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Elly Ward is an award-winning multi-disciplinary designer, researcher and teacher working in architecture, interiors, exhibition, art installation and product design. Whilst studying at the Royal College of Art in London, Elly was described by the RIBA Journal as one of the “most interesting emerging talent in architecture today”.  Later that year she co-founded Ordinary Architecture whose first project was the delivery of A House For Essex, a collaborative project designed by FAT and Grayson Perry.  


Recent projects include a series of specially commissioned site specific art installations for the Royal Academy exhibition ‘Origins’. and the exhibition design for the V&A’s inaugural pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, ‘A World of Fragile Parts’.  Elly has designed and produced installations and public art projects in London and Los Angeles.  Her own work has been exhibited and published widely.  


Elly teaches architecture and interior design and she is currently a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London.  Elly has also been a invited guest critic and speaker at several institutions and schools of art and architecture in the UK and US. Her current research is concerned with speculative housing and she is collborating with a number of curators and makers to produce house designs for a series of notable female figures throughout history which will exhibited at SITE throughout 2018/19.

“Elly brings to her work a delightful combination of political commentary and play.  Her work is sophisticated, inventive and intelligent.”  Robert Mull, London Metropolitan University


“An exemplary approach to bringing together research, analysis, design and theory … rigorous, relevant and engaged work, with humour and delight.”  Geoff Shearcroft, AOC


“... [one of the] best and most innovative students projects ... Ward’s work has exuberance ... playful, mature, intellectually grounded and above all exquisitely drawn and represented.” Blueprint Magazine