The Architects Series – A documentary on: Make Architects

The twenty-fifth Architects Series will focus on international architecture studio Make Architects. Scheduled for Thursday, October 6, the webinar will include the screening of the video followed by a lecture on the design approach of the studio by founder Ken Shuttleworth. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CEST) / 6:00 p.m. (UK BST) / 1:00 p.m. (US EDT), the webinar will stream live from Iris Ceramica Group’s London flagship store.
Register for the event on the Iris Ceramica Group website.

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The Architects Series – A documentary on: Make Architects is the 25th instalment of this event organized by THE PLAN magazine for Iris Ceramica Group. The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 6, from 7:00 p.m. (CEST) / 6:00 p.m. (UK BST) / 1:00 p.m. (US EDT), and will include the screening of a 30-minute video documentary followed by a lecture by studio founder Ken Shuttleworth. Participants will need to register on the Iris Ceramica Group website. The webinar will be streamed live from Iris Ceramica Group’s London flagship store.
Ken Shuttleworth founded Make Architects in 2004. It now has a team of over 150 professionals in London, Hong Kong, and Sydney that provides architectural services at every level, from interior to urban design, and from concept to completion. 
Since 2004, Make Architects has completed over 100 projects around the world, including commercial buildings, laboratories, hotels, housing, education facilities, heritage restoration and conversion shopping malls, and urban masterplans.
The firm is distinguished by its democratic approach to design. Make Architects has always been 100% employee-owned, with every employee an owner. When Ken Shuttleworth decided to set up a new studio in 2004, he envisioned a workplace where everyone was a co-creator and solutions were found together through cooperation and not competition. The firm’s structure is such that every employee owns the company, is a partner, can influence decisions, and receives an annual profit share.
Innovation is a key element of Make Architects’ design process. The firm invests a lot of its resources into the potential of virtual reality using BIM design from the very beginning. Extensive research and development supports each creative phase, expanding the potential of each project. Their Future Spaces Foundation focuses on broadening the horizons of architectural dialogue regarding the challenges facing the cities of the future and looks at how the built environment can impact societal change.
The goal of Make Architects and its clients for 2030 is to achieve net zero whole life carbon design. Make Architects is a signatory to the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (NZCBC), the United Nations’ Race to Zero, and the United Kingdom’s Architects Declare. The firm’s in-house sustainability task force, Make Neutral, works to educate staff, clients, and collaborators on how to strengthen the design process and make it more climate resistant, with an emphasis on environmental impact assessment after structures go into use and minimizing carbon emissions.
During the event, Ken Shuttleworth will present a lecture entitled “The Art of Expression – Celebrating the Power of Communication through Drawing.”
“From his early days at Foster and Partners to his practice, Make, Ken Shuttleworth’s career is 50 years in the making and has helped shape skylines around the world. In this lecture for The Plan, Ken will look at the art and power of communicating the design process through architectural drawing, a skill he is known to love and champion – as his nickname ‘Ken the Pen’ indicates. His talk will look at his career through this medium and how architectural drawing has evolved and progressed design both for him personally and for his practice at Make. He will touch on how it has informed projects, how it is encouraged and taught at Make, and how it can provide a unique medium to challenge broad societal issues – as can be seen through the practice’s brainchild: The Architecture Drawing Prize.”
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The course has been submitted for approval by AIA CES (USA) and RIBA CPD (UK) for continuing education credits, and by CNACPP for accreditation of two CFPs (Italy only).
Thursday, October 6, 2022
7:00 p.m. (CEST) / 6:00 p.m. (UK BST) / 1:00 p.m. (US EDT) – Welcome and screening of the documentary “The Architects Series – A documentary on: Make Architects.”
7:30 p.m. – Lecture / Conference with Ken Shuttleworth
Ken Shuttleworth
Ken Shuttleworth has made a distinctive, pioneering contribution to the world of architecture over his 40-plus-year career. He’s the visionary behind many groundbreaking buildings around the world, including 30 St Mary’s Axe (“The Gherkin”) in London, The Hiscox Building in York, The Cube in Birmingham, Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport, and The Temple House in Chengdu.
Ken’s career in the built environment comprises two distinct phases: nearly 30 years with Foster + Partners, during which he worked on more than 200 projects, and his tenure as founding partner of Make Architects since 2004. He’s recognized internationally for his iconic designs as well as his clarity of vision, unique leadership style, and desire to create a sustainable legacy in the built environment.
Since Make’s inception, Ken has led the practice and acted as a guardian to its 150-strong staff, spread across studios in London, Hong Kong, and Sydney. He oversees the design development of every scheme, and under his leadership Make has established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms, winning projects and accolades across a wide range of sectors in the UK and abroad.
Ken has established a number of crucial initiatives at Make, including The Architecture Drawing Prize, an international drawing competition cofounded with Sir John Soane’s Museum and World Architecture Festival; Make Exchange, a series exploring challenges and trends in the property sector; and the Future Spaces Foundation, an in-house research arm dedicated to exploring how to create vital cities.
Ken is the former President of the British Council for Offices, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the UK Government Advisory Group on Professional and Business Services. He holds several honorary doctorates, and regularly contributes to industry magazines and lectures at architecture schools in the UK and abroad.


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