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Natascha Meuser (ed.)
Drawing for Architects
Construction and Design Manual
With contributions by Klaus Jan Philipp, Augusto Romano Burelli,
Hans-Dieter Nägelke and Sergei Tchoban
225 × 280 mm, approx. 220 pages, over 350 images
Hardcover with elastic strap
ISBN 978-3-86922-414-5 (English)
ISBN 978-3-86922-379-7 (German)
EUR 68,00 / USD 89.95
July 2015. DOM publishers, Berlin

New in the series Construction and Design Manuals by DOM publishers:

Natascha Meuser (ed.)

Drawing for Architects

Drawing for Architects serves as a basis for education in architecture and presents an argument in favour of manual drawing. The drawing is the very first expression of an idea leading to architectural design. However, drawing – whether by hand or computer – has to be learnt. In this volume, published by the Berlin-based architect Natascha Meuser, the authors discuss drawing by hand inasmuch as it is an important basis for digital design. The book acknowledges architectural drawing to be at once a practical skill and an artistic form of expression by architects. Emphasis is placed on the attainment of basic drawing skills – from the design sketch, to the planning design order, to the construction plan. Instructions on perspective and technical drawings introduce the basic principles of architectural drawing. Impressive architectural drawings from historical collections, such as that of the Tchoban Foundation, complement manual drawings by contemporary architects (incl. Zaha Hadid, Zvi Hecker and Wolf Prix).

After reading the book it becomes clear that drawing is also a concept: in order to seize upon an idea – including one’s own – it is necessary to first put pen to paper and draw, even if a computer-generated rendering marks the completion of the design process. It is like thinking by hand. Thus, after one masters freehand drawing, the latter decidedly becomes a key communication channel with the client and constitutes one’s very own original mode of expression, the unmistakable signature of the architect – whether it be with the help of a pencil or mouse.

In common with all titles in the Construction and Design Manuals series, the book is not only stimulating and inspirational, but also provides a useful supplementary tool for everyday life. The formula offered here is intended just as much for students and young professionals as for practising architects – but also for people who are interested in artistic expression.


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The Construction and Design Manuals series by Dom publishers lists architecture handbooks that combine solid research with high aesthetic standards. These useful companions provide inspiration and valuable information for architects and their clients alike. Teachers and students of architecture will find them an easy-to-use learning tool. Internationally available. For further information please go to: