Dr Frances Holliss is an architect who has taught widely across The Cass in Architecture since 1988 and is now Emeritus Reader in Architecture. She completed a doctorate on the architecture of home-based work in 2007, which she developed and disseminated through a major AHRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Fellowship 2009-11.
She is director of the WorkHome Project, a research unit that investigates design for home-based work and has received funding from the DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation, EPSRC, AHRC and Newlon Housing Trust. Holliss was a member of the advisory group to Lord Whitty’s 2011 independent inquiry into the Affordable Housing Crisis, was a Trustee with arts charity [SPACE] from 2007 to 2011 and contributed to the 2014 Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Holliss is widely published and speaks internationally on the subject of the architecture of home-based work. Her book Beyond Live/Work: the Architecture of Home-based Work was published by Routledge in 2015. In 2016 she was invited to contribute to both the British Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale and the International Architectural Biennale of Rotterdam.
Frances Holliss’s research interests revolve around the architecture of home-based work worldwide. Her doctorate identifies the building that combines dwelling and workplace as a specific type (‘workhome’) with considerable contemporary relevance in the context of a rapidly growing global home-based workforce.
Her research investigates both the history of this dual-use building type and design for this working practice. She has a particular interest in the social and spatial impact of covert home-based work, including the blue-collar workhome and home-based work in UK social housing.
Holliss’s research also explores the way cities across the world are designed and organised to support or discourage this working practice, the impact this has on their inhabitants and the life of the city, and how cities of the future may better accommodate this working practice.
Areas of expertise
The architecture and urbanism of home-based work.
- Holliss, F, (2017) To solve the housing crisis we need new ideas, not garden cities The Guardian Housing Network 09.02.2017
- Holliss, F, (2017) Designing for Home-Based Work - Lessons from Two English Villages Architecture and Culture Vol. 5 2017 Issue 1
- Holliss, F, (2016) Home-based Workers of the World Unite! RSA 30.11.2016
- Holliss, F (2016) Garden Offices and the Future of New Homes, Shedworking 21.11.16
- Holliss, F (2015) What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like, Wall Street Journal 23.11.15.
- Holliss, F (2015) Beyond Live/Work: the architecture of home-based work, Routledge. Buy from The Guardian Bookshop and read reviews on LSE book review site, Architecture Today Feb 2015, RIBA Journal, Shedworking and Flexibility).
- Holliss, F (2015) Working from Home: Redesigning Internal Space Use in Homes in Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia. Editor S Quah, Routledge. Buy from Routledge.
- Holliss, F (2013) Home-based work: a quiet casualty of the bedroom tax, The Conversation 21.05.13.
- Holliss, F (2012) Home is where the work is; the case for an urban design revolution The Conversation 23.07.12.
- Holliss, F (2012) Space, buildings and the life worlds of home-based workers: Towards better design in Visualising the landscape of work and labour. Sociological Research Online.
- Holliss, F (2011) House with Associated Office? in Round and about Stock Orchard Street. Editor S Wigglesworth, Routledge. Read a review at The Architect's Journal.
- Holliss, F (2010) From Longhouse to Live/work Unit: Parallel Histories and Absent Narratives in Built from Below. Editor P Guillery, Routledge. Read a review on Muse.
- Holliss, F (2008) Beyond Live/work, Planning in London, Issue 67 Oct–Dec 2008.
- Holliss, F (2007) The workhome... a new building type?, London Metropolitan University. PhD.
- Evening Standard (03.08.11) Working from home is a social phenomena by Kieran Long
- Architecture Today (06.05.11) Suburbanstudio: working at home by Colin Davies
- The Architectural Review (04.03.11) Homeworking... the new peasantry or a regenerative impetus for cities? by Clare Melhuish
- Architecture Today (18.02.11) Live/work symposium