Renowned Architect from Texas Champions Hand Drawing in Energetic Presentation in Houston — Michael G. Imber Advocates

Prominent San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber recently captivated a crowd at Greenwood King Properties’ The Lobby on Kirby Drive as he discussed his latest book, “The Art of the Architect,” published by Triglyph Books and presented in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Architects (ICAA) and Sebastian Construction Group. The event drew a diverse audience of architects, ICAA members, real estate agents, and architecture enthusiasts who came out in full support of one of Texas’s esteemed architects.

Imber, a recipient of the Lifetime Arthur Ross Award, shared insights on the importance of drawing and watercolor in architecture, as showcased in his beautiful new book. In a time dominated by artificial intelligence and digital rendering, Imber emphasized the significance of hand drawing as a tool for truly understanding the landscape and scale of a project.

Drawing from the wisdom of celebrated architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Imber stressed the value of a hand-drawn rendering in effectively communicating with clients, team members, craftsmen, and contractors. As a testament to his commitment to traditional drawing techniques, Imber even distributed sketchbooks to students during his time as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

For Imber, drawing is not just a professional endeavor but a personal one as well. He uses drawing as a form of visual diary during his travels, allowing him to capture memories and emotions that inform his work as an architect. Following his engaging talk, Imber took the time to sign books and engage with attendees, leaving a lasting impression on all who were present.

Among the distinguished guests in attendance were Linda King, Meg Greenwood Rife, Caroline Billipp, Lorraine Abercrombie, Hill Swift from ICAA, as well as Vallette and Russell Windham, Stephanie and Reagan Cocke, Nadia Palacios Lauterbach, Virginia Kelsey, Rogelio Carrasco, and George Sutherland. The event was a true celebration of art, architecture, and the enduring legacy of hand drawing in a digital age.