Architects Draw

Sue Ferguson Gussow


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     7 × 8.5 in (17.8 × 21.6 cm)
176 pages
200 color illustrations, 40 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987408

Where does architectural design begin? In an age obsessed with all things digital, it's tempting to envision a computer screen in a paperless studio. While the practical value of computer-aided drafting and photorealistic modeling are indisputable, but you won't find the soul of architecture in the machine. Look instead at an architect's drawing hand. Ideas flow onto the paper through the uniquely human creative collaboration between mind and eye. Architects Draw, the inaugural volume of our new Architectural Briefs series, highlights this most fundamental level of speculative design--freehand drawing.

Architects Draw offers a practical and invaluable way to help students and would-be sketchers translate what they see onto the page, not as an imitation of reality, but as a comprehensive union of voids and solids, light and shadows, lines and shapes. For nearly forty years revered Cooper Union professor and artist Sue Gussow has taught aspiring architects of varying abilities how to fully observe and perceive the spaces that make up our physical environment. Gussow skillfully applies architectural language to twenty-one drawing exercises that tackle a variety of forms--from peas in a pod to monkeys, skeletons, dinosaur bones, and the art of Giacometti and Mondrian. She shows, for example, how cut fruit and paper bags reveal that the physical world is made up of planes, dimensions, and enclosed space.

Sue Ferguson Gussow is a figurative painter who works in a wide range of drawing and painting media. A graduate of The Cooper Union, Columbia University, and Tulane University, Gussow has served on the faculties of both the School of Art and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and has taught and lectured at several universities and art institutions, among them Yale, Columbia, Bennington, New York University, Maryland Art Institute, Parsons School of Design and the Frick Collection. Now Professor Emerita of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, she has designed and taught Freehand Drawing for three decades and presently teaches the Advanced Drawing Seminar in the School of Architecture.

Gussow's work is widely represented in the collections of various museums including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian, the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Free Library, and has been represented in the Museum of Modern Art lending collection. Private collections which hold her work include those of the C.B.S. Building, Werner Kramarsky, Dore Ashton, and the estates of Van Deren Coke, Jeanette Rockefeller and John Hejduk. Notable among her many solo exhibitions was the exhibit mounted at the Stanford Museum (1982-83) to honor her year at Stanford University as the Pamela Djerassi Visiting Artist. More recently, a retrospective of her work was exhibited at the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery of The Cooper Union in l997. In conjunction with the exhibit, The Cooper Union published Draw Poker, an extensive portfolio of her drawings on that subject.

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