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An abstract drawing of a building from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

“I seek not to conquer time but to be one with its flow.”
— Octavio Paz,
Convergences: Essays on Art and Literature

Rick Sundberg, born and raised in Seattle, has spent his professional career quietly guiding his city toward an architecture that celebrates civic life. His work at the Pike Place Market, Frye Art Museum, and Wing Luke Museum is well known within Seattle’s design community for its insistence on humanity, proportionality, and craftsmanship.

These drawings are from Rick’s collection of over 100 sketchbooks and include buildings both real and imagined. According to Rick: “I don’t look at the internet or magazines for inspiration. Usually, I simply sketch what is in front of me as I travel, sometimes as a form of downtime. From sketching places like the church of Sant’Ivo in Rome, to a small domed room in Pompeii with an off-center oculus, or even a small building in Seattle, I am able to absorb inspiring work of previous architects, known and unknown. These drawings become embedded in my memory, part of my architectural vocabulary as a craftsman.”

—EDITOR’S NOTE

An drawing from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A sketch of a room in Pompeii from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A drawing from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A Seattle streetscape from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A section drawing of a building from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A drawing of the Frye Art Museum from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A drawing of the Pantheon in Rome from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A drawing from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook

A sketch of Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza from Rick Sundberg's sketchbook