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Sketch Series: Draw Architecture with Patrick Cunningham

You’re stuck at home, why not learn to draw from the experts?

The human brain is wired to communicate through pictures. Sketching is a visual language we develop in real-time to invent, test, communicate, and convince. Let’s have some fun and draw together.

Rapid visualization, aka Sketching, is a skill that can be learned and practiced. And it’s a skill that never goes out of style. We’re kicking off a multi-month series on sketching, featuring the best in the biz, across every design field — because every design discipline has a unique way of communicating visually, and we can all learn from each other.

Patrick Cunningham will join us to demonstrate and discuss architectural sketching. Patrick is an Associate Principal in he Boston office of Perkins and Will where he has made significant contributions as an advocate for design excellence and sustainable innovation. Additionally, he has shaped the design community through his teaching as a graduate level design studio instructor and thesis advisor at Northeastern University, Roger Williams University and the Boston Architectural College. You can follow his work on Instagram @making.makes.me

Patrick’s work is characterized by an artful, integrated approach to context, and a consistent advocacy for the principles of sustainability. Patrick characterizes sketching as his best management and communication tool. Throughout a complex architecture program he uses sketching to capture and build bridges between individual ideas, in his words:

Sketching leaves us room to complete each other’s sentences. With intent, it is still ambiguous enough to leave space for serendipity and diversity of thought.”

Patrick will demonstrate how his sketching evolves at various stages of a building project. Join us, follow along with the techniques, or sit back and enjoy the insights and skills of a world-class sketcher.

May 12 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Video Webinar

Webinar, Instructions
All times are Eastern Time.

Patrick Cunningham
Perkins and Will

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What To Expect

11:30amET • We’ll open the event

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12:00pmET • Presentation begins

We’ll kick things off with news from the Design Museum and share what’s upcoming, then our keynote presenter or moderator will launch into the day’s presentation.

12:45pmET • Questions & Answers

Sometimes our presenters will take questions throughout, but we’ll always leave time towards then end for your questions, submitted via the chat box — and we’ll get to as many as possible.

1:00pmET • LIVE event ends

We’ll send a short survey to get your feedback on the event, and we’ll follow up with any additional info from the presentation — then we hope to see you at the next LIVE event!


Design Museum LIVE is our ongoing series of virtual events featuring talks and conversations with design thought leaders around the world. We’re bringing together a global community around design impact using interactive live streams and webinars to share design stories, demonstrations, and actionable knowledge. Join us twice per month as we bring the Design Museum directly to your screen, online for all to participate in and enjoy!