Hand Drawing and Sketching in Today’s Architectural Office


Great article! Hand drawing vs. shiny renders is such a topical issue.

Aleesha Callahan, February 12, 2013

We are not machines, to be an architects you must be an artist, and to be an artist you must be creative, and to be creative you must be at one with the house. Hand drafting is an art.

Hugh Govern, March 12, 2014

Hand drawing is a gift that can not be ignored. We need to keep doing it.

Amos Musademba, December 8, 2014

Hand drawing is essential in effectively putting conceptual ideas on paper in a timely manner to convey to clients or superiors. However, BIM is revolutionizing a lot more than just the way architects draw and will soon (within the next decade I expect) be globally adopted and become more of a requirement than a benefit.

Martin Smith, April 10, 2015

I don’t think many offices these days really use physical paper and pen anymore to do their work – even if it’s artistic and creative work. It’s really a dying art. I mean, for whatever you need to do, it seems like someone has come up with some software to install onto the office system so that you can do things the paperless way.

MarcioWilges, October 8, 2015

I feel to be a dinosaur! Over fifty years from boy to senior citizen, colour washes on linen, sharpening pencils, sketching , Roetring, lines crossing , shading, shadowing , hand lettering, set squares, parallel motion, T-squares before that , ebony edged drawing boards resting on bricks, tracing …………………………..all gone.

William McCAIN., July 28, 2016

Great article Gordon ! Really puts things in perspective, one cannot ignore hand drawing !

Roger Krami, November 27, 2017

Being a Structural Engineer I worked with Architects in my early days who are real artists. Your article is nostalgia to me. Thanks for the perspective!

anil k vishwa, June 26, 2019