Ideas and techniques on how to design, think and draw urbanism and architecture
Peter Richards is an Australian urban designer and architect and a founding director, in 1994, of Deicke Richards, a South-East Queensland based multi-disciplinary design practice. Peter is a highly respected urbanist recognised for his strategic thinking, design leadership and design skills. He is well known and sought after throughout Australia for his collaborative design and drawing abilities and has contributed to over 130 design workshops over the last 23 years, including a few in the Northern Territory. He is an adjunct professor and a former half-time Professor of Design in the QUT’s School of Design where he has taught in the Master of Architecture program since 2013. Designing, thinking and drawing has driven and defined his approach to professional practice.
‘It does not matter if you are beginning the journey, or well down the path, this book is an essential resource for everyone who seeks to eloquently visualise and communicate urbanism and urban form through drawing and design. The carefully scaffolded theoretical and practical knowledge provide the skills and techniques to make the complex process of design while drawing uniquely accessible. It is an inspiringly illustrated book which reveals both a personal and collaborative collection of drawings from a man who is passionate about, and cares deeply for his craft.’
Nicholas Stevens PhD, Urban Design and Town Planning Program Coordinator, University of the Sunshine Coast
‘For our cities to survive as human habitats, creativity and rigour are essential, but not enough. Communication is critical. Peter’s drawing skills are not just powerful exploring and analytical tools but also intensely human means of communication in a highly technological and technology-loving world. They are both a means to thinking and communicating and a source of pleasure.’
John Byrne, Principal Director, Byrne Urban Design and QUT Adjunct Professor, Brisbane, Queensland Australia