Book Launch | Architects Draw

Thursday, November 16, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Jaeho Chong, Advanced Drawing

Jaeho Chong, Advanced Drawing, Fall 2008.

This event is free and open to the Public. For Zoom attendance, please register in advance here.

Please join the School of Architecture in celebrating the updated reprint of Architects Draw, authored by Professor Emerita Sue Ferguson Gussow. This publication chronicles the unique pedagogy of freehand drawing that Gussow developed over decades at The Cooper Union, a pedagogy that has influenced aspiring architects of varying drawing abilities to explore the possibilities of architecture through drawing. Originally released by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008, the book is being reprinted by the Architectural Publisher B, with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture as co-publisher. The revised edition includes new student and professional work in the chapters Dirty Drawing and Drawing in Practice, respectively, and as recently as the 2022–23 academic year.
Architects Draw includes more than twenty exercises that explore the most unexpected subjects to train the architect’s eye, hand, and mind—bell peppers and seashells as housing; paper bags to reveal architectural planes; shoes to define volume and void; frames and windows to consider problems of measurement and scale; and trees to explore gesture and the interpenetration of form and space—and is illustrated with more than two hundred inspirational student drawings and examples from postgraduate architectural practices.
Over the years and until the original publication went out of print, Architects Draw had been invaluable to numerous architecture professors at schools both domestic and international, who utilized Gussow’s drawing prompts in their own teaching. The updated reprint of this critically important educational publication will allow that tradition to carry on.
Event participants will include Sue Ferguson Gussow, Steven Hillyer, Kyna Leski, Anthony Titus, and Michael Young.

This event is free and open to the Public. For Zoom attendance, please register in advance here.

Following the launch, which will take place in the atrium of the Library, all attendees are invited to view the exhibition Sue Ferguson Gussow: Retrospective, located in the second floor Houghton Gallery, which will remain open until 9:30 pm, for extended viewing.

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