Freehand Sketching for Architects

This is a condensed version of the very popular annual full day sketch course at the OAA. In this condensed session, gain a basic, essential, professional skill and delight: the ability to communicate easily, clearly, quickly through freehand sketching. With practical instruction and coaching from the course leaders, participants will learn  different freehand sketching techniques, one by one, at different locations: thumbnail sketches, contrast/value, and speed sketching. At the end of the session, each participant will pull together what he or she has learned in a final sketch. Sketching will focus on interesting outdoor and/or indoor locations in Ottawa near the conference venue, and will reflect the “Architecture 150” conference theme.

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
3.0 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Joel Berman, ALA, LEED AP BD+C

President, Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd.

Joel Berman LEED-AP, ALA, is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award-winning historic preservation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production and post-edit facility.

For Joel, clear and fast sketching has been a factor in the success of his design work and architectural practice.

Joel has taught architectural sketching at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College School of Interior Architecture, Chicago Architectural Foundation (CAF), and the US National Endowment for the Humanities/CAF Urban Gateways Program. Joel is also on the Executive Board of Urban Sketchers, a global non-profit encouraging on-site freehand urban sketching and painting.

Anne Milchberg, OAA, RPP, MCIP

Principal, Planning Intelligence

Anne Milchberg is a registered architect and registered professional planner in a private practice in Toronto, with over three decades of specialized experience, including teaching planning at the graduate level. Her strength and focus is on strategic planning for large-scale complex real estate development projects and land portfolios.

For Anne, fast and clear sketching was her ticket into architecture and teaching, and an advantage in urban planning and design work. In her career, it has always been an effective and fun way to communicate or explore the viability of an idea, analyze a space, or focus a business negotiation.

Anne is currently a Member (part-time) of the Ontario Municipal Board.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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  • 1-844-856-RAIC ext 200
  • 613-241-3600
  • 330-55 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M3