Associate Professor Mark Ericson’s new book, Animating Guarini: An Orthographic Project will be published in July. The book looks into the evolution of orthographic projection as Ericson explores its history to reacquire the generative techniques of drawing that do not deal with visualization. Animating Guarini reimagines orthographic projection as a drawing technique that precedes convention.
Dean Ingalill Wahlroos Ritter commented on the achievement, noting that, “Mark Ericson is an exceptional architectural educator, a revolutionary thinker, and with the publication of his book, now also an author whose work reflects a wealth of accomplishments. In an age of post-digital exhaustion towards cookie-cutter architectural representations, Mark’s drawings offer a radical alternative. His work transcribes historically accurate methods of representing complex geometries through digital methods that appear analogue, thereby questioning the entire oeuvre of architectural representation today.”
Ericson’s research has been featured on Drawing Matter, a website and private collection showcasing contemporary architectural drawings and work assembled in England over the past twenty-five years. Mark’s project, Onto an Epicycle of Cones, is part of a series that interrogates the orthographic drawing techniques of Guarino Guarini. The drawing translates his written and drawn instructions in the programming language of Python in the open-source platform of Processing.py. Mark Ericson is currently working on developing a new Bachelors of Science in Design Computation at Woodbury.
Mark’s drawings have been published in LOG, 306090, and the catalog for the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Uneven Growth. His research focuses on studying and reimagining historical practices of drawing. Mark worked with Perry Kulper, who contributed the foreword to Animating Guarini. Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. After working with Eisenman/ Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown he taught at SCI-Arc for 17 years.