Emma-Kate Matthews, ARB, RIBA – CV

Architect, Musician, Composer, Artist – http://ekm.works





Emma-Kate is an architect, artist, musician and composer. In 2012 she founded EKM Works; a creative practice which promotes cross-disciplinary design with a focus on exploring the boundaries of innovative technologies.

Emma-Kate teaches a Masters design 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 concerns spatio-temporal interdependence between architecture and performed music.

In 2015, she released two solo albums of experimental music featuring both electronic and acoustic instruments. 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. Throughout 2017, Emma-Kate has been composer in residence with the London graduate orchestra. In September 2017, the orchestra performed her site-specific, spatialised piece “Device 001” at St Leonard’s church in Shoreditch. This venue also recently hosted the “Edge to Edge” festival – a celebration of experimental works which celebrate sound, space and movement, organised by and featuring performances of compositions by Emma-Kate. She has also previously performed at the Barbican concert hall and has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the RIBA. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Architectural Design (Wiley) and Design Ecologies (Intellect books).

In December 2017, Emma-Kate will perform and exhibit at the “Space Making Time” event at the Royal Academy of Arts, which she is also organising.



Jun 2017 – Jun 2021: PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture – title “The Spatial Instrumentalist” – funded by Bartlett Staff Award bursary.

Jun 2017 – ongoing: Parametric illustration (Academic collaboration)

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 – Oct 2019 – London Symphony Orchestra, Soundhub (Associate Member)

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



MPhil/PhD Architectural design – Sep 2017 – Jun 2021 @ UCL – The Bartlett School of Architecture (London)

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

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

“UCL Bartlett Staff Busary” PhD Scholarship Award: Sep 2017-2012 (MPhil/PhD bursary)

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

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

“Make a Stand” – Groucho club bike rack competition: Jan 2013 (Project: Ribbon Rack, for the Groucho Club)

“Pews and Perches” – RIBA 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” SCALA (now SPACES): Jul 2007 (Project: Brixton railside CPUL)

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

“Timber podium competition” TRADA (shortlisted), University of Nottingham: Nov 2006 (Project: Summer Show Podium)


Selected Exhibitions

“Time Making Space” at the Royal Academy of Arts London: due 7th December 2017 (Project: The Spatial Instrumentalist)

“Graphic Scores” British Music Collection: due December 2017 (Project: Device 001)

“Cassini’s Funeral” Bold Tendencies, London: September 2017 (Project: Cassini’s tomb – sculpture)

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

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

“Summer Exhibition” The Royal Academy of Arts, London: Jun – Aug 2016 (Project: Dorsal Falls – Sketch for a spatialised score)

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

“Summer Exhibition” The Royal Academy of Arts, London: Jun – Aug 2013 (Project: The Big Egg hunt (with WEA))

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

“Summer Exhibition” The Royal Academy of Arts, London: Jun – Aug 2012 (Project: The Augmented Instrumentalist)

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

“Summer Exhibition” Bartlett School of Architecture UCL: Jun / Jul 2010 + Jun /Jul 2011 (Projects: Various)

“End of Year Show” Uni of Nottingham School of Architecture Show: 2008, 2009, 2012 (Projects: Various)


Selected Publications + Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Treptow Crematorium: Bursary Article” SCALA Journal: Summer 2008 (PP31-33) (Project: Travel Bursary Building Analysis)


Selected Presentations + Performances

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

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

“Edge to Edge” – (organiser, composer) festival in celebration of 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


Current Employment / Memberships

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

London Symphony Orchestra – Soundhub Associate – Sep 2017 – Present

Sound Making Space Doctoral Network – Researcher & Coordinator – Sep 2017 – Present

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL – [MArch U25 studio leader, BSc Year 1 design tutor] 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 – [Summer School Studio Leader]: July 2016

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


Notable projects

Device 001 [EKM Works]: Performed by London Graduate Orchestra, Sep 2017 [Composer in Residence]

Cassini’s Tomb [EKM Works]: Sculpture exhibited at Bold Tendencies, London Sep 2017 [Designer, Maker]

Archive Mounts [Weber Industries]: Completed in May 2017 [Furniture Design for Southbank Centre]

Asteroids [Weber Industries]: Completed in April 2017 [Art Installation , Design & Fabrication)

DG [EKM Works]: Completed in January 2016 [Architectural Design, Furniture design]

Hatch [Price & Myers for Martin Richman]: Completed in January 2016 [Fabrication logistics, Assembly logistics]

Regent Street Windows “Grace” [EKM Works]: Completed in Sep 2014 [Design, Fabrication & Installation]

Heathrow Grandview towers [Price & Myers]: Completed in Autumn 2014 [Geometric rationalisation, Fabrication & Delivery]

Slipstream exhibition [Price & Myers]:In progress / Design / Research

Groucho club Bike Rack, London, UK [EKM Works]: Installed Sep 2013

Battersea Power Station, London, UK [Wilkinson Eyre Architects]: Feasibility study June 2013

Toulouse Cable Car, Toulouse, FR [Wilkinson Eyre Architects]: Competition win – feasibility study commenced March 2013

The Crystal, London, UK [Wilkinson Eyre Architects]: From inception to completion – completed Sep 2012


Software + Tools + Interests

I am an experienced and highly-competent user of the following software and digital tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Bentley Microstation 2D+3D, AutoCad, Mastercam, Adobe Creative Suite (Master collection, all programmes), Odeon, Ecotect, Vectorworks, Meshlab, Arduino, CATIA / Digital Project, Blender, 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks

I have considerable experience with the following processes: CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing, TIG welding, 3D scanning, flexible form-work, model making, prototyping, wood-work, metal-work, casting,

I am currently learning: Python, JavaScript, Kangaroo, Karamba, Processing, Visual Basic, Pure Data [pd], Touch Designer, MAX/MSP, Revit, drum kit, piano


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