Geometry is omnipresent in nature. The Mediterranean Nautilus shell (above) is an example of nature’s architecture built to a living geometrical design. Greek geometers learned how to draw the shell’s spiral in 500BC, combining square and compass geometry to map the evolutionary stages of the shell’s growth, as revolutionary as the discovery of the DNA double helix in the 1950s, for both are blueprints for the geometrical architecture of life. The natural proportional values of geometry can be used in building design.
The articles on this website feature Laurie Smith’s research into historic geometrical building design augmented by papers giving step by step tuition in geometrical drawing. The galleries focus on four small modern timber-frames, one built in the UK and three in the USA, designed by Laurie Smith as a way of testing his theories. Geometrical symbols are often found carved or scribed into the fabric of historic buildings but are often visually elusive. Learn how to find, record and preserve them for posterity.