"Drawings are to architecture what language is to humans."
Joey Rivera, associate senior project designer at Group 4, uses drawings to create shared understanding at the beginning of the project.
In an office full of talented designers and architects, Rivera's work stands out thanks to its accuracy and beauty.
"My whole being gets inspired." Rivera said. "There is a connection, my brain, my soul and my hand."
Rivera's drawings are rooted in research. He's inspired by a variety of architectural styles and is always scouring the Internet, reading, photographing or otherwise looking for new ideas.
We asked Joey to give us some tips to create jaw-dropping drawings.
Step 1: Get inspired
"I look up references and past precedents for inspiration. This is an essential step in staying true to an architectural style, like post-war modernism, art-nouveau or contemporary."
Step 2: Get organized
"This is just a matter of assembling the materials and tools I will use to create the drawing or sketch or rendering. I use a mix of pens, pencils and markers. Will it be drawn on sketch paper, vellum or heavy stock paper. It all depends on the outcome the client needs."
Step 3: Turn up the jams
"I also need to put on my headphones and listen to my favorite music. It really helps me get in a creative mood. If the sketch is traditional, I listen to classical. If it is modern, I listen to dance music!"
We take drawing seriously. A detailed and accurate drawing keeps projects moving quickly. Poor drawings create confusion and delays. Want to work with Group 4? Contact us today.
Group 4 Design won two awards Friday, March 28, at the Illuminate Awards. The event was hosted by the IIDA North Florida Chapter.
Awards won by Group 4:
The office rebuild award is especially meaningful to the Group 4 team. Hurricane Irma flooded our offices in 2017 and presented a challenge no business wants to face: How do you keep going after a catastrophic event? This was new territory for us.
The answer was "through our amazing relationships." We lived briefly with our friends at Summit Contracting and used the libraries of DesignMind and Reynolds, Smith & Hill. We also received help from:
We're humbled by your support and grateful for your friendship. All we can say is "thank you."
Community is essential to Group 4's mission. From our industry partners to our client partners, we learn something new about our community with each project. Relationships with clients Smith, Hulsey & Busey – who have served Jacksonville for more than 100 years – encourage us and inspire us. We dedicate our Large Corporate award to their tireless good work.
Congratulations to our project team members on this award: Lori Avampato, project designer, and team members Valerie Backmann, Jack Braxtan and Leigh Gunn.
Our team loves corporate office projects: Many of us spend the majority of our waking hours in offices, sometimes working under the stress of some serious deadlines. It's important to create a space that is energizing, low-stress and engaging. Want us to take a look at your office project? Let's talk.