University Student Adelina Gareeva’s Freehand Architectural Sketches Are On Another Level

With all the technological advancements we have, it seems like everything can now be done and enhanced digitally. Modern architects, for example, have been relying on computers to develop designs. However, this Russian architecture student prefers to go back to basics by creating freehand architectural sketches with nothing but a pencil and paper.

So, Adelina Gareeva is the artist and she is currently studying at the the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering (KSUAE). Although she’s still a student, the promising architect already has impressive skills because she creates intricate sketches without the help of any computer-aided design (CAD) software. As a result, her detailed illustrations of iconic monuments and fantasy architecture look more like art than technical blueprints.


This Russian student creates incredibly detailed freehand architectural sketches

So, she drafts her work by hand by putting pencil to paper. She publishes her creations on her Instagram page which is quickly gaining thousands of followers. Much like us, many people are delighted to see that there are architects who still draw by hand. Call us traditionalist, but there’s just something about hand-drawn creations that are so captivating.


These posts show the progression of her work on the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral

Most of her architectural sketches are created in a sketchbook. Her drawings often represent of famous landmarks that she sees on her travels. From the Pantheon in Paris, Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral in Kazan and many more. In addition to historical landmarks, she also unleashes her imagination on paper to create fantasy architecture.


Architectural Fantasy


Here we have the complete drawing of her fantasy architecture and it is so complex and futuristic!

We’ve picked out some of her best architectural sketches to give your eyes a treat. You can also follow the aspiring architect on Instagram to see her latest work.


So, it seems like cathedrals are one of her favorites to draw


Here, is a sketch of Saint Basil’s Cathedral and this really shows how much talent the student has


And, here she really shows how amazing her work is, those details are so intricate


You can see how accurate her drawings are when she snaps a photo of the sketch with the real building.


This one of the Trevi Fountain in Rome is awesome


These drawings are based on Italian architecture


And, this one is called Multilevel City!

Finally, which of her drawings is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Instagram page