Drawing Architecture

In this studio, we will practice drawing as a catalyst for architectural design and allow the drawing to be the space for observation and speculation. We will investigate methods of observation, representation and (idea) speculation through film, photography, collages, drawing and modelmaking.

Drawn worlds are riddled with perspective depth, hidden spatial trajectories, historical layers, consistent and meticulous work expressing a time related cultural imagination : a rich ground for ingenious spatial narrative and circumstantial form articulation.

We will search for and celebrate spatial opportunities and intensify these through design.


In pursuit of drawing architecture, this studio will critically look at architecture as figure on the ground it sits on, and will shed the burdens of Architecture as commodity* formalised through programme, commercial and administrative site delineation and ruling compositions.

What is left is an architecture of expression, spatial articulation within durational experience (time).

For one semester, we dive into a spatial playing field based on instinctive site intelligence and intense site readings through the production of serial design drawings and filmic observations.  And you will find that the performative nature of such a production process propels your speculative instinct and design capabilities.

In this studio, we stretch the phase of site observation and dive into obsessive and intense site readings through film making, drawing and model making.

The studio will be structured around small lectures, workshops and individual tutorials to allow a guided process based on Figure / Ground relationships and the point of view from which we look at this relationship, its spatial tectonic, impetus, formal articulation and spatial ambiance.

In this studio, we will search for and celebrate spatial opportunities and intensify these through design.



We will work in the harbour zone North of Ghent, more specifically in the sliver where two urban programs come together: the port Industry meets small scale residential.  Both programs have their specific typology and spatial expression in their edifices and urban structure.

The uncanny ground that brings both the village and the port industry together is riddled with hidden trajectories, historical layers, textured old brick workman’s houses, meticulous industrial work rituals and workers body extensions as customised over-scaled machines and mechanic structures: a rich ground for spatial narrative, circumstantial form collisions and mutual benefits.

The exchange of forces between these opposites, their extreme functionality and customisation, could spark spatial turmoil in the no-mansland that sits in between.

We will wonder these streets and quays and pick up the opportunities we observe at either end of the scale.  This extensive site reading will be an individual, obsessive endeavour giving rise to an un-common ground for the collision between the two unrelated functions.


Riet Eeckhout and Bart Hollanders

Assisted by Arnaud Hendrickx and Tomas Nollet

1.    Each student will observe, grasp and record spatial content of the chosen site

2.    Each student will speculate on spatial configurations and/or programmatic possibilities of their observations in drawings and models.

3.    The student will note and establish the impact of the act of drawing in model making.

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