Roland Karthaus


Roland is an architect, urbanist and educator who works across these fields with an objective of making the production of the built environment more democratically open, engaged and engaging.  He works with Social Life on a number of projects including Cressingham Gardens, L&Q and developing a social sustainability CPD programme.

Roland's extensive, international experience as a practicing Architect and Urbanist forms the background to his academic research and teaching.  As Programme Leader for the Part 2 Architecture course at UEL, he is responsible for a diverse teaching programme that explores the contextual making of Architecture through a particular, shared ethos of material engagement.  Together with his colleagues Alan Chandler and Michela Pace, Roland has been developing a particular approach to the construction of knowledge and understanding of places.  This work formed the basis for an international conference at UEL in 2012, titled the Production of Place. Through his practice Karthaus Design, Roland provides strategic urban design and development advice to various public and social sector organisations, including Local Authorities and the think tank, the RSA.

Roland is a member of the international network for Urban development, Les Ateliers as a particpant and Jury member and in 2012 he ran a Les Ateliers professional urbanism workshop in the emerging city of Naya Raipur, India, funded by the EU. In 2013 Roland was visiting professor at IUAV Architecture school in Venice where he taught an intensive ECTS urban design course: 'negotiated space'.