This site is an archive of material charting the continuing work and design research of Karl Singporewala. The catalogues of drawings are continually being updated, offering the user a chance to peruse an imageography of past, present and future projects, drawing styles, exhibitions and discourse.
Architects rarely build their own buildings, as they are ultimately constructed by others. The only thing they can truly command is their drawings.
Karl has been nominated as one of this year's academician selectors for the RWA's 170th Annual Open Exhibition. This year the selection panel will also include Adelaide Bannerman and Meryl Ainslie together with RWA Academicians Fiona Robinson PRWA, Dallas Collins VPRWA, Lucy Austin RWA.
Dead;ine for entries is 5 July 2023.
Karl and the RWA have issued a special press release encouraging architectural submissions.
Photo from RWA 169 Annual Open Exhibition
Street Life - New exhibition at RWA
Kar's artwork The city's yours (2023) has been selected to feature in a new exhibition in the RWA Kenny Gallery, Bristol which runs from 20 May - 23 July 2023.
Curated by Stephen Jacobson and Malcolm Ashman, exhibiting artists include: Iain Biggs, Vera Boele-Keimer, Peter Clegg, Dallas Collins, Gerald Cains, George Ferguson, Ros Ford, Trevor Haddrell, Moira Huntley, Juliette Losq, Ian Middleton, Simon Quadrat, Mike Richards, Barrington Tabb, Lucy Willis, Stephen Jacobson and Malcolm Ashman
Street Life runs alongside the new Arts Council England supported exhibition - Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City.
Congratulations to Article 25 on raising over half a million pounds over the last 11 years with their charity art auction.
Karl would like to thank everyone who has attended, supported, bid and bought artwork for all the auctions over the years. Special thanks to Article 25 team, Adrian Biddell and Art Installation Services.
Karl's Article 25 10x10 Collection 2011-2023
A glance by any other street would look as sweet (2011)
He who shall hurt the little wren (2012)
Retail Heaven (2013)
Franklin's Morals of Chess (2014)
Till death us do part (2015)
The Guns of Brixton (2016)
Lilibet's Legacy (2017)
Postcards from the edge (2018)
Another place, another time, another fish and chips (2019)
The Hawksmoor Collection (2020)
The Emancipation of The Buxton Memorial (2021)
40 under 40 (2023)
"What do Marvel movies, Florence and the Machine, Frieze, the Royal Ballet, Live at the Apollo, and the Royal West Academy of Art all have in common? The answer is, they all include practising creatives who were either born, raised, or are based in Crawley, West Sussex."
Creative Crawley with support from the Arts Council England created this exhibition, to showcase just some of the talented people who were born, studied, live, or work in the area.
The audience experienced images of local DJs, musicians, theatre makers, and visual artists to name a few, and listened to a specially commissioned soundscape by local musician Enkay Rockson and poet and rapper Woodzy.
Special thanks and congratulations to producer Louise Blackwell and the Creative Crawley team.
Exhibition showcase included: Abdollah Nafisi, Abigai Conway, Annie Bowden, Chloe Bond, Daniel Li, Enkay Rockson, Grace Saif, Helen Fraser, Laura Kojo, Paul Cree, Rob Watt, Romesh Ranganthan, Saaj Raja, Sarah Maple, Sarah Pimenta, Slow Time Mondays, Woodzy and Karl Singporewala.
Photo by Rosie Powell
Photo by Rosie Powell
Karl Singporewala with Poet/Rapper/Story teller Paul Cree and international visual artist Sarah Maple
40 under 40 donated to charity auction
Karl has created a new sculpture for the Article 25 charity auction to be held at The Bindery, Hatton Gardens, London on 4 May 2023. Click the photograph for more information.
Book review in Building Design Online
Karl has reviewed a new RIBA Publishing book - Drawing Attention: Architecture in the Age of Social Media.
Read in review in Building Design
“This book is a launch-pad into a world of architectural illustration and a short-cut through the rabbit warren of Instagram… a world-wide group of individuals who are absolutely smashing architectural illustration. Individuals, who in true acts of camaraderie, are showing you how they are doing what they do”
New pieces added to the catalogue
Happy new year! New base model (manifesto) for 2023. More collaborations, more comrades, more listening, more sharing.
Milities circum mensam
Elected Royal Academician at the RWA Bristol
Karl is proud to announce that he has been elected as an RWA Academician at the Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol UK.
