The Practice / People
Karl Singporewala – Director-Designate
Karl Singporewala is an architect, sculptor and director-designate at Barbara Weiss Architects. A graduate of De Montfort University Leicester and the University of Brighton, where he was nominated for an RIBA Silver Medal, he completed his Part III training at the Bartlett, UCL, becoming a member of the RIBA.
Karl joined BWA following ten years at Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd (iRAL). During his early career as part of the iRAL team, he worked and led on a number of large international projects in Ireland, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Malta, as well as in the UK, ranging widely in scale from masterplans to unique sculptures. These include the King Solomon Academy (grade II* listed), the Farsons Old Brewhouse & Trident Business Park in Malta (grade II listed), the masterplan for the Greenwich Old Royal Naval College (a scheduled ancient monument), Sussex House in Covent Garden for the Mercers Livery/Shaftbury plc, and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL - the latter winning over 10 international awards, including British Construction Industry (BCI) Major Project of the Year Award 2016 and the RICS Innovation Award 2017.
In 2017, Karl co-authored with Ian Ritchie an R&D paper for the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) based on a new form of translucent pre-fabricated structural cast glass. In 2018 he is peer reviewing design and engineering research papers for the Façade Tectonics Institute in California. He also regularly acts as a visiting critic at the Interior Architecture BA course at the Arts University in Bournemouth.
A recipient of numerous personal architectural prizes and accolades for his design work, Karl was voted ‘One of the UK’s Young Creative Heroes’ by Channel 4 and received the Nagoya University Excellence in Architecture award for his thesis project. In 2014 his artwork also won the 'People's Choice' HIX Art Award.
Karl’s architectural drawings and sculptural maquettes are held in both public and private collections world-wide. These have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, V&A digital futures, The New York Institute of Technology, The Royal West Academy Bristol and since 2007 at The Royal Academy of Arts London.
THREE THINGS KARL LIKES
Christ Church Spitalfields
Angle poise lamp 'original 1227'
K2 telephone box (the original timber prototype at Royal Academy of Arts)
(Sir Giles Gilbert Scott)