Drawing was once essential to architects. From Brunelleschi to Erich Mendelsohn, pencil and paper were the most basic tools for architects to express the deepest of feelings, and to communicate their ideas. However, in this age of digital simulation, I wonder have the rules changed; I mean do architects really need to know how to draw nowadays? Many older generation architects will agree to the view that drawing skill is an essential prerequisite for being an architect in those days. Does the view still hold true today?


“Art schools have abandoned drawing in order to make time for all the software they have to teach. We get what we need for our professional life but don’t have an instrument for understanding the reality of life.” ~ Milton Glaser, American Designer

There is something “magical” if not somewhat poetical about a hand-drawn drawing. Each drawing reflects the unique individuality of the maker, and each line drawn represents a conscious expression of free thought. Perhaps, one of the strengths of a freehand drawing is its ability to facilitate the convergence of ideas into concepts.



Quotation source: David Ross Scheer, "The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation" pg.55

Quote of the day

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.

Kenzo Tange