Thank you to everyone who visited the candidate exhibition at the Kenny Gallery between October-December 2022 and special thanks to all of the academicians who voted.
Ian Chamberlain RE, artist and printmaker was also elected at the same time as well as two new honourary academicians Gareth Fisher PRSA and Dr Alice Roberts FRSB.
Karl joins a select list of current architect academician's at the RWA, including Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Tom Russell, Mike Richards, Sir Donald Insall, George Ferguson, James Bruges and Peter Clegg.
Gaia: Queen of Spades TLC Charity auction 2022
Karl has donated a new artwork for the charity Transplant Links Community TLC. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the charity and the wonderful work they do. TLC's goal is to train surgeons and doctors in low- and middle-income countries to carry out kidney transplants so that the lives of many people with kidney failure can be transformed and saved.
Karl is one of 54 artists selected to create an original piece for a deck of cards. He created the Queen of Spades. The maquetry piece is made from Cherry, Koto, Oak, Sapele, Swiss Pear and Indian Rosewood. The auction takes place on 2 December 2022.
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2022 at the Mall Galleries
Karl has two pieces on display in this year's ING Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries near Buckingham Palace. The exhibition runs from 11 to 20 November and online until 31 December 2022.
Many thanks to the judges and curators:
Alison Bevan, Kate Enters, Gurinder Chadha, Aindrea Emelife and Ansel Krut.
Karl would like to thank BDonline for inviting him to write an article on his early years in the world of art and its intrinsic link to architecture
Karl will be judging a number of London buildings for the Civic Trust Awards 2022. Other judges include Mark Rowe Principal of Penoyre & Prasad, Robert Armstrong Associate at CGL and Suzanne Tate Founder of Studio-To.
Architecture Today Webinar
Karl would like to thank Architecture Today and Schueco for being invited to talk about our award winning residential and retail project in the heart of Marylebone. Click the link to read the article and view a recording of the talk and Q&A.
Many thanks to Ruth Slavid who moderated as well as the other presenters Holly Gallbraith of Niall McLaughlin Architects and Murray Levinson of Squire & Partners.
Connubial Collider - Coming together
One of four new pieces to be exhibited in the new Kenny Gallery (candidates exhibition) at the Royal West of England Academy of Arts - 8 October to 11 December 2022.
A marker in Karl's current research work on polyhedron, perspective, time and witnessing.
Studies for a new civic building
New series of study base models for a civic build, each made from flat sheets of Indian hand-made cotton rag.
Stinkhorn Soparo a new monument
Karl's latest work, a photoetched stainless steel maquette that draws from a number influences, but most notably the Parsi ses soparo.
Karl is proud to have been involved in two Schueco Excellence Award winning projects. Commercial winner for Sussex House by ritchie*studio and Adaptive Reuse and Refurbishment winner for The Marlo by Barbara Weiss Architects. Congratulations to all team members involved!
Ben Flatman, Building Design Magazine Architectural Editor, reviews The Marlo by Barbara Weiss Architects. Click the image below to read the full review.
The Marylebone High Street residential and retail project by Barbara Weiss Architects has been reviewed by Bob Allies of Alllies and Morrison for Architecture Today. Click the image below to read the full review.
Every architect at some point in their career designs a pyramid structure for a competition. This was Karl's in 2022 for Brent Cross, may it rest in piece(s).
Karl has been commissioned by Creative Crawley to create a a new permenant mural at the children's entrance in Crawley Library. Click here for pictures of the unveiling of Karl's most colourful artwork to date.
TLC produces Art book with King of Spades
Transplant Links Charity has celebrated all the artists that featured in their charity auction TLC Deck of Cards Vol.II. This beautiful artbook feautures the work by Karl (King of Spades) as well as amazing pieces by the following artists:
Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE, Grayson Perry CBE RA, Frank Bowling OBE RA, David Mach RA, David Shrigley OBE, George Underwood, Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA, Lemn Sissay MBE, Ade Adesina, Dan Hillier, Michael Foreman, Lizzie Riches, Anthony Frost, Sean Jefferson, Lou Tonkin, Hannah Kokoschka, Katie Ponder, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Vanessa Gardiner, John Howard, Peggy Cozzi, Aimee Jewitt-Harris, Jackie Berridge, Jaci Foster, Deborah Westmancoat, Sue Munson, Clare Mackie, Jan Marcello, Soraya French, John Nolan, Alexander Vorobyev, Robert Fitzmaurice, Colin Mier, Bridget Moore NEAC RBA RWS, Stephen Ling, Riannon Evans, Sonja Burniston, Louise Body, John Hainsworth, Karen Marks, Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, Joe Coleman, Nana Shiomi RE, Jem Stevens, Annie Boisseau RBA, Hazel Partridge, Alan Cotton, Christine Stark, Remy Nurse, Daniel Jennings, Susie Perring, Emma D’Arcey.
