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 are rarely authors of buildings, as they are ultimately constructed by others. The only thing they can truly command is their drawings.

 

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September 2017

Karl will be exhibiting his work at the Saatchi Gallery London during 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

July 2017

The translucent structural cast glass facades of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at UCL have featured in the latest issue of DETAIL

July 2017

Karl has exhibited a selection of his art work at the V&A Digital Futures event in association with the Lumen Prize big reveal 2017

June 2017

Karl has been selected to exhibit is diptych postcards from the Edge on Thames at the Happenstance Art Gallery over June 2017

May 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 Award and is also winner of the RICS Design throught Innovation Award 2017.

April 2017

Karl has co-authored and published his first paper at the IABSE 2017 - Creativity and Collaboration.

March 2017

One of the Maltese design projects Karl works 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.

January 2017

Structure, Services & Skin is a new essay and triptych by Karl on three core building components.

November 2016

For this year's 10x10 Article 25 charity auction Karl was asked to create an artwork based around the area of Brixton, London. The Guns of Brixton is what he produced.

November 2016

Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria has been selected as a top 10 highlight from this year's RWA exhibition in Bristol.

October 2016

A trio of major wins for Karl's team work at Ian Ritchie Architects, including the BCI Major Project Award for a building over £50m, Also the winner of the 2016 LEAF Façade Design & Engineering Award and the Overall Best Project LEAF award - all for the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL.

September 2016

An edition of Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria will be exhibited at the Royal West Academy, Bristol until the end of November 2016.

June 2016

Karl has had two pieces selected for the 2016 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition: Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria and Devlin's Piers.

April 2016

First images of Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria added to website.

March 2016

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.

February 2016

First images of Devlin's Piers added to website.

January 2016

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.

 

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Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery London
September 2017

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.

 

Franklin's Morals of Chess (Ruby)

 

 

Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria

 

 

Architecture aims for Eternity

 

 

Dial M for Monument

 

 

Double win at the RICS Awards 2017
May 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.

Click here for the press release

RICS awards 2017

 

IABSE 2017 - Published work
April 2017

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.

IABSE karl singporewala

 

 

 

Malta Farsons project at MIPIM
March 2017

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.

Farsons Brewhouse

Photo: Trident Business Park and Farsons Brewhouse - model by iRAL

 

The Guns of Brixton
November 2016

For this year's 10x10 Article 25 charity auction Karl was asked to create an artwork based around the area of Brixton, London.The Guns of Brixton is what he produced.

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 selected as a 'highlight' of RWA exhibition
October 2016

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
October 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.

LEAF Award winner

Winning trophies from the LEAF awards are beautiful vases designed by the late by Dame Zaha Hadid

 

 

BCI Major Building of the Year Award Winner 2016
October 2016

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.

 

BCI awards

Karl Singporewala with Ian Ritchie, Gordon Talbot, Chris Russell and the rest of the SWC team

 

 

Royal West Academy, Bristol 2016
September 2016

An edition of Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria will be exhibited at the Royal West Academy, Bristol until the end of November 2016.

work in progress palmyra

 

 

 

Architecture Room, Summer Exhibition 2016
August 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

 

 

Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition 2016
June 2016

Karl has had two pieces selected for the 2016 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition:

Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria and Devlin's Piers.

 

 

Palmyra Unbuilt, Syria (2016)
April 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"

palmyra

 

 

SWC at UCL featured on Architecture Today
March 2016

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.

Architecture Today

 

 

Devlin's Piers (2016) - Revisiting Deformation Histories
February 2016

First shots of Devlin's Piers added to catalogue. More information soon.

Devlin's Piers

 

 

Article 25 raises £51,000 in 10x10 artist auction
January 2016

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.

 

10x10 London 2015

 

Article 25 Burkina Faso

 

 

 

Till death us do part
November 2015

For this year's 10x10 Article 25 charity auction Karl was asked to create an artwork based around the Tower of London. Till death us do part is what he produced.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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