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Colin Priest

Senior Lecturer in BA & MA Spatial Design
Chelsea College of Arts
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Colin  Priest


Colin Priest is a London based artist, architect and educator. As a Senior Lecturer, he teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Arts and was formerly Course Leader for BA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts (April 2012- January 2020). He is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Higher Education Academy, the recipient of UAL Teaching Awards in 2016 and 2019, co-founder of the Live Projects Network and steering group member for the Design for Common Good coalition. He has published widely on the subject of collaborative pedagogy and live project teaching in and outside the curriculum.

After graduating from the Architectural Association, London in 2003, his multi-disciplinary site-specific practice incorporates installation, writing, film, performance and archival material. Assembling found and made artefacts, media and narratives; public encounters gently rub fragments of time, architecture and memory to manifest as ephemeral conversation, intervention, exhibition, publication and gathering. Projects evolve around wayfinding, lively research and the continual negotiation of landscapes on a site-by-site basis. Knowledge exchange and collaboration seeks to underscore a sense of place, the cultural value of environmental change and stories shared with built heritage. He has exhibited widely across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and further afield including Dublin, Aix en Provence, Munich, Shanghai and Melbourne and has various works held in national collections.

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