Critical Drawing: Neil Spiller

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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 Neil Spiller, founding director of AVATAR, for our first talk on 10 October 2018. 

Neil Spiller is founding Director of the AVATAR Group (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) and, until recently, was Hawksmoor Chair of Architecture and Landscape and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, London. Prior to this he was Vice-Dean and Graduate Director of Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Spiller’s own drawn work has been exhibited internationally and is in many collections worldwide. He is on the AD editorial Board. His books include Surrealism and Architecture – A Blistering Romance (2016) and Visionary Architecture – Blueprints of the Modern Imagination (2006).

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.​

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