House of Many Cultures: The Others’ Story

Rahesh Ram and Rayan Elnayal

  • 14th October - 5th November 2021
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery

The notion of what it is to be British has arisen yet again in the light of the current debates instigated by Brexit, Black Lives Matter, the toppling of statues that celebrated slave traders and structural racism. 

It seems, like more than ever, understanding the multitude of cultural identities that inhabit Britain is needed. This exhibition invites you to explore some of these cultures through the conduit of work undertaken by University of Greenwich alumni who embedded their cultural identities into their graduate projects.

The work selected is specifically by British architecture students with hybrid identities (i.e., with diasporic backgrounds). The exhibition showcases projects that these students used to explore their own culture and identity through an architectural lens. It is both an investigation into the self and also an opportunity for others to learn and understand a British demographic that is sometimes seen as the other.

The contribution of these recently graduated architects is essential to the cultural debate that is currently taking place as they inevitably influence British architecture and culture today.

Exhibitors :

Rayan Elnayal  (British of Sudanese descent); Peter Efe  (British of Nigerian descent); Dhruv Gulabchande (British of Indian descent); Sachini Jayasena  (British of Sri Lankan descent); Ahad Mahmood. (British of Pakistani descent); Parisa Shahnooshi  (British of  Iranian descent); Niraj Shah (British of Indian descent); George Aboagy Williams  (British of Ghanaian descent)