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Gundula Proksch
ARCH 210
Seattle Campus

Design Drawing I

Projects, lectures, demonstrations, and exercises to develop skill in freehand drawing and an understanding of drawing as a vital means to see, analyze, and represent essential aspects of the visual environment.

Class description

The course ARCH 210 introduces architectural representation as a fundamental medium for investigation, analysis and documentation of objects, processes and architectural space. The studio component of the course consists of a series of investigative projects and assignments that introduce orthographic projection, paraline and perspective drawing. Through these projects, in-class assignments and independent tutorials the students will develop comprehensive skills in hand drawing and digital media. The concepts and strategies explored in the studio sequence will be reinforced through lectures and assigned readings.

The simultaