Drago is a 13-year-old Australian boy who is in his second year of high school. He is captivated by the subject of architecture, and his ambition is to become one day the 'Elon Musk of architecture' by designing a house that is affordable, functional, sustainable, and stylish, to counteract the oppressively unpleasant taste, low quality, and high price of contemporary house architecture, that is all too common in suburban Australia.
Drago, like most children, began drawing in his early childhood. He was distinguished, however, by his preference for a plain black marker pen over all other available drawing utensils. At the age of four, influenced by Picasso albums he had seen, he began to draw linear figures with geometric shapes, which he did over time without lifting the pen from the surface. Many large books and albums were flipped through the years that followed. However, it was a book the size of a postcard, the ‘Case Study Houses’, full of images of modernist buildings, floor plans, and sketches, that sparked the 10-year-old Drago's desire to become an architect. Soon after, he began collecting photos of buildings. The growing collection of photos of Le Corbusier, Neutra, Charles and Ray Eamesfurniture is still a source of inspiration for him today.
Drago's designs are linked by a modernist form and Sullivan’s clear principle "Form follows function". Using a 0.3 mm gel pen, he primarily draws open-plan public and residential structures. They have simple facades with broad strip windows that allow natural light into the interiors, seemingly decreasing the distance between inside and outside. Buildings appear to be linked to the earth with a cast-iron shadow in many of his sketches. Characters with pointed limbs, walk, stand in the window, read books, and sit on the stairwell as they explore the space. Drago dots the concrete, waves the grain of the wood, and with the use of long and short, thick and thin lines, he introduces the viewer to the idea of the raw materials used in his projects. All of this, along with exhibited art on the walls of his structures and adapted vegetation in his works, confirms the belief that this 13-year-old boy understands the essence and significance of architecture and what he aspires to be when he grows up. Today Drago’s body of work comprises of more than 300 architectural drawings.