ARCT06015 2019 Architectural Drawing and Communication 3

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Drawing and Communication 3
Transcript Title
Architectural Drawing and Comm
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)

This module is in 2 sections-

  1. Heritage and Transformation- (i) Heritage: understanding the nature, importance and technique of traditional architectural drawing through the survey and drawing of a measured drawing (ii) Transformation: understanding the possibilities of the propositional drawing
  2. Digital Media 11- 2D and 3D digital drawing techniques using CAD and Sketchup.

Learning Outcomes

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


Produce a measured drawing demonstrating appropriate understanding of heritage features, survey and recording techniques and co-ordinated, orthographic constructed drawings.


Evaluate and apply a variety of representation methods to demonstrate complex design ideas and design aspirations.


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


Produce detailed and accurate orthographic and paraline architectural drawings applying appropriate drawing conventions within a CAD programme.


Integrate the context, use and cross referencing of design information in a set of CAD drawings.


Format and print effective layouts and presentations in CAD to communicate interior spatial design proposals in 2-D and 3-D.


Generate three-dimensional digital models of architectural form and space.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Architectural Drawing and Communication 3 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

Indicative Syllabus

Heritage and Transformation-

1 – Understanding heritage value

2 – Survey technique

3 – Measured drawing

4 – Measured drawing

5 – Measured drawing

6 –  Propositional Drawing: Research, examples and techniques for communicating sophisticated and transformative design ideas

7 –  Propositional Drawing: Techniques and combinations of media

8  Propositional Drawing: Techniques and combinations of media

9-   Propositional Drawing: Techniques and combinations of media

Digital media-

The Digital Media II module is split into two digital representation elements namely;

  1. AutoCAD
  2. Sketchup.

The learner will explore how to create and produce digital drawings using architectural graphic conventions in 2D CAD and 3D Sketchup environments. The first part of the module examines a large range of CAD tools that are necessary for the creation of digital architectural representation. During weekly exercises, the learner will apply best practice examples, acquiring the skills and competences necessary to execute and complete a series of digital architectural drawings. In the second part of the module the learner will explore and develop a working knowledge of Sketchup. This dynamic 3D modeling program allows the user to visualize their ideas using its tailored tools and components. The learner will generate sketch-up models, test and analyse spatial and design qualities.  


Production of 2D CAD drawings:

Fundamental commands for 2D computer drawing using Autodesk AutoCAD software including the following:-

1- Draw and modify commands, layer management, dimensioning, setting up and plotting from layouts. Drawing tools – ortho, undo, track, snap. Editing – polyline, text for style, copy, fillet, extend trim, rotate, move mirror, offset.

2- Graphic composition of formal architectural graphics.

3- Graphic presentation techniques.

4- Setting up and plotting from layouts.

5- Creation of a customised working interface & short cut commands

6- Format, layers, blocks, hatch, text & dimensioning, scaling objects, scaling from a point.

7- Zoom – window, previous, extent, all pan.

8- Hatching – scaling, selecting from boundaries, or points.

3D Modelling in Sketch-up:

9- Build, edit and manipulate 3D form and compose architectural form and space, with materials, textures, elements, context, inhabitants, furniture, fittings and lighting.

10- Production of 3D model and generating images.  


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Drawing and Communication- Heritage and Transformation portfolio of assignments Continuous Assessment Assignment 45 % End of Semester 1,2
2 Digital Media portfolio of assignments Continuous Assessment Assignment 45 % End of Semester 4,5,6,7
3 Verbal Presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 10 3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Architectural Studio Drawing and Communication- Heritage and Transformation 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Digital Media 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-10-21 Architectural Drawing Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1780671695 ISBN-13 9781780671697

This book focuses on the exciting possibilities for representing the built environment with techniques ranging from pencil sketching to computers. It teaches students the following skills: how to draw using a range of media, the basic rules of making effective spatial images, and how to express ideas through appropriate media and forms of communication. Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into three sections: Media, Types, and Places. Each section is illustrated with exemplary drawings and accompanying commentaries. Step-by-step sequences and practical tips will further help students to make the most of their newly acquired skills. The second edition includes more guidance on basic hand drawing skills, more on a variety of techniques, and new artworks from practicing architects, making it an indispensable practical and inspirational resource.

Required Reading
2011-05-04 Drawing for Urban Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856697185 ISBN-13 9781856697187

Drawing for Urban Design explores a wide range of ways to represent the city, from freehand sketching to sophisticated computer models. Architects and urban planners need to describecities in the course of their work, be it through maps, diagrams, sketches, computer renderings, or models. This book provides an introduction to these techniques while explaining the processes associated with describing and designing urban environmentsit is an invaluable visual handbook for representing the contemporary city.

Required Reading
2016-07-01 The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective
ISBN 9781631591280 ISBN-13 1631591282

A good sketch starts with good bones. Often challenging and overwhelming to sketchers, the fourth book in the Urban Sketching Handbook series uses drawings and simple steps to explain the concepts of perspective in practical and useful ways for on-site sketching. Most books are either too abstract or don't provide enough information that relates to what you actually do when you're out in the busy, wide world about to start a drawing. Where do you start? How do you edit what you see to flatten and shrink it onto your paper? How does perspective work? The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective helps you learn to think like an architect, to draw buildings and spaces by reducing what you see to simple, basic shapes, then adding layers in simple steps, and finally finishing your sketch with detail, tone, and color--in accurate perspective. Full of helpful tips, architect and illustrator, Stephanie Bower even de-constructs sketches to show you how to create them! Once you understand perspective, it will change the way you see the world--you'll see perspective everywhere. Some of the key concepts explored in this volume are: - Basic Terms - Basic Spatial Principles - Types of Perspective - Building a Sketch in Layers - Special Conditions

