Thinking, drawing and making

Learning from Paul Klee (2005)

One of our first tasks at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane’s degree in Architecture was to learn how to draw – by hand. This was back in 1999 in Maputo, and I was a first year student. The idea is that the hand draws what the eye sees, and later, once this is mastered, that the hand draws what the mind thinks. I have subsequently completed my degree at UCT in Cape Town (2001-2006), but have never forgotten the importance of that act of translation. Herewith some sketches of the past 10 years (click on images to enlarge).

Orpheus study – Hellenica sculpture serie (2010)

S. Carlo Alle Quatro Fontane (2005)

Kirstenbosch (2001)

About Maria GC Aragão

Architect, Quality Systems Controller. Founder and Principal of A OFICINA - Design e Arquitetura, E.I., a micro design and architecture studio based in Maputo that executes projects and idea-things. I practice at the intersection between meaning, aesthetics and commerce. As an external examiner of university student work, I look to architecture as an act of translation. I am currently furthering my knowledge in M&E and Quality Management in order to integrate multidisciplinary teams and benefit others through transfer of skills learnt in the building industry.


  1. Evandro

    Really nice Maria…When I went to Spain in July last year I decided to re-start drawing to interiorise my experiences of that journey…best decision I made in 2011. For me drawing also helps me to understand the world.

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