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Sayan Skandarajah

Ssayan Skandarajah



Building location

L05 London Road Campus

Areas of interest

The Architectural Drawing

Drawing-led Research

Imagination, Story-telling and Allegorical Design

The Representation of the City



Co-lead of BSc Architecture Year 2

AA2DS4 – Architecture Design: Skills in Architectural Design 2 (UG Year 2)

AA3RXM – Reflective and Explorative Making in Architecture (UG Year 3)

Contributing to:

AA2DS3 – Architecture Design: Skills in Architectural Design 1 (UG Year 2)

AA3HTA - History and Theory of Architecture: Critical Writing (UG Year 3)

AA1VCI – Visualisation and Communication (UG Year 1)

AA2VCC – Visualisation and Communication – Digital media (UG Year 2)

Research projects

Cartographies of the Imagination


I am an architectural academic specialising in drawing-led research. My role within the School of Architecture at Reading involves co-running 2nd year design studio in the undergraduate program, as well as teaching a range of modules that deal with visual communication and experimental model making. Alongside my teaching, my own reflective design practice feeds into research investigating non-western representations of the city and the use of parallel projection as drawing convention. Alongside Kirsty Badenoch I am co-curator of the Cartographies of the Imagination project, an ongoing exploration into map-making, drawing and the mind’s eye. My research has been funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Academic qualifications

PhD Candidate in Architecture - UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture

MArch Architectural Design, RIBA part II – UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, 2014

MA Architecture, RIBA part I –University of Edinburgh, 2012


Instagram: @cartographiesoftheimagination

Selected publications

Skandarajah, S. and Badenoch, K. (eds.) Cartographies of the Imagination. Cartographies of the Imagination, London. ISBN 9781527283862, (2021)

Sayan Skandarajah (2019) “Into the Clouds of Rakuchu Rakugai Zu: Eastern< >Western Drawing Tolerance Critiqued through Speculative Drawing Practices”, Architecture and Culture, 7:1, 129-147, DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2019.1558771

Sayan Skandarajah (2019) “Imaginal Cloud Spaces”, Drawing Matter,


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