Past Exhibitions

Sketch to Structure

January 31, 2015 – August 17, 2015


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Get an inside look at the architectural design process with over 100 original objects.

Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.

Beautiful hand-drawn sketches by Lorcan O’Herlihy show an architect quickly capturing ideas about shapes and color. Pencil drawings of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records by Richard Neutra show a master draftsman at work. And watercolors by Steven Holl of a client’s home render in beautiful detail, on a single sheet of paper, the planned building’s exterior, floor plan, and elevation. Through these and other objects from every stage of the design process, Sketch to Structure presents the ingenious ways that architects and firms accumulate ideas and whittle them down, ultimately solving design challenges for their clients.

Visitor Note:
Sketch to Structure will close temporarily on May 25, 2015. The exhibition reopens on June 6, 2015, to serve as an inspiration for Carnegie Museum of Art's summer art and architecture camps. Visit us again to explore seven case studies of design thinking from the collection and see the campers at work.

Sketch to Structure
is organized by Alyssum Skjeie, curatorial assistant at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art. 

Related Events
March 19: Culture Club: Adventure Bingo! with Harvard & Highland’s Alexi Morrissey
March 30: Draw Like an Architect with Lorcan O’Herlihy
April 9: Culture Club: PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 20
June 26: Architect Talk: A Line Around an Idea—Drawing in a Computer Age
June 27: Workshop: Line Around an Idea with James Wines   

Exhibition Credits

The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.