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Prof Edward Hollis

Personal Chair in Interior Design

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

subject areas: interior design and architecture, narrative, historiography

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma of Architecture, University of Edinburgh
James Court and Ramsay Garden: Two ways of living in Edinburgh
Master of Arts, University of Cambridge
Banaras: Order and Chaos in the Holy City

Professional Qualifications

RIBA Part 3


Edward Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. For the subsequent six years he practiced as an Architect. He worked first in Sri Lanka, in the practice of Geoffrey Bawa, famous for his garden of follies and ruins at Lunuganga; and then in the practice of Richard Murphy, known for his radical alterations to ancient and historic buildings in and around Edinburgh.

In 1999, Edward Hollis began lecturing in Interior Architecture at Napier University, Edinburgh, working with students both in the design studio, and in more theoretical disciplines. In 2004, he moved to Edinburgh College of Art, where he is now director of research in the School of Design, and Deputy Director of Resaearch ECA-wide.

Working with follies and ruins in Sri Lanka, with modern interventions to historic buildings in Scotland, and in the slippery discipline of Interiors, has focussed Edward’s research and theoretical thinking on the notion of time, story, and building.

Edward Hollis is currently working on a number of research projects. He is involved with current plans to revive the ruins of Gillespie Kidd and Coia’s seminary at Cardross. His first book, ‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’: a collection folk tales stories about mythical buildings was published in 2009, his second, 'The Memory Palace:  A Book of Lost Interiors' in 2013. Both were longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non fiction.

Research outputs

  1. The Past in the Future Interior

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Magic Mirrors: Reconstructing lost interiors from instructional and constructional writing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. A Drama in Time: Four Hundred Years of Riddles Court

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Research activities & awards

  1. Beyond Bawa

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. Secret Lives, Concrete Monsters and an Unfinished Autobiography

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. A Drama in Time: 400 years of Riddles Court

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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Research projects

  1. Re-placing Ruination

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

  2. minefields

    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

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