Required Reading
Measurement and Recording of Historic Buildings Donhead

Required Reading
2012-02-24 Presentation Strategies and Dialogue Fairchild Books
ISBN 1609011449 ISBN-13 9781609011444

The ability to effectively and persuasively communicate design solutions is an essential (but often underemphasized) skill for successful interior design, and Presentation Strategies & Dialogues helps students hone that ability. By teaching aspiring designers how to use imagination, voice, gesture, presence, visual content, and analytical and physical tools, the book empowers readers to bring their ideas to life in a clear and compelling manner. Working from a view of the design presentation as an exchange of ideas, the book explores in depth how to cultivate interactions with clients and respond to their feedback. This eminently practical how-to book is a valuable resource for any design student, as a reference for a design studio class, or as a text for professional practice courses.

Required Reading
2017-05 Interior Design Using Autodesk Revit 2018 SDC Publications
ISBN 9781630571030 ISBN-13 1630571032

The intent of this book is to provide the interior design student a well-rounded knowledge of Autodesk Revit tools and techniques. These skills can then be applied to enhance professional development in both academia and industry. Each book also includes access to nearly 100 video tutorials designed to further help you master Autodesk Revit. The overall premise of the book is to help you learn Revit while developing the interior of a two story law office. At the start of the book you are provided an architectural model with established columns, beams, exterior walls, minimal interior walls and roofs in which to work. This allows more emphasis to be placed on interior design rather than primary architectural elements. The chapters chronology generally follows the typical design process. You will find this book helps you more accurately and efficiently develop your design ideas and skills. The first chapter introduces you to Revit, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the basics of opening, saving and creating a new project. The second provides a quick introduction to modeling basic elements in Revit including walls, doors, windows and more. This chapter is designed to show you how powerful Revit truly is and to get you excited for the rest of the book. The remainder of the book is spent developing the interior space of the law office with an established space program. You will learn how to view and navigate within the provided 3D architectural model, managing and creating materials and develop spaces with walls, doors and windows. Once all the spaces are added to the model, several areas are explored and used as the basis to cover Revit commands and workflows. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to model floor finishes, ceilings with soffits, casework, custom reception desk, restrooms, furniture and light fixtures. Additional features such as tags, schedules and photorealistic rendering will be covered. About the Videos Access to nearly 100 videos, almost five hours of content, is also included with your purchase of this book. These videos break down each topic into several short videos so that you can easily navigate to a specific aspect of a tool or feature in Autodesk Revit. This makes the videos both a powerful learning tool and convenient video reference. The videos make it easy to see the menu selections and will make learning Revit straightforward and simple. It's like having the author by your side showing you exactly how to use all the major tools in Autodesk Revit.

Required Reading
2018-02-22 The Complete Sketchup Companion for Interior Design: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card
ISBN 1501322001 ISBN-13 9781501322006

Recommended Reading
30/08/2018 Mastering AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD LT 2019 Sybex

Required Reading
2018-05-19 AutoCAD 2019 for Beginners Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1719344620 ISBN-13 9781719344623

AutoCAD 2019 For Beginners makes it easy to learn drafting in AutoCAD. Using easy, real-world examples, you will master the basics of this leading CAD software by following step by step instructions. Each topic starts with a brief explanation, and then launches into the example that gives you a direct experience and a good start. You'll learn the basics of drawing, editing, dimensioning, printing, and 3D modeling as you create the examples given in this book. Whether you are a beginner or trying to upgrade your skills, this step-by-step guide provides a solid base in design and drafting. - Create basic drawings with drawing tools - Create and edit complex drawings with the modify tools - Add dimensions and annotations to drawings - Prepare your drawing for printing - Create and edit 3D models - Learn to create Architectural floor plan If you want to learn AutoCAD quickly and easily, AutoCAD 2019 For Beginners gets you started today. Download the resource files from: https: // If you are an educator, you can request an evaluation copy by sending us an email to

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Stine, D., Hansen, A., (2017). Interior Design Using Autodesk Revit 2018. SDC Publications.

Daniel John Stine, Aaron Hansen 2017-05 Interior Design Using Autodesk Revit 2018 SDC Publications 
ISBN 9781630571030 ISBN-13 1630571032

Kirby, L., Krygiel, E., Kim, M., (2017). Mastering Autodesk Revit 2018. John Wiley & Sons.

Lance Kirby, Eddy Krygiel, Marcus Kim 2017-07-17 Mastering Autodesk Revit 2018 John Wiley & Sons 
ISBN 9781119386728 ISBN-13 1119386721

Mitton, M., (2012). Interior Design Visual Presentation. John Wiley & Sons.

Maureen Mitton 2012-02-14 Interior Design Visual Presentation John Wiley & Sons 
ISBN 9780470619025 ISBN-13 0470619023

Muccio, D., (2018). AutoCAD 2019 for the Interior Designer. SDC Publications.

Dean Muccio 2018-05 AutoCAD 2019 for the Interior Designer SDC Publications 
ISBN 9781630571771 ISBN-13 1630571776

Brody, A., (2018). The Complete Sketchup Companion for Interior Design: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card

Andrew Brody 2018-02-22 The Complete Sketchup Companion for Interior Design: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card 
ISBN 1501322001 ISBN-13 9781501322006

Journal Resources

see module handbook

URL Resources


Other Resources

Refer to Architecture Space and Resource provision Handbook.

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, 3Dprinters

Technology/Materials Lab

Critic space

General and Archive storage.