Prof Harry Charrington

Prof Harry Charrington

Harry Charrington studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1989. He was awarded his PhD at the LSE (London School of Economics & Political Science) in 2008. He was elected a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2011. He practiced architecture in Finland, working for Arkkitehtitoimisto Alvar Aalto and Studio Suonto Architects, and in the United Kingdom for Winskell Architects and Spence & Dower Architects in Newcastle-On-Tyne, as well as running his own practice. From 2000–04 he was a developer and designer of the multi-award winning Springhill CoHousing in Stroud, the UKs first new build CoHousing project. 

He has lectured in Finland and the United Kingdom at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, Vaasa Institute of Technology, Helsinki University and Helsinki University of Technology. He was Programme Leader of the unique joint-validated Architecture & Planning Degree at UWE Bristol, where he also created the Master of Architecture programme. He was Director of Studies for the Master of Architecture at the University of Bath, before moving to the University of Westminster where he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture in September 2014.

I welcome PHD applications from students who have interests in design practices, histories of modernism, Scandinavian architecture, planning and design quality.

Current research is on the relationship of Planning and design quality and a history of Scandinavian classicism.

Research outputs include conference papers, organising conferences, exhibitions, journal articles, book chapters and books on architectural practice, public space, and the relationship of design quality and planning systems.

Artek, Alvar and Aino Aalto; Modernity, Domesticity, and the Public Sphere was published by Yale University Press in November 2016, following an exhibition at Bard College in New York.

The book Alvar Aalto: the Mark of the Hand, (Helsinki: Rakennustieto, 2011) won the 2012 RIBA President’s Medal for Outstanding University-based Research.

The exhibition and book Alvar Aalto: Process & Culture was held at the RIBA Heinz Gallery in London and Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä was the first of his many studies of Alvar Aalto’s practice.

He has written for several journals including Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ), Architectural Theory Review, The Architectural Review, Architect’s Journal and Building Design.

He was a Trustee of the British Chapter of the International Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library, awarded the World Monuments Fund Knoll Modernism Prize 2014.

  • Architectural Humanities

In brief

Research areas

Modernisms, Peripheries, Finland, Aalto, Housing

Supervision interests

Histories of Modernism, Aalto, 20thC Scandinavian architecture and landscape