Any architect worth their salt can communicate ideas through sketching. Very few, however, make a habit of using this skill as a tool to observe. A sketch has the ability to punctuate and galvanize the memory of a place. When you look at these sketches of mine, you may get a sense of what’s there: the quality of the light, the proportions, the textures, and so forth. When I look at these sketches, I see every detail of the moment: the warm sand on my feet and the pleasant yet frustrating wind while water coloring in Mykonos, the apple I ate while sitting across the river from the Guggenheim, or dangling my feet over the dry bulkhead while looking out at the Atlantic from St. Malo.
Pictures are easy, useful, and sometimes very beautiful – but have you ever felt that twinge of regret at having not really taken in a moment for the sake of taking that 'perfect picture'? Sketching is done through our God-given lens. Here are a few of my memories.