RSHP’s new Drawing Programme got off to a flying start on Friday night, with an inaugural lecture by Richard Wilson, of Slipstream fame.
The artist and sculptor regaled RSHP staff and invited guests with stories of the logistics behind some of his greatest pieces, and the way in which an idea which is impossible to explain in words can be easily understood through the power of drawing.
The lecture was the first of four planned for 2018. In between lectures, staff will practice their drawing skills at free drawing workshops, overseen by an external tutor. The workshops will be informal, open to all staff of all ability levels to enjoy with an evening glass of wine, but the relaxed approach does not take away from the centrality drawing is given at RSHP. Drawing is one of the many parts of the design process, and is especially effective at helping to think through ideas and problem-solve.
Discussing the reason why RSHP has set up a drawing programme, Associate Partner Maurice Brennan said: “Drawing is a means to an end in many cases, and at RSHP that end is an architectural end. Despite the advances in CAD, renders, and the fantastic world of 3D printing, the humble drawing still has a powerful resonance and is able to communicate on many levels.”
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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, RSHP has attracted critical acclaim and awards with built projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.
The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with some of architecture’s highest awards, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre.
The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 but over time evolved and in 2007 the decision was made to rename the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to reflect the vital contributions of Graham Stirk, designer of the award-winning Leadenhall Building, and Ivan Harbour, designer of the Stirling prize winning West London Maggie’s Centre. The practice now has 13 partners, with several long-standing members of the practice being named partners in 2015. Together, they represent the inherent continuity and consistency of the philosophy which the practice applies to all its work.