of Chengdu to develop the Eastern New town expansion of the City which has led a to a series of more detailed commissions for the Central business district for the new town and a commission to design a New 1000 Hectare city park with Gross Max landscape Architects. This partnership also recently secured first place in an International competition for Tempelhof Airport in Berlin for a new a 400Hectare city park

Most recently the practice won the design competition for the new Media city Headquarters for Chengdu TV to be located within the Eastern New Town which comprises of a landmark 330M high tower. These recent successes have propelled the practice to an international status.

For the last Fifteen years, in tandem with running a practice, he has been a research active contributor and Lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. For fourteen years he has been teaching final year students where the transition from academia to practice is at its most prescient and a direct and urgent relationship between practice and architectural teaching is played out through the Architectural Thesis

He has also been active in the dissemination of the practices work and the tangible application of architectural theory within the school through lectures both school wide and directly to the lower years linking specifically into various teaching programmes within the school.

This relationship between teaching and practice has been both continuous and evolving over the past 14 years and he has been instrumental in the exploration and development of new and innovative methods of teaching practice framed and informed by an increasingly internationally applied professional practice.

The work carried out by the office over the past fifteen years has been an influential resource within the School, helping to define the architectural ambitions of the final year studio and set an agenda and intellectual framework for the final design thesis. In recent years this has been most evident, with students developing the thesis in a number of European cities where ideas of contextualism and critical regionalism (key themes of the work of SHA) have been central to the students’ work.

These studies have also helped to nurture existing relationships with various European cities through the Erasmus programme, and have helped to build on enhance the School’s international status
Furthermore in relation to the International programme being promoted by the School The practice has also forged strong relationships and opportunities in China through their professional collaborations with Tsingua University in Beijing and are currently and actively developing these.

The office has also been an important contributor of research within the School either through peer-reviewed articles about their work, through National and international awards or through exhibition.

Charlie has been a visiting critic and lecturer throughout the UK and Europe America and the far East – Universities include Oslo, Versailles, Boston ( Northeastern University), Edinburgh, Chongqing and the British School in Rome.

He was one of five International participants in ‘Achiprix’ an international student Workshop and one of the representatives of seven practices invited on a British Council Trade Mission and International Workshop in Riga.

He has been an External examiner for the Honours Degree (4th) in Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh University) and for the 4th and 5th year at University College London. He has also been on the jury for the RIBA Silver and Bronze Medals for Architecture.
He is currently external examiner at Greenwich and Newcastle Universities

He was elected as a fellow to the Royal Scottish Academy for Art and Architecture in 2011 where he is active on a range of committees to promote the links between education and the Academy and was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Glasgow University in 2013.

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Charlie Sutherland on RADAR

Chengdu City Museum- as built

Chengdu City Museum- as built Sutherland, Charles , Huss...

25/03/19 15:39

Linkeroever - Across the river

Linkeroever - Across the river Sutherland, Charles , Mas...

20/03/19 13:47