Emma-Kate Matthews, ARB, RIBA – CV

Architect, Musician, Composer, Artist –



Emma-Kate is an architect, artist, musician and composer. In 2012 she founded EKM Works; a transdisciplinary creative practice with a focus on experimentation and exploring the boundaries of innovative technologies. Emma-Kate teaches a Masters in Architecture unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where she is also undertaking a design and performance-led PhD, part-funded by the Bartlett staff award bursary. Her research is concerned with discovering and exploiting creative reciprocities between music; as constructed sound, and architecture; as constructed space. Her supervisors are Prof. Bob Sheil, Prof. Yeoryia Manolopoulou (UCL) and Prof. Neil Heyde (Royal Academy Music). She is currently a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub Associate and is writing a number of site-specific compositions which are directly influenced by the outputs of digital acoustic simulation and 3D scanning. Emma-Kate’s spatial compositions have been performed at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and London’s Southbank Centre. Emma-Kate plays the Clarinet, Drum Kit, Electric Bass and Piano and has released a number of albums, most recently “East of the Active” on Algebra Records. Her Architectural work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the RIBA and has also been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Architectural Design (Wiley) and Design Ecologies (Intellect books). She is a coordinator of the Sound Making Space doctoral network and she is also currently organising the “Sound Of Space” symposium with Prof. Jane Burry and Mark Burry, which will take place in London in December 2019. She is also currently completing commissions from the Guildhall School of Music, Musicity and the Barbican Centre (performances and talks due in April and May 2019).



MPhil/PhD Architecture – Sep 2017 – present @ UCL – The Bartlett School of Architecture (London) [SPATIOSONIC CONSTRUCTS]

RIBA Part 3, Examination in Professional Practice – Classification: Merit Feb 2013 – Oct 2013 @London Metropolitan University (London)

DipArch / MArch – Classification: Distinction Sep 2009 – Jun 2011 @ UCL – The Bartlett School of Architecture (London)

Bachelor of Architecture – Degree Classification: First Class (with Honours) Aug 2005 – Jun 2008 @ University of Nottingham (Nottingham)

Art Foundation Degree – Degree Classification: Distinction Aug 2004 – Jun 2005 @ High Pavement College – NCN (Nottingham)

A-Levels: Art & Design: A, Graphics: A, English Language: A, Media Studies: A Aug 2002 – Jun 2004 @ High Pavement College – NCN (Nottingham)


Selected Awards & Scholarships

Australian Research Council Collab. at Sagrada Familia with Prof.J.Burry, M.Burry, Dr.J.Barbour Swinburne Uni: Dec 2017 (Project: Construction 002)

Sound and Music “New Voices” artist – Portfolio Residency with the London Graduate Orchestra: May – Sep 2017 (Project: Construction 001)

UCL Bartlett Staff PhD Award: Sep 2017-2021 (MPhil/PhD bursary)

UK Arts Council – Arts Grant for Cassini’s Funeral event: Sep 2017 (Project: Cassini’s tomb)

UCL Architecture Research Fund: July 2016-2017 (Project: Dorsal Falls, sketch for a spatialised score)

RIBA Regent, Street Windows: Mar 2014 (Project: Grace, for Karen Millen)

Make a Stand – Bike Rack Project: Jan 2013 (Project: Ribbon Rack, for the Groucho Club)

RIBA Pews and Perches, furniture design and fabrication competition: Mar 2012 (Project: the Whistling stop)

Castlemeads Bridge, Graduate Engineer’s Competition: Aug 2012 (Project: Castlemeads Bridge, freelance for Buro Happold)

Dean’s list for ‘students achieving distinction in design and thesis’ (UCL): Jul 2011 (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

SCALA Travel Bursary: Jul 2007 (Project: Brixton railside CPUL)

Portfolio Prize (University of Nottingham): Jul 2006 (Project: Various)

Shortlisted for TRADA timber podium competition (University of Nottingham): Nov 2006 (Project: Summer Show Podium)


Selected Publications & Releases

“Activating Audiences: How Spatial Music Can Help Us To Listen” – Due for publication by Cambridge Uni. Press for Organised Sound journal – summer 2019

“Sound Unbound” – for the Barbican Centre – Due for release May 2019

“Female Composers, International Women’s Day” – Interview with British Music Collection – LINK Mar 2018

“East of the Active” – EP release as DIAS (experimental music collaboration) – released on Algebra Records: LINK Aug 2018

