Drawing as an action joined to architectural project has two
different roles concerning to the successive stages of the process.
- The first role of drawing in architectural conception, as a
continuous search to materialize conceptually the own event.
- The other role in a second phase when drawing has to describe an
object, once it is defined and one has decided to stop the changing
We could say, that in architecture, the built object is – in the
limit – a representation of the drawing; while drawing merely
However, Architecture History would not be complete, if we didn´t
take account of all those projects that haven´t been built, and most of
them come from competitions.
Once object is built, the architecture becomes part of a whole body
of interpretation outside the architects control. But before all, the
architect has to persuade in order that the object can be built: the
rhetorical aspect is intrinsic to the design process. Any level of
presentation – images and text – involve a purposeful and persuasive
argumentative discourse in which the architect deliberately attempts to
bring others round to a particular way of thinking.
The Architectural Competition is the most symbolic way in which
society chooses the built form of the future and it is also a necessary
way to establish the profession free from direct connections with
Material from competitions can be used to analyze the changes in
architectural values of a particular period of time and the rhetorical
set offers the opportunity to investigate the relationships among
architectural designs, the text about them and their graphic
Four days continous action to cover the whole process of generating
a proposal for an architecture competition and state clearly all the
stages from the initial searching rough drawings to the analysis of
final material taken as a rhetorical set to investigate the
relationships among architectural designs, the text about them and
their graphic expressions.
Case of study
SIKA Competition 2010.
Educational Method and assignments schedule.
Unit divided in five phases ( one phase each day):
1. First stage (Monday).
Searching and Approaching level./assignment 1
2. Second stage (Tuesday)
Generating proposals: choosing and developing one./ assignment 2
3.Third stage (Wednesday)
Fixing and Representing the proposal./assignment 3
4. Fourth stage (Thursday)
Preparing the panels.
Competition, assesment and Criticism of submitted proposals./assignment