Drawing Matter begins with the drawing itself. Our interest is in drawings that fall under the rubric of architecture and prompt us to think again: about the practice of drawing, about the intentions and conventions created by drawings, about the real and imaginary architectures they produce; about what drawings might be ‘for’ and what the designer’s hand might be showing, or doing, that the building cannot.
– Niall Hobhouse

The Drawing Matter Collections archive contains a growing body of work that includes a range of architectural material focused on drawing as the exploration and discovery of ideas and the means of suggesting them. A critical artistic and cultural practice in their own right, they reflect changing ideas about things such as space, materials, technology, history, conventions and context, as well as their continuities in practice. We recognise that drawing has remained central to the conception of architecture, not simply through providing ways to think through design ideas, but also as integral to the way ideas about the built world are interpreted and disseminated.

The Drawing Matter Trust thus pursues a discursive approach, particularly with regard to the moments of innovation and creativity that are advanced through the sketch, the sketchbook, the study drawing and rendering. By developing a dedicated web presence we hope to extend this discourse to a wider audience as well as to students of architecture.

The website provides a place where selections of work from both the Drawing Matter archive and other collections are made visible and available for discussion, supported by our associated events and activities. We hope to circulate a small part of the wealth of knowledge that informs the discipline. In this endeavour we are grateful to our network of institutions, museums and galleries; educators, curators, collectors and archivists; architects, artists and writers, critics, historians and friends, from around the world.

If you would like to join us please sign up to our mailing list. Subject to demand, the collections can be made available, on application, to qualified researchers, teaching studios and seminars.


Niall Hobhouse
Helen Mallinson
Helen Thomas
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