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Sketchbook 60

January to early March 2020

These are my sketches from the period before the COVID 19 lockdown.

Not a sketch, but a portrait of Architect Richard Murphy. Richard kindly helped me raise sponsorship for children’s charity Coram, who I’ve cycled from London to Cannes in aid of every March for the last five years. I finished it in early March. I didn’t do the cycle, of course.
Things looked pretty normal at the start of the year: here’s Innes watching TV on 02/01/20.
Time for all the usual stuff: a trip to Melrose.
The ususal sketches of commuters…
…family members…
….work colleagues….
… and an epidemiologist. I was about to hear a lot more from them.
Sketches from a trip to Dublin.
A talk about saving the planet, rather than simply ourselves.
Haircuts for the kids.
Kids parties and presents.
A crowd. 4th February, crowds were perfectly normal then.
This sketch, from 16th March, is when I (finally) realised it was all going to change. I was trying to be colourful about it.
An ominous sketch of the house, where I was about to spend the next few months. That’s in the next book, which for some reason I haven’t got round to scanning despite all the extra time people imagined lockdown would bring.

Sketchbook 57 – July 2019

In Leiria with Eva and her family.

Making paper by hand in a mill refurbished by Alvaro Siza.

Grandad’s house….

Jose, from the Leiria urban sketchers.



In Lisbon, and on the beach in Estoril. The water is three degrees cooler than off the Hebrides.

Our flat, and a lady on a train. she came and sat next to me so I hid the drawing.

Isla on the train.

Fraser on the train.

Lunching

Dunfallandy House in Pitlochry, with the family.

Andreas on the piano stool.

Steven building a rocket, Gran doing the crossword.

Pitlochry dam. It’s the fifth time we use get power from the same water and the least effective, but it’s impressive to look at.

In London, in Caroline’s garden.

In Edinburgh, in Matt & Mina’s garden.

On the train

Ronni & Lewis at the Edinburgh Festival

Sketching St Philip’s Church, recovering from the office summer social

May 2019 – Sketchbook 56

In my tent, ready to get up and tackle day three of this camp.

Day three is the last day, and it begins round the flag pole.

I’ve been helping some Cubs and Scouts get their art badge.

It’s a team effort, well organised by Dylan with the support of many D’Mains volunteers.

Travelling.

At Glasgow School of Art, looking at what Hilmi and Mo have been up to.

The project work is great. I like looking closely at the buildings around us too. This is just round the corner from the Edinburgh office.

It’s a warehouse: a well designed bay is repeated and some parts are elaborated, some played down.

Beautiful and unconventional urban design in Edinburgh at Shaw Street.

With some of out HTA Design team winning the “Clients’ Choice” Award at the AJ100 Awards.

Eating with Rettie at the Scottish Homes Awards, and talking about the prospects for Build to Rent in Scotland.

Working on Build to Rent with the Edinburgh Park Design team.

The project is for Parabola. Here it is being reviewed by Architecture & Design Scotland.

Travelling

Travelling, and dinner with the helpful Specifi team in Edinburgh.

Travelling.

An LSE talk on peoples’ attitudes to living at high density.

At home: Fraser & Innes playing on my phone between football and swimming lessons.

 

 

Sketch Book 54 Side One – January & February 2019

Drawing people:

an Aberdeen fan on the DLR.

Work colleagues James Lord,

John Nsiah,& Rory Bergin.

Innes,

Fraser (& the bit of my family tree that plans to cycle up the Hebrides in 2019).Douglas

My Mum.

Innes, Isla & FraserNeil

Murray

Footbaallers

Commuters

On a train

Listening

Gairlochy

Life model PaulAnd in paint. I mean, these parallel lines are all very well but it’s nice to get the brushes out.

September to November 2018

Drawings of people I know and people I don’t.

The London Underground is a pretty unpleasant place: too busy and too hot from from April to October. I avoid it when I can but you can’t use a Boris bike for every trip so to pass the time I’ve plucked up the courage to draw people i don’t know who’re sitting four feet away.

