Skene Catling de la Pena Architects
Charlotte is an architect and director of the architectural practice Skene Catling de la Peña. She uses research as a basis for design, with a particular interest in the borders between architecture and other disciplines. She takes a unique approach to practice which she terms 'Geoarcheology', seeking to excavate meaning from context as a means of developing architecture. This method sees her taking observations about the composition of the earth, historical artefacts and the cultural landscapes of her commissions. References might include geology, optics, fine art, or historical and narrative ideas that are developed through a close collaboration with her clients. Charlotte has written about architecture in The Burlington Magazine, DOMUS, The Architectural Review and ARCH+. She launched the architectural film festival, ArchFilmFest, in London in 2017, and has made architectural films that have been shown around the world. She ran a post-graduate architecture unit at the Royal College of Art for five years, taught at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, and is an Ambassador for the London School of Architecture. Her practice has won numerous awards and has been extensively published internationally. She was shortlisted for the 2016 AR Women in Architecture award, and was named a Debrett’s 500 People of Influence in Architecture & Design in 2016 and ’17.