chapter  13
14 Pages

Making plans: Alberti’s ichnography as cultural artefact

WithPaul Emmons, Jonathan Foote

The assertion of architecture’s liberal, humanistic status – comparing architects to the ‘greatest exponents of other disciplines’, by Leon Battista Alberti in the fi fteenth century1 – coincides with what is usually considered the beginning of modern architectural practice when, following the increasing availability of paper in the West, architects left construction sites to work remote from building activities.2 As medieval representations of architects directing work on building sites gave way to Renaissance portraits of architects at desks with books, instruments and paper, they took up drawing at a table in a scholarly study.3