They get off, of course, so I’m quite often left with incomplete faces, but I quite like that anyway.

No negative reaction from any of the subjects so far.

Drawing people I know is more straightforward.

Innes waiting for Fraser to finish swimming.

Fraser & Innes watching football on Tv & Ipad.

My niece Anna.

Julie in Heathrow. Easier to draw people at events.

Watching the Proclaimers in London.

My mum, and others, celebrating 40 years since she became minister in Townhill Parish Church.

The traditional church hall cup of tea afterwards.

Peter Murray & Richard Rogers introducing the NLA’s exhibition on offsite manufacture in construction, which features a number of our projects.

The Cubs doing a craft project at their camp.

Kenneth Williamson guiding us through an illuminating talk on Edinburgh’s suburban railways. I live right on top of one, so i’m very interested.

At the RIBA Stirling Prize in the Roundhouse in Camden.

Fraser, Isla and Innes at the Armistice Memorial.

The kids watching the fireworks next door.

Listening to a moving talk from Hannah Graf, the UK’s highest ranking transgender army officer.

At Coram, for the launch of Cycle to Mipim 2019.

And finally, a small number of drawings focused on buildings, rather than people. This is Market Street with HTA Sketch Club.

Ludgate Hill in London.

At Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, a really beautiful place.

 

 

Morar – April 2018

Some sketches, in chronological order (unusually).180407 - Innes & FraserDragging the boys round the shops in the car, making last minute preparations for a holiday on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

080418 CamasdarochOn the beach at Camusdarach making the first of many sand castles.

180418 - MallaigThe local port is Mallaig.

180410 - to SkyeOver the sea to Skye. Skye is home to a disproportionate number of beautiful, subtle, architect designed homes.

180410 DualchasThese two are by the inspiring Dualchas.

April 2018 - AnCrubhAn uplifting community centre with a nice cafe, a cracking view and great hall. By Will Tunell. I love what a community development trust can achieve: remove the profit motive and make something great.

180411 JulieThe train journey from Mallaig to Fort William is amongst the most scenic in the world. And very popular with Harry Potter enthusiasts. We took the (cheaper) local service.

10419 GlenfinanThe highlight of the trip is the Glenfinan viaduct. It looks out towards the memorial to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Arrived 22nd June 1745. Made it to Derby. Routed 16th April 1746. Back to Europe 20th September 1746.

180412 - Isla Eigg RumEigg, Rhum and Isla in the same picture.

180412 Loch NibheisSailing back from Eigg.

180413 Raw ArchitectureThere’s some cracking domestic architecture on the mainland too.

180418 - Scottish Govt SeminarI do work too (though sometimes this all looks like holiday). Back home and waiting my turn to talk at a Scottish Government seminar on Build to Rent.

180421 - Book SaleMy sister’s brilliant fundraising book sale in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. With excellent help she raised £1,700.

180428 - SpartansBack to the cold. Fraser and Isla sheltering from the elements at our local community football academy, Spartans.

Jennie & Steven Got Married – 24 March 2018

Jennie & Steven 3 - 24 March 2018A great ceilidh to end a lovely day celebrating Jennie & Steven’s wedding. Jennie & Steven 2 - 24 March 2018

Sketching the three beautiful bridges while listening to three good speeches. Family weddings are so much easier than when I last turned up at them twenty five years ago. This is mostly because I’ve decided how many cheeks to kiss and nobody asks me if it will be my turn next.

Jennie & Steven 1 - 24 March 2018At the lovely ceremony in Dalmeny Church. The four guys in front of me are Andreas, Ruari, Marc and Douglas: three boys and their dad. As the register was signed they played a brass medley that ranged from Wild Mountain Thyme to Star Wars. It was amusing for everyone and moving for some of us, a memory of my dad. A very special event.

