Young Architect Guide: 5 Techniques to Improve Your Sketching
Bob Borson is creator of the famous Life of an Architect blog, a Texas-based architect at Malone Maxwell Borson Architects and an indispensable guide to professional practice. We are pleased to present a selection of his posts on Architizer, each one providing amazing insight into the complex process that goes into all great architecture.
Architectural sketching is becoming a thing of the past — at least that’s how it seems to me most days. I graduated eons ago in 1992, back in the days that predate computers being used in the studio. This doesn’t mean that everyone who graduated in my era could sketch — far from it. What it does mean is that we learned how to think and communicate our ideas in a slightly different manner from the students graduating from modern-day architecture programs. Now that I’ve been at this “architect” thing for a little while, I can look at my sketches all the way back to my time in school, see how my sketch technique has evolved and how that technique has shaped my architectural solutions.
Looking back over 25 years of my sketches is kinda freaky to be honest. I’m not sure I would have made this observation had I not started writing this blog and posting my sketches for others to view. While I don’t think I am particularly gifted at sketching beautiful drawings, I do think that I have a style that has become recognizable as my own — and that is pretty awesome to discover.
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