I came across my old architectural journals the other day.
Way way back in time I practiced architecture — in another life!
Back in the old days we didn’t call it art journaling, it was just what many of us did —
kept a sketchbook/journal for our ideas.
I had time to muse today — we are finally OFF for a few days.
The one above is an early sketch from
my first book, drawn while on tour at the
Ennis House (Frank Lloyd Wright).
I may have been in school at the time. Notice I misspelled Ennis thinking the owners
were related to the Innes, from another historical house in Los Angeles —
or it was my dyslexia switching the letters!
I was an early Urban Sketcher before you needed a badge!
The journals were lovely Chinese books I bought in Chinatown in San Francisco,
black and white patterned paper with red spines and tightly lined paper.
Everything that impressed me went into them, even personal things about my boyfriend, Hricak, and my professors, especially the very boring ones, like Roger Sherwood.
It was my journal, and I didn’t differentiate what I wrote in it!
I have five of these journals, and I value them today.
USC’s professors, with the exception of Ed Niles and Pierre Koenig,
never exposed us to modern architecture, but focused on classical architecture.
When I graduated and had the money to subscribe to Abitaré and GA I learned of the world I loved (Graves and Gwathmey and Kahn), not the world I’d been taught.
I “scrap-booked” these into the journal as well, above.
As I began designing myself, I also took notes and drew little design vignettes,
sometimes copying a portion of my plans and then playing with them in the journal,
drawing them over and over while figuring some design problem.
Arco’s corporate offices in Long Beach (Luckman Partnership, Architects,
Kaneko Laff, Interiors) went into an undulating building,
and the sketches above are a few I can share, as
I had the pleasure of designing the plans for the five floors.
Management went inside with glass blocks, and so the undulating fenestration was an open plan on many floors where all day long everyone could see out the windows.
I’ve always kept “art journals” — for cooking, for design,
sketching for fine art, and now just for fun.
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Thanks to Wikipedia and to Mike Dillon for the Ennis House.