Architectural Watercolor Prompts Questions During Tour of Spain

August 11, 2013 by: Ben Heimsath

What draws American architects to Europe, generation after generation? This question came to mind as we were leaving Madrid for Chicago, a long flight home after travel in Spain and Portugal. Maryann and I celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary with a tour around the coast of Spain and France. We’ve been able to see much of Europe over many trips, but this was our first visit to Granada, ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Architects and Construction / Master Plan / Presentatons

Architectural 3D Design - My Personal Perspective

January 16, 2013 by: Ben Heimsath

A half century ago I was an expert at drawing 3D images with a T-square and triangle. Architects drew on large sheets of vellum or mylar with sharp pencil leads and precise technical pens. The process of laying out a 3-D drawing started by locating the horizon line. We worked from a 2D plan and would then project from the elevations by manually taking each line to the proper vanishing point. We ... Read More

Design Process / Master Plan / Presentatons / Promotion

Master Planning for Congregations - 10 Essentials

July 10, 2012 by: Ben Heimsath

With this post, we begin a three-part series on what it takes to produce a great Master Plan. If you'd like to have a copy of all 10 Essentials, you may download them now. The Master Plan is a crucial first step when a church or religious community prepares for a building program. The success of the Master Plan can determine the success of all the later steps of design, fundraising and ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Adaptive Re-use / Campus Architecture / Building Committee / Master Plan / Presentatons / Site Development

Architectural Watercolor Renderings Are Perfect For Master Plans

February 9, 2012 by: Ben Heimsath

Clovis Heimsath, FAIA writes about one of his passions - architectural watercolor renderings. With all the advancements in computer imaging, there's still an important role for traditional architectural watercolor renderings. Overall concepts are developed in the master planning process. The master plan may not have a final design, but it helps if the major ideas can be conveyed in shape and ... Read More

Master Plan / Presentatons / Promotion