Architectural Design William A. Etsweiler
This course is important because architectural drawing is a communication skill and as such is vital for the inception, development and communication of ideas related to residential, commercial, industrial and civil construction. As current and future resources change, so must our ability to construct habitations that meet our basic human needs.
Architectural drawing is that area of technical drawing dealing with the preparation of plans for habitations and other building construction. It is a basic worldwide communications skill used by architects, engineers, contractors, landscaping specialists, interior designers and many others. Architectural drawing incorporates the skills of the engineer or technologist with the skills of the artist and the scientist. As human beings venture into previously underdeveloped environments (i.e. space, undersea, rugged terrain), and use new construction and material technologies, the job of the architect will continue to change. This class will introduce the student to the world of architectural drawing by discussing concerns in site planning, floor and foundation planning, elevations, sectional views and structural calculations. Areas in computer 3D graphics and animations will be addressed in the form of pictorial renderings and animations. Students leave the class with a long term portfolio project in the form of a detailed set of plans to build a ranch style house.
Students will be graded on equal parts of tests/quizzes, projects and computer applications. Because most of our work must be accomplished in the classroom, daily attendance and participation is extremely important. Daily participation grades will count for 25% of the marking period grade.Architectural Design
- Careers in Architecture
- Home Planning
History and Planning
- History in House Construction
- Current Practices
- Future Planning
- Foundation Construction Practices
- Sill and Wall Construction
- Ceiling, Roof and Cornice Construction
- Preliminary Planning
- Topography and Features
- Utilities and Plantings