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I doubt they teach much of this in today’s classroom, but maybe I’m wrong. I remember having to do this back in high school, and although it’s a tedious process, the results are nice.

Learn to write like an architect

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Brad says:

    Is it me or is it REALLY hard to read his portfolio writing example? I’ll go freehand thanks.

  2. Andrew says:

    Yeah I found it all messy and hard to read.

    If I’d paid $$$ for someone to design me something and it had writing like that I would be annoyed.

  3. BigD145 says:

    It takes years to write like an architect? I spent less than one year learning letter perfect cursive writing. There are almost no straight lines, so no guides whatsoever.

    Architectural writing looks a bit like Tolkien’s Cirth runes.

  4. samurai1200 says:

    this is sorta the same idea that graffiti writers adopt to develop a handstyle (or just “style” for short), only in this case it’s obvious that you cannot use any guides while out on the street, etc, so i think it may be a bit tougher than this, more akin to cursive.

    the recurring theme here is that it takes a lot of practice, i.e. you gotta make it second-nature and build it into your “muscle memory.”

    okay that was a lot of commas.

  5. chad says:

    I’m an architectural student at the University of Manitoba and though I have seen this sort of style done before it really isn’t how we are taught to write.

    Non connecting lines and crooked horizontals are signatures we have been taught to avoid as in a firm the point in mastering lettering is to allow your writing to blend seamlessly with that of those around you. no architect works alone no matter how famous and your work must be presented to the client with cohesiveness.
    His lettering is pretty but not much too free.

  6. Mark Thomason says:

    This bothers me. I was taught in drafting that what you write needs to be legible. Looking nice is important for your client maybe, but if the guys doing the technical drawings or on site trying to read your blueprints can’t easily and quickly read what you wrote, you’re not going to get the results you want. This smacks of being a poor team player; worrying more about looking pretty than being clear communication. If I were choosing an architect and saw writing like this in a sample, I’d look elsewhere.

  7. The Steven says:

    Ah, yeah, maybe for right-handed architects.

    But for the Left-Handed among us? We should learn to write right to left? I don’t think so.