October 14 2016 – January 8 2017

The A+D Architecture and Design Museum is pleased to announce a show of drawings by architects, exploratory in nature, and in no way typical of drawings by architects. See form, color, shadow and line unlike any other, under the museum lights.

Like many postmodern visual arts over the last 30 years, architectural drawing has sought to challenge or engage existing paradigms. It has sought to obfuscate or blur the norms of didactic representation through inversions, transgressions and multiplicities of scale, thickness, clarity, measure, shading and composition. The drawings in this show are not very alike, there is no ur-drawing, but they do share a common role culturally in that they all lie between the conventions of architectural drawings and the terms of exploration and engagement of visual arts. While many students of architecture are familiar with this kind of exploration, it is more uncommon for such exploratory work to be counted among an architect’s practice.  The works shown here are all from architectural practitioners who include exploratory drawing as part of their practice, and identify and push their practice through this medium. These drawings are not often shown.

Michael Young, Symmetries (2012)
Michael Young, Symmetries (2012)


Thom Mayne

Bryan Cantley

Sergei Tchoban

Stephen Kanner

Michael Young

Volkan Alkanoglu

Clark Thenhaus

Kelly Bair

David Eskenazi

Anthony Morey

Mike Nesbit

Alex Maymind

Sophie Lauriault

Kyle Miller

Tim Durfee & Iris Regn

David Freeland & Brennan Buck

Zeina Koreitem & John May

Carrie Norman & Thom Kelley

Sponsored by Philips Lighting, Luis Custom Framing, and Olson Visual.

The Drawing Show is organized by A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles and curated by Dora Epstein Jones & Deborah Garcia

Exhibition design: First Office

Growth Table at front entrance by Tim Durfee & Iris Anna Regn

Tickets to The Drawing Show are available at our Admissions Desk. No reservations required.

Thank you, and get out and draw!


Drinks, music, #party with DJ, art by @laacollective this FRIDAY night #dtla @happeninginDTLA @dtlaartdistrict