KooZA/rch for ‘Drawing Spaces: Disclosing Architecture’


‘Drawing gives us a way to express, improve, or evaluate architectural form, space, and order, a spatial means of disclosing architecture. Texture, light, experience, space, and mood are revealed with all their complexity in the hand drawn and digital illustrations featured in drawing spaces: disclosing architecture. Phases of drawings reveal an illustration’s development from rough early sketches through completed result – one invitation from this exhibit, and its attendant programming, that encourages us to slow down and truly see how works of architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture are tested and explored before being built. Drawing becomes a way to share visions of what may be.

A spark to curiosity and appreciation for how three-dimensional space is expressed two-dimensionally, this project honors our educational mission and commitment to share how design is collaboratively achieved across diverse communities It also tells the story of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (formerly Perspectivists), founded at the BAC in the 1980s, for the first time in more than thirty years. Using examples across the span of 50 years, we are asked to consider the medium of architecture. Whether shared through sketches or digital means, architecture is presented as part of a living tradition, part of a process of seeing, reflecting, and making.’

For drawing spaces: disclosing architecture’ KooZA/rch presents a body of work which explores diverse approaches to representation and drawing.

3 tools3 mediums and 3 projects have been chosen to represent the varied and multifaceted world of architectural discourse.

From the use of collage as a means to overlayconceptual thought and concrete reality’  (Corpo Atelier), to the machine and ‘deviation as a means of questioning the extent to which we can control process’ (Edouard Cabay) to the investigation into the pixel and the graphic novel as an experiment’ ((ab)Normal) we aim to reveal the drawing as a space of endless visionary experimentation of the critical unbuilt.

Not limiting the conversation to the physical exhibition in Boston, the scope is to extend the discourse at a global scale, using the digital platform as a means to stress the finite space on Newbury Street by expanding into the finite world wide web.

From the final image, working our way ‘backwards’ – unravelling the conceptual thought and process, we invite you to read our 3 interviews to (ab)Normal, Corpo Atelier & Edouard Cabay and visit the exhibition @ McCormick Gallery, Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston until January 2nd 2019.


What prompted the exhibition 'drawing space: disclosing architecture'?

The correspondence between architecture and its representation always affects how we receive work.  This exhibit offered the community an opportunity to see different modes of exploration and distinct mediums of representation and how each artist/architect envisions the future.  It is happening at a time that educators and architects are questioning modes of presenting work.   This questioning and a suggestion to honor a group of architectural illustrators (ASAI) that was founded at the BAC more than thirty years ago helped bring this exhibit forward.

How does this exhibition situate itself in relation to the other exhibitions hosted within the gallery space?

This exhibition space invites the public in to gain a better understanding of design as a n unfolding process. This exhibit is part of the gallery and the college’s larger aim of unpacking design as a process for anyone with interest. The BAC’s mission is to educate
students from every background and experience level to participate in the profession and in the discipline of architecture. Our exhibits reflect our values – through works of landscape architecture, architecture, sustainable design, and interior architecture. This is an exhibit in a long line of exhibits that raise questions and share inspiring responses from a range of geographies.

How important is the space of the gallery for the University and for the larger context of the city of Boston?

The BAC is a small independent college of spatial design in the heart of Boston that holds the space of two buildings. The gallery is the heart of our urban “campus”. It is visible to passersby from a bustling shopping street – so the gallery’s mission has evolved to appeal to those who are curious – as well as to those who are knowledgeable.

What defined the selection of architects whose drawings you decided to showcase?

We aimed to include a range of work that used hybrid modes of drawing. We reached out to our network and curated from that list!

What is for you the value of the drawing within architectural practice?

For students, drawing is architectural practice. Without the prospect of a work being built – the drawings, models, and artifacts of studio are the architecture – they hold their ideas, their most provocative responses to site and program, their dreams of a new society through the form of new public spaces. Drawing is a critical act. Drawing is a means of thinking. Drawing is a method of inquiry that encourages divergent questioning, flexibility in point of view, ability to distinguish between reality and subjectivity, and not needing a final answer.

What is the attitude of the University to the acts and process of drawing?

The BAC believes that drawing helps makes designers of beginners. We teach students how to draw by hand alongside the computer. We celebrate many different kinds of exploration through many hybrid means.

What is for you the architects most important tool?

A mind for asking questions.