Sketch to Structure

John Hill
27. January 2015
Lorcan O’Herlihy; Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects; Formosa1140, 2010; Elevation study; pen and oil on watercolor paper; Gift of Lorcan O’Herlihy, 2014.67.4 © 2007 Lorcan O’Herlihy

The Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art presents Sketch to Structure, an exhibition that promises to "lay out the architectural design process so that visitors can see with real clarity the ways in which buildings take shape."

Sketch to Structure, running from 31 January to 25 May 2015, displays about a hundred sketches, plans, renderings and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, fitting them into four sections: Concept, Collaboration, Communication, and Case Studies. A highlight of the last is the design process of Los Angeles architect Lorcan O'Herlihy's Formosa1140 project, documented through sketches, a study model and a presentation model. Although the end result of Formosa1140 can be seen in the early sketches shown here, exhibition curator Alyssum Skjeie, curatorial assistant at the Heinz Architectural Center, CMOA, asserts "that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, is anything but straightforward."

Lorcan O’Herlihy; Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects; Formosa1140, 2010; Facade study; pen and oil on watercolor paper; Gift of Lorcan O’Herlihy, 2014.67.7; © 2007 Lorcan O’Herlihy
Lorcan O’Herlihy; Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects; Formosa1140, 2012; Presentation model; mixed media; Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd, Jr. Fund, 2014.56; Photo: Tom Little
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects; Formosa1140, 2012; Photo: Lawrence Anderson

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