100 Architectural Sketches
With more digital tools available to architects than ever before, one has to ask themselves why the sketch remains one of the most valued pieces of representation in the architectural field. Renderings, three-dimensional models, and virtual reality are powerful and efficient innovations that allow architects to express their ideas and designs. However, in our fast-paced world where messages are sent across the globe in a matter of seconds, it seems that nothing compares to the hand-drawn, imperfection of a sketch.
While some sketches are chaotic scribbles developed during the design stage, others are true works of art, aimed to convince clients. Below, we compiled a list of 100 sketches made by architects from around the world to inspire you.
Sketches with Color © Dok architects © MoonHoon © Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Mikkel Frost © Brasil Arquitetura © Luigi Rosselli Courtesy of Foster + Partners © Brasil Arquitetura © Luigi Rosselli © Eduardo de Almeida + Shundi Iwamizu Arquitetos Associados © Nitsche Arquitetos Associados © Luigi Rosselli © Brasil Arquitetura © Luigi Rosselli © Brasil Arquitetura © Brasil Arquitetura © Luigi Rosselli © Maximiliano Alvarez + Axel Tanner © Gian Carlo Gasperini + Plínio Croce e Roberto Aflalo Diagram Sketches © ELEMENTAL © Jose Angel Ruiz Caceres © Renzo Piano Building Workshop © João Filgueiras Lima © Álvaro Fernandes Andrade © Paulo Mendes da Rocha + Metro Arquitetos © Estudio Arzubialde © DSDHA © RCR arquitectes + PUIGCORBÉ arquitectes © Moradavaga © Plano Humano Arquitectos © Renzo Piano Building Workshop © CEBRA © Alvaro Siza Vieira © Vigliecca Associados © nendo © Anna Arquitetos Associados © RUA Arquitetos © Norman Foster © Francis Kéré © Estudio Arzubialde © B V Doshi © Nikken Space Design © Roberto Cremascoli + Nicolò Galeazzi + Ivo Poças Martins Line Drawings © Zaha Hadid © Atelier Central Arquitectos © Oscar Niemeyer © Iñaki Abalos © Rene Gonzalez Architect © Correia Ragazzi Arquitectos © Nicolás Campodonico © Aedas © Karim Rashid © Renzo Piano Building Workshop © Eduardo Souto de Moura © Renzo Piano Building Workshop © B V Doshi © Alvaro Siza Vieira © Zaha Hadid Artistic Sketches © Lina Bo Bardi © Massimiliano Fuksas © Steven Holl Architects © RCR Arquitectes © Fabricio Contreras Ansbergs © Lujac Desautel © Domingo Arancibia © Asif Khan © COR Arquitectos © YKH Associates © Sebastián Bayona Jaramillo © CCTN Design © Emre Arolat Architects Tabanlioglu Architects © Filipe Xavier Oliveira © Paredes y Pedrosa © Jorge Eduardo Fernández © Sotero Arquitetos © Estúdio MRGB © Brad Cloepfil © Yona Friedman © Jorge Eduardo Fernández © Schneider Türtscher © O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects © Wolfgang Buttress Axonometric Drawings © Guillaume Ramillien Architecture © Eduardo de Almeida + Mindlin Loeb + Dotto Arquitetos © ELEMENTAL © BCMF Arquitetos © Aflalo Gasperini © Rogelio Salmona © Fernando Simon © Beals and Lyon © Heesoo Kwak + IDMM Architects © Henning Larsen Architects Technical Drawings © TAKASAKI Architects © OAB © B V Doshi © João Filgueiras Lima © Alvaro Siza + Eduardo Souto de Moura © Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez © Lyndon Neri © Daniel Moreno + Sebastián Calero