Course Syllabus

    Course 56508 -Architectural Drawing                                                 William A. Etsweiler

    Architectural Drawing and Design is a communication skill that 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.

    No Prerequisite

    Architectural drawing is that area of technical drawing that deals with the preparation of plans for habitations and other structures. It is a worldwide communications skill used by architects, engineers, contractors, landscaping specialists, interior designers and 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 (such as 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 scaled physical models. 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.

    Grading Policy/Evaluation:

    There are two broad categories of student work evaluation:  assessments (weighted 75%) and class participation (weighted 25%).  The assessment category typically is comprised of projects, quizzes, tests, performance tasks, reflection papers, lab reports, and some reflective writing.  The class participation category can include some reflective writings, journal entries, handling of lab maintenance responsibilities, and other typically routine tasks.


    Download the Architectural Check Sheets HERE
    Architectural Drawing (TEC556)

    Tentative Course Outline

    Course Orientation (page 4)  Power Point Here

    • Orientation
    • Careers in Architecture
    • Home Planning

    History and Planning (page 12 ) Power Point Here

    • History in House Construction
    • Current Practices
    • Future Planning

    Floor Planning (page 21) Power Point Here

    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Labeling and Dimensioning

    ·         Electrical Plans

    Foundation Planning (page 41) Power Point Here

    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Labeling and Dimensioning

    Elevations (page 51) Power Point Here

    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Finishing

    Sectional Views (page 56) Power Point Here

    • Foundation Construction Practices
    • Sill and Wall Construction
    • Ceiling, Roof and Cornice Construction

    Site Planning (page 66) Power Point Here

    • Preliminary Planning
    • Topography and Features
    • Utilities and Plantings

    Renderings (page 77)

    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Finishing

    Civil Design (page 82)

    ·         Civil Designer

    ·         Planning Community Spaces

    ·         Urban Development

    Independent Projects (page 89)

    ·         Project Planning and Documentation

    ·         Project Development

    Technical Presentations (page 92)

    ·         Documentation Preparation

    ·         Final Presentation

Last Modified on September 20, 2017