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The Art of Design Communication, Why Good Designers Use Their Hands

September 12, 2019  |  1400 - 1600

Room: 219A
Track: Design
Session Code: GS9
Session Type: General Session
CE Credit: 0

This is a workshop in quick and effective visual presentation techniques where participants will enhance their ability to use hand drawing in conversation with clients to better communicate design objectives and identify desirable outcomes in the design process.

We will explore a simplified perspective method that allows for rapid sketching and smoothes the communication/ decision process for designer and client. Participants will receive a guide to effective visualization written by the presenter.


Bob Kirchman

The Kirchman Studio

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Bob Kirchman has operated The Kirchman Studio for over 30 years. He provides visualization services and stand-up charrette services for designers and has taught drawing skills to a variety of students. He has designed custom residential projects including Aging in Place renovations to existing homes. Trained by illustrator Ray Prohaska, Bob has developed a strong hand for concept development and design communication. It was in 1982 that Illustrator and designer Bob Kirchman set out to provide accurate artistic architectural renderings for the architectural design community of Charlottesville, Virginia. Working for a few great clients he gradually built a reputation for quality hand drawn work. Since "officially" opening the office in 1985, his business has grown to serve the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.

Bob’s work for the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia established his reputation in the presentation of master plans for major facilities. In 1998 his renderings and scale models were used to develop a major resort project for the city of Hongo Cho in Japan. The bulk of his work, however, is small and medium sized projects for a variety of clients, primarily the builders of fine homes. He presents the workshop: “The Art of Design Presentation, Why Good Designers Use their Hands” in the interest of keeping alive the great traditional methods of design development.

Bob Lives in the historic community of Staunton, Virginia with his wife Pam. In addition to design and presentation work, he enjoys teaching art to young people and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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