Explore how architectural drawing can help bring to life a fictional world in a hands-on drawing workshop inspired by the exhibition An Atlas of Es Devlin. Led by artist and designer Annie Coggan, participants will create their own series of freehand architectural drawings to visualize and interpret spaces for their fictional characters to inhabit.  

This program is held in partnership with A Public Space. All workshop participants will receive a copy of The Book of Errors by Annie Coggan, courtesy of A Public Space Books. 

Discover more programs in the An Atlas of Es Devlin: A Creative Curriculum, which features activities to shake up your creative practice.

workshop facilitator

Annie Coggan is a designer, educator, and principal at Chairs + Buildings Studio, a multiscale design studio based in Brooklyn. She is a full-time Associate Professor at Pratt Institute School of Design. Coggan’s practice involves textiles, furniture, and drawings to create an experimental, practice-based research agenda. She was awarded The Fields of Future Fellowship at the Bard Graduate Center in the spring of 2023, a Winterthur Museum Creator/Maker Fellowship for 2018-2019 and an Artist in Residence position at Boisbuchet, Domaine Boisbuchet, France in 2021. Coggan is the author of The Book of Errors, a book of illustrated essays looking at the complicated preservation of three American historic houses through drawings and ephemera, published with A Public Space Books. She received her B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont and her Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. 


A Public Space was founded in 2006 by Brigid Hughes and is an independent publisher of an award-winning literary and arts magazine and A Public Space Books. 

About the Program

  • Program Length: 3 hours 
  • Interactivity Level: high 
  • Intended Audience: People curious about design, stage design, interior design, architectural drawing, theater, dance, music, experience design, storytelling, and connections between literature and visual culture. 
  • Included in the program ticket cost is all materials and supplies, admission to the museum including the exhibition An Atlas of Es Devlin, and a copy of The Book of Errors by Annie Coggan, courtesy of A Public Space Books.


  • Location: This program will take place in person in the first floor library. This space is on the first floor of the museum and fully wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible restroom on the ground floor, accessible via elevator. Read more about accessibility at Cooper Hewitt.
  • What to Expect: This program will include an illustrated presentation with slides by the speaker followed by a series of guided drawing exercises. No drawing or architecture experience is required to take this workshop.
  • Accommodations: The program includes live CART captioning.
  • For general questions and requests for additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible.

Special Thanks

This exhibition is made possible with major support from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Generous support is provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer, Kimberly Schuessler, and Morgan M. Schuessler, Jr.

Support is also provided by the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery Endowment Fund, the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Lemberg Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.