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Drawing on


Drawing On provides a platform for developing topics associated with or addressed through design-led research into architecture. The ambition of the journal is to promote a closer, more direct engagement between the author, their research material and the reader, all of whom play a role in creating an interestingly rich plenitude in architectural thinking and imagining.
The simple premise guiding Drawing On is that design-led research involves, and indeed relies upon, multiple modes and means to fully elaborate its thinking. Drawing On thus presents multiple versions of each ‘article’. The first mode is a conventional, formatted paper, including text, images and notes. Further modes open to the author include video, audio, animation, photography, paintings, drawings, documentation of models, or designed texts to name a few. The reading of the work involves reading across these multiple modes, and allows for various formats to take the lead in communicating the means, outputs and methods of design-led research. To this end the journal adds to the conventional format of a peer-reviewed journal an additional space of presentation intended to show design-research material in different lights.
All of these formats can viewed online through the Drawing On website, while downloadable PDFs are available containing the text and key images.
Drawing On began as means of extending material emerging from a research symposium, Plenitude and Emptiness, held in Edinburgh in October 2013, to a wider audience. Founded by Konstantinos Avramidis, Chris French, Piotr Lesniak, Maria Mitsoula and Dorian Wiszniewski, it is an on-going initiative of the PhD Architecture by Design community at the University of Edinburgh who serve as the journal's curators. It calls on the support and advice of accomplished senior scholars with interests in various aspects of architecture (e.g. design, theory, pedagogy, politics, culture).
Drawing On is a biennial publication. Each issue draws on a specific subject, situation, theme or idea. This may include issues linked to particular events, exhibitions or conferences.

ISSN 2059-9978



  • Sebastian Aedo

    PhD Candidate in Architecture by Design, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Konstantinos Avramidis

    Lecturer in Architecture and Landscapes, University of Cyprus
  • Dr Sophia Banou

    Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of the West of England
  • Scully Beaver Lynch

    PhD Candidate in Architecture by Design, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Chris French

    Lecturer in Architecture and Contemporary Practice, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Piotr J. Lesniak

    Architect, PhD in Architecture by Design graduate
  • Dr Maria Mitsoula

    Architectural Design and Theory Tutor, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Dorian Wiszniewski

    Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory, University of Edinburgh
  • Editors List

    Editors List


  • Dr Ella Chmielewska

    Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Visual Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Mark Dorrian

    Forbes Chair in Architecture, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Dorian Wiszniewski

    Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory, University of Edinburgh
  • Reviewers List

    Reviewers List
  • Prof Richard Blythe

    Professor in Architecture and Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Dr Marc Boumeester

    Dean of AKI ArtEZ, Academy for Art and Design
  • Prof Nat Chard

    Professor of Experimental Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
  • Prof Roger William Connah

    Associate Professor, Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University
  • Prof Isabelle Doucet

    Professor of Architectural Theory and History, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Prof Nick Dunn

    Professor of Urban Design, Lancaster University
  • Prof Hélène Frichot

    Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Penelope Haralambidou

    Professor of Architecture and Spatial Culture, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
  • Prof Sandra Kaji-O' Grady

    Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Queensland
  • Dr Tahl Kaminer

    Reader in Architectural History and Theory, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
  • Prof Robert Kirkbride

    Dean & Professor of Architecture and Product Design, Parsons School of Constructed Environments
  • Prof Perry Kulper

    Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan
  • Prof Yeoryia Manolopoulou

    Professor of Architecture and Experimental Practice, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
  • Prof Alessandro Melis

    Professor of Architecture, New York Institute of Technology
  • Prof Julieanna Preston

    Professor of Spatial Practice, College of Creative Arts, Massey University
  • Prof Tatjana Schneider

    Head of the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and the City, Technical University Braunschweig
  • Dr Marc Schoonderbeek

    Assistant Professor of Architectural Design, Delft University of Technology
  • Prof Naomi Stead

    Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at MADA, Monash University
  • Dr Maria Theodorou

    Senior Lecturer in Architecture, London South Bank University
  • Prof Stephen Walker

    Professor of Architectural Humanities, University of Manchester