Study Room resource: Architects’ drawings and ideas

Prints and drawings not on display in the galleries can be seen in the Prints & Drawings Study Room. These include fashion illustrations, architectural drawings, design drawings, watercolours, posters and much more,. To make it easier for teachers and lecturers to access the most popular material with groups, we have developed themed Study Room Resources which contain original prints and drawings.

This resources contains a selection of some of the different types of drawings architects produce at different stages of the design process in order to develop and communicate their ideas. Produced in the 1770s to the late 1990s they also demonstrate how architects’ approaches to drawing and techniques have evolved over time. There are over 1.5 million architectural drawings in the V&A and RIBA Architecture collections, this selection is a small sample.

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William Richard Lethaby, First sketches for Liverpool Cathedral
Fosters and Partners, Detailed 'Energy Concept' design for the headquarters for the Greater London Authority
William Chambers, Design presentation drawing for Marylebone Parish Church

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Event - Architects as Artists

Sat 15 November 2014–Sun 29 March 2015

DISPLAY: Why do architects create art? From the Renaissance to the 20th century architects have recorded buildings for study and pleasure, to document their travels and supplement their income. Drawing was also considered an important tool to educate students in their knowledge of historic buildings, and necessary to prepare presentation drawings for clients.

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