ARCT06009 2019 Architectural Drawing & Communication 1

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Drawing & Communication 1
Transcript Title
Architectural Drawing & Commun
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Mary Byrne
Programme Membership
SG_VARCH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARCH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARDE_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design

This module will further develop the skills and principles relating to range of architectural representation and communication methods introduced during Semester 1 within the Design Studio 1 and Visual Literacy modules.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Utilise orthographic and paraline architectural drawing conventions at a basic level.


Produce, co-ordinate a set of design drawings demonstrating contextualisation and cross-referencing of design information.


Apply fine arts based representation methods creatively to design projects to develop design ideas and communicate design aspirations


Construct and utilise physical models as a design development tool from concept to presentation stage.


Compile and deliver a presentation to a peer group and to listen and critically respond to the views of others.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Architectural Drawing and Communication is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, practical based tutorials and workshops.  Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

A series of weekly practical skill-based assignments and verbal and visual presentations associated with each of the areas highlighted.

Modes: 100% continuous formative assessment of coursework throughout the semester and final portfolio review and summative assessment at end of semester.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.‚Äč

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Indicative syllabus:

Drawing and modelling techniques focused towards exploring design ideas, concepts and strategies are introduced and developed.

Constructed/projected orthographic drawings and physical models are developed in more detail and complexity as the basis for conventional architectural representation.

Freehand sketching and the use of the design sketch/work book as a design development tool and a record of all content, examples, explorations and exercises during the module will be emphasised.

Photography and film are introduced and explored as design development and representational tools.

1 – Observational, Analytical and Conceptual drawing- a variety of drawing and diagramming techniques are introduced.

2 – Freehand Drawing: case studies: detail

3 – Freehand Drawing: case studies: large scale

4 – Precedent Analysis: Diagrams + Model

5 – 2d Orthographic Drawing: Plan and Section

6 – 2d Orthographic Drawing: Plan and Section

7 – Conceptual Model-making 1:Lecture: Analytical and Conceptual model-making.

8 - Conceptual Model-making 2: Development of Cubist model.

9 – Conceptual Model-making 3: Concept space model.

10 – Photographing and Filming models: Developing drawings from photographs

11 – 3d Orthographic Drawing: Axonometric

12 – 3d Orthographic Drawing: Axonometric

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Verbal presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 10 5
2 Drawing and Communication portfolio of assignments Continuous Assessment Assessment 85 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Architectural Studio Architectural Drawing and Communication 1 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-10-20 Studio Craft & Techniques for Architects Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1780676573 ISBN-13 9781780676579

Studio Craft & Technique is a one-stop handbook for undergraduate students of architecture. Based on the belief that technology and craft are at the heart of design studies, this book encourages students to think of them as aspects of an integrated whole. The book provides step-by-step techniques for skills that students use in their undergraduate studies, such as drawing, model making and surveying and explains the conventions of architectural representation. It also explains the primary elements of construction and structure from first principles, using clear diagrams and drawings. Students can use this handbook on a daily basis in their design and technology studios through their first years of study. Recommended to first year students at numerous architecture schools, this new edition has been extensively revised and updated.

Required Reading
2008 The Architectural Drawing Course
ISBN STANFORD:36105131795911

This practical foundation course in architectural design offers key advice on the principles, practice and techniques of the subject. Dealing with much more than just the technical aspects of drawing, it introduces the reader to the visual language of architecture, encouraging them to think spatially and question the built environment. All architecture students, and anyone interested in the creative side of architecture, will find this book an invaluable tool and reference.

