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The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners

The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners
The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Sketches are the first inkling into the design process of an architect, a way of observing and investigating a project’s development or even representing solutions for it. Through an architect’s sketches, one can better understand how a specific design move mirrors echoes throughout an entire work. Here, we have compiled sketches by Pritzker Prize winners - designers who have been awarded the highest recognization in the field of architecture - offering diverse techniques that can certainly inspire your next freehand experiment.

Alejandro Aravena

Sketches - Casa OchoQuebradas / ELEMENTAL
Sketches - Casa OchoQuebradas / ELEMENTAL

Álvaro Siza Vieira

Sketch - Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum / Álvaro Siza Vieira
Sketch - Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum / Álvaro Siza Vieira

B.V. Doshi

Sketch of Premabhai Hall. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize
Sketch of Premabhai Hall. Image Courtesy of Pritzker Architecture Prize

Eduardo Souto de Moura

Sketch - Convento Das Bernardas / Eduardo Souto de Moura
Sketch - Convento Das Bernardas / Eduardo Souto de Moura

Frank Gehry

The very first sketch Gehry made of the design for the Guggenheim Bilbao. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners
The very first sketch Gehry made of the design for the Guggenheim Bilbao. Image Courtesy of Gehry Partners

Jørn Utzon

Sydney Opera House: perspective from staircase between the two halls looking towards the north. Image © Jørn Utzon
Sydney Opera House: perspective from staircase between the two halls looking towards the north. Image © Jørn Utzon

Norman Foster

Sketch - The Pavilion / Norman Foster Foundation
Sketch - The Pavilion / Norman Foster Foundation

Oscar Niemeyer

Sketch - Casa da Canoa / Oscar Niemeyer
Sketch - Casa da Canoa / Oscar Niemeyer

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Cais das Artes, projeto de Paulo Mendes das Rocha, Vitória, ES, 2006 – obra em construção. Crédito: Reprodução Acervo Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Image
Cais das Artes, projeto de Paulo Mendes das Rocha, Vitória, ES, 2006 – obra em construção. Crédito: Reprodução Acervo Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Image

Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)
Philip Johnson and Gideon Ziv, Sorek Nuclear Research Center, Israel, 1956-9 (from: Zvi Efrat, The Israeli Project: Building and Architecture 1948-1973)

RCR Arquitectes

Sketch - 'Els Colors' Kindergarten / RCR Arquitectes
Sketch - 'Els Colors' Kindergarten / RCR Arquitectes

Renzo Piano

Sketch - Château La Coste Art Gallery / Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Sketch - Château La Coste Art Gallery / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Richard Rogers

Concept sketch for the National Assembly for Wales.. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Concept sketch for the National Assembly for Wales.. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Sverre Fehn

Sketchbook: Morocco / NMK.2008.0734.124.018. Image Courtesy of Nasjonalmuseet Digital Archive
Sketchbook: Morocco / NMK.2008.0734.124.018. Image Courtesy of Nasjonalmuseet Digital Archive

Tadao Ando

Section of Koshino House by Tadao Ando
Section of Koshino House by Tadao Ando

Zaha Hadid

Rosenthal Center for Contempoary Art 2003 . Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Rosenthal Center for Contempoary Art 2003 . Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
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Cite: Delaqua, Victor. "The Freehand Sketches of Pritzker Prize Winners" [O desenho à mão livre dos vencedores do Pritzker] 27 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. (Trans. Allen, Katherine) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/912205/the-freehand-sketches-of-pritzker-prize-winners/> ISSN 0719-8884
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