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The Architecture of Drawing
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This course will explore the role of the observational and speculative drawing in the formation of design ideas. Using small format drawing exercises, the class will consider the role of hand drawing in the creative process moving from observational drawing to highly speculative drawings over the course of the semester.

The work of other architects will be studied ( Aalto, LeCorbusier, Porzemparc, Gehry, Graves, Piano, Hadid, Scolari, for example) and the relation of drawing styles and techniques to their architectural work will be examined in an illustrated research paper.

The major part of the work however will be in the “drawing book” format where drawings will be used to record direct experience working from the small object to the scale of the city in line and gestural drawing. These drawings will be presented digitally at intervals to foster a discussion of the role and function of drawing in the digital age.

The course does not require a strong ability to draw but is not intended as a basic drawing class, rather as a course to improve technique and study the role of drawing in visual thinking and design so some aptitude for freehand drawing is expected.


Will not be taught in fall 2018.


Old Course Numbers: AVSM 3320/6320



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Visual/Digital Media