Residencia Cautiño in Guayama, Puerto Rico

Here are some sketches I made while assisting my wife and her team of students when documenting the Casa Cautiño in Guayama. This was the 1st time our students entered the prestigious Charles E. Peterson Drawing Competition and won 1st Prize for their field notes and measured drawings. (For winning drawings and information see previous post and http://www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/Peterson_winners.htm)

 Floor plan (partial, a 20th century addition (right) is ommitted from the drawing)  
 Spatial axon illustrating the spatial arrangement. 

Casa Wiechers-Villaronga in Ponce, Puerto Rico

During the past summer days my wife Claudia and I led a team of students to prepare field notes and measured drawings of this turn-of-the-19th-century masterpiece designed by Alfredo B. Wiechers.

For the 2nd consecutive time- our students have been awarded 1st place at the Charles E. Peterson Prize Measured Drawing Student Competition (2015 & 2014). The competition is co-sponsored annually by the National Park Service, Heritage Documentation Program, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects. 

For more information about the Prize: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/Peterson_winners.htm

Here are a few sketches I made while assisting the team of students prepare their field notes and documentation drawings. 

 Floor plan

  Following the 19th century tradition I made a composition simultaneously illustrating both interior and exterior views of the dining room area. 
 
Although I like perspective drawings I prefer these analytical drawings. Even if too personal, (meaning that they are really not intended for others), these drawings are essential tools for helping me understand the spatial configuration (and relations) of given building.  

 For illustrating purposes, I have included this sketch of the main façade I made (and posted) a few years ago. 

Centro de Estudios Avanzados, Viejo San Juan (Antiguo Seminario Conciliar Español)

 Floor Plan and Longitudinal Section (partial, continues on next drawing).

Planta y sección longitudinal (parcial; continúa en el próximo dibujo).

  Longitudinal Section (continuation), Axonometric of principal spatial configuration. 

Sección longitudinal (continuación); axonométrico de los principales espacios. 

 Perspective of the Chapel. 

Perspectiva de la capilla.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois

Until fairly recent I wasn’t a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. For some reason since my days at school of architecture I’ve always rooted against the great masters in favor of secondary-role (thus lesser known) architects. Even if I still root for the underdogs, nowadays — forced in great part by the impartiality required to teach objectively a course on History of Modern Architecture — I’ve come to really appreciate and understand the works of architects such as Wright.

During my trip to Chicago, where avoiding Wright’s work was simply not possible, I visited several of his buildings including his Home and Studio in Oak Park. At first I felt like it was going to be business as usual but there were so many instances in this place to ascertain Wright’s greatness as an architect (even if personally I still believe he was a huge S.O.B.) that if I had just visited this one place I would have felt the same way about his work. The structural achievements, material selections, attention to details and quality and greatness of its interior spaces all attest to his place in history as one of the most influential architects of the century.

Here are a few sketches I made during my visit.

  House main elevation and studio floor plan

 Notes and drawings of the hallway connecting the house and studio and an axon of the dining room, as well as, a detail of the dining room’s glass windows floral motif.

  Axon of the studio.

 Un-rendered and rendered perspective (below) of the playroom.