Celebrating our 85th Anniversary: Architectural Sketches

This year Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) is incredibly fortunate to be celebrating 85 years in business. We are commemorating this milestone with a series of blog articles on our past, present and future.

My favorite part of this blog campaign is that it gave us an excuse to dig through our old archives. In doing so we discovered hundreds of hand drawn sketches that dated back to SBA’s beginnings. Looking through these drawings, we couldn’t help but become mesmerized as we created a visceral connection with each one.

In today’s “digital” world, computer-aided design software is a core part of the architectural design process.  We use these programs to develop designs, produce construction documents and make presentations. To some degree, architectural sketching has become a thing of the past, but we believe sketching will always hold upmost importance in design. Through sketches we are able to express the interaction of our mind, eyes, and hands, conceptualizing architecture in a way computers cannot.

For this month’s feature we wanted to share some of our favorite sketches. We’ve included a range of drawings- some are of projects Edwin Steffian designed, others depict structural layouts, while some detail objects and landscapes. 

Our hope is  that these sketches will encourage you pick up a pen, pencil, paintbrush- whatever it is -  and let your imagination take over! Because, what is architecture without sketches?

 

The above sketch was showcased in a promotional brochure created by William C. Codman and Son & Elmer H. Bright & Co. for their properties on Gerrish Island, ME. The sketch depicts “the type of small, simple summer place which can be built at moderate cost (around $5,000) and which will provide a comfortable summer home for a family of four or five with accommodations for week-end guests.”

The following two sketches are the proposed floor plans for the home.

 

 

As we continue look back upon our history, we are excited to share special moments that have shaped the foundation of who SBA is today. As always, we feel very fortunate and honored to be able to continue to design environments that enhance people’s lives, and hope to be able to do so for the next 85 years!

 

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