There is nothing we like more then getting pen to paper and sketching designs, working up ideas and visualizing something to help form an idea that can be progressed into a more detailed design. Our role is fundamentally providing fresh ideas and visions of how to create new or re-use space for living, working or sharing.
Many clients love to be part of the design process and are keen to see where the process starts and to see our sketches. Often clients struggle to visualize their brief and sketching ideas often helps them understand how we have imagined solutions to their brief.
Drawing is a key part of design of anything, be it fashion design, packaging design, product design etc, it’s a skill we have to hone while training to become an architect and is something we continue to work on throughout our careers. The sketches themselves are not works of art, they are a way to problem solve, work out big or small issues we might be struggling with and unpack ideas.
Sketching is a way of slowing down, to really concentrate on the detail. In our experience, no good design ever came from omitting this stage! It really is integral to us as architects in understanding ideas and what will eventually be an actually livable/ workable space.
We often visit exhibitions of architects and part of the design journey will include initial sketch ideas as a way to see how a finished building compares to displays showing the initial concept ideas. It’s always fascinating to see this in recognisable iconic buildings.
In addition to sketching, we create models to better understand the space, light and scale etc. This is done with 3D visualisation or Computer Aided Design (CGI) and not the physical versions we sometimes see of large design concepts or town planning. These CGIs can not only be useful to our design process, but also to communicate our concept to our clients, Local Authorities and Planning Departments. To understand more about our 3D visuals, why not read our blog the Benefits of CGI’s