by Fernando Magallanes

{abstract} Fernando Magallanes is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Texas A+M University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.  Magallanes travels to Spain and the Czech Republic regularly. His travel, research, drawings and competition entries have advanced his search for historical and cultural influences found in ‘places’.  For him, the physical environment provides lessons for teaching designers about how to understand built environments and how those experiences can impact their own design methods, decisions, and values.

Magallanes’ article will focus on the relationship of drawing, sketching, understanding and creativity. His drawings “augment the sense of adventure that drives questions in seeking both content and an essential nature. At its essence, drawing begins with abstracting place through principles and elements of design—color, line, pattern, textures, and value. But the act of drawing also builds knowledge through seeing and experiencing many situations and phenomena including human transformations, interventions, design elements, natural phenomena, landscape, architecture, space, and human use.”

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