Archives For architectural sketching

Designing Elevations

August 23, 2016 — 16 Comments

So do you design the floor plan first, or the elevations? There’s only one correct answer to this question …

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Scale and Proportion

June 16, 2016 — 22 Comments

For any architect, scale and proportion are the two skills that are seemingly the most challenging to master. Get it right and nobody will notice. Get it wrong and prepare yourself to be run out of town.

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Trying New Things

September 28, 2015 — 90 Comments

Why would anybody in their right mind indicate shadows on construction drawings? Contractors don’t build shadows and therefore, they shouldn’t be drawn.

But what if the shadows actually helped?

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Sketchapalooza

August 10, 2015 — 39 Comments

Is it important for an architect to sketch well? What if they can sketch “well enough”?
I have developed my own sort of sketching style and while it isn’t art, I can’t imagine the design process occurring without picking up a pen and sketching.

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Architectural scale figures play a fairly large role in allowing people to imprint scale on to a conceptual design. Of course, this only works when the scale figures you use are the right size.

FYI – children that are capable of dancing aren’t typically 21″ tall – that’s the size of a newborn baby.

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Do Architects hang on to their sketches? I generate a lot of sketches in the process of being an architect and historically speaking, I throw them away. Am I crazy?

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