Karl has created a new work for the architecture charity Article 25's annual flagship art auction 10x10. This piece reimagines the Buxton memorial (currently located in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament) at a greater scale, more fitting of the liberation it celebrates. Congratulations to the lucky bidder and to the Buxton family.
Barbara Weiss has recorded a tour of BWA's recently completed WIltshire House for The Modern House. In the space of a few weeks, the video has amassed over half a million views. See the completed project here.
Research study and commision looking at the techniques by Pre-Raphaelite and Arts & crafts artists. The result was a series of engravings in walnut for use in joinery units.
Karl has donated one of these studies, an engraving on canvas, to the annual Artcan postcard auction.
BWA's recently completed house in WIltshire has been featured in the pages of World of Interiors.
An edition of La fleche de Notre-Dame Etude has been selected and hung at the D-Contemporary gallery in Mayfair, London. The exhibition runs until the 18 June.
Doppel Communion wins RWA Art Prize
Karl's new work, Doppel Communion, has won the inaugural Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Art Prize at the Royal West of England Academy of Art at this year’s open exhibition. Many thanks to the judges and team at the RWA. The exhibition opens 2 January 2020.
Editions are available for sale direct from the Royal West of England Academy of Art until the close of the exhibition.
Karl has created a new unique art work for a charity auction to raise funds for Transplant Links Community. 54 artists and celebrities have been selected each to create a artwork based on a deck of cards. To his delight, Karl was given the King of Spades.
The piece is to be auctioned live on Friday 11 December online by Ewbank's Auction House from 9.30am.
The Hawksmoor Collection
For this year's Article 25 10x10 art auction Karl created a series of brass etching studies of the front elevations of Hawkmoor’s six churches designed and built as part of the 1711 parliament Act for the building of Fifty New Churches in the Cities of London and Westminster or the Suburbs thereof. The auction raised over £34,000 for the charity. Congratulations to the lucky bidder.
Rose Vitrine Studies
New small affordable studies for sale.
Charity Auction for new work at RIBA
Two pieces at Royal West Academy Open 167
La flèche de Notre-Dame de Paris
Karl's new piece La flèche de Notre-Dame de Paris is to be featured in the entrance foyer of the Royal West Academy of Art to coincide with a new major exhibition charting the history of fire in British art from 1692 - 2019.
Originally created as study piece with Anthony Grieveson, the sculpture is a to-scale depiction of the spire at Notre-Dame in Paris which was destroyed by fire in April 2019.
The exhibition Fire: Flashes to Ashes will run from 15 June - 1 September 2019. Other artists included in the exhibition include:
Roger Ackling, William Bankes Fortescue RWA RBA, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE RWA Hon, Siân Bowen, Sophie Clements, John Cleveley the Elder, John Robert Cozens, John Collier OBE RP ROI, Mat Collishaw, Stephen Cripps, Jeremy Deller, Toni Davey RWA, Michael Faraday, Stanhope Alexander Forbes RA RWA, Douglas Gordon, Ralph Hedley RBA, Susan Hiller, David Inshaw RWA, John Latham, Aoife van Linden Tol, John Martin, Anthony McCall, Nadège Mériau, John Minton, Catherine Morland, David Nash RA, John Nash CBE RA, Rachael Nee RWA, Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Sarah Pickering, James Pimperton, John Piper CH, James Baker Pyne RBA, Eric Ravilious, Claude Rogers OBE RWA, Aura Satz, Godfried Schalcken, Samuel Scott, Rolinda Sharples RBA Hon, Tim Shaw RA RWA Hon, Stanley Spencer CBE RA, Emma Stibbon RA RWA, Marianne Stokes, Graham Sutherland OM, J. M. W. Turner RA, Karl Weschke, Joseph Wright of Derby ARA.
Architecture will be the death of me
Architecture will be the death of me is a new sculpture made from acrylic and wax.
Click the image for more information.
