Critical Drawing: Eleanor Suess

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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 architect and professor Eleanor Suess for our third talk on 21 November 2018. 

Eleanor Suess has more than ten years’ experience in architectural practice in London, working for award winning practices FAT and Proctor and Matthews Architects. Suess has a background in fine arts, architectural practice, and architectural education. She is an Associate Professor and until recently was the Head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University. Eleanor has previously been the Associate Head of Kingston's School of Architecture and Landscape, the Course Director for both RIBA courses at Kingston, and has taught at the University of Portsmouth. Eleanor’s interdisciplinary installation work has been exhibited at the Adelaide International Arts Festival, and experimental film work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia and Hong Kong. She is currently studying for a PhD at Central Saint Martins.

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 admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.​

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