Drawing by Drawing

Drawing by Drawing explores architects' drawings as a medium; the exchange of ideas and visions through drawing – exemplified by the network of people around the architect Svein Tønsager.

Exhibition Period 13 January 2012 - 18 March 2012

Exhibition in the Danish Architecture Centre 13 January - 18 March 2012. Free guided tours in English every Sunday 14-15 PM.

This exhibition collects drawings and observations from some of the world's leading architects, offering a unique opportunity to gain insight into a visual universe centred around the creation of architecture.

As a technical and artistic genre, architectural drawing goes back more than 2,000 years - architects have always drawn by hand.

Within the last twenty years, digital drawing tools have massively contributed at a global level to changing both the way architects work and the visualisation of the physical shapes of architecture. Architectural drawing has been changed forever.

Visitors to this exhibition can experience more than one hundred modern suggestions as to how architectural drawing may be presented and become a form of artistic expression.


Left: Michael Webb 2011, right: Cort Ross Dinesen and Birgit Skovfoged Østergaard 1995.

The drawings inDrawing by Drawingshare a certain form of kinship. They have been produced by architects drawn together in a European-American fellowship, the existence of which is largely due to a dynamic and visionary Norwegian architect, Svein Tønsager, who passed away in 2006, aged 62.


In his work as an architect and his teaching at the Aarhus School of Architecture, he was the driving force behind the creation of a broad international network of architects, which, through exchanges, lectures, debates, dialogues and friendships, constantly explored the potential of architecture and architectural drawing.

Among the 42 displayed architects in the exhibition you will find: Lebbeus Woods, Michael Sorkin, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Henning Larsen, Steven Holl, Peter Cook, CJ Lim, Christine Hawley, Zaha Hadid, Peter Wilson, Dorte Mandrup, Leslie van Duzer and Ben van Berkel.


Left: Nat Chard 2002, right:  Zaha Hadid 1983

Catalogue and lectures
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, where writing members of the network contribute with reflections on drawings as a media for the architect, on how to communicate architecture in general and on the significance of networking and exchanging thoughts, ideas and visions. The catalogue will be published February 9th. Four international lectures accompany the exhibition. They will take place in the Danish Architecture Centre.

13 January 2012 15.30-17.00: Michael Sorkin, Michael Sorkin Studio
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24 January , 2012 17:00 - 18:00: Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studio
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9 February 2012  17-18: David Gertsen, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of Cooper Union
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9 March 2012 16-17: C J Lim, Studio 8 Architects
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Drawing by Drawing is developed and produced by the Danish Architecture Centre and curated by Anette Brunsvig Sørensen. Anette Brunsvig Sørensen is an architect and teacher at the Aarhus School of Architecture. She was a colleague of Svein Tønsager, and moreover lived with him from 1973 to his death.

The exhibition is financially supported by Realdania and Aarhus School of Architecture. The exhibition catalogue is financially supported by Dreyers Fond.

Last updated Tuesday, January 21, 2014