Ian Ritchie writes poetry in order better to understand a project’s beginning, using words to investigate the particularities or challenges of a site, and the process of composition and systems thinking to bring ideas into focus.
His calligraphic etchings imagine the shape or spirit of commissions in simple but powerful strokes.
Variably pragmatic and philosophical, often witty, his aphorisms on work and life – from the importance of light to the nature and possibility of progress – reveal a modernist’s belief in the potential of architecture to improve society.
These are lines of thought, committed to paper before any visual designing. They demonstrate that for Ian Ritchie being an architect involves more than is conventionally understood.
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