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42CE - Freehand Sketching for Architects: One-day immersion

09 May 2014 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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6 ConEd Learning Hours

Course Outline

Over a full day session, with practical instruction and coaching from the course leaders, participants will learn several different freehand sketching techniques, one by one, each at a different location: thumbnail sketches, contour lines, contrast/value, perspective and speed sketching.  At the end of the day, each participant will pull together what he or she has learned in a final sketch.

The sketching will focus on several nearby historic Montreal buildings – outdoor and/or indoor locations depending on the weather.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn or improve upon the following freehand sketching skills and techniques: contour lines, value and contrast, composition, and one point and two point perspective.
  2. Improve your 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

Click here for The Joy of Sketch PDF document. 


Joel Berman, LEED-AP, 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 Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production facility.   

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

In addition to running a successful practice, Joel has taught architectural sketching at the Art Institute of Chicago (1997), Columbia College School of Interior Architecture (1997-2004), the Chicago Architectural Foundation Adult Education Program (2005-2011), and for the United States National Endowment for the Humanities/Chicago Architecture Foundation Urban Gateways Program (2009-2013)

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 a stint teaching planning at the graduate level at the University of Toronto.

Anne’s strength and focus is on strategic planning for large scale, complex real estate development projects and land portfolios.  Most recently, Anne completed a review of the City of Toronto’s portfolio of 5,600+ properties, led the City’s study to consolidate and rationalize around 100 City works yards, conducted a master planning exercise for three massive properties in Etobicoke, and led the $75 million mixed use St. Lawrence Market North building project.  

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.