The Power of Manual Sketching in Design

By Maged N. A. Yossef and Hebatullah A. F. Salama.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Through the onslaught of digital architecture and the computerization of design tools, the manual sketch design started to become extinct. Concepts of projects, therefore, became soulless and were missing the cultural dimension. The manual sketch passed many epochs, booming by the pioneers of the renaissance age, i.e. the sketches of Da Vinci and Angelo, which represented deep hidden philosophies. Since the appearance of the computer, architectural society has used it not only as a design tool translating the architectural ideas, but also as a vehicle of thinking. The twentieth century witnessed an extraordinary talent of renowned architects whose manual sketches expressed their own characters. This paper aims to focus on the power of manual sketch in design, recognizing its categories and analyzing international examples and local examples through developing students’ sketches in the teaching of architectural design in an Egyptian academy. In this analysis, the paper identifies each sketch and its main theme. Finally, the paper concludes the important role of manual sketch in design, especially in the stage of setting the concept and presenting the various design alternatives.

Keywords: Design, Manual Sketch, Concept

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.1-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.338MB).

Dr. Maged N. A. Yossef

Lecturer, Architectural Department, Modern Academy For Engineering and Technology, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Maged N. A. Yossef is a lecturer in the architectural department at the Modern Academy for Engineering and Technology, Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Ain Shams University, Egypt (very good with honor). He obtained the M.Sc from Ain Shams University too (Thesis entitling: The Effect of Ancient World Mythology on the Contemporary Architectural Design Concepts). And He was honored the PhD from Cairo University, Egypt (Thesis entitling: The Metaphoric Thinking in Architectural Representation). Dr. Maged published many papers in local and international conferences and journals in Egypt and USA. He also published a book as a rehearsal of his master thesis and this book published in the Egyptian market. In addition, he is interested in the ancient religions, mythology, metaphysics, philosophies, science fiction, historical heritage of ancient cultures & religions as (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Judaism).

Eng. Hebatullah A. F. Salama

Assistant Lecturer, Architectural Department, Modern Academy For Engineering and Technology, Cairo, Egypt

Eng. Hebatullah A. F. Salama is an assistant lecturer in the architectural department at the Modern Academy for Engineering and Technology, Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from Ain Shams University, Egypt (very good with honor). She obtained the M.Sc from Ain Shams University too (Thesis entitling: Movement in Contemporary Architecture). And she already registered for the PhD in the same university. Eng. Hebatullah published many papers in local and international conferences and journals in Egypt. She is interested in the ancient theories, philosophies, politics, kinetics, mythology, metaphysics, and historical heritage of ancient cultures.