Thinking with our Hands, Drawing with our Minds: Preserving the Embodied Wisdom of Sketching and Drawing


There is embodied wisdom in sketching and drawing. The architect’s ability to think with their hands and draw in their minds has become a powerful tool for imagining the spaces of tomorrow. From neurological and haptic connections between the eyes, mind, and hand to serving as a mnemonic device to improve our recollection, the creative act of drawing is important for not only the design professional but also for the non-artist.

Drawing and architecture have a long history. In fact, one of our very first books on architecture, written in the first century by Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, expressed the need for architects to be educated and “skillful with the pencil.” It wasn’t until more than a thousand years later during the Renaissance that the relationship between architecture and drawing was codified by Leon Batista Alberti. Since then drawing and sketching have been part of the creative process in the design of billions of square feet across the globe…

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