Multistory Lecture by
Russell Curtis & Oliver Bulleid

Please join us this Thursday 14th March at 17.30 to listen to two fantastic speakers in our Multistory MONEY series organised by the School of Architecture and Design.
We are delighted to host Oliver Bulleid and Russell Curtis whose joint talk will explore the potential of community-built housing to answer the current acute lack of affordable housing and their work together at the London Community Land Trust.


We have a housing crisis, with not enough homes being built over the past 40+ years. Demand for homes exceeds supply, leading to housing becoming more and more unaffordable. Increasingly households face financial hardship and are forced to leave the area they call home. Given the shortfall of housing in general, and genuinely affordable housing in particular, what is the way forward? And should central government do more to support housing supply? And who will build the homes – the private sector, local authorities, housing associations, community groups? Within this context, London Community Land Trust is a social developer and works with local communities to bring forward genuinely affordable housing, and to create high quality homes and places that remain affordable in perpetuity.
The talk will consider the scale of the housing crisis and run through the approach of London Community Land Trust and other CLTs as part of the solution, presenting a series of developments across a number of London Boroughs, including projects with Archio, RCKa, and Levitt Bernstein.


Oliver Bulleid, London Community Land Trust
Oliver is the Executive Director at London CLT and has oversight of all live projects and campaigns for new housing sites. He is an architect with specialist knowledge in housing and low energy design, and has worked on a wide range of award winning projects from large scale masterplans and housing developments and individual homes. Having previously designed and constructed a home and studio in Shoreditch, he now lives in north London in a self built zero carbon family house that is so well insulated it has no need for a heating system. He believes that community led housing, coupled with excellent professional input from an understanding design team, has the potential to create homes and places that are beautiful, long lasting and respond positively to the climate emergency.

Russell Curtis, Director, RCKa
Russell is a founding director of RCKa, a London-based architectural practice specialising in residential, community and public buildings. RCKa has won four Housing Design Awards, the RIBA Journal’s MacEwen Award, and has been twice named Social Value Architect of the Year. He is also a member of the LLDC Quality Review Panel and Newham’s Design Review Panel. Russell’s research into urban golf courses and developing around rural stations has received national media attention, with several appearances on BBC TV and radio talking about his work.

Multistory is the long-running public lecture series run by the School. Organised by Charles Holland and Cat Rossi, we have developed a new format this year, with each semester focusing on a specific, single-word theme which addresses key challenges facing architecture, design, planning and the environment.

This term’s theme is MONEY. Speakers will cover subjects including: the financing of architecture and design projects; the role of developers, clients, and unions; gentrification; the visual and material culture of money; economic histories of architecture and design, critical creative explorations of the economy. We seek to address these themes from a range of historical, theoretical, and practice-based perspectives.

Multistory Winter/Spring 2024

21st March: Cristina Monteiro
18th April: Elise Hodson