2020 Architectural Design and Drawing I

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yamazaki Taisuke  Murata Ryo  Fujita Yasuhito  Tachibana Mio 
Class Format
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Intensive (建築製図室)  
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Course description and aims

This course is a design studio to learn basic skills for architectural design.
The first assignment is to trace drawings of a remarkable house by freehand for an exercise, and the second assignment is to design a detached house whose building conditions are organized by students themselves.

Student learning outcomes

The goals of this course are as follows:
1) To learn precise drawing representation skills through trace assignments.
2) To learn methods for analyzing and gaining an understanding of past exceptional works from an architecture standpoint through short assignments.
3) To gain a precise understanding of given conditions through design assignments, and learn approaches for connecting them to spatial representations, as well as to learn skills for adequately explaining design intent with words through a presentation.


architectural design and drawing, wooden house, detached house

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is held in the drafting room, where students will make drawings using a pre-arranged drafting table, and drawing tools purchased individually. The instructor will give a general explanation at the beginning of the assignment. During class the instructors and TAs will move around the drafting room, giving individual guidance suited to student's respective progress.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 guidance, instruction of drawing tools and textbook, announcement of assignments Confirm the schedule of this class.
Class 2 assignment 1-1; rough drawing in pencil Practice with drawing tools.
Class 3 assignment 1-1; fair drawing in pencil Practice with drawing tools.
Class 4 assignment 1-2; rough drawing in pencil Practice with drawing tools.
Class 5 assignment 1-2; fair drawing in ink Practice with drawing tools.
Class 6 assignment 1-3; perspective drawing Review the drawing method of perspective.
Class 7 assignment 1-4; structural modeling Practice with tools for making a model
Class 8 assignment 2; esquisse 1; research and analyze of a building site. Visiting the site is expected.
Class 9 assignment 2; esquisse 2; study of plot plan and floor plan of the building Making a rough sketch on tracing paper.
Class 10 assignment 2; esquisse 3; study of section and structure of the building. Making a rough sketch on tracing paper.
Class 11 assignment 2; midterm presentation. Explain the concept of work briefly with rough sketches and models.
Class 12 assignment 2; drawing 1; rough drawing of the project The balance of drawings in 1 sheet must be important.
Class 13 assignment 2; drawing 2; fair drawing of the project The final drawings are expected to be sharp and strong.
Class 14 assignment 2; drawing 3; fair drawing of the project and preparation of final presentation. The final drawings are expected to be sharp and strong.
Class 15 assignment 2; final presentation. Explain the characteristics of work concretely with final drawings and models.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Francis D.K. Ching

Assessment criteria and methods

A sharp and strong drawing based on precise understanding of the building is excellent on the first assignment.
On design project, students are expected to develop their ideas continuously and express it by drawings and oral presentation.
The evaluation of the students in this course is based on a total score of all the assignments.

Related courses

  • Descriptive Geometry and Drawings

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students of Department of Architecture and Building Engineering have priority.



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