19th & 20th Century Architecture: Sketch Essay #1: The Tall Office Building

This assignment was written by Jessica Ainsworth-Truong for use in post-secondary education.  This assignment is not to be used by others without written consent.

Sketch Assignment:

To design the façade of a Tall Office Building according to the principles laid out in Louis Sullivan’s The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered.

Requirements for the sketch:

  • Read attached version of Sullivan’s The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered.  Write a list of “rules” discerned from lecture and the text that you will be using to inform your design.
  • Develop the front façade for a 14 story building based on what you have read.

Preferred format:

  • Design should fit on an approximately 8”x10” piece of paper.  This can be drawing paper, vellum or trace, whichever media you feel works best for you.
  • Your drawing can be freehand or drafted, please choose the method that best illustrates your intent.  CAD is acceptable.
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