Developing graphic intelligence to bring clarity into a complex world


Teaching freehand drawing as a practical tool to stimulate the capacities of reflection, communication and synthesis in the world of construction and architecture. This training is particularly addressed to engineers and architects, for direct application in the design and construction site phases.

The specific approach of the proposed training has been developed and tested over several years of architectural practice within multidisciplinary teams, and combined with university teaching and scientific research.


The architectural project responds to complex interests (at once aesthetic, constructive, functional and economic) that often appear as opposites. It seems essential to create links between the different fields of knowledge integrated into the current world of construction, with the goal of bringing together productivity and innovation and making companies more efficient.

Beyond technological means such as computers and the arrival of BIM, hand drawing is an efficient process to achieve this synthesis, without complex means and in all stages of the project. All it takes is a pencil and a graphic and communicative intelligence to unblock urgent worksite situations, reduce the workload or better communicate an idea, without multiplying the working hours and the necessary means. Hand drawing is thus considered as a low-tech tool that allows a more direct translation of ideas. It brings together our logical and intuitive capacities and is a privileged tool to encourage creativity.

This freehand drawing method differs from the drawing considered as a purely aesthetic means. Moreover, unlike academic drawing in Fine Arts which requires large learning phases, this method can be learned quickly and allows to become operational almost immediately.


The objectives of the training are :

  • To adopt a daily practice of reflection and conception through drawing.
  • To develop constructive intuitions.
  • Acquire a sense of scale and proportion.
  • Learn to synthesize and communicate through freehand drawing.
  • To set up an operational methodology of graphic expression.