LOUISA SCHMOLKE (Scottish, b. 1994)
Scottish Artist, Part 2 Architect, Designer + Illustrator based in London.
Louisa works as an Artist for her own platform @artsyschmolke and Louisa Schmolke Art. Having a background in architecture has meant her practice varies from architectural illustrations and urban sketches, to more recently, a 1.6x1.6m Grid of Memories entitled '3024', the number of squares she filled with her own memories. '3024' was selected for the Royal Scottish Academy 197th Annual Show and was exhibited there in 2023. In 2021 & 2023 her work was live auctioned alongside Banksy, Kengo Kuma, Antony Gormley and Norman Foster to raise funds for Humanitarian Architecture.
In September 2023 Louisa is moving to the Cyclades in Greece to pursue self led study and exploration in Art and Architecture. She was awarded the Martin Jones Scholarship Award from the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland in partnership with the University of Dundee) which is funding her further employment of her architecture methodology she designed in 2018. Follow along her Journey on her Instagram and Tik Tok where she will be digitally documenting her architectural odyssey.
Alongside running her art business, Louisa is runs the Management and Co-ordination of all New Business proposals and bids at Heatherwick Studio in London. As a content creator, Louisa has worked with clients such as Top Gear, BBC, Cupra, Free People, Sezane, French Connection, Sapporo, Jo Malone, Daler Rowney, NA-KD, Pilot Pen, Antler, Ryman, Nobody's Child and many more.
After graduating with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Dundee in 2018, Louisa pursued a career in architecture until 2020. Louisa graduated 'Best Final Year Student' in 2018 and her Masters Thesis 'Abstracting the Analogy: The Palimpsestuous City as Art' was displayed at the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries Exhibtion in 2019 where she was awarded the RSA Medal for Architecture. Having always been interested in the artistic facets of graphics and presentation styles within her degree, she has moved toward a vibrant palette which is far more expressive of her personality and tastes.
In March 2020 Louisa was ready to move to New York City to pursue a career in architecture, but due to the UK Lockdown she was no longer able to leave. This resulted in a move to London to work as an Architectural Illustrator at Foster + Partners, alongside the setting up of her art platform. She now has a worldwide clientele, creating bespoke commissions around the world whilst reaching and securing an array of collaborations and brand deals.
Always looking to collaborate, please do not hesitate to get in touch if Louisa's style could work with your brand.
Martin Jones Scholarship Award RIAS + UoD (2023)
TOP GEAR X LOUISA SCHMOLKE for Cupra Formentor Advert (2021)
BBC Top Gear Magazine May Feature (2021)
Vanity Fair Magazine Artist Feature (2021)
House & Garden Magazine Artist Feature (2021)
In Her Studio Magazine June Feature (2021)
Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries Medal for Architecture (2019)
Dundee Institute of Architects Award for Best Final Year Student (2018)
RIAS Nominated for the Rowand Anderson Silver Medal (2018)
Kelvingrove Young Artist's Silver Medal
Craft Magazine Front Cover First Prize for Scotland
Publication of 3 portraits in the Times Educational Supplement
Royal Scottish Academy 197th Annual Show, 3024 (Grid of Memories) on display from May 5th-June 11th 2023
Article 25 The Bindery Live Fundraiser Auction for 'Camera Roll #2' (2023)
Humanitarian Architecture Fundraiser - work was live auctioned alongside Banksy, Kengo Kuma, Norman Foster (2021)
Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries (2019 - 6 weeks)
Architecture and Design Scotland and RIAS Lighthouse Exhibition (2018 - 4 weeks)
See feature with BBC Top Gear + Cupra below