World of Wings 18 March 2018

That was undoubtedly the main event of the last wee while, but here are a few other sketches of recent events. Above is Fraser at World of Wings. We learnt about how the vulture is really a good thing, despite the reputation. He cleans up after animals have already died and gets disease out of the eco system. I liked the red tailed buzzard as he was happy to pose for a sketch.

Dispossession

Watching a film about the housing crisis: dispossession. We need more subsidised housing, across the country.

Bothwell House 25 March 2018My old flat.

180320-Aitch - FinchleyTrying to get planning to put new homes on brownfield land, but people make it difficult so don’t expect all our housing to come through this route.

180320-Aitch OfficesIt’s not easy. You might need a barrister. He turned up with his suitcase of papers. Another reminder of my late father.Duff HouseDuff House.

emergency exit 21 February 2018Some travel.

 

Neil Gillespie 27 February 2018

At a talk about the excellent work of architects Reiach & Hall.

Culpeper 19 March 2018Staying at the Culpeper. A London pub with five bedrooms.

Culpeper 21 February 2018A small businesses being creative and making the most of every inch of space in our cities. The opposite of bland hotels with long corridors and a smell concocted by an expert in user experience. Loved it.

Indoor Month – January 2018

I do go outside, you just wouldn’t know it from the drawings. New Year’s Day with the family.

new years day 2018Drawing in the sketching friendly Design Museum. Looking at beautiful Ferraris. Enzo Ferrari was neither a great driver or a great designer but he created the world’s most desirable brand. ferrari 3

Beautiful old cars…

180124 -ferrari 2

…and the process by which they make them. And some racing cars, Ferrari’s only form of advertising.

180120-FraserFraser missing football, because it’s January and the pitch is frozen.

ainslie park cafe 2017

Isla waiting for gymnastics to start, and me waiting for Isla.

180118 - Hendon Town Hall

Listening to a planning committee.

passo - jan 2017I like the trend towards open kitchens and seats where you can watch someone make your dinner. They provide some entertainment for travelers eating alone. These friendly folk were in Paso.

by tube and planeTravelling, by tube and plane.

management meetingSome work.

2018 british librarySketching is quite popular these days and the nice guys from Meinhardt invited me along to their thriving sketch club at the British Library. It was great,, but I’m looking forward to drawing outdoors again.

That’s Entertainment – December 2017

Fiona and Paulina sleeping on the way to the HTA Design London party

hta sleepers - december 2017

Recovering the next day on the long trip home.

party morning after december 2017

Earlier in the month I’d gone to Islay with the guys I began studying architecture with 30 years ago who are still architects.

Port Charlotte 2-RecoveredWe got thrown out of the pub and the police were called.

Port Charlotte 1

This sort of thing didn’t happen 30 years ago. That’s middle age for you.

Flying to ISlaBy the time we flew home we knew just about everyone.

london office brick - december 2017

Recovering in London, trying to understand the detail of our new office. You don’t learn that much in 30 years.

fraser ar scots night - 30 nov 2017

It’s the time of year for shows: Fraser in his school Scots Night.

Queensferry Panto - December 2017

Brother in law and nephew excelling in panto.

171213-WSP-Spifox

A Christmas lunch or two, though this is the only one that made me cry. It raised money for charities So Precious and CHAS. Click on the links for more information on these excellent organisations.

Michael 3 december 2017It’s time for some time at home…

julie and matt december 2017

…chatting to friends…

isla 1 december 2017

…recovering…

42 eba stair december 2017…and thinking about some new design challenges.

Nice things to do: Part One

stewart brewingBrewing our own beer, HTAle, at Stewart Brewing.

hairy haggisRecovering after the Hairy Haggis relay, with HTA.

jupiter art landLooking at art: Michael Sailstorfer at Jupiter Art Land.

forth bridgeLearning about the third Forth bridge, with the Beavers.

DerbyTaking the time to sketch Derby’s old Co-op.

bloke on a train

Tom and Laura’s wedding (a bit I’d missed from before).

grand day outBeing at home.

 

gardenlawnmowerAnd using sketching as an excuse to avoid doing all the jobs in the garden.