Writer: Roz Barr

Reflections on The Drawing Matter Archive

Reflections on The Drawing Matter Archive

By Roz Barr, Jonah Ginsburg, Benjamin Machin and Sandra Porter

The following four texts reflect on connections to and interactions with Drawing Matter, on the ground or from afar. Central to each is the drawings collection at Shatwell Farm. Design Starts: Loughborough School of Architecture at Shatwell FarmBy Benjamin Machin Adaptations: A Teaching Studio at CornellBy Roz Barr Reflections on… Read More

Adaptations: A Teaching Studio at Cornell

Adaptations: A Teaching Studio at Cornell

By Roz Barr

Options Studio was an Elective Module at Cornell University led by Roz Barr. The act of making means engaging with an idea that can be made, unmade, and reconsidered before being realised. Model-making has a critical role in formulating and realising an idea. Materiality and form are developed through discussions… Read More

Six Architects on their Dream Desks

Six Architects on their Dream Desks

By Roz Barr, Biba Dow, Elizabeth Hatz, Emma Letizia Jones, Stephanie Macdonald and Helen Thomas

Drawing Matter recently acquired this design for a table, below. Although the work’s last sale in 1972 attributed the drawing to Thomas Chippendale, we are (perhaps wishfully) hoping that it might be an architect’s own design for desk. The sheet set off a flurry of chatter about the platonic spaces… Read More

Roz Barr Architects: The Maquette

Roz Barr Architects: The Maquette

By Roz Barr

The act of making a physical artefact involves a to-and-fro engagement with an idea, in which decisions are ‘made’ and re-thought, and then un-made before the idea is realised. This roundabout but essential process of adaption is carried out, in the work of my architectural practice, through the use of… Read More