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'In-between': Architectural drawing as interdisciplinary spatial discourse

Carless, Tonia; Troiani, Igea


Tonia Carless
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Igea Troiani


© 2015 RIBA Enterprises. This essay discusses the role of non-normative architectural representational practices in architectural design-based research. From a reading of Michel Foucault's concept of discursive formations, it sets out an inter-disciplinary practice-based design research approach to architectural drawing. It considers architectural research to be connected to the conception that drawing and the critical discourse of space are indissoluble and that the confines of each are products of specific ideological and disciplinary practices. Conventional, orthographic architectural drawings are challenged through in-between drawings inspired by inter-disciplinary drawing methods. The site of exploration is the pedagogical context of the design studio. Two different bodies of student architectural design research drawings are discussed. One set is of digitally produced collages that examine island colonisation and that incorporate drawing methods used in geology and archaeology. The other set comprises hand-made collage drawings that visually incorporate the qualities of home typically excluded from architectural drawing and which reference social and anthropological readings of the space. The essay aims to propose alternative modes of practice through drawing in-between disciplinary conventions.


Carless, T., & Troiani, I. (2015). 'In-between': Architectural drawing as interdisciplinary spatial discourse. Journal of Architecture, 20(2), 268-292.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jan 13, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2018
Journal Journal of Architecture
Print ISSN 1360-2365
Electronic ISSN 1466-4410
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 268-292
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