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Techniques of Visualisation - Software Skills Video 01 - Part 1, 2 and 3

This video introduces Adobe Photoshop and demonstrates how to use Photoshop to create a David Hockney inspired photographic collage on a digital canvas.
Concepts relating to resolution, layering and transforming content are discussed and demonstrated.

For bookmarks and what is covered at particular moments during the video go to:

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Techniques of Visualisation -

I've just completed delivering a lecture series at UWA called Techniques of Visualisation for first year students doing a Bachelor of Design.

Over the coming weeks I'll post a variety of content, including assignments they did and videos on the technical lectures that helped them learn what was required.

10 Questions – Ariane Prevost, Architect

Description of Current Practical Work: Residential design and construction.


Bachelor of Architecture, 1982

Registered Builder

Registered Architect

1. Describe your current style, as a friend would describe your work

Currently enjoying personal architecture - organic, raw and slightly brutal. Though feminine in terms of brutality it is intended to preserve the distinctive qualities of the raw material and their honesty. The work is organic in the way it develops throughout the design and build process - the reality of true architecture. Buildings are unable to be finished, they are always a work in process and my current architecture plays on this.

Her House - North courtyard

2. What have you been working on recently?

A renovation of an award winning 1980's Overman and Zuidefeld residence, a renovation of a heritage cottage in Claremont and I've recently completed my own house.

Her House, Timber work

3. Do you read architectural press?

Rarely. Inspiration seems to come from elsewhere. It manifests when it feels nice.

4. Can you suggest an article worth reading?

On the basis I rarely read I find it difficult to do.

5. Can you provide details on a piece of architecture that has inpired you locally or globally?

The practitioners of modernism are favorites, Anything from the school of Mies & Corbusier . Phillip Johnson's first house he designed and built whilst at University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Architecture whose concept and design extends to the boundaries; with flat roofs and non-precious surfaces. You should be able to see everything from everywhere in a house.

6. Can you dream up a client type you'd love to work for?

A client that treats you more like an artist than purely a 'facilitator' of their own ideas and trusts your judgment. If you commission an artist to paint your portrait you do not guide them, you trust their skill and self-expression - the reason for choosing them in the first place.

7. Western Australian Architect you most admire, dead or alive.

There are a few. Iwan Iwanoff, particularly his early work; Freshwater Parade Claremont (his own). Also the early work of Geoffrey Summerhayes; The Coombe House (his own), Saunders Street House and the house on Owston Street in Mosman Park.

Original Photo - Owston Street Residence

8. In your opinion, the best piece of architecture in the last 10 years. Local or global

As I don't get out much I will have to reserve my comments to the more popular choices amongst the big boys globally. I was in awe of the engineering used to create the Bird's Nest in Beijing. Architects and engineers can be very clever people.

9. Your intepretation of the public's perception of Architects/Architecture in the city you work.

I speak here only on the basis of my experience and knowledge in the field of residential architecture. As I said before, many clients and potential clients tend to think of us more as 'facilitators' for their own ideas rather than a professional who can interpret their brief successfully on their own. The profession of old was once considered essential for a building project, but has lost its vitality to a large demographic who have succumbed to the clever saturation marketing of savvy builders and designers as the ultimate facilitators in the delivery of a 'trendy' product, often based on price and speed. Architecture has effectively been consigned to the connoisseurs who value the craft and its bespoke nature. You have to question where in the building industry the profession is relevant and necessary.

Her House - Roof Garden

10. Any thoughts on the role of the 21st century Architect?

Young architects are going to have to investigate a 'marketing' strategy of their own if they want to change the general perception of architects today in the face of the alternatives. We need to adapt architectural practice. Clients that know what they want don't need an architect. The approach a client who wants an architect ought to be, 'I need to know what to do', not 'I know what I want can you make it happen for me?'. The service we offer is most valid for those that don't yet know what they want or never knew what they could have. How do we change the clients approach? The old fashioned way I guess - professional service, gain their trust and prove it to them?

Her House - Entry

David Foulkes Taylor Showroom by Julius Elischer

Building Name: David Foulkes Taylor Showroom
Building Type: Showroom, Gallery
Designed by: Julius Elischer
Location: Broadway, Nedlands WA, Australia
Year: 1965

To me, the work of Julius Elischer represents 20th century modernist thinking with a sensitive approach toward Western Australian building practice, way of life and climate. The David Foulkes Taylor Showroom remains a testament to this.
460mm thick masonry walls enclose temperate, naturally lit spaces within. Windows are arranged in a Corbusian  fashion clearly referencing Ronchamp.  A large courtyard is sited at the rear, an appropriate feature for our Mediterranean climate. 

These photos are of the original showroom. It was refurbishment by Bernard Seeber for the AIA's Western Australian chapter a few years back.

David Foulkes Taylor

A collection of Photos

Original Ground Floor Plan

View from Mezzanine


Original Section

Original Upper Level Plan