Most people would admit nowadays, that architects and computers go together like brick and mortar. Believe it or not, it was only 30 years since computer aided design software, (CAD), revolutionized the way architects design their projects. An online article from last year caught my eye. The Computer vs. The Hand In Architectural Drawing: ArchDaily Readers Respond.
For hundreds of years the only tools an architect needed were paper, a writing instrument and a straight edge. Architects still use these tools alongside their CAD programs for the most part. In fact I’d say there’s a happy marriage between the two.
Working on paper more closely aligns with a graphic artist’s drawings. A favorite graphic artist that reflects this was the Dutch M.C. Escher. I invite you to take a look at some of his work. Escher
Although some say drawing is inherently more artistic, I’m certainly not downplaying the strengths of CAD design. CAD has allowed architects to design more easily and efficiently. What do you think?