This studio course explores sketching as a skill, essential to architectural seeing, thinking and designing. Students acquire/improve their technique and skill of sketching both physical and imagined worlds, and improve their perception. This class is taught in the context of architectural thinking and designing. Sketchingis understood as integral to design, and is approached as a central step in the iterative continuum of observing, thinking, creating, testing and documenting. It is the most fluid medium for working out one's own design ideas.
Over the course of the semester students discover or refine their personal sketching style and work towards translating their ideas, thoughts and concepts to paper. They learn how to sketch existing physical objects + buildings on site, how to bring their creative concepts onto paper and how to use different techniques and materials. The class consists of short lectures and demonstrations, class sketching exercises and field sketching exercises. Sketching exercises include a broad range of tasks (sketching lines, surfaces, volumes, mass, spatial composition) in appropriate proportions and scale. Exercises engage existing physical objects/buildings and objects that we imagine, a sequence characteristic of design.