A structural engineer with 50 years of experience has published his sketches in a new book aimed at emphasising the importance of sketching for engineers.
The book – Sketching for Engineers and Architects – is by WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff structural engineer Ron Slade who has worked at the practice for 50 years. It uses Slade’s real work drawings of notable projects including the Shard and the Golden Jubilee Bridges and features over 180 drawings produced while working with architects at Farrells, Renzo Piano, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, and Foster & Partners.
“Even in a technological age sketching remains a very important and practical part of the design process,” said Slade. “I particularly like drawing as it helps me to think and envision a project. I would say I ‘construct’ my drawings and use scale rules and tracing paper, but they aren’t quite the same as architectural drawings which are often spontaneous and visionary.
“However, both professions need communicators, and I hope this book shows that simple hand sketching and drawing still has its place in fast and effective communication.”