Archive for the 'Teaching Architecture' Category


The Grit of Graphite

My High School student, Sho Kawano took my breath away with these gritty drawings.   The first few days in the classroom with Sacramento Waldorf Seniors focus some of our time on the concept of drawing for information during their note taking as we combine a ton of architectural concepts into this very compressed 4o hour/one month class.

Sho was able to capture the essence of the Pantheon in Rome (circa 117 A.D.) and also a good feel for details such as the coffering in the ceiling as he drew his cross-section.  Notice also that he got a sense of the site by showing that fountain in the foreground.  He was a bit rough in the detail at the columns (40′ tall solid Egyptian marble) by not showing the bases or capitals but that is just fine since he got so much in.  Below is a drawing that I showed the students in class of the same building.

This Drawing of Stuyvesent Town in New York is so passionate and totally captures the feel of the place.  Note the strong vertical strokes and the way his pencil was searching for the shapes and then firming up when he found them.  So cool that he got the Empire State Building in the background, once again placing the subject in context.  Contrast is so vital to a lively drawing in architecture, it can convey its own hierarchical message in the image.


Saxon’s Workspace & promo

The Ship's Cabin of My Work Life

A Few of The Ideas of Architecture

This is a photo of my workspace also known as an office and when I am feeling particularly artistic I call it my studio.  Most of the time I don’t call it anything, I just have a great feeling about it and all the wonderful work experiences I have had here.  Most of those moments have happened when I am alone as  sole practitioner (aka hermit architect), but there have been plenty of great moments with clients in the studio and also with many different people on the phone.

I recently had coffee with my friend Peter Saucerman after a lovely bike ride and he suggested the idea of designers and creative types sharing pictures and thoughts about their workspaces.  I loved the idea and we have just this January of 2011 launched the blog You can see more of what I have to share on the topic by going to the site.  Also we are inviting others to post here and will be building the blog in the next months.  I love getting people to share something of themselves in this way and it seems like ready-made material for individuals to tap into.

A last word on my bookshelf shown at left.  For me, the ideas of architecture are paramount in my workspace.  It seems obvious, but I really like to have my space express this priority.  I do this by having all those idea vessels very close to where I sit; 5 feet to be exact.  when they get beyond 6 feet I am a much less interesting person.


New website design is complete

Now with my nifty new website design by, it is time to kickoff my regular blogging activity.

One of  my current activities is my annual teaching of a high school architecture class.  Here is a draft of the curruiculum Sacramento Waldorf Architecture 3 10 2010 This class is taught at the Sacramento Waldorf School  the photo here is of our field trip to San Francisco and Oakland.  The students are using their non verbal communication skills to indicate the symbol for a monumental building.

The Architectural Adventures Of Saxon Sigerson

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