I have published several instructional and inspirational handbooks on the subject of drawing in landscape architecture since 2009. The first comprehensive drawing manual was published in 2013. It is used by professionals and students around the world, and soon to be in its third edition.

NEW BOOK: Drawing for Landscape Architects 2
The Perspective in Landscape Architecture: History, Theory and Practice

In recent years, perspective views have swept into the foreground in the field of landscape architecture. They have become the showpiece of any new design project, frequently overshadowing the plan as the principal graphic mediator of ideas. Perspectives communicate planned spaces unlike any other orthographic architectural projections, easily connecting with ­human modes of vision and perception. Yet we have become so accustomed to seeing them that we no longer examine their underlying messages.

This manual examines the history of these multifaceted images and their power to shape our expectations and thinking. Moving chronologically from the Renaissance to the present day, the book charts their evolution and dissects the motives behind their construction. It also provides clear practical guidance on how to compose persuasive images for diverse audiences.

Presented in this book are numerous historical and contemporary examples, underscoring the perspective’s continuing importance in professional practice.

Key thematic areas include:

  • Introduction to terminology: Basics and principles
  • Constructing and composing perspectives
  • Transmitting messages: The landscape as a medium for ideas
  • Enduring themes of beauty, the sublime, and awe
  • The future of perspective views
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Volume 1: Basic Drawing, Graphics, and Projections
Sabrina Wilk/ DOM Verlag, Berlin

Landscape architects rely on images to explore ideas and to communicate them to others. Their designs range from large-scale master plans and strategic visions, through to specific vegetation and precise construction details. Concepts and creative solutions are developed, refined, and explained on paper.

This handbook focuses on areas which, even in the age of ­digital media, remain foundations of the profession: drawing, graphics, and projections. Both instructional and inspirational, it covers the basics of landscape ­architectural representation in an easy-to-understand way, encouraging readers to sketch and develop their own graphic language and style. Also showcased in this book are many examples from landscape architecture offices worldwide, offering practical help and ideas.

Key thematic areas include:

  • Introduction to drawing tools, applications, and effects
  • Symbols in different scales, styles, and abstraction levels
  • Basic principles for presentation, layout, and lettering
  • Fundamentals of orthographic and parallel projections
    - Drawing in contemporary landscape architecture practice
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I will embark on writing new books soon, however this time they will focus on themes beyond drawing. Topics will include theory of landscape architecture and the history of landscape design. More to come…