Secret Lives of Buildings, Architecture Design, Edition

Secret Lives of Buildings Book : Publication

Hardback by Edward Hollis for Portobello Books, Edinburgh, Scotland

12 Aug 2009

The Secret Lives of Buildings

From the Parthenon to the Wailing Wall
(First Hardback Edition)
Edward Hollis

Secret Lives of Buildings Book

Published: 1st Sep 2009
RRP: £25

Advance praise for Edinburgh architect Edward Hollis’ first book, THE SECRET LIVES OF BUILDINGS, coming from Metropolitan Books in early Autumn 2009:

“Edward Hollis rewrites architectural history in this beautiful and unsettling study of how the masterpieces of Western architecture have changed over time. Temples become mosques; monuments become ruins; deserts become cities, and deserts again. After reading this book, no building will seem quite the same.”

Christopher Woodward, author of In Ruins: A Journey Through History, Art, and Literature.

12 Aug

The Author – Edward Hollis

Cambridge University, England – Architecture degree
Edinburgh University, Scotland – Architecture diploma

Worked for Richard Murphy Architects

Edinburgh College of Art – Interior Design tutor
Napier University – Interior Architecture lecturer

The Secret Lives of Buildings
Description by Portobello Books

“Brilliantly original, gorgeously crafted, and truly illuminating – a book that takes us from the colossal achievements of antiquity to the contest for Ground Zero, telling stories about buildings and the ways they change”


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Edward Hollis

Contemporary Architecture Books

New Architecture Books

Edward Hollis is an architect and designer who teaches at the Edinburgh College of Art. Trained at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, he worked for five years in the United Kingdom as a practicing architect, specializing in alterations to historic buildings.

He currently lives in Edinburgh, where he is Reader in Interior Design and Deputy Director of Research at Edinburgh College of Art in the University of Edinburgh.

Modern Architecture Books

Glasgow Books

Edinburgh Books

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