speculations in contemporary drawing for art and architecture

11-12 NOVEMBER 2016

Drawing Futures is a new international peer-reviewed conference on speculative drawing for art and architecture, founded by the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Chaired by Professor Frédéric Migayrou, Laura Allen, and Luke Pearson, the inaugural Drawing Futures Conference will be held on the 11-12 November 2016 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Despite numerous developments in technological manufacture and computational design that provide new grounds for art and architecture, the act of drawing still plays a central role as a vehicle for speculation. There is a rich and long history of drawing that is tied to innovations in technology as well as revolutions in our philosophical understanding of the world. In reflection of a society now underpinned by computational networks and interfaces allowing hitherto unprecedented views of the world, the changing status of the drawing and representation as a political act demands a platform for reflection and innovation.
Drawing Futures will focus on the discussion of how the field of drawing may expand synchronously alongside technological and computational developments. Bringing together practitioners from many creative fields, the conference will discuss how drawing is changing in relation to new technologies for the production and dissemination of ideas.

Far from killing it, technology promises new avenues for the drawn as a speculative method and its futures are ours to shape.

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June 2016:

Our call for works has closed with over 400 submissions from 50 different countries and over 120 institutions. Many thanks to all who submitted.

The full conference lineup and projects selected for our Drawing Futures book published by UCL Press and Riverside Architectural Press will be confirmed in July.
May 2016:

Announcing our Drawing Futures 2016 keynote speakers.

Pablo Bronstein uses architectural design and drawing to engage with the grandiose and imperial past of the built environment. His work can currently be seen at the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain in London, where he has produced this year’s Tate Britain Commission.

Hsinming Fung, FAIA has been Principal and Co-Founder of Hodgetts + Fung since 1984, a studio with expertise in the design of unique places for learning, cultural events, and civic functions. She has also been a long standing educator at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is currently Chief of Strategic Advancement and International/Special Programs.

Professor Neil Spiller, Hawksmoor Chair of Architecture and Landscape and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, is internationally renowned for his drawn architectural design work. His new book Surrealism and Architecture: A Blistering Romance will be published in October 2016 by Thames and Hudson.

Madelon Vriesendorp is best known as one of the co-founders of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in the early 1970s together with Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and Zoe Zenghelis. She has produced illustrations for Built, Domus and Abitare, while working on costumes, built objects, paintings and short stories.


Drawing Futures will bring together the world's leading practitioners in drawing for conversations about the contemporary cutting-edge and future directions of drawing as a critical tool for art and architecture.

We are pleased to announce our four Keynote speakers for Drawing Futures 2016:


Drawing Futures 2016 will be held on the 11th-12th November 2016 at the Bartlett School of Architecture , UCL in London.

The two-day conference will bring together some of the world's leading practitioners in drawing for conversations about the contemporary cutting-edge and future directions of drawing as a critical tool for art and architecture.

The conference involves 24 speakers from around the world alongside our four keynotes, for two days of intense discussion on drawing.

The event will also hold the launch of the Drawing Futures book, published by UCL Press and Riverside Architectural Press featuring 60 projects selected through our Call for Works, serving as a critical compendium of contemporary drawing practice in art and architecture.

On Thursday 10th November we will have a special Drawing Futures edition of the Bartlett International Lecture Series where Nicholas De Monchaux will speak.

As part of Drawing Futures 2016, the Bartlett will also host masterclasses by Sir Peter Cook. Please see here for details of how to book tickets for this event.

Download full Drawing Futures 2016 Conference Programme here.


February 2016 – Call for Works Opens

16 May – Call closes

20 June – Notification of successful abstract/project submissions

11 July 2016– Submission of final projects and texts

11-12 November 2016 – Drawing Futures Conference November 2016 – Release of Drawing Futures book

For any submissions enquiries feel free to contact us at info@drawingfutures.com

We will be releasing further information about Drawing Futures and the Call for Work leading up to the conference, along with ticketing information and details of the Drawing Futures book. Please subscribe to receive updates.


Ticket Types

All tickets for the 2-day event include conference registration, lunch and refreshments, opening and closing drinks receptions. Full Price tickets also include a copy of the Drawing Futures book published by UCL Press.

Full Price (Earlybird, until Sept 1 2016) - £185

Full Price - £250

Students - £50 (Proof of student status will be required at registration)

Tickets can be purchased here

For any ticketing enquiries feel free to contact us at info@drawingfutures.com

The Drawing Futures book brings together 60 projects by architects and artists through to computer scientists and educators. The book forms a compendium of cutting-edge drawing practice and research. Published by UCL Press and Riverside Architectural Press, the book will be released at the conference in November 2016.


As part of Drawing Futures 2016, Sir Peter Cook, renowned architect and former Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture, will teach a masterclass. Designed for architects and designers who wish to practice and hone their drawing abilities under the tutelage of a noted expert, this masterclass will offer an opportunity to work intensely at the art and craft of drawing with Sir Peter in order not only to improve your work but also to re-imagine it in exciting and challenging ways.

Masterclass participants may use the week as an opportunity to develop an existing project related to the theme or to embark on something new and unexpected.

This year’s theme is: The Frantic and the Relaxed, incorporating: ways of drawing the extremes of life, ways of reflecting life in the city, techniques of drawing, tricks of the trade – and getting ideas across.

The masterclass runs from Sat 5th – afternoon of Thurs 10th November (the Drawing Futures conference itself takes place on Fri 11th & Sat 12th November), and costs £750. A £150 discount is available for those who are also attending the Drawing Futures conference.

Please see here for more details.