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UCA professor features on Channel 4’s Ugly House to Lovely House

Our Professor of Architecture, Will Alsop OBE RA, has been featured on the Channel 4 show Ugly House to Lovely House, presented by architect George Clarke.

This series champions the power of great architecture to transform undervalued and unloved British housing stock into exciting living spaces. Will Alsop features in the fourth episode of the series, in which he designs a dramatic extension to an outdated bungalow.

The episode sees Will develop a new extension for a couple living in a 1950s bungalow in Sussex. Keen to maximise space, enabling his clients to fully enjoy their home, Stirling Prize winner Will creates a kitchen and living area to the rear of the south-facing bungalow, providing height and drama with a barrel vault roof.

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The extension’s bold design includes exposed curved beams, a shiny aluminium roof, porthole windows and wide bi-fold doors that all work to reconnect the house with the garden and create a unique space for the family.

Though the designs were ambitious, the couple was thrilled with the extension at the end of the project.

Providing advice for homeowners whilst on the show, Will said: “I’d hope this would encourage people to think they can be a bit braver. If they’re a bit braver, they get more out of it. For not a lot of money, you can have a huge effect.”

You can watch the full episode here.

Our School of Architecture, based at our Canterbury campus, has been ranked in the top ten for architecture courses in the UK. Find out more about our range of Architecture and Interior Design courses here.