Gemma Drake


Working with communities, Gemma analyses and documents urban conditions through an ethnographic approach that explores people's relationship to place. Creatively she draws out localised narratives and facilitates community engagement to inform use of urban environments.

Prior to her engagement with Social Life, Gemma has experience in working with a diverse range of urban and social practitioners within London: Mend, Make: Good, The Building Exploratory, 815 Agency, the V & A, Public Works, and as an architectural practitioner at the Architectural Research Unit the CASS and muf architecture/art. Gemma worked on the Creative Mapping of Hackney Wick study at muf. For the Southbank Centre’s 2013 Festival of Neighbourhood Gemma was commissioned to interview traders on Lower Marsh capturing their experiences and stories on trading life presented in a film in the Lambeth Treasures Exhibition.

Architectural trained (RIBA part II) Gemma has a BA in Architecture from Manchester University and postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from London Metropolitan.