by Frederic Anderson, MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts
UAL Postgraduate Community Student Ambassador for Wimbledon – Frederic Anderson attended this DRAW event which took place on 22nd June in the Green Room at Chelsea College of Arts. Frederic reports back from the event for the blog below.
Architect Marcus Beale hosted the event, giving a presentation on architectural drawing and its unique approach to the challenges of defining space in two dimensions. Beginning with a whirlwind tour of the history of architectural drawing from its origins up to the present day. We were introduced to the key stages in its evolution, from masons’ marks, through Beaux-Arts, upward axonometrics, choreography, cubism and computer modeling. Rather surprisingly, the talk revealed that our modern conception of architectural drawings as a precursor to and point of reference for the construction of buildings is a relatively recent phenomenon. Before the detailed architectural plans we are familiar with today, buildings were often described in the form of lengthy written texts.