Matters of Engineering Design: AKT II

Matters of Engineering Design


Edited by Hanif Kara and Paul Scott


Since the firm’s founding twenty-five years ago, AKT II have forged an international practice that unifies the cultures and disciplines of architecture and structural engineering. This book is an engine for critical reflection on the scope, potential, and limits of what they have come to define as design engineering.

Structured into five discursive domains—scale, variability, attitude, reverse engineering, and the craftsmanship of engineering—the book presents a robust selection of the firm’s endeavours, which together demonstrate a vast range of encounters and processes in design. Common among them is a desire to understand and reshape the boundaries of the discipline of structural engineering, along with its links to fields such as philosophy, computer science, and geography. Interlaced with the projects, texts by contributors from varying fields engage the theoretical discussions and social conditions that bind contemporary practice.

Matters of Engineering Design: AKT II balances structural concerns that require an equilibrium of internal and external forces, a clear understanding of boundary conditions, and knowledge of the properties of material with the overarching challenges that society faces today, including advances in technology, changing economic orders, and ecological responsibility.

With contributions by William Baker, David Basulto, Hanif Kara, Jayne Kelley, Priya Khanchandani, Adrian Lahoud, Lesley Lokko, Ibrahim Mahama, Stephen Parnell, Vicky Richardson, and Ellis Woodman.


Weight 1900 g
Dimensions 315 × 245 × 25 mm
Contributions by

William Baker, David Basulto, Hanif Kara, Jayne Kelley, Priya Khanchandani, Adrian Lahoud, Lesley Lokko, Ibrahim Mahama, Stephen Parnell, Vicky Richardson, Paul Scott, and Ellis Woodman.



Art Direction

Neil Donnelly


24,5 x 31 cm

Page count

Approx. 336 pages


Approx. 400 illustrations


Hardback, thread sewn

Pub date

October 2022



in alphabetical order:


Golda-Meir-Steg / Berlin, Germany
Canopy by Hilton London City / London, UK

Adjaye Associates

National Cathedral of Ghana / Accra, Ghana

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Chobham Academy / London, UK
240 Blackfriars / London, UK
White Collar Factory / London, UK
Angel Building / London, UK (with Veretec)

Alsop & Störmer

Peckham Library / London, UK
Highpoint / London, UK (with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (concept))


Birmingham New Street Station / Birmingham, UK

BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group

The Twist / Jevnaker, Norway
Serpentine Pavilion 2016 / London, UK
Google London / London, UK (with Heatherwick Studio50102)


Canada Water Library / London, UK

David Chipperfield Architects

Turner Contemporary / Kent, UK
One Pancras Square / London, UK

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Lead), Neiheiser Argyros

The Tide / London, UK

Eric Parry Architects

Four Pancras Square / London, UK

Farshid Moussavi Architecture, DLR Group

Ismaili Centre Houston Houston, TX, US

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Shrewsbury Faxmill Maltings / Shrewsbury, UK
Heelis – National Trust HQ Swindon, UK

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (design) Shatotto Architecture (executive)

Aga Khan Academy / Dhaka, Bangladesh (with Shatotto Architecture)

Foreign Office Architects

Highcross / Leicester, UK
Ravensbourne College / London, UK

Foster + Partners

Zayed National Museum / Abu Dhabi, UAE
Bloomberg European HQ / London, UK
Masdar Institute / Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Whiteley / London, UK

Grafton Architects

Town House, Kingston University / London, UK
LSE Marshall Building / London, UK

Hawkins Brown

Corby Cube / Northamptonshire, UK

Heatherwick Studio

Vessel / New York, USA
East Beach Café / Littlehampton, UK
Maggie’s Yorkshire / Leeds, UK

Heatherwick Studio / BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group

Google Bay View Campus / Mountanview, CA, USA

Heneghan Peng Architects

Central Park Footbridge / London, UK

Herzog & de Meuron, Adamson Associates

One Park Drive / London, UK

HOK International, PLP Architecture

Francis Crick Institute / London, UK

Hopkins Architects

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium / Pune, India
100 Liverpool Street
/ London, UK

IJP Architects

Henderson Waves / Singapore

John McAslan + Partners

Olympic Energy Centres / London, UK

Knight Architects

Merchant Square Bridge / London, UK


One Crown Place / London, UK
South Bank Tower / London, UK

KPF, Reardon Smith Architects, United

One Nine Elms / London, UK

Nordic — Office of Architecture

Oslo Airport / Gardermoen, Norway


No1 New Oxford Street / London, UK

PDP London

Duke of York Headquarters / London, UK
Regent’s Crescent / London, UK
15 Sloane Square / London, UK

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

LSE Centre Building / London, UK


Blizard Building / London, UK

Stanton Williams

Sainsbury Laboratory / Cambridge, UK
The London Museum / London, UK (with Asif Khan)

Walters & Cohen

Dorothy Garrod Building / Cambridge, UK

Zaha Hadid Architects

Phaeno Science Centre / Wolfsburg, Germany
Grand Théâtre de Rabat / Rabat, Morocco
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum / East Lansing, MI, USA
Central Bank of Iraq / Baghdad, Iraq
Heydar Aliyev Centre / Baku, Azerbaijan
Napoli Afragola High Speed Train Station / Naples, Italy
Generali Tower / Milan, Italy

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