His love of architecture started at a young age. In 2002, at the age of nineteen, he started the Young Georgians, the youth chapter of buildings' charity The Georgian Group. Oliver is President of the American Young Georgians. In 2012, Oliver was asked to become a trustee of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust.
Oliver was born in London in 1981. He went as a choral scholar to Lichfield Cathedral and while there started to write his first proper architectural piece on a little known, yet historic, Peak District manor house called Casterne Hall. He then won a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a countertenor and it was a student that he got in touch with The Georgian Group, an encounter which led to his foundation of The Young Georgians.
The Young Georgians, which started as a one-off party for a group of supporting friends, has grown into a fully-fledged movement on both sides of the Atlantic. The Young Georgian wing of The Georgian Group has helped to raise over £70,000 for the work of the charity over the last decade and a half through subscriptions and initiatives.
In his early twenties Oliver spent two months learning architectural drawing at Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects and Ben Pentreath.
In 2013, Oliver was asked to be one of the Judges for The Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2013. This is like the Oscars for Architecture.
He published his first article in Country Life in 2005, becoming the youngest ever writer for the magazine, and has written for House and Garden and The Georgian as well as being featured in the Sunday Times. He blogs regularly at http://archmusicman.blogspot.co.uk/.
He has made a number of appearances on television on shows including The Titchmarsh Show and BBC's Secret History of Our Streets. He also worked with Sarah Beeney on her Rise Hall Restoration Nightmare programme when he took she and her husband around Sutton Scarsdale Hall in Derbyshire. Oli won ITV's 'May the Best House Win' in 2010. He is looked after by Yellow Poppy Media for television.
In May 2014 Oliver and soprano Meeta Raval founded New Georgian Opera (www.newgeorgianopera.co.uk) to stage grand opera in historic buildings alongside great musical talent to raise funds and awareness for historic buildings in distress.
During September 2014 Oliver was a speaker at the Winterthur Museum's tour of the great houses of the South West England. During the same time Oli organized a grand Georgian ball at Queen Anne's Gate in honour of the Hanoverian Tercentenary, which involved full Georgian dress for all the guests, minuet dancing, a tableau of the four Georges and their mistresses, burlesque dancer Millicent Binks and a magnificent auction and raffle, which raised funds for The Seven Dials Trust and the work of The Georgian Group, in this case supporting SAVE's Wentworth Woodhouse Appeal.
Oliver completed an MSt in Building History at the University of Cambridge in 2016.
Additionally, Oliver is a speaker on British architecture and organises bespoke tours for grand tourists from home or abroad to the great treasure houses and buildings of Britain.
Oliver works alongside many of the greatest names in the architectural world, including Jeremy Musson, Tim Knox, Patrick Baty, Dr John Martin Robinson, Professor David Watkin, Marcus Binney, Kit Martin and many more. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of country houses throughout the British Isles.
Oliver Gerrish offers bespoke guided architecture tour with exclusive access to private historical houses. He often works alongside Lady Caroline Percy, who is one of Britain’s leading interior designers.
The aim of these study days is to explain and define the many and varied aspects of the history of British interior design and to explore the options available to assist in the restoration and reinterpretation of the historic interior today. The study days take place in the princely setting of Syon House.
Georgian events and balls
Oliver regularly hosts Georgian events- from glamorous Georgian balls to bespoke fun dinner parties with Georgian footman and entertainment. Oliver works with the best in the industry and knows how to deliver the true Georgian experience.