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Landscape Architecture's Jim Richards conducts concept sketching workshops

March 11, 2015

James Richards, FASLA, Associate Professor in UT Arlington's Landscape Architecture Program, recently presented a series of invited concept sketching workshops for the students and faculty at the Northern Alberta School of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He will give another workshop freehand concept sketching at 4:30pm on March 12, 2015, at the Howe Russell Auditorium on the campus of Louisiana State University's College of Art + Design in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The workshops focus on the "why" of sketching by hand in what has become a digital world, and then demonstrate and demystify rapid concept sketching techniques, explore the global urban sketching phenomenon, and demonstrate freehand sketching with pen-interactive computers.

"These hands-on sessions help students understand how to combine the advantages of technology with the immediacy and freshness of freehand sketching to expand their choices for creative exploration and expression," says Richards, who will present further invited sketching workshops in 2015, scheduled in the United States, Cuba, Singapore and Kenya.

Jim Richards is an associate professor of landscape architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington and cofounder and principal of TOWNSCAPE, Inc., an urban design consultancy with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth and in Vancouver, Canada. He serves on the Board of Directors and as a blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers, an international non-profit organization that teaches and promotes on-location sketching across disciplines and around the globe. His book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers (Wiley, 2013), won an ASLA Honor Award in 2014. For more than 35 years, his work has creatively spanned landscape architecture, town planning, and urban design on projects in 17 states.

View Richards’s sketches on his blog at jamesrichardssketchbook.com.

From sketching workshops at Northern Alberta School of Technology:

Northern Alberta School of Technology

Northern Alberta School of Technology

Northern Alberta School of Technology

Northern Alberta School of Technology