Postcards from the Edge I & II sold at auction
An edition of Postcard from the Edge I and II has been sold at auction for the charity Article 25. The piece was exhibited and sold at a live auction held at Twenty Two Bishopsgate London. Congratulations to the lucky bidder.
TLC Playing Cards for sale
You can now purchase a deck of playing cards featuring all the art works produced for the TLC chairty auction. Highlights include Grayson Perry's Joker, Quentin Blake's King of Hearts, Dan Hiller's King of Diamonds, Katie Ponder's Queen of Hearts, Remy Nurse's Seven of Clubs and a painting by Patrick Stewart for the back of every card.
The Bus Scenario at Royal West Academy of Art (RWA)
An edition of The Bus Scenario is being sold and exhibited at the Royal West Academy of Art (RWA Bristol) until December. Karl is proud to be exhibiting along side longtime friend and collaborator Jose Garrido.
Karl is to design an art work for a charity auction to raise funds for Transplant Links Community. 52 artists and celebrities have been selected each to create a artwork based on a deck of cards. To his delight, Karl was given the Ace of Diamonds.
Others included in the exhibition and auction are:
Grayson Perry CBE RA, Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Sir Quentin Blake CBE FCSD FRSL RDI, Baroness Floella Benjamin, Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, Bear Grylls, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Lizzie Riches, Dynamo Magician, Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, Dan Hillier, Annie Boisseau RBA, Ade Adesina, Mick Rooney RA, Deborah Westmancoat, George Large RBA RI, Anthony Frost, Jackie Berridge, Carole Griffin RBA, Bridget Moore Sen RBA NEAC RWS, Celia Cook, Clare Mackie, Holly Frean, Christine Stark, Francesca Centioni, Sonia Martin, John Nolan, Aimee Jewitt-Harris, Fraser Crawford, Nana Shiomi, Robert Fitzmaurice, Emma D’Arcey, Anastasia Lewis, Hazel Partridge, Jem Stevens, Richard Galloway, Tamsin Relly, Fiona Bradford, Sophie Molyneux, John Renshaw, John Hainsworth, Martin Ridgwell RE, James Faure-Walker, Peter Rasmussen, Vanessa Gardiner, Sue Munson, John Howard, Peggy Cozzi, Katie Ponder, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Sharon Drew, Martin Leman, Remy Nurse, Lars Fassinger, Alexander Vorobyev, Hannah Kokoschka, Sasha Mataya, The Baron Gilvan, Brendan Neiland, Ian Chamberlain, Peter Randall-Page
The piece Karl has created will be exhibited at Ewbank's Auction House from 8th - 12th October. The live auction will proceed at 7pm on the 12th October.
Core and Shell has been exhibited and sold at the The Prince's Trust INTBAU exhibition on London Identity in association with the London Festival of Architecture 2018. All proceeds will go to the charity.
The Interpretor has been featured on Astragal pages of the Architects Journal thanks to recent speech by Boris Johnson.
The Jubilee Stations at OLQOH
Fifteen art works created by Karl and 300+ pupils at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School in West Sussex to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Click image for more photographs.
Karl and Anthony Grieveson have been shortlisted for the international Brexit Monument (Memorial) competition organised by the Paris School of Architecture.
New Beckenham Canopy Design
With collaborator Anthony Grieveson, Karl has designed a new canopy for Beckenham Green in Bromley.
Dissemination for Amsterdam Lighting Festival
Karl has been helping sculptor Tim Morgan produce an entry for the 2018 Amsterdam Lighting Festival. Dissemination uses glass rods and fibre optics to transmit light / shadow / messages from one location to other.
Lilibet's Legacy to be auctioned for charity
For 2017's 10x10 Article 25 charity auction Karl was asked to create an artwork based around the London Olympic site which includes the Queen Elizabeth Park. Karl's sculpture, Lilibet's Legacy will be auctioned live following an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) headquarters.
New work at the Camden Image Gallery
The Bus Scenario - a new sculpture by Karl will be for sale at the Camden Image Gallery in London, UK during the month of November. The exhibition will be organised by ArtCan and curated by artist Kate Enters.
Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery London
Karl will be exhibiting four pieces of work at the Saatchi Gallery London until 17th September 2017. His work will be represented by the Saphira & Ventura Gallery New York and will be hung along side pieces by Keith Haring, Suzi Fadel Nassif and Neil Kerman. Visit Gallery 2 to see his work.
