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47CE - Freehand Sketching for Architects

25 May 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This session is being offered again on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00PM - 5:30 PM and Friday, May 25, 2018 2:00 PM  - 5:30 PM.

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

This is an abbreviated, condensed version of the very popular full-day sketch course at the OAA. In this condensed session, attendees gain a basic, essential professional skill and delight: the ability to communicate easily, clearly and 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. Sketching will focus on interesting outdoor and/or indoor locations in Toronto near the Conference venue, and will reflect the ‘Bold by Design’ Conference theme.

Basic sketching supplies for the course (sketchbook, pencils, sharpener, viewing tool) will be provided by the instructors for all advance registrants. Sketching will be outdoors if weather permits. Come prepared to do some walking, whether we are outdoors, indoors or a combination.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn or improve on the following freehand sketching skills and techniques: composition, and value and contrast.
    2. Improve ability to document and remember the existing built environment.
    3. Improve your ability to use freehand sketching as an architectural design tool.
    4. Learn how to draw faster and with more confidence.


Joel Berman, LEED AP, ALA, and Anne Milchberg  OAA, RPP, MCIP

Joel Berman 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 renovation of a 1920s White Castle building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production and post edit facility. For Joel, clear and fast sketching enhances his design work and architectural practice. Joel is an executive board member of Urban Sketchers, a non-profit promoting the art of onsite freehand drawing and painting with more than 180 chapters around the world.

Anne Milchberg is a registered architect and registered urban planner in private practice in Toronto with over three decades of specialized, successful experience in both the public and private sectors, and three years of teaching planning at the graduate level at the University of Toronto. Anne is also an active Member (part-time) of the Ontario Municipal Board. For Anne, fast and clear sketching was her ticket into architecture and teaching, and an advantage in urban planning and design work.

This session is sponsored by LP Building Products.