How Often Do You Draw as an Architect?

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Evolving Architect // "How Often Do You Draw as an Architect?"
Drawing is putting a line around an idea.
Henri Mattisse

Lately I’ve been wondering about something. Are we losing touch with the one craft that sets us apart from most other professions?

Draw. Sketch. Doodle. Scribble. Image creation with only your mind to guide you.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean drafting. Hard line drawings are intended for an entirely different purpose in my mind. They are the result of a process; an outcome achieved by working through a design in a much more chaotic and messy way. There is finality to hard line drafting.

I’ve noticed more and more that some of the most successful Architects I know use sketching as a way to communicate and explore their ideas.

These days, the process of drawing is often left behind after school. There are so many fun and interesting tools that modern technology has provided us with as designers (parametric computer modeling, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.) that we lose sight of the skills we already have - seeking digital wonders instead.

Consider how you communicate your own ideas to clients and other Architects alike. Have you left sketching behind for something 'better'? Or have you simply convinced yourself it is so because it's flashy and cool?

Break out that pen, that pencil, that marker and get sketching today!

Keep it loose and let your mind explore the potential you have. I think you may find that the best solution to your latest design problem is right at your finger tips.

And don't worry, your computer will still be there waiting there for you until your return. After a few sketches in, you may forget it's even there.


YOUR OWN WEEKLY EVOLUTION:

This Week, take a moment and force yourself to sketch out an issue you're having. Drawing Skills are like muscles. You need to exercise them from time to time or lose them.

If you're a feeling a little rusty though, no worries! I recommend you check out this new YouTube Channel I found the other day, "Architecture Daily Sketches," to get you back in shape!


This post has been adapted from the original entry from the member-exclusive Evolution Weekly on April 17, 2016. Sign up today and get entries like this sent directly to your inbox!

Michael LaValley

Buffalo, NY