Charles Tashima has spent over 20 years working internationally as both an architect and academic. He has held teaching position at the Architecture Association (AA) in London, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zürich and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as well as working as a visiting critic and lecturer at other architecture schools including Technical University Berlin, Harvard University, Architecture Academy, Amsterdam, Columbia University Graduate School of A.P.P., Bartlett (UCL), Cambridge University, University of Toronto, University of Ghent and the University of Venice.
We consider the studio an important space for research and experimentation looking in detail at the physical and tactile properties of the materials of our built environment while simultaneously researching the way that architectural forms and structures can be used to create public spaces for social and culture benefit.
We have put material experimentation and innovation at the fore of our practice, researching and incorporating new materials and technological processes as well as re-purposing and utilising existing materials. Adapting pre-existing elements and forms is a core part of our ethos; both as part of an environmental consciousness as well our commitment to the organic and material creations of space.
We are interested in the way we collectively use space, examining the role of architecture and its impact on society and culture through the sites and spaces it creates. Charles has been developing a series of fictional spaces that emerge out of the coincidence of landscape and architecture, drawing from history, through a series of adaptions and transformations, these Topographical Fictions are adaptable propositions, across scale, site and nature, for public, collective and reflective spaces.
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Guest Professor - Architecture Design studio | 2006
Architectural Association, London, Studio Master - AA Diploma Unit 1 | 2003 - 2006
Architectural Association, London, Studio Master - AA Intermediate Unit 8 | 2000 - 2002
Movilidad en Primera Linea, Adeje, Tenerife | 2005
Design workshop to propose new strategies to the development of public space in relation to tourism in Las Americas, Tenerife | 2005
Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles, Versailles
Landscape Design Workshop at the Confluence of the Rivers Marne and Seine, Ivry
Photography and Urban Analysis Workshop, Barcelona, Spain.