406 Redefine Sketching in Architectural Design


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Course Description

In architecture, technology and computers provide ways for us to produce and share design
documentation. Until now, the profession has divided our work processes into a discovery phase with hand sketching and a production phase where the sketches are developed into computeraided illustrations. Architectural design is currently experiencing a shift wherein there is an integration of hand sketching and technology into a single process. This course will demonstrate the ways in which computers can help us sketch and iterate our ideas, and how we can redefine sketching to include all drawing, direct modeling, and computational studies. “When I say artist I mean the man who is building things—creating molding the earth—whether it be the plains of the west—or the iron ore of Penn. It’s all a big game of construction—some with a brush—some with a shovel—some choose a pen”—Jackson Pollock.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Capitalize on an idea from thought through concept to construction.
  • Create a Dynamo Shared Workspace.
  • Integrate Dynamo Shared Workspace into your FormIt 360 design models.
  • Capitalize on sketching and computational workflow to advance the design Process.

Mike Engel

ESG Architects

Mike Engel, Associate AIA, is a Designer with ESG Architects in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a
particular focus on formulating and developing integration between the design and production
teams. His previous work at Johnson Braund Design Group (JBDG) in Seattle, Washington,
leading the firm wide adoption of a Revit workflow. Prior to JBDG, he studied and worked at
Place Architecture in Bozeman, Montana, where he received his Masters of Architecture from
Montana State University. He has a passion for integrating designers’ conceptual hand sketches
and artwork into the modern technological tools and process. In his down time he enjoys taking
his children for bike rides, walks to the park and “sketchouts” where he (and his children)
continue to sketch ideas within the world around.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Breakout Session