Paul Rudolph Drawings

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Callahan Residence, Birmingham, Alabama 1965 – Rendering by Paul Rudolph

Architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) was known for his much-loved (and loathed) Brutalist yet spatially complex buildings. As one of the pioneering figures of the ‘Sarasota School of Architecture’ in the late 1940s, Rudolph gained a worldwide audience with his innovative design for the modern American home. His best known architectural masterpieces are the Yale School of Architecture, the Government Service Center and the Crawford Manor. By the late 70′s and into the 90′s, Rudolph who was unmoved by the Post-modern dominance in architecture, steadfastly continued to design powerful Modernist structures now gracing the urban skylines of the Far East.

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Burroughs Wellcome Company, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1969-1972

Aside from his built works, Paul Rudolph was also a master renderer known for his dynamic graphic presentations drawn with incredible precision much like a Victorian etching; from the building elements to the texture of the materials realistically amplified with light and shadows. His trademark presentation technique involves a black-and-white rendering of a building’s cross-section which is drawn to a large scale on a single-point perspective. Such accuracy enabled him to illustrate and investigate the realities of his buildings and their spaces, and thus allowing his designs to evolve as he further refined his rendering techniques.

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Walker Residence, Sanibel Island 1952-1953

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Resort Community, Stafford Harbor, Virgina 1966

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Study of Lower Manhattan Expressway, Ford Foundation, NY, NY 1967-1972

For more information about Paul Rudolph and his works, check out The Paul Rudolph Foundation and the blog.

The images above are from Paul Rudolph: Architectural Drawings by Yukio Futagawa. You can pick up a copy at Amazon.

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Fantastic drawings

Looks modern but still there is something telling it is not.
Always interesting with different-thinkers.

Great illustrations and magnificent buildings!

I generally like his work, but I’m glad the LOMEX was never completed.

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Thanks for your link back to the Paul Rudolph Foundation and our blog. I agree with you Paul Rudolph’s work is beautfiul – and his drawings are stunnning. To see more about Rudolph’s work, you can go to our flickr site ( and you can see more drawings here (

Thanks again,

Kelvin Dickinson
The Paul Rudolph Foundation

Thanks Kelvin for the update!

Beautiful. I love the simplicity, geometry, and focus on large windows. Let the outside in.

Amazing style, would love to live in something like this :) great designer!!!

WOW! Thank you for these drawings. I haven’t seen hand drawn renderings, elevations or cross-sections for years and years. They make fabulous art. Its one of the last hand-rendered arts to leave us. My husband gave all of his many wonderful renderings away to a friend when we moved after college. I’d kill to have them now. These are beautiful.
I miss hand rendered art very much. These make my heart sing. Thank you grain-edit! Betty

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