Behind every building are stacks of drawings. While architects and interior designers are known to be glued to their computers, pen and paper are still part of their toolkits. A lot can be learned about someone just by flipping through pages of ideas. Sketchbook Interviews is a series that explores the sketchbooks found on desks all around the firm.
Like many children interested in art, Amy Shouder spent long hours doodling in her notebook. Her grandfather was also a painter and his work hung all around her grandparents’ house. This sparked Amy’s appreciation for the way a painting captures life in everyday objects.
Today, she is an architect who channels her creativity on a variety of work, from large corporate campuses to mixed-use office projects. Drawing and experimenting with other mediums continue to be a creative outlet. Art not only informs her work but is also a great way to research the cities and landmarks she plans to visit one day.
This napkin sketch titled “3 AM,” depicting a corner café in New York City, was submitted to Architectural Record’s 2018 Cocktail Napkin Sketch competition. It was selected as a runner-up and featured in the December issue.
Ada’s Café in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is one of her favorite spots to sketch and sip coffee.
Amy always has sketching materials on hand—no matter the location. A collection of buildings along the coast of Italy was drawn on an airplane with a ballpoint pen.
Composition and contrast work together in this drawing of seaside town in Greece.
This napkin sketch captures the overlapping shells of Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House. The shadowing accentuates the forms that make up the back of the iconic structure.
Amy often looks for captivating buildings with distinct focal points or details. This sketch explores the illusion of depth, light, and shadow of Bruneschelli’s Dome in Florence, Italy.