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Fundamentals for Architecture: Drawing Form, Space and Time
Wednesday 8:20 – 12:00noon
Instructors: Blake Goble and Dana Reitz
Credits: 4

Architects and designers make drawings, models and use other media in the design process to communicate ideas and convey information that is both analytical and emotive. This class will introduce students to the ways two-dimensional visual language can be used to understand aspects of three- and four-dimensional space.

In the first part of the term, students will learn the various methods and media (including paper- and computer-based drafting) to represent architectural space and form in the conventions of plan, section, axonometric and perspective.

In the second part of the term, we will explore ways to visually evoke space in a state of change: spatial narratives, bodies moving through space, time and seasons passing. Using freehand drawing, diagram, collage, graphic narrative, and others, we’ll explore how visual media can evoke a broad range of spatial and sensory phenomena.

Note: basic instruction in Vectorworks will be provided, but students interested in computer-aided drawing will be expected to dedicate regular time outside of class to become familiar with the software.

Prerequisite: None (basic computer skills for students interested in CAD software

Attendance policy and Criteria for evaluating student work

It is important to both your individual and shared experience that you attend each class and arrive on time prepared to create, present and discuss your work. If you must miss a class for a legitimate reason, please notify me as soon as possible before class by email or telephone. Missing two or more classes or frequently arriving late will disrupt class proceedings and put you at risk of failing the class. Each class represents 8.25% of the term.

At a minimum, to pass, your work must be completed and submitted when due and meet the requirements of the assignment. Higher levels of evaluation will take into consideration your innovation, aesthetic exploration and critical expansion of the assigned exercise in conceptualizing and executing of the work, as well as your class participation in discussing and critiquing the work.

Coursework and Expectations

This is a studio drawing class. You will be producing work both in and out of class periods, as well as discussing and critiquing the work individually and as a group. Students are expected to spend time outside of class periods working on assignments, including both progress documents and presentations.
For the first part of the term, we will create analytical drawings of a found building or space. The midterm project will be a formal presentation of this work.

For the second part of the term, we will create drawings of a found building or space that, along with analytical information relating to the physical nature of the space, will convey experiential, sensual and psychological qualities of the space including such phenomena as light, sound, and the passing of time.

Computer aided drafting and paper based media

Students will explore various media and methods for creating drawings and other representations of architectural space and form. These will include conventional paper-based media and computer-aided drafting software. Students will be expected to participate in class presentations and demonstrations of all media.

This is not, however, a software training class and we will limit formal instruction of software to four in-class hours. As with learning any software application, students who are interested in pursuing computer=aided drafting or modeling should plan to spend significant time outside class familiarizing themselves with the program.

Students will not be required to produce assigned projects using computer software. Students who choose to work with computer-based media will be held to the same standards as those using paper-based media. A failure to produce completed coursework on the class schedule due to an inability or lack of commitment to learn the software will not be excused. All student work, regardless the media used to create it, will be held to the same standards of visual and communicational effectiveness.

Course Materials

Textbook: Architectural Graphics, Frances D. K. Ching, 4th edition, 2003, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

List of Supplies

1. Alt. 1: Mechanical Pencils (Staedtler “graphite 925” or eq.), 0.9, 0.7 and 0.5 mm and Mechanical Pencil Leads (Staedtler or eq.), 0.9, 0.7 and 0.5 mm, H and HB
Alt. 2: 2 Mechanical clutch pencils.
2. Graphite Pencils or Graphite Sticks (No. 2, B or soft recommended)
3. Compressed Charcoal Pencils (Faber-Castell)
4. Good quality bow compass (Not rapid set)
5. Architectural scale.
6. Drafting dots
7. 10” adjustable triangle
8. 16” 30/60 triangle.
9. Lead Pointer.(Geddess)
10. Erasing shield.
11. White plastic eraser.
12. Drafting brush.
13. Hard-bound sketch book (8 x 10)

Optional Materials
Set of Color Pencils (Derwent or Faber-Castell)
Chalk or Wax pastels – box selection or choose individual colors
Tool storage box.
Flexible curves
X-acto knife and blades
Metal straight edge for cutting