Floor 08: Kathrin Findlay
After studying at Edinburgh College of Art, and graduating from the Architectural Association in London, she followed postgraduate courses at the University of Tokyo.
Findlay firmly believes in the work of architecture as a form of continuous research. In her view, architecture’s success depends on the convergence of all the elements integrated within the work: external aspects, internal space, structure, environment and location. In her nearly twenty years of professional practice, she has been involved in many and varied projects in Japan and the United Kingdom, from private homes to larger scale works. Among her most recent or ongoing works are the National Museum of Costume, Al Koot Fort in Qatar; several private residences in Qatar, and many works in British country houses.
Kathryn Findlay has developed an enormous range of ideas which are reflected in her work and her projects, in competitions and exhibitions, and in the research she carries out in several educational institutions. Among the fields in which she has worked most extensively are the integration between technology and architecture (how technological progress influences design and the final project), respect for the environment (the environmental sustainability of works), vernacular art and architecture, and the special urban morphology of Japanese cities.