In the profession of architecture, drawing is essential to the process of design. From diagrammatical to highly technical, hand drawing brings to every architectural project by allowing us to quickly explore ideas and convey intent. The development of the analysis of a site, the organization of spaces, even the exploration of construction details are all efficiently produced in the line work of a sketch.
At one point, I was working with a great older couple to do their final home in a beautiful canyon of color and an eagle’s nest! I would usually show up weekly with updates from the previous meeting. I sat down at their kitchen table and had a cup of coffee, then one time they just sat there, I asked what they were waiting for. They were waiting for me to “perform”! My use of sketch paper, pens, markers, etc. creates an easy way to communicate on the plan and elevation thoughts. I would revise the plan until they were pleased.
In this project, views were critical and the owner would take pictures of all directions at different times of the day. This helped use put each room in the correct location at the right time of day. Each project has driving elements to capture and avoid. This can be done by landscaping window locations, and architectural elements.
Computer work has its place and is wonderful for clarifications and Construction Documents [CD] for bidding and submitting for a building permit.
An example is when you are snow skiing and stop at the top of a big hill which seamed really scary! Realistically, you are not going to ski down the entire mountain at one time. You are going to take small bites to make realistic decisions. You can ski to the other side of the run, then turn and ski back to the other side. You are taking smaller bits out of the run to achieve the total goal of getting to the bottom of the run at your comfort level. The architectural process is similar in that we start with a big picture of goals, existing elements we will deal with, then slowly get to the door handle style and color.
There are specific phases in the architectural world that must be achieve prior to going to the next phase, similar to skiing one direct line then turn to complete the total mountain in a zig-zag pattern.