The Sketchbook: Lessons from a Late Developer

Sketchbook Lessons

Professor Christopher Platt
3rd September 2018


I really only started to use a sketchbook after I qualified as an architect. I use it to record different things in different ways, but in each case I’m trying to understand what I am observing or experiencing or inventing. I’m really having a conversation with myself I suppose.

For me this act of recording needs to be swift and the requisite journal pocket-sized and portable. This is quite a different process from the use of the overlay, which has an equally-important but different role in the design process. But the medium of the sketchbook forces me to concentrate, and in doing so, intensifies the presence of whatever it is I am encountering. Things feel more real as a result.





Sketches by Christopher Platt

A Printer's Son