“The Art of Window Design and Display: Feature on RSW Grace project” – Published by Sandu: Jun 2018 (Project: Grace)

“Window Display – Grace” – published by KONSEPT PROJELER, Istanbul: LINK Jan 2018 (Project: Grace)

“##” – Collaboration with Dr.Alex Pillen (UCL anthropology) for her forthcoming book: 2018 (Project: Analytical Illustration)

“British Music Collection – Emma-Kate Matthews on Architectural Influences” – LINK Jun 2017

“Design Ecologies” – published by Intellect Books: LINK Jun 2017 (Project: The Spatialised Score)

“Pt.1 (6:1) + 6:2” – EKM – solo album release – (composer, performer, vocals, drum kit, guitar, bass, electronics, piano) LINK Jun+Dec 2015

“Educating Architects” – Neil Spiller – Thames & Hudson Ltd: LINK Oct 2014 (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

“London Design Festival 2014” – Dezeen: LINK Sep 2014 (Project: Grace)

“Royal Academy Awards: Celebrating 30 years” -The Architects’ Journal: LINK Jul 2012 (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

“Pews and Perches” Wallpaper* Magazine: LINK Jul 2012 (Project: The Whistling Stop)

“StripHouse” SuckerPUNCH Magazine: LINK Jun 2012 (Project: StripHouse)

“Higher Integration in Morphogenetic Design: AD” – Achim Menges – John Wiley & Sons: LINK Mar 2012 (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

“Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show” UCL: LINK Jun 2010 + Jun 2011 (Project: Various)

“Treptow Crematorium: Bursary Article” SCALA Journal: LINK Summer 2008 (Pp 31-33) (Project: Travel Bursary Building Analysis)


Selected Exhibitions

Research as Art / Art as Research at UCL: Apr 2019 (Project: PhD)

In Permanent Readiness for the Marvelous at The Bartlett: Feb-Mar 2019 (Project: PhD)

Research as Art / Art as Research at UCL: Apr 2018 (Project: PhD)

Time Making Space at the Royal Academy of Arts London: 7th Dec 2017 (Project: The Spatial Instrumentalist & Construction 002)

British Music Collection – Graphic Scores: Dec 2017 (Project: Construction 001)

Harley Open, Nottingham: Jun – Sep 2017 (Project: Dorsal Falls)

Edge to Edge at Shoreditch Church, London: Jun 2017 (Project: Dorsal Falls)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: Jun – Aug 2016 (Project: Dorsal Falls – Sketch for a spatialised score)

Stars on Canvas for the Willow Foundation: Nov 2014 (Project: Grace)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: Jun – Aug 2013 (Project: The Big Egg hunt (with WEA))

RIBA, London, Open Exhibition: Oct -Nov 2012 (Project: The Split Studio)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: Jun – Aug 2012 (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

The Big Egg Hunt: Mar 2012 (Project: The Big egg hunt, with Wilkinson Eyre Architects)

Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show: Jun / Jul 2010 + Jun /Jul 2011 (Project: Various)

Nottingham School of Architecture Show: 2008, 2009, 2012 (Project: Various)


Selected Presentations + Performances

“Sound Of Space Symposium” – (respondent, organiser and speaker for symposium) Here East – DUE 11th Dec 2019

“Spatial Simulation and Sonic Realities” – (respondent, organiser and presenter for interactive event) Max Fordham Engineers – DUE 21st Jun 2019

“Sound Unbound”- (performance and presentation) Barbican Centre: DUE May 2019

“Implied Rhythms” – (performance for 16 loudspeakers) Guildhall School of Music 20th Mar 2019

“Spatiosonic Constructs” – (conference presentation) Bartlett School of Architecture PhD conference: 18th Feb 2019

“Construction 003 – Regional/Axial” – (performance of spatial composition) Southbank Centre with London City Orchestra: DUE JANUARY 2019

“Bringing New Music to New Audiences” – (conference presentation and performance) PACE @ Leicester De Montfort University: 22nd Sep 2018

“DIAS: East of the Active” – (EP launch event and installation) Event at DIY space London: 2nd Aug 2018

“Sound Space Pecha Kucha” – (organiser, presenter with SMS doc. network) Event at the Bartlett: 27th Mar 2018

“Keeping Time” – (organiser, respondent with SMS doc. network) Event at the Bartlett with Asaf Sirkis and Kemal Yusuf: 15th Feb 2018

