Explore & Draw: Rules of Proportion Workshop

Thursday 7th March 2019


Thursday 7th March 2019


11:00am to 4:00pm


The Wren Room | 6th Floor | RIBA | 66 Portnad Place | London | W1B 1AD


  • BIID Members / £35.00
  • Students / £20.00
  • General / £45.00

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This workshop will explore the usefulness of compositional tools, linear perspective and geometry in relation to architectural drawing. Led by experienced artist Marianne Holm Hanson, attendees will be referencing technical examples from the RIBA library at the historic Portland Place.  


Designed to develop critical, creative and technical skills, the workshop will begin with a discussion of selected items from RIBA’s rich collection of drawings and books.

Attendees will consider how architects and artists, past and present, have adapted classical ideals and mathematical principles to achieve compositional harmony in architecture and architectural drawings as well as to present their ideas or communicate their ideologies.

We will move to put theory into practice as practical activities and instruction will develop your creative and technical skills expressive line drawing, perspective and composition.

You will then be encouraged to explore your own style and approach as we move to test the impact of diverse ‘rules’ by drawing out our own ideal compositions or particular viewpoints in relation to the architecture of 66 Portland Street.

The workshop will end with a discussion of the work produced, including the benefits and consequences of applying techniques based on ideology, math and geometry to drawn representations of the built environment.


No need to bring any materials as these will be provided on the day.


This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in engaging with architecture and design through drawing. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.


The workshop is led by Marianne Holm Hansen, an artist whose practice explores how different structures, methodologies, media and languages impact on the way we experience, and understand, the world around us. As an extension of this, she presents her work internationally and consistently collaborates with institutions such as The Barbican, The Tate, The British Library and RIBA to deliver new works, workshops, participatory installations and events that facilitates collective learning, dialogue and meaning-making through the exchange of critical and creative skills.

Additional information

The workshop will be held in The Wren Room on the 6th Floor of the RIBA building, please make your way up to the Wren Room on your arrival.

The programme allows for an half hour lunch break but lunch is not provided in the ticket cost.

Prices are not inclusive of VAT.

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