Professor Michael Young Moderates Panel Discussion

POSTED ON: January 17, 2012

February 9-11, 2012 | Panel Discussion | J. Irwin Miller Symposium | Yale School of Architecture

Is Drawing Dead?
The proliferation of digital tools has radically changed the historic role of drawing, once the signature skill of the architectural profession. Drawing, and consequently, the entire architectural profession is withering while architects surrender creative agency to digital processes. Convened at this liminal moment, this symposium will explore drawing in all of its variants and its place in the making of architecture.

Participants include:

Massimo Scolari, Yale University
Victor Agran, Yale University
Cammy Brothers, University of Virginia
Deanna Petherbridge, University of the Arts, London
Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect
Antoine Picon, Harvard University
Jennifer Leung, Yale University
Sir Peter Cook, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Stanislaus von Moos, Yale University
Turner Books, Yale University
Julie Dorsey, Yale University
Andrew Witt, Gehry Technologies
Patrik Schumacher, Architect
Casey Reas, University of California, Los Angeles
Marvin Chun, Yale University
Michael Young, The Cooper Union
George Knight, Yale University
Preston Scott Cohen, Harvard University
Marion Weiss, University of Pennsylvania
Greg Lynn, Yale University
Michael Graves, Princeton University
Sunil Bald, Yale University
Mario Carpo, Yale University


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