Graeme Maxwell Morland, AIA, RIBA

Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture


Dipl. in Architecture, Mackintosh School of Architecture, University of Glasgow

Professor Morland previously taught at the University of Glasgow and the University of Illinois (Chicago Circle Campus). He has served as Chairman of the School of Architecture at USC, and teaches at all levels of the program, with an emphasis on architectural design and urban theory. He is currently the Director of the USC School of Architecture, Anthony A. Marnell, Spring semester program of studies, which is based in Como.Italy. Over the past 25 years, Prof Morland has served as a design consultant to various major Los Angeles offices, including association with Ellerbe Becket, Inc. for the new Helen Topping Library for the Schools of Architecture and Fine Arts at USC. He was also responsible for the design of the School’s workshop a,nd cafe, and the renovation of Harris Courtyard. Furthermore, during this period, in association with H & D. Gibbs. FAIA, Morland was appointed project designer for the new Naval Regional Medical Centre in San Diego, at that time, the largest hospital project of it’s kind in the USA. In conjunction with professional design consultation in Europe and the UK, he has maintained an active private professional practice, focused mainly on residential and neighborhood/community projects in the South Bay region of California, his portfolio now includes approx 45 completed projects to date. His work at USC includes on-going research in visual theory and graphic communication, urban light rail transportation as the new overlay infrastructure to reconnect the city, and the execution and pursuit of contemporary architectural and urban ideas in general. The Metropolitan Transit Authority has recently published a compendium of student design projects for stations on the proposed new MTA, Crenshaw- Prairie transit corridor of Los Angeles, which spans four years of design studio investigation under his direction.

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    Architectural Drawing & Sketching
    Architectural Drawing & Sketching

    To Sketch is to Think. When an Architect is designing, they draw what they are thinking and the drawings/sketches are part of the creative process. However, when the Artist draws from life, they describe what they see and interpret it in a personal way. The observer perceives the subject through the artist’s eyes and personal interpretation. While the Artist’s work is an end in itself, the Architect’s early sketch is the beginning of an intriguing visual enquiry and perhaps the initiation of a great building. Why is drawing and sketching so vital to the design process for the Architect? At the conceptual level, sketching or graphic “doodling” visually pre-meditates the first inkling of a design strategy, quickly imagined and soon abandoned if not realizing a fruitful idea. What you sketch and draw is what you see “in your mind,” inspired by what you can visualize around you in a physical context or what you foresee as you “Dream,” the stimulation of visual ideas, the “Starting Block of Design.” The creative process in Architecture is complex and hard to define but when “ideas” are stimulated, they are communicated through sketches. To quote Le Corbusier, “I prefer drawing to talking; drawing is faster and less prone to lying.”

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