Hand Drawing in the Age of Computers

Over at World-Architects is an eMagazine Insight feature I just wrapped up, compiling some sketches after combing through the W-A profiles: "Hand Drawing in the Age of Computers."

[Photo: John Hill/World-Architects]

The intro:
Inspired by a recent Alvaro Siza lecture, in which the architect traced the design process of one of his buildings through a myriad of ever-more-refined sketches, we've combed through the profiles on World-Architects to find sketches and other hand drawings—not an easy feat, considering the ubiquity of CAD drawings, computer renderings, and photographs for documenting projects. Nevertheless we've compiled a rich sampling of drawings to illustrate the value—even necessity—of hand drawings in the age of computers.


  1. There is a passion and feeling for, as well as a sense of the architect's thinking for any project, that comes through every drawing created by hand. While I understand that CAD drawings can save time, I believe that hand drawings can accomplish even more to ensure that the client and architect are on the same page as to what the final project will look like. Hand drawings strike a chord of emotion through a sense of the immediacy of the human touch with the viewer which can instill the same passion that the architect feels for a project. I never get that when looking at a computer generated drawing.


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