Archilibs is the work of Bea Martin.

Bea is a London based architect. She is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University where she is also head of year 3 of the BA (Hons) Architecture (Part 1) programme.

She is an architect and urbanist by trade but engages the world as a visual theorist, exploring the graphic theoria, praxis, and poiesis of architectural verbalisation.

Archilibs [Architecture Ad Lib] is an experimental design lab exploring the visual construct in architecture. A conceptual investigation, digital and analogue, of the apparatus of drawing, challenging boundary with drawing as a work of art, in research that is both architectural and artistic but never an end in itself. Archilibs questions and reiterates the mission of drawing through continuous research, intense interrogation, and devotion to craft. It explores the graphic theoria, praxis, and poiesis of architectural verbalisation as process of drawing. The Archilibs’ work is not limited by the normal conventions of architectural delineation, rather a representation of different types of explorations, material, connections, notions; a body of drawings that transverses a wider visualisation and verbalisation of the inherent reasons underlying architecture and the built environment. Some drawings start more as discursive investigations, some are visual records, some hint, others never reveal their architectural subject. In all, they open up new frontiers of the imagination whilst embracing, and never discarding, the power and potential of both analog and digital drawing.