Kevin Carmody, director of London-based architecture studio Carmody Groarke joins the Robin Boyd Foundation at Walsh Street to discuss Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his modernist icon ‘The Hill House’, the radical approach to its conservation and its future.
The Hill House is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most significant works and one of Scotland’s most acclaimed buildings. An early example of 20th century modernism, the house has suffered from prolonged water damage and decay. Working as a temporary museum, The Box, designed by Carmody Groarke and built by the National Trust for Scotland temporarily protects the house while restoration work takes place, keeping it open during restoration and bringing new audiences closer to the process of conservation.
Kevin Carmody, director, Carmody Groake
Kevin studied architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Canberra University, Australia. He founded London-based studio Carmody Groarke with Andy Groarke in 2006 after they met working at David Chipperfield Architects.
The studio has developed an international reputation for arts and cultural projects and for the transformation of historic buildings in the UK and overseas. Recent work includes a temporary museum for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Scotland, the Windermere Jetty Museum in the Lake District, a comprehensive heritage restoration and new-build extension to the Design Museum Gent and a site-wide decarbonisation masterplan and new archive for the British Library, Boston Spa.
He has lectured internationally about the work of the practice and taught at several architecture schools, including The Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London), The Royal College of Art , The University of Stuttgart, Cornell University (Ithaca), Yale School of Architecture where he was William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor and Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was a visiting design critic in architecture.
Image: Hill House Box. Photo: Johan Dehlin.