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The Architect as Artist: Sketches of NOLA Landmarks by Peter Fortier, AIA

Each month there is an event sponsored by the New Orleans Architecture Foundation, Urban Sketchers of New Orleans. Peter Fortier, AIA, a senior architect in our office is a regular participant in this group, and his sketches of local landmarks and neighborhoods are excellent!

Here are a few examples and thoughts from Peter: “As a practicing architect in New Orleans for many years I am perhaps more conscious of the built environment than many people whose lives are not as focused. As conscious as I think I am about the city’s urban fabric, it’s not until I sit down, focus on a selected subject and sketch it that I fully appreciate the detail and intricacies. There is a “numbness” that comes from familiarity.” Peter Fortier

Sea Lion Pool at Audubon Zoo

Rosa Keller Library

New Canal Lighthouse
The Historic New Orleans Collection Courtyard

You can find “Urban Sketchers New Orleans” on Facebook. The page is open to anyone, and the group accepts new members. Check the Facebook page here for details.

Also, for those interested in exploring further, the Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is hosting a presentation in June by Frank Harmon, FAIA, a North Carolina architect and the creator of an online journal, His website features short essays on his observations of places and structures he appreciates and is illustrated by his simple sketches of those places.

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