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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Charcoal drawing, Architectural drawing -- Technique, Architecture -- Study and teaching, Design -- Study and teaching


Beginning design studios generally stress a quantitative method of representation; a method that describes a project in a formal and precise manner, typically including hard-line plans, sections and elevations. Absent or underutilized from the design process is a qualitative method of representation that records more of the evocative qualities of a project. This qualitative method of representation is emphasized in my teaching process through the use of charcoal drawing as an exploration of space and light. It is especially important that this method be taught in the beginning design studio so that students include qualitative representations into their own design process. The same rigor that is applied to orthographic drawings is applied to these qualitative drawings thus establishing a strong foundation for this type of drawing to remain with the student.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

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