From this September, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition that brings together thirty years of Chris Wilkinson’s work, particularly his architectural drawings and sketchbooks.

In Thinking through Drawing: Chris Wilkinson RA, the exhibition will offer visitors a way to get into the architects creative process and looking closely at the central role that drawing plays in the development of design.

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(Crown Hotel, Sydney, Australia (completion due 2019) Photo Royal Academy of Arts. Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour (c) Chris Wilkinson RA )

Chris Wilkinson is an architect who believes that drawing by hand is an important part of design, particularly in age that is relying more on technology. This exhibition will feature a selection of his sketchbooks, drawings and watercolours from the last 30 years, alongside architectural  objects.

Everything that has been selected for the exhibition will take visitors through his design thinking. From the initial site studies and early concepts, through to the design development and constructions on projects such as the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and the Kings Cross Gasholders.

King's Cross Gasholders (completion due 2016) Photo Royal Academy of Arts. Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour (c) Chris Wilkinson RA
(King’s Cross Gasholders (completion due 2016) Photo Royal Academy of Arts. Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour (c) Chris Wilkinson RA.)

As well as being the founder of Wilkinson Eyre, the architect has also set up his own firm Chris Wilkinson Architects and achieved great success with two Jubilee line projects at Stratford Station and Stratford Market Depot.

Wilkinson has won prizes for his work on the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. He was awarded an OBE in 2000 and  elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006.

Thinking Through Drawing: Chris Wilkinson RA will be open to the public from the 3rd September and will be running until the 14th February 2016. 

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