Required Reading
2014-08-21 Architecture John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118745199 ISBN-13 1118745191

The revered architectural reference, updated with contemporaryexamples and interactive 3D models The Interactive Resource Center is an online learningenvironment where instructors and students can access the toolsthey need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcingand assessing their understanding of key concepts for successfulunderstanding of the course. An access card with redemption codefor the online Interactive Resource Center isincluded with all new, print copies or can bepurchased separately. (***If you rent or purchase aused book with an access code, the access code may have beenredeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code-ISBN: 9781118986837). The online Interactive Resource Center containsresources tied to the book, such as: Interactive Animations highlighting key concepts Photo Gallery of architectural precedents illustrated in thebook Flashcards for focused learning Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition isthe classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architecturaldesign, updated with new information on emerging trends and recentdevelopments. This bestselling visual reference helps both studentsand professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural designby examining how space and form are ordered in the environment. Essential and timeless, the fundamental elements of space andform still present a challenge to those who crave a deeperunderstanding. Taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces,Architecture distills complex concepts of design into aclear focus that inspires, bringing difficult abstractions to life.The book is illustrated throughout to demonstrate the conceptspresented, and show the relationships between fundamental elementsof architecture through the ages and across cultures. Topicsinclude: Primary elements and the principles of space design Form and space, including light, view, openings, andenclosures Organization of space, and the elements and relationships ofcirculation Proportion and scale, including proportioning systems andanthropometry

Required Reading
2015-04-06 Architectural Graphics John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119035664 ISBN-13 111903566X

This guide offers an introduction to using graphic tools and drafting conventions to translate architectural ideas into effective visual presentations, using drawings to illustrate the topic effectively. This updated edition includes new information on orthographic projection in relation to 3D models, and revised explanations of line weights, scale and dimensioning, and perspective drawing to clarify some of the most difficult concepts. New examples of modern furniture, APA facilities, and presentation layout provide more up-to-date visuals, and the Reference Center features all new animations, videos, and practice exercises.

Required Reading
2007-01-29 Drawing and Perceiving John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470047163 ISBN-13 047004716X

A complete guide to drawing, perception, and analysis for architects and designers The observation and drawing of real objects are the starting points for the designer's visionary constructions and inspirations. A longtime favorite of architectural students, Douglas Cooper's Drawing and Perceiving: Real-World Drawing for Students of Architecture and Design instills an understanding of the basic principles of drawing that are universal to all design disciplines-mass, volume, form, contour, texture, shadow, and more-as it explores the knowledge, rational thought, and expressiveness that designers rely on to create successful drawings. Now including a CD featuring Cooper's own dynamic instruction, this new Fourth Edition combines theory and technique to prepare students of architecture and design to carry on a dialogue between their perceptions of the physical world and their understanding of the elements of design.

Required Reading
2008-01-08 Basics Architecture 01: Representational Techniques AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373628 ISBN-13 2940373620

Basics Architecture 01: Representational Techniques by Lorraine Farrelly explores the concepts and techniques used to represent architecture. It describes a broad array of methodologies for developing architectural ideas and offers a range of practical drawing methods. Using examples from leading international architects and designers along with more experimental student work, a broad range of interpretations, possibilities and applications are demonstrated.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended reading:

Anderson, J. (2011). Architectural design.  London, UK: Ava.
Ching, Francis, D. K. (2002). Architectural graphic.  Van Nostrand Reinhold.
Ching, Francis, D. K. (1998). Design drawing, Wiley.
Cooper, D. (2007). Drawing & perceiving. New York, USA: John Wiley & Sons.

Delaney, M., & Gorman, A. (2011). Studio craft & technique.  Dublin, Ireland: UCD.

Doyle, M. (1999). Color drawing. New York, USA: John Wiley & Sons.
Farelly, L. (2007). Representational techniques, London: Ava.
Porter, T., & Goodman, S. (1992). Manual of graphic techniques for architects. Burlington, USA: Architectural Press.

Yee, R. (1997). Architectural drawing: a visual compendium of types and methods. London, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Resources

See module handbook

URL Resources
Other Resources

Dedicated studio space for each student registered on the the academic year of the BArch programme.

 Including but not limited to, Drawing Board, Layout space, wall space, drawing/model storage,materials storage.

Printing and scanning facilities (A0, A1, A2, A3).

Model Making benches, cutting surfaces, hand tools, lazer cutters, 3Dprinting

Critic space

General and Archive storage.

Refer to Architecture Space and Resource provision Handbook