Architect’s Draw at Convivium 33
For an architect, drawing a building is in many ways, simply a way to remember it properly. Sketching a building can be considered a way of taking notes, a visual diary of sorts. The sketchbook is, indeed, a daily companion and partner to an architect.
Ask Peter Van Dijk, who will be the host for a special exhibition at Convivium33 Gallery this November. Sponsored by AIA Cleveland, Architects Draw is an exhibition concept which was conceived from Peter’s appreciation for what may seem natural but–in today’s age fixated on all things digital– is not. Peter reminds us that you won’t find the soul of architecture in your desktop. Great architecture can only derive from a uniquely human collaboration between the mind, the eyes and the hand.
The juried exhibition will include recent works in a variety of disciplines by architects and students of architecture. Peter, who spent a year in Rome on a Fulbright fellowship, will be featured as a special guest artist and will showcase his personal travel sketches from over the years. Peter is undeniably one of the region’smost respected architects.
As he shares his personal drawings he reminisces. They are timetables of his life, and serve as remindersof his love for architecture and his discovery of the details not found in any book. A member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in 2000 van Dijk was awarded the AIA Ohio Gold Medal, one of the profession’s highest
honors. His legacy has touched so many individuals well beyond our region. The list of his projects is impressive, but none is greater than Blossom Music Center, the beloved summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. The open-air concert pavilion flows with the landscape of the Cuyahoga valley. Completed in 1968, its legendary acoustics make Blossom one of the most desirable outdoor performance destinations in America.