Ian Ritchie writes poetry in order to better understand a project’s beginning, using words to investigate the particularities or challenges of a site. The reductive process and act of composition bring his ideas into focus.
His calligraphic etchings imagine the shape or spirit of commissions in simple but powerful strokes.
Alternately pragmatic, philosophical and witty, his aphorisms on work and life range from the importance of light to the nature of progress.
These lines of thought, committed to paper before the visual design process, reveal Ian Ritchie’s thoughts about architecture, art, society and their interaction.
Published by the Royal Academy of Arts and available in their online shop
or from Ian Ritchie Architects.