A few hours at the Kimbell Museum of Art

Designed in 1967 by architect Louis I. Kahn and finished in 1972 in collaboration with landscape architects Harriet Pattison and George Patton; and structural engineer August Komendant. 

The museum can be accessed through either the lawn and the beautiful mass of yaupon hollies trees out in the entrance courtyard or the rear parking lot (to the East) one story below the main floor. 

Either way you enter, the spatial sequence of the building is magnificently clearly laid out. 

The museum is comprised of 16 parallel halls covered by 20 feet wide by 100 feet long post-tensioned reinforced concrete shells (or vaults). Each thin vault is supported by four reinforced concrete columns which can be visible throughout the building. 

Entrance courtyard with yaupon hollies and opened porches that overlook the water pools. 

Main vestibule looking towards the northern courtyard and main stairs connecting to the Eastern vestibule. 

The interior curving shells have light slots that allows for natural light to enter the galleries. Stainless steel reflectors bounce the natural light difuminating it throughout the curving vaults illuminating the gallery interiors with a soft well-distributed natural light. 

Two tour days in Durham, NC; Vernacular Architectural Forum,VAF 2016

I was recently selected to present a paper on Field Notes during the Vernacular Architectural Forum, which took place the first week of June in Durham, North Carolina. As part of the event – as it is customarily – there are two intense days of touring around preselected areas to experience first hand vernacular examples and communities. 

Here are a few sketches I made during those days. 

West Grove Friends Meeting House (1915) Snow Camp, Alamance County

Old Brick Church [Clapp Church] (1813 original, reconstruction ca. 1840-1946)

Spatial axonometric, floor plan and section of Old Brick Church [Clapp Church] (1813 original, reconstruction ca. 1840-1946)

Mendenhall Store; Jamestown, Guilford County

Mendenhall Barn; Jamestown, Guilford County


O’Briant Grocery Store, 613 Holloway St. 


Lloyd House (1956); 126 Nelson St. 

traveling through spain: madrid

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I like to paste city maps in my sketchbook where I can trace down the different paths, landmarks and buildings I visit. Here’s one I did a few years ago in madrid. Dashed lines refer to walked paths and dotted ones are subway, bus or taxi.

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