Visual Thinking in the Digital Age
Drawings and Paintings of Errol Barron and Jacob Brillhart
by Jacob Brillhart & Errol Barron
This catalog of an exhibition of two architects from two generations illustrates and examines the role of hand drawing in the digital age. Drawn from more than 100 sketch books used almost daily and especially during travel, the exhibition considers the tradition of drawing as both a recording device and as a tool for thinking about design. Errol Barron and Jacob Brillhart, who both teach drawing and design in their respective institutions, the University of Miami and Tulane University , believe that drawings done digitally and by hand are not mutually exclusive activities but deeply complementary ones. The joint exhibition of how observation influences design will be comprised of over 50 sketchbooks associated paintings and design drawings that explore the interrelationships of drawing, painting, and architecture.
Jacob Brillhart has built his career as an architect, painter and professor of architecture. He is founder of Jacob Brillhart Architect PA, and is currently a full-time lecturer at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture where he teaches design studios and drawing courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. As an integral teacher of the Rome program, he also leads students in drawing and design studios through Rome and Northern Italy. Jacob earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University and his Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. His academic and professional life, which works in constant symbiosis, is heavily influenced by both teaching traditions – formed around the interchange of research, exploration and progressive design. A LEED AP, he is also engaged in sustainable building practices and was honored with the 2008 AIA Miami Design Award for Excellence for his “Mechanical House.”