Charlie Sutherland RSA studied Architecture at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow. Upon graduating he joined the office of the late Sir James Stirling and worked on a number of international commissions and competitions including the Tokyo Forum; The Paris Library and the Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. Following the untimely death of Stirling, He continued in the office as an Associate with Michael Wilford and Partners.


In 1997 he established Sutherland Hussey Architects with his long term colleague, Charlie Hussey RSA and completed a number of award winning small scale projects all over the UK; Barnhouse, Highgate London; Lynher dairy, Cornwall and An Turas, The Island of Tiree, which was shortlisted for the Stirling and Mies van der Rohe prizes.


Aside from the seven RIBA award winning projects in the UK, the practice has also developed in collaboration many projects overseas on a larger scale such as a major urban regeneration proposal for Sligo, the new British Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia; a design template for a new National Park in Xiling mountains of Sichuan, China; an Archaeology museum in inner Mongolia, and most recently winning an international architectural competition in Chengdu for a new City Museum.


For the last fifteen years, in tandem with running a practice, he has been an active research contributor and Lecturer at the Mack. For fourteen years he has been teaching final-year students where the transition from academia to practice is at its most prescient and a direct and urgent relationship between practice and architectural teaching is played out through the Architectural Thesis.


Sutherland has been a visiting critic and lecturer throughout the UK, Europe, America and the Far East. Universities include Oslo; Versailles; Northeastern University, Boston, Mass; Edinburgh; Chongqing and the British School in, Rome. He was one of five International participants in Archiprix an international student workshop and one of the representatives of seven practices invited on a British Council Trade Mission and International Workshop in Riga.