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.

    No Prerequisite

    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.

    Grading Policy/Evaluation:

    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

    Course Outline

    Course Orientation

    • Orientation
    • Careers in Architecture
    • Home Planning

    History and Planning

    • History in House Construction
    • Current Practices
    • Future Planning

    Floor Planning 

    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Labeling and Dimensioning

    ·         Electrical Plans

    Foundation Planning 

    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Labeling and Dimensioning


    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Finishing

    Sectional Views 

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

    Site Planning

    • Preliminary Planning
    • Topography and Features
    • Utilities and Plantings


    ·         Layout and Design

    ·         Finishing

    Civil Design

    ·         Civil Designer

    ·         Planning Community Spaces

    ·         Urban Development

    Independent Projects 

    ·         Project Planning and Documentation

    ·         Project Development

    Technical Presentations

    ·         Documentation Preparation

    ·         Final Presentation