Learning to See Like an Architect



As architects our job is to uncover what’s hidden: in a place, in our clients, in the materials we use. Our work makes these latent features visible, audible, tangible; we give them a voice. To do this, we’re taught to explore, analyze, consider, dissect, unearth and understand the deeper meanings of things quite often hidden in plain view.
I think finding a muse is one of the best tools we can use to teach the kind of research required of us as we seek to become more thoughtful designers, stewards of the built world…architects.
I also discuss one of my favorite architectural illustrators of all-time, David Macaulay and his theory on understanding the world around us.
Tell me in the comments, what’s your muse?

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Please watch: “Inside My Sketchbook + An Architect’s Sketching Tools”

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