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Catherine Pease

Catherine Pease is a founding director of vPPR Architects, having established the practice in 2009 with Tatiana von Preussen and Jessica Reynolds. The three met as undergraduates at Cambridge University. Pease then went on to study at the Architectural Association in London before living for several years in New York where she worked at SOM.

At vPPR, she is leading the team working on several infill housing projects for Croydon Council in London. She is passionate about developing seemingly simple solutions to complex sites, where the constraints offer new opportunities for a distinctive architectural identity. Previously, Pease was overseeing the conversion of Redchurch Street, a complex urban mixed-use redevelopment. The project won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Award in 2017.

Pease lectures internationally with a particular emphasis on new building typologies as a means to create innovative social opportunities for existing and future communities. She has taught at Cardiff University as well as being a visiting critic at many architecture schools.

She has been a judge of the London RIBA Awards and is currently a trustee of the Museum of Architecture in London and Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset. In 2016, Pease was named as one of ten inspirational women in the arts by the Royal Academy of Arts.

vPPR is an award-winning practice known for bold designs that work intelligently in complex locations. We believe that architecture can and should be brave through simple, honest clarity, while still responding to local history and context. We design buildings that find opportunities in constraints, responding with elegant yet striking forms that playfully negotiate between private and communal spaces.

We work at home and abroad on projects that range from urban masterplans to private houses, from the cultural to the commercial. We find that universal principles can be applied across sectors, helping to reinvent building types to suit modern life. Housing is a passion, and we not only deliver projects but also speak publicly on the subject and have been featured in major UK exhibitions.

vPPR has won many awards including: RIBA London Award 2017 for Redchurch Street; RIBA London Emerging Practice 2015; RIBA Award 2015 for Vaulted House; RIBA House of the Year Award 2015 for Vaulted House, Finalist; Architects Journal’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award 2015; RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014, Finalist for Ott’s Yard; RIBA Award 2014 for Ott’s Yard; Ideal Home of the Year (Housebuilder/ Developer) 2014 for Ott’s Yard; Housing Architect of the Year, Blue Ribbon Award 2014; Building Design Young Architect of the Year Award 2013, Finalist.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4105‑14 Fall 2019
Art House: Community Building
Arch vonpreussen guillermohevia alexhudtwalcker  fa19 04 section
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Arch vonpreussen guillermohevia alexhudtwalcker  fa19 10 model
Catherine Pease, Tatiana von Preussen, Jessica Reynolds Syllabus
0 Points
A4105‑14 Fall 2018
Art House
Folly Model by Andrew Grant
Model by Andrew Grant
Section Perspective by Andrew Grant
Tatiana von Preussen, Jessica Reynolds, Catherine Pease Syllabus
0 Points
A4105‑14 Fall 2017
Architecture Studio V
Arch vppr yi xu fa17 01 exterior axon
Tatiana von Preussen, Jessica Reynolds, Catherine Pease Syllabus
Full Semester
0 Points