Drawing Matter is an organisation that explores the role of drawing in architectural thought and practice. Our inquiries have been presented as exhibitions, publications, public events, and workshops for students and practitioners. 

We are grateful to all those in our network of institutions, museums and galleries from around the world: educators, curators, scholars, collectors and archivists; architects, artists, writers and critics, historians and friends who keep the Drawing Matter project alive.


drawingmatter.org is a fast-growing repository of new and historical writing on architecture and drawing. The majority of texts address material in the Drawing Matter Collection, but we also publish texts on drawings and objects archived elsewhere, and made by practitioners working today. 


The editors welcome proposals in different formats and from myriad voices. Emphasis is placed on the clarity of the author’s ideas and quality of their writing.

We are especially interested in submissions that overlap with drawings and architects in the collection, or writing that looks beyond the accepted architectural canon to drawings and buildings made across the globe.

Following suggestions from our readers, we also enjoy rediscovering and reprinting any historical texts on architectural drawing that add to the richness of the repository and are valuable to practitioners and scholars working today.

Please send enquiries and proposals to: editors@drawingmatter.org

Drawing Matter Collection 

The Drawing Matter Collection is a major collection of architectural drawings dating from the sixteenth century to the present day. 

The collection is digitally catalogued and accessible to researchers, students and practitioners. Those with specific interests are encouraged to organise a visit in person – we maintain that the drawings themselves really must be seen to be read. 

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Shatwell Farm & Visits to the Collection

The Drawing Matter Collection is housed at Shatwell Farm, Somerset. Visits to the collection are by appointment only and can be organised here.

In addition to Drawing Matter’s activities, Shatwell Farm also hosts a number of public events throughout the year. Details of these can be found at www.shatwellfarm.co.uk.

The buildings at Shatwell are documented in the Shatwell Project section of this website; click here for more information, and to read reflections on the site by previous visitors.


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Drawing Matter Collections

Drawing Matter Team 

Niall Hobhouse
Matt Page
Rebecca Reading 
Rosie Ellison-Balaam
Elisabeth Frood
Helen Thomas

Drawing Matter Collections Team 

Susie Dowding 
Craig Stevens 
Jackie Brooks

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