As part of a fifth-year drawing studio at Rice, I was tasked to design a modernist house in the style of Mies van der Rohe. The client is a couple in Houston, Texas looking for a single-story empty-nester home. The house is an open-plan design with the core services (bathroom, kitchen, laundry, mechanical, storage, intersecting with the living and resting spaces. Based on a 24×24 foot grid module, the home features a study, a fireplace, a yard, a private garden, and two-car garage for the couple. This class allowed me to improve my skills at hand drawing and helped me realize its meditative benefit in the design process. Hand drawing is one of the most important design skills for architects of all ages, the thread that connects our profession over thousands of years.