Today Robert A.M. Stern Architects launched "Eternal City: Sketches of Rome," the sixth in-house exhibition in its ongoing series celebrating the firm’s commitment to the essential role of traditional hand-drawing in the architectural profession.
This exhibit showcases plein-air sketches drawn by RAMSA staff members across their educational and professional careers, featuring prominent Roman buildings and spaces as well as sketches of buildings farther afield, but with self-evident Roman lineage. In addition, drawings from student projects in which one of the design objectives was to respond to Roman context, as well as more theoretical explorations of Rome’s influence on architectural form are on display.
The Sketch Gallery Jury—Kevin M. Smith, Partner; Christopher Heim, Senior Associate; Clay Hayles, Senior Associate; Armando Amaral, Associate; and Huaxia Song, Associate wrote: "Rome is an eternal fount of architectural inspiration. It has been a place of pilgrimage for countless generations of architects from the days of the Grand Tour, to the French and American academies in Rome, to the various present-day programs that draw students from around the world.
The Jury congratulates all of the Sketch Gallery participants and offers them sincere thanks for sharing their personal work for the benefit of the firm: Leah Abrams, Avani Agarwal, Nishi Bordia, Taylor Brophy, Gaby Carucci, Joseph Cederoth, Lok Chan, Johnny Cruz, Christian Cullinan, Melissa DelVecchio, Avleigh Du, Ken Frank, Timothy Galano, Harley Grieco, Christopher Heim, Benjamin Jones, Michael Jones, Gregory Keller, Kevin Kelly, Justin Lai, Ross McClellan, Michael McGrattan, Christopher McIntire, Ann O’Connell, Beatrice Park, Cate Pharris, Mason Roberts, Nadeen Safa, Coltan Severson, Jacob Tilove, Christopher Tritt, Elizabeth Woodard, and Boyuan Zhang.