The Tchoban Foundation
Trustee/Chief Executive Officer
Board of Trustees
Dr. Eva-Maria Barkhofen
Sworn Expert for Architectural Art and Archive objects at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Potsdam
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss
Founder and Director of the “Aedes” Forum for Architecture
What is still drawn today? Which architects continue to master the art of hand drawing? What place has the skilled use of pen and ink in an age of computer aided design? In the 21st century, virtually no architect seeks to persuade clients of their capacities as a designer by means of sketches or perspective views. In architectural education today, there is also less emphasis on learning the craft of drawing although the ability to convey ideas through drawing by hand remains essential in developing form and proportion.
It is at this point that the Tchoban Foundation intervenes. Established in 2009 by Sergei Tchoban, himself a passionate draftsman and collector of historic architectural drawings, its extensive collection serves as a source for research on the history and nature of architectural drawing. An extensive library on the subject is accessible to experts and visitors. The overall aim of the foundation, however, is to present the imaginative and emotionally-charged world of architectural drawing to a broad public through regular exhibitions.
The founder Sergei Tchoban together with Dr. h. c. Kristin Feireiss and
Dr. Eva-Maria Barkhofen, two renowned architectural experts, form the curatorship of the foundation.