Charlotte Skene Catling has a unique approach to practice which she terms ‘geoarchaeology’, seeking to excavate meaning from context as a means of developing architecture. This method sees her taking observations about the composition of the earth, historical artefacts and the cultural landscapes of her commissions, which she uses to respond to her clients’ wishes in an original way. She is working on an art institution, and a number of housing projects that seek to question the ‘underlying assumptions about the way groups of people live together’. Projects include Flint House in Buckinghamshire, ‘extruded’ from the landscape in strata of flint and chalk with the appearance of a natural, geological form. This won RIBA’s House of the Year in 2015.
Charlotte Skene Catling