Misha Semenov Member Since September 2014 Artist Statement I've been sketching cities and streets since I was very little. One might call it, politely, an inclination, or, more accurately, an obsession. I love discovering and documenting everything I can about cities and architecture, and I love exploring urban spaces, their long histories, their idiosyncrasies, their buildings and their cultures, and sharing them with others. I work during the summers for DPZ, a Miami firm, studying and designing cities, and one of my coworkers gave me a sharpie and a pad of Japanese paper for sketching. It did wonders for me--ever since, I've spent countless hours sitting on steps, lawns, and balconies sketching the buildings and city scenes that inspire me with my trusty extra fine point marker. The sketches you see here are all made within the space of an hour or two, on site. I think of a sketch as "reading" a building. When I trace a building's details, I learn something from it. It makes me a better architect and urbanist. I hope you enjoy viewing my "reading exercises!"