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“Every child is an artist, t he problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Drawn to Architecture by Bryce A. Weigand, FAIA
These drawings are excerpts from sketchbooks complied over the past 33 years. Presented in our Good Fulton & Farrell University (for AIA learning unit credits), they formed the structure of the presentations: “Drawn to Architecture: Sketches to Reality.” The objectives of the session were: • To explore the value and enjoyment of drawing. • To pursue the process of creating architecture through drawing. • To celebrate the thrill of place-making. • Through the economy of simple drawings, discover the power to convey complex ideas.
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The premise was two-fold: • Embryonic concepts and thoughts can/ do become real architecture in time, space and dimension • No matter how loose or unresolved the initial lines may be, by continuing to draw, shapes and forms become real. These included sketches convey visual diaries from travel, to scale and rhythm studies for future architectural projects, to merely things that delighted me at the time, and continue to engender warm thoughts upon reviewing after many years. The point of keeping a sketchbook and encouraging its use is to connect the eye to
the hand and in so doing, understand more deeply how components (scenes or objects or buildings or cities) relate to one another. Most of the drawings live on the shelf, vertical soldiers hidden away, known only through dates of origin, not intended for viewing, but able and willing to convey a thought upon summons. Perhaps to find their way to a new project or a birthday card or even a smile when needed. Thus the categories noted: • For enjoyment • For education • For recall • For memories