Artist / Curator / Architect
Ken graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow after gaining his undergraduate degree at the Polytechnic of Central London. He has worked as a freelance architect in Scotland and London, including Rock Townsend / Ralph Erskine on the “Ark” Office Building in Hammersmith, London, and for London Underground, working as a site architect on the Will Alsop designed North Greenwich Station.
In 1998 he bought the ex milk depot at 2c Kings Grove Peckham with sculptor and film maker Julia Manheim. They have since turned this into a live /work studio and home adding three flats to the front of the building. At the beginning of the new millennium Quay 2c was formed as a vehicle for multi disciplinary projects. The practice completed a varying portfolio of projects including a number of housing and mixed use buildings, and became pioneers of the use of solid laminated timber (CLT) structures with the Fairmule House and Chancery Court projects. The Laundry Houses in Peckham, a self developed project of two new 4 bed houses also uses CLT.
Ken has taught and lectured extensively in the USA, India, Europe and had a part time lectureship at the Oxford School of Architecture for many years. He has also lectured and run design studios in many other contexts and Universities, was trustee and chair of Artpoint Trust, a Public Arts Commissioning Agency in Oxford and is co-curator and founder of m2 gallery on the front of Quay House in Peckham. He served on LB of Newham’s & extensively on LB Southwark’s Design Review Panel.
From 2016 Ken has been working with Artists Studio Company as a consultant, curating with Julia Manheim and Sarah Goodwin the m2(at)15 anniversary show at APT Gallery while developing the 4 x m2 Gallery Pavilion project. He continues to make photographs which have been published as postcard albums yearly since 2014. A recent diptych was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show and the Creekside Open.