AIA Northern Virginia
AIA Northern Virginia Sketch Competition
Plein-Air Sketching Workshop
April 20
1:00-3:00p


At the Bennett Park Apartments Art Atrium, 1601 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209.

This architect-led workshop will take sketchers out into the surrounding neighborhood to practice free-hand drawing by observing, analyzing and documenting buildings. The workshop will include a discussion of sketching and how architects use sketching as part of their design process, including in conjunction with computer software. A wrap-up session will end the workshop with a chance for participants to share their sketches with others.

This workshop will be led by Gabriel Romero, with GBR Architects in Alexandria. Gabe is an avid sketcher, especially when traveling, and has started a sketchers club for his firm with weekly outings into the surrounding neighborhood to practice their craft.

Learning Objectives:
• Review the history and importance of sketching for architects and designers as a tool for creative thinking and exploration.
• Explore differences between “artistic” and “design” sketching and how architects typically use sketching as an integral component of their design process. Examples will also be given for application of sketching in non-design fields like computer programming.
• Identify ways that sketching can be used in a modern architect’s office setting in conjunction with computer software for 2-D drawing, 3-D modeling, and artistic rendering.
• Experiment with sketching through participation in a plein-air walking tour with several stops for group sketching opportunities.

1.5 LU. Pre-registration is available below, but participants are welcome without a reservation.

This event is open to the public and offered in celebration of Architecture Week. For information on all our Architecture Week activities, click here.