Drawing Architecture

Drawing Architecture, balancing on the shoulders of giants
In this studio, we will practice drawing as a catalyst for spatial design and allow the drawing to be the space for observation and speculation.

Design tutorials will guide individual student projects to discover the opulent world of observational and speculative design drawings.  We will work on a site on the quay of the industrial port in Ghent.


In the first stage, students will record site observation using tools and media of their preference.



In the second stage, students will augment their drawn observations and speculate on formal and programmatic possibilities through drawings, collages and model making.

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.

As every student will have their own specific mode, method and process.  There are no pre-set outcomes, methods or points-of-view.  Students explore the extends of the spatial production through the performativity of their imagination.

Although not all architecture drawings are in service of building architecture, the drawings themselves are a way of being in the world and never seem to exclude the possibility of being constructed.

This studio is thought through individual tutorials and we set a production process in motion of investigation and imagination towards an architecture of expression and spatial articulation based on observations.

We will bring together and discuss exemplary drawings of architects, how and why they are made. Each student will establish and research their particular interests in architecture drawings.

We would like to take a flying start with motivated students with a strong interest for the architectural drawing.  We ask all interested students to present themselves during the first class motivating their choice of studio with their interest and some of their drawings.


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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