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 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 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. From June to September 2017, Emma-Kate has been composer in residence with the London Graduate Orchestra’s 36 piece ensemble. 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 performed and exhibited at “Time Making Space” – an event at the Royal Academy of Arts, which she also organised as part of the Sound|Making|Space Doctoral Network. In December 2017, she performed her piece “Device 002 – Tracing” at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.



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, analytical illustration for linguistics. Academic collaboration 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 – 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

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

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

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

British Music Collection – Graphic Scores: Dec 2017 (Project: Device 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 Publications & Releases

“The Art of Window Design and Display: Feature on RSW Grace project” – Due to be published by Sandu: Mar 2018 (Project: Grace)

“Window display – Grace” – published by KONSEPT PROJELER, Istanbul: Mar 2018 (Project: Grace)

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

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

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

“2015, Pt.1 (6:1) and 6:2” – EKM – 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

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

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

“Device 002 at Time Making Space” – (organiser, composer, exhibitor, respondent) Event at the Royal Academy of Arts, London: 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

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


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