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Charles Holland is a director and co-founder of Ordinary Architecture. He is a Registered Architect and RIBA member.


Prior to setting up Ordinary Architecture, Charles was a director of FAT where he was responsible for a number of the firm’s key projects including a House for Essex, Islington Square and Thornton Heath Library.


Charles is an experienced project director and a highly respected industry professional. He has particular experience of housing and urban regeneration projects as well as civic, retail and residential buildings.


Charles is also a respected teacher, writer and contributor to contemporary architectural culture. He is a Visiting Professor at Yale University, a Design Tutor at the Royal College of Art and Practitioner in Residence at the London College of Communication.


He writes regularly about architecture and design, contributing to a number of magazines and periodicals, and lectures widely on architecture and related matters. He also edits the popular architecture blog www.fantasticjournal.blogspot.co.uk.

Elly Ward  is a director and co-founder of Ordinary Architecture.  


Previously, Elly has worked for several architectural practices in London including FAT, dRMM and Muf and in Los Angeles as a designer and researcher for UCLA.


In 2013 the RIBA Journal described Elly along with other prominent young practitioners as “some of the most interesting emerging talent in architecture today”.


Elly's work has been published in Blueprint, Architectural Review, Architect's Journal and RIBA Journal and she has exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy.


She studied Architecture at the Royal College of Art and at London Metropolitan University where she won the Best Portfolio Prize and a nomination for the RIBA Bronze Medal. She also recently won the Best Design Scheme Award for Modern Deco in Shenzhen.


Elly is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Design Tutor at the University of Westminster.

Charles Holland Elly Ward