The Analog Architect

I love technology, and I use the best digital architecture tools available, but there is something missing. Apart from the fringes, I believe our industry has lost it’s soul. We used to create beauty with our hands, but now standardise things to suit industrial manufacturing. Everything used to be formed to the human scale, but now things are scaled to machines.

In some fringe fields, technology has liberated creators e.g. allowing musicians and authors to self publish, but for most I believe, it promotes a level of unhappiness.

We stare at screens all day, and this creates stress and anxiety. In contrast, working with our hands promotes a deep sense of satisfaction and joy, as any true craftsperson, or artist will attest.

I believe AI is about to take us further down this path. I am keen to keep up with the kids and ride this wave, but I don’t want to loose my soul in the process.

I am slowly dialling back my screen usage, and focusing more on analog modes of creation. In the evenings I draw, paint, write, and play guitar to keep me off TV. This is one of the best, most life affirming paths I have chosen, and I am much happier as a result.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for technology. It has allowed me to build and operate a one man architecture band, and this would have been a big challenge in the past. But I also want to explore our roots.

I think the best architecture was made prior to the advent of the personal computer, and I want to adopt this analog technology myself. I want to learn the ways of the ancients before they are lost to the passages of time.

Working at both ends of the technology spectrum will, I believe, provide perspective, and help me connect with the roots of our ancient craft.

I will be offering a hand made service to my clients upon request. In addition to my full technology equipped practice, I will offer:

● Watercolour perspective views
● Watercolour scale plans and elevations
● Fired clay models

My vision is to eventually offer a fully handmade service. The architectural equivalent of the bespoke tailoring of Savile Row i.e. slow fashion meets slow architecture.

To sum up this philosophy, ‘it's quality, not quantity I seek. Fewer, smaller things, made better’, and I believe, this is the path forward.


The sketch above is of John Lautner. One of the greats, who produced beautiful architecture by hand, in the not so distant past, prior to our industries adoption of digital technology.

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