Freehand drawing in architecture

Routledge introduces an inspirational new book celebrating the art of freehand drawing.

Drawing from Practice explores and illuminates the ways that 26 diverse and reputable architects use freehand drawing to shape the world around us. Author J. Michael Welton traces the tactile sketch, from conception to finished product, through words, images, and photographs that reveal the creative process in action.

The book features drawings and architecture from every generation practicing today, including Aidlin Darling Design, Alberto Alfonso, Deborah Berke, Marlon Blackwell, Peter Bohlin, Warren Byrd, Ellen Cassilly, Jim Cutler, Chad Everhart, Formwork, Phil Freelon, Michael Graves, Frank Harmon, Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon, Leon Krier, Tom Kundig, Daniel Libeskind, Brian McKay Lyons, Richard Meier, Bill Pedersen, Suchi Reddy, Witold Rybczynski, in situ studio, Laurinda Spear, Stanley Tigerman, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

In an age of cutting edge technology, this book is a refreshing reminder that drawing by hand remains an enduring art form integral to the design process. Deeply researched, thoughtfully composed, and featuring over 200 full-colour drawings, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in architecture, design and drawing.

Amanda Koellner, Managing Editor, Design Bureau Magazine, USA, said:

‘A must-read for architects and architecture enthusiasts alike, Drawing From Practice offers an unprecedented look at the creative processes of some the most influential figures that shape our world – and the sketches that guide their work. The drawings presented feel intimate, the sources tapped reveal a wealth of knowledge, and J. Michael Welton’s writing, as always, is complex enough for experts while remaining accessible for casual fans of architecture.’

J. Michael Welton writes about architecture, art, and design for national and regional publications. His news articles, feature stories, and op-ed criticisms have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Dwell, Architectural Record, Ocean Home Magazine, Metropolis, Interior Design, Inform, and the Raleigh News & Observer.