Since the dawn of the computer, there has been much discussion about the future of hand drawing in architecture. While it is inevitable that hand-drafting will go the way of the dinosaur (in fact, it probably already has), I believe drawing by hand will continue to play a role in the architecture studio. Certainly, this is what we are taught at McGill.
McGill's School of Architecture has a policy that can essentially be summed up as "no computers in first year". While this is not exactly true (we use Photoshop, InDesign and of course MS Office), we are not taught any computer drafting/modeling software until second year. Although some students did sneakily use SketchUp and even AutoCAD to help with some of the assignments, all our drafting was to be done by hand.
I love hand drafting. I was first introduced in grade nine. In our Introduction to Technology class (aka wood-shop), we used to have to draw top- and side-elevations of three-dimensional wood models. Our teacher was quick to point out any 'peccadilloes.'
Oh, how I wish firms were still hiring old-fashioned draftsmen. The satisfying clunk as you push your t-square against the board, or the swish of the parallel ruler. Sadly the speed and efficiency of the computer age is upon us, and upon me starting next year. Hand drawing will continue to play an important role in design and analysis, but there will no longer be enough time to complete the required plans, sections and elevations by hand.
Here is a collection of drawings completed during my first term at McGill:
Side elevation of my birdcage model (to be later explained).
And the bird that goes with it.
Part of a section through one of the engineering buildings.
Axionometric of the wire-frame formed by sections/plan.
One of three drawings exploring a space as described in a text.