Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ten Architects of Consequence

I recently completed a series of ten portraits of some of the architects that have impressed me over the years.  I used a variety of sources for the likeness and allowed my personal expressiveness to determine composition and technique.  All are crow quill pen and ink – with some incorporating extensive use of ink wash(es).  They appear here in the order in which they were produced along with explanatory captions.

Louis Kahn: At his best achieved an intense timeless quality.

Christopher Wren: In the 1600s Wren was forced by governing agencies to add two unneccessary columns to his design- it wasn't until damage inspections following WWII that it was revealed that both columns stopped just short of the ceiling (!!!).
Malcolm Wells: Probably the foremost advocate of earth covered roofs and "gentle architecture".

Louis Sullivan: Able to capture a spiritual quality in some of his work.
H H Richardson: An enormous architectural appetite - no holds barred.

Emmet Wemple: Teacher and mentor to many Southern California architects of my generation.
 Paolo Soleri: A small man with a huge vision - architecture on steroids.
William Turnbull: A wonderful talent that has yet to be fully appreciated.
Filippo Brunelleschi: One of the great genius-architects of the Italian Renaissance.
Piranesi (father/son): Architectural drawing as good as it gets.


  1. I like the sketches. They're all so life-like.

  2. These are marvelous drawings.