During the last decade the notion of the drawing in architecture has begun to be superseded by the animation, or the rendered image, as a way to communicate the project. Part of Preissner's interest in this exhibition and the drawing set to be produced is to find a new role for drawing within architecture as a medium to communicate the architectural effect of the project, instead of just its plan. A new set of work (composed of original drawings, animations, and formal models), looks at the unique combination of surface patterns — "spotting" as a communicative strategy for identification — and form as a method of spatial organization. The work draws influence from the habits of selective breeding within dogs to produce desired coat patterns and body shapes, and the flexible capabilities afforded through the introduction of digital techniques in the design process. Preissner has a BS in architecture from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and a MA in architecture from Columbia University.