Kevin Haley

Kevin Haley is a director and co-founder of aberrant architecture, a multi-disciplinary design studio and think tank.

'Tiny Travelling Theatre'

Kevin Haley

Kevin Haley is a director and co-founder of aberrant architecture, a multi-disciplinary design studio and think tank. Aberrant has established a reputation for playful, provocative and interactive projects which use architecture and design to introduce new and unexpected ways of experiencing the world, winning D&AD and Design Week awards for their work in 2012 and 2013.

Aberrant work with public space, buildings, and interiors, public art, furniture, books, graphics, events, installations and exhibitions, regularly collaborate with local community groups and other design professionals and place people at the heart of everything they design. 

Operating simultaneously as a think tank, aberrant identify, question and research relevant issues in contemporary society in order to look beyond 'building a building' and to establish themselves as problem solvers as well as designers.

In 2010 aberrant were architecture residents at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and in the same year they co-founded The Gopher Hole, a gallery/venue in London, which through a public exhibition and talks programme provided a platform for critical debate on the arts and society. In 2012, aberrant were selected to exhibit in the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Recently completed projects include: ‘The Small Coal Man’s Tiny Travelling Theatre’ a mobile theatre, towed by a Camper Van, toured the streets of London during Clerkenwell Design Week (2012). ‘Devil Amongst the Tailors’ a rethink of the British ‘Pub’ table for the Wallpaper* magazine Handmade exhibition at the Milan Furniture Fair (2012). The Social Playground, a giant interactive landscape, built in collaboration with local community groups, for the ‘Knowledge Lives Everywhere’ exhibition at FACT (2011) and The Gopher Hole, a small exhibition venue, project space and performance area, in the Shoreditch area of east London (2010).

  • From City Air to Urban Space: Passion and Pollution, in Journal of Architecture, 2014.
  • Weather Dissidents: from Natura Naturans, to Space and Back Again, in Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (Routledge: 2013), 165-179.
  • Sublime Experience, in Scale: Imagination, Perception and Practice in Architecture, ed. by Gerald Adler, Timothy Brittain-Catlin, and Gordana Fontana Giusti (London: Routledge, 2012), 107-116.
  • Zumthor’s Hairy Paradise, in ARQ,15/4 (2011), 304-308.
  • Air Rights, in Agency: Working with Uncertain Architectures, ed. by Florian Kossak, Doina Petrescu, Tatjana Schneider, Renata Tyszczuk and Stephen Walker (London: Routledge, 2009), 165-175.
  • Heart of Darkness: Air of Comfort, in Primitive: Original Matters in Architecture, ed. by Jo Odgers, Flora Samuel and Adam Sharr (London: Routledge, 2006), 251-259.
  • Metaphors of Experience: The Voice of Air, The Philosophical Forum, 35 (2004), 161-177.
  • Covent Garden: The Masque of Virtue, Critical Quarterly, 44 (2002), 83-129.
  • To Be or Not to Be: Staging the Question, Eyeing London: Room 5, 3 (2002), 79-95.
  • Masterpieces of Architectural Drawing, co-editor with David Leatherbarrow (London: Orbis Publications, 1983).