The inaugural Scenographia took place at the Merchandise Mart from November 2nd - 3rd, 2018. Over the course of two days, three teams comprised of architects, artists, and architectural students completed 9’ x 12’ charcoal murals in front of a live audience in the Pella Luxury Craft Showroom. Each team was responsible for creating an original composition, with the only stipulation being that the scenography incorporate the regional architecture of Chicago. The teams were also responsible for strategizing how to approach the construction of the drawing with the assistance of straight edges and drafting tools. The public nature of the event was intended to foster interest and appreciation for architecture as an art form and to demonstrate the skill of hand drawing is alive and well amongst practicing classicists.