I disagree with this. Drawing by hand is useful but not indispensable to the architect. This is a discussion that still hold some architects of the old school, who say there is a direct connection between the mind and pen. This is because, after the mamila and rattle, the first thing they received is a crayon or a pencil. But the younger generation, the first thing they receive in their hand, is the computer mouse. I do not want to be misunderstood, but we must recognize that in each generation of students of architecture, very few truly have abilities to draw by hand, even with the hand-drawing courses, very few manage to develop them. Of course, hand-drawing classes are important, but as I tell my students, during a career in architecture will learn to use a variety of tools, and they must choose those which they feel more comfortable.
My father had an extraordinary tallent for drawing by hand, I do not have it, but maybe as my son tells me, talent skips a generation.
I'm not so good in drawings, so I try, but I have quite always to use computer graphics or better 3d real models, it's my best way to communicate my ideas, maybe because in my mind I figure things as 3d objects and not as a view of a building
it's really difficult for me do nice drawings
You cant lose credibility by a factor that already allowed you to gain it! so my answer is NO.
You might lose your credibility if you mistake. That's the easiest way :), no matter if you can or can't draw. :)
But YES, l admit is easier to gain your credibility if you can draw. ;)
It is very important for the credibility of an Architect to have overcome the intrinsic difficulty of expression through the medium, no matter what the medium is.
You draw with a pen/pencil and you move the tip of the pen you have, in a way that the resulting line(s) successfully carry your design message in such a way to the client, that seems not only appealing aesthetically, functionally and feasible to him, but directly linked to you, like your signature. You never become an observer while drawing, questioning your pen moves, pressure on the pen tip, you just transfer the pathos of your design on the paper or mylar maybe and from there, directly to the client's perception and imagination, resulting in similarly triggered enthusiasm or at least spontaneous acceptance of the project.
If not able to draw using a pencil, you utilize another media like a computer program or maybe something else presently unknown, to express your thought, then you have to be a master of that media, in such a way, to achieve results similar to the above described when using a pencil, or even better.
Exactly like the famous "The Meaning is in the Message", it shouldn't be impeded by the means.
Am I dreaming or your response seems to be TOO Hostile, full or Irony, and why not hatred I might say?
Well, if that's the way to look at whatever others say, I 'm sorry, I wouldn't want to be one of your clients...
Anyway, Thanks for the response once more! It really proves that the message interpretation at the Recipient end part of the communication network has a problem! Try reading "Escher, Goedel, Bach" for a change! There you will find the "Meta Meta Meta...story" which might be of help.
The art of drawing is one of the primary tools of design.But i dont think it is the only one.Infact its not even the origin of design.You think first and then you draw or put it on paper.I do agree to many here, that an architect's credibility increases by great amounts should he be very good at putting his thoughts on paper through sketching or drawing.
It is like an architect's language.But this language is diversifying.Today computer-aided drafting is a blessing in disguise for architects (or anyone else for that matter who needs to convey through drawing),call it a dialect or something?It is more important that the idea is conveyed, be it any form or through any medium.
Also, I may be a great sketcher but if i dont get the essential training in architecture-the art and the science behind it, then am no good an architect anyway!
So as long as you know how to convey your ideas,its great.The client or the person concerned just has to be able to read your design!
Absolutely, akalpita, "paramount that the design concept is conveyed" Many clients have been indoctrinated with computer graphics so they relate to this . do we insist that Yo Yo Ma also write the music or just make it come alive. If you have some artistic ability , great, but chances are you will pass your artwork on to the resident CG techie and pixelate that baby!
Bit deviating, but if i give a sketch to a client, it doesn't get as values as the cad drawing. One should charge half for sketch ideas and other for working, communicating instructions to contractor and checking the work-or maybe 1/3.
It's not "simply" drawing. Drawing within architectural space exploration is essential for anyone engaged in design. There are millions of different "styles" and technniques, but drawing [including digital drawigs] is the best media to explore and transmit spatial ideas. This doesn't mean architects have to make nice drawings, but expresive 2d graphic interventions built to describe non existent places and athmospheres.