Offering a cross-section of contemporary architectural drawing, this series invites a range of practitioners to reflect on the role of drawing in their practice and in architecture today. Join Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects, for our second talk.​

Ken Shuttleworth is founder of Make Architects, an award-winning employee-owned practice with studios in London, Sydney and Hong Kong. Over the course of his 40-year career, Shuttleworth has worked on numerous ground-breaking architectural landmarks, earning the nickname “Ken the Pen” for his fluid draftsmanship. Prior to founding Make in 2004, Shuttleworth was a partner at Foster + Partners. Ken Shuttleworth is President of the British Council for Offices, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the UK Government Advisory Group on Professional and Business Services. In 2013 he set up the Future Spaces Foundation to advance research and debate about the spaces we live in.

About the series

Drawing is what distinguishes architecture from simple building – situating a design within the shared culture of ideas on which architecture rests. Sitting down with pen and paper has always been central to an architect’s daily routine, at least, that is, until the advent of ubiquitous CAD and 3D-modelling.

Today, drawing is undergoing a rebirth, as a new generation architects seize the opportunities afforded by drawing’s liberation from its practical responsibilities, and transform it into a vital site of critical practice. For other architects, drawing has remained core to their practice, side-stepping the digital/analogue dichotomy.

If drawing once allowed architects to visualise possible futures, might its rebirth point a way towards recapturing architecture’s optimism and agency?

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access isn't straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.​

Event Info

07 Nov 2018

19:00 - 20:00


£10 / £5 students