Double win at the RICS Awards 2017
Karl and iRAL are delighted that the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL has been awarded the 2017 RICS Project of the Year (London) Winner and is also winner of the RICS Design throught Innovation Award 2017.
The judges described the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour as highly rational, very efficient and beautifully detailed. The judges expressed the design to be highly adaptable, but also attractive to the world’s leading scientists to come and work there. They also said that the laboratories are a unique combination of facilities, for theoretical and experimental scientists to work collaboratively, and are the result of intensive research.
IABSE 2017 - Published work
Karl has co-authored and published his first paper at the IABSE 2017 Conference in Bath. Based around 'Creativity and Collaboration'.
Titled - Translucent Pre-fabricated Structural Cast Glass: A new unitised U-channel assembly, he will present at the IABSE Conference 19-20th April which is focused upon instilling imagination and innovation in structural design. He will describe a new type of structural cast glass assembly with high thermal performance, good light transmission and acoustic rating that forms a large part of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre facades. The assembly represents an innovation in large unitized U-channel cast glass elements that have been fabricated and sealed off-site and installed on site in modules.
Malta Farsons project at MIPIM
The listed Maltese Brewery project Karl leads on at iRAL - Farsons Business Park and Old Brewhouse will be showcased at MIPIM 2017 in Cannes as part of the UK Department of International Trade Pavilion.
Photo: Trident Business Park and Farsons Brewhouse - model by iRAL
The Guns of Brixton
The piece will be auctioned on Tuesday 29th November during an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA HQ) Portland Place, London.
To date, Karl's art work has raised over £10,000 for the chairty.
Other artists raising money for Article 25 this year include: Anthony Gormley, Rafael Viñoly, Eric Parry, Ed Cullinan, Wolfgang Buttress, Norman Ackroyd, Ian Ritchie and many others.
Click the image below to find out more about this year's piece:
Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria has been selected as a top 10 highlight from this year's RWA exhibition in Bristol. To read the full article at Epigram, click the image below.
Double win at the LEAF Awards 2016
Karl and iRAL are delighted that the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL is the 2016 Overall Winner of the Leading European Architecture Forum (LEAF) Awards and also winner of the LEAF Façade Design & Engineering Award.
Winning trophies from the LEAF awards are beautiful vases designed by the late by Dame Zaha Hadid
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL has won the major construction prize at this year's British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards.
The judges comment: “Poetic and pragmatic, a very worthy winner” –
Karl and the iRAL team is proud to celebrate the 2016 BCI Major Building of the Year Award (over £50m) with all those involved. A great team effort.
Karl Singporewala with Ian Ritchie, Gordon Talbot, Chris Russell and the rest of the SWC team
Royal West Academy, Bristol 2016
An edition of Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria will be exhibited at the Royal West Academy, Bristol until the end of November 2016.
Architecture Room, Summer Exhibition 2016
Palmyra Unbuilt and Devlin's Piers in the Architecture Room at the Summer Exhibition 2016
Royal Academicians Louisa Hutton and Ian Ritchie
Palmyra Unbuilt and Devlin's Piers in the Architecture Room at the Summer Exhibition 2016
Karl has had two pieces selected for the 2016 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition:
Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria (2016)
One of Karl's current projects at Ian Ritchie Architects is the masterplan for the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site in London. Working on site and falling in love with the buildings by Wren and Hawksmoor got him thinking about all the UNESCO world heritage sites he has not yet visited in the world.
"one day I would love to see them all"
Sadly, one such UNESCO site in Syria was largely destroyed during the current civil war; 2000 years of history just swept away.
"It's another one of those occasions where I struggle to vocalise how it makes me feel... so I made something"
SWC at UCL featured on Architecture Today
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL just made the front cover of March's issue of Architecture Today. You can read Peter Cook's review of our building here.
First shots of Devlin's Piers added to catalogue. More information soon.
Article 25 raises £51,000 in 10x10 artist auction
Huge congratulations to the highest bidder of Till death us do part. Selling for £1,700.00, Article 25 raised a total of £51,000.00 on the night at the RIBA on Portland Place, London. The money raised at 10x10 London 2015 will support Article 25’s healthcare building projects in the developing world.
Till death us do part
The piece will be auctioned on Tuesday 1st December during an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA HQ) Portland Place, London.
Other artists raising money for Article 25 include: Anthony Gormley, Rafael Viñoly, Eric Parry, Ed Cullinan, Wolfgang Buttress, Norman Ackroyd, Ian Ritchie and many others.