Department of
Architecture and Built Environment

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Tim Collett

Course Director MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) and Associate Professor in Architecture, Faculty of Engineering



Tim has been Course Director of MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) since September 2019. Prior to this he spent 22 years as a practitioner working on a variety of RIBA award-winning projects at two leading architecture practices, 6a architects for three years and Caruso St John Architects for 14 years. Tim was responsible for the Newport Street Gallery which won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016.

Tim has a long association with Nottingham, having taught design on the MArch Part 2 course since 2012 and prior to that worked on Nottingham Contemporary, completed 2010, while at Caruso St John Architects.

Tim received his MArch (distinction) degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada (1996). Prior to studying architecture Tim was a geotechnical engineer, building earth dams for the mining industry in British Columbia, and holds a BASc degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (1986).

Expertise Summary

Tim has an abundance of design, construction, and site experience with over thirteen years spent exclusively on built works and has developed an expertise in the tectonic, material, and conceptual transformation of existing buildings, a key focus for the MArch Part 2 course.

Teaching Summary

Tim is responsible for the MArch Part 2 design studio modules and is interested in teaching students how to design extremely good buildings, both exciting and practical.

Tim's design studio 'Continuity' seeks to understand oldness and the relationship between time and the built fabric. 'Continuity' proposes and tests a methodology for working in and adapting existing buildings with understanding and appreciation in order to maximise their poetic potential. The methodology posits a deeper and more meaningful understanding of what exists, in order to make design alterations to the world around us with intent, perception, appreciation, and feeling.

Tim's approach is rooted in looking at the world around us with feeling and understanding, and in making architecture that has direct emotional impact through construction, material presence, and connection to history.

Department of Architecture and Built Environment

The University of Nottingham
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