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Image courtesy Fair & Co / Carl Glover

Image courtesy Fair & Co / Carl Glover

Ordinary Architecture was founded by Charles Holland and Elly Ward at the end of 2013. Prior to starting Ordinary, both partners worked at FAT Architecture where Charles was a director for nearly twenty years.


The practice’s name refers to an interest in popular culture and an architecture that draws inspiration from the ordinary and the everyday. We strive to make ordinary things beautiful and invest meaning in objects however grand or humble. The word ordinary also situates the work of our practice within a lineage of art and architecture that is influenced by the signs, symbols and spaces of everyday built culture.


The practice works at a diverse range of scales from that of the city masterplan to the domestic interior. Current projects include new rural housing in Wiltshire, a new-build private house in north London and public art projects in the UK and LA. Our clients include arts institutions, local authorities and private developers as well as individuals.


Our design work and built projects are supported by ongoing research. Both Elly and Charles are involved in teaching, running studios at the University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art respectively. They exhibit and lecture extensively on the work of Ordinary Architecture and have contributed papers and essays to numerous magazines and industry forums, They also write a monthly column for the RIBA Journal as part of an ongoing study into ordinary typologies.