A dream (to call it a dream) in which
I can believe, in face of the object,
A dream no longer a dream, a thing,
Of things as they are, as the blue guitar
After long strumming on certain nights
Gives the touch of the senses, not of the hand,
But the very senses as they touch
The wind-gloss. Or as daylight comes,
Like light in a mirroring of cliffs,
Rising upward from a sea of ex.
— From “The Man with the Blue Guitar” by Wallace Stevens
Drawing has been the primary domain of architecture since the Renaissance. While architectural drawing is most commonly understood as a model for engineers and builders to construct a building, it can also be treated as an end in itself — an art that engages its creator as such, and whose product can be traded on the open market. Whether ideal form that prefigures messy built reality, or device that expresses its creator’s perspective and abilities, the drawing is an object that fixes a version of reality.
For this issue of Texas Architect, we asked 10 currently practicing architects and architectural designers from across the state to send us drawings that figure their conception of Texas. We also queried them about how they work. Some of the images presented here were produced by analog means; some digitally; and some by hybrid digital/analog processes. Seen together, in succession, they convey some of the diversity of architectural production as it’s being done today in Texas.
Daisy Limón and Xiuyin Hu
Gabe Esquivel (in collaboration with Nicholas Houser)
Are arcihects and architectural designers the same kind of practitioners? We all know that an architect is an individual licensed to practice architecture in the state where he or she passed the licensing examination. Architectural designers, conversely, can be or not be a licensed architect.
There are hundreds of so-called architectural designers in Texas without licenses or certification of any kind. How is it, therefore, that Texas Architect – which organization is supposed to represent architects, invites architectural designers to submit work along with architects? Have you people at Texas Architect lost it?