In his 2020 book, Draw In Order to See, scholar-architect Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, advances the theory that drawings are external memory prompts for designers, who develop concepts in “cognitive loops” between hand sketches and internal mental images. Contrary to what we have been taught, imagination does not involve purely abstract concepts or ideas but is connected to both the body and the environment. Our memories of things constitute the raw material needed to create any “original” design for a chair, building, or garden.
In this lecture, Hewitt will discuss how the act of making a drawing, or a model, is a mode of cognition that allows designers to conceive the artifacts they make prior to actualization. Presenting examples from design case studies, often historical, he will show how thinking, drawing, and perception are united in any form of design activity, including the habits of craftspeople when they make new artifacts.
Mr. Hewitt's book Draw In Order To See may be purchased at https://www.oroeditions.com/product/draw-in-order-to-see/ or your preferred bookseller or online source.
This lecture is made possible by the generous support of Norman Davenport Askins, Architect