PRODUCTIVE DRAWING: FOUNDATION, FIRST AND SECOND YEAR MEDIA STUDIES COURSE, THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION

2020-2021

Project Role: Tutor

Project Category: Teaching

Architecture students usually make all their work themselves. However, in practice, architects’ designs are conventionally translated into built form by someone else. Making creative use of last year’s campus closures and the limitations of social distancing, this course invited students to develop skills as both designers and makers by exploring how drawings mediate between design and construction when these activities are separated. Towards the end of the course, students were introduced to Purbeck stone, and- via Zoom- to Haysom Purbeck Stone, a commercial quarry and masonry works in Dorset. Initial conversations with a stonemason helped the students to tailor their designs to the material properties of stone, and its associated workshop processes. All twenty-four of the students’ models were then produced within the total available time of six working days. By the end of the course, students had learned how to produce efficient design drawings informed by practical constraints, and had an increased understanding of the specific design opportunities, tolerances and constraints presented by Purbeck stone.