“Construction 002 – Tracing” – (composer, conductor, researcher) Private concert at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona: 16th Dec 2017

“Construction 002 at Time Making Space” – (organiser, composer, exhibitor, respondent) Event at the Royal Academy of Arts, London: 7th Dec 2017

“Construction 001” – (composer) site-specific composition, performed by the London Graduate Orchestra, Shoreditch Church, London: Sep 2017

“Edge to Edge” – (organiser, composer) festival celebrating explorations in space, music and movement , Shoreditch Church, London: Jun 2017

“Generation to Fabrication” – (speaker) Presentation at Rhino UGM conference, London, UK – presentation on “asteroids” project: Jun 2017

“Rise” – (composer) Performance in stairwell of the Bartlett to mark opening of new building, for 5-piece student choral group: Dec 2017

“Simulation to Fabrication” – (speaker) Presentation at Shape to Fabrication conference, Stratford, on 3D scanning as a design tool: Apr 2016

“Stop:Frame” – (speaker) Lecture at the Bartlett, UCL – Presentation on animation as a generator for architectural form: Dec 2015

“Plexus Open Field” – (performer) live, experimental performance of original compositions at the Open Field, Plexus event, London: Jan 2015

“Station to Station” – (performer) Experimental drumming performance with Boredoms at the Barbican Concert Hall: June 2015

“Think, Draw, Make” – (speaker) Lecture at uni. Canterbury – presentation about digital manufacturing and engineering-led design: Feb 2015

“Regent Street Windows” – (speaker) Pecha Kucha event – Presentation on the process of creating the “Grace” installation: Sep 2014

“Whistling Stop” – (speaker) RIBA, London – Pecha Kucha event – Presentation on the Whistling Stop Project & EKM Works projects: Jun 2012

“Sound/Space” – (speaker) Uni. Westminster, London – Lecture to students of the MA Visual Culture (Interpreting space module): Mar 2012



Jun 2017 – present: PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture – title “Spatiosonic Constructs” – funded by Bartlett Award Bursary.

Jun 2017 – ongoing: Parametric, analytical illustration in linguistics. Academic collab. with Dr Alex Pillen, UCL for book “Cruel Hounds”

Jun 2016 – Jun 2017: Research project funded by the BSA, UCL Architecture Research Fund. “Dorsal Falls” – a prototype for exploring site- specific, orchestral performances, informed by the simulation of acoustic behaviours of performance spaces.


Residencies & Memberships

Oct 2017 – Present – London Symphony Orchestra, Soundhub – (Associate Member)

Jun 2017 – Present – Sound|Making|Space Doctoral Network – (Coordinator, Researcher, Respondent, Presenter)

Jun 2017 – Sep 2017 – London Graduate Orchestra, portfolio residency scheme with “Sound and Music” – (Composer in Residence)


Current Employment

EKM Works (London) – [Founder, Architect, Musician, Artist, Composer, Researcher] Sep 2012 – Present

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL – [MArch U25 studio leader, Design for Manufacture Module Coordinator] Sep 2015 – Present

Weber Industries (London) – [Architect, Designer, Maker] Sep 2016 – Present


Employment History

Geometrics Group at Price & Myers (London) – [Architect]: Sep 2013 – August 2016

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL – [Year 1 Tutor & Summer School Studio Leader]: July 2016-Sept 2018

University of Greenwich – [Visiting Critic, Unit 7]: Sep 2014 – August 2015

University of Kent – [Technical Tutor for Masters Architecture, Unit 4]: November 2014 – August 2015

Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London) – [Architectural Assistant]: Sep 2008 – Sep 2013

Sixteen*(Makers) (London) – [Freelance Production Assistant for “55/02”]: Dec 2011 – Feb 2012

Fabricate Conference 2011 (London): Apr 2011

Bim Burton – Furniture Maker (London) – [Designer & Maker]: Sep 2010

Unto This Last (London) – [Assembly & Finishing]: Sep 2010

Marsh:Grochowski Architects (Nottingham) – [Architectural Assistant]: Jun 2007 – Sep 2007

Groundworks Architects (Nottingham) – [Architectural Assistant]: Jun 2006 – Sep 2006

GEV – Landscape Design Team (Derbyshire) – [Freelance Architectural Designer]: Apr 2005 – May 2005

Private commission – Abstract Landscape Painting Series – [Artist] : 2004 – 2005


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