School of Architecture College of Design

Drawing Analogies: Reinventing Townscapes


Workshop Summary

The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate how the study of a specific architectural or urban precedent can spur new and inventive design proposals. To that end, we ask the students to focus on developing the following skills: to develop free hand drawing as the principal observation and analytical tool; to move from the perception of objective spatial situations to a subjective formal or conceptual abstraction of the same; to transform the information acquired in this way into a design vision through a courageous use of imagination. And finally, the hope is that by means of these experiences, students can begin to build their own architectural language that can be applied, properly adapted, to various contexts and design projects.


Guest Instructor

Andrea Ponsi, Studio Ponsi, Architecture and Design, Florence, Italy

Andrea Ponsi



Guest Biography

Andrea Ponsi’s activities include architecture, city planning, design, painting, and writing. 

Born in Viareggio, he graduated in architecture in Florence in 1974.  He then completed the AA Graduate Diploma at the Architectural Association in London and after being awarded the ITT International Fellowships, a Master in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Since the early 70’s he has worked on the relationships between ecology and architecture.  In 1977 together with Giovanni Del Signore he published “The Solar House,” a monograph on bioclimatic architecture.  From 1978 to 1988 he lived in San Francisco where he worked with Mark Mack, Peter Calthorpe and Sym Van Der Ryn on architecture and city planning projects, focusing on environmental sustainability. 

He has taught architectural design and drawing at the University of California-Berkeley, Syracuse University, University of Toronto and the Institut Technion in Haifa, Israel.  Since the early 90s he has been professor of architectural design at Kent State University in Florence and Visiting Lecturer at Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Minnesota, Cal Poly San Louis Obispo and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul.  


Faculty Hosts

Gayla Lindt, University of Minnesota

Jim Lutz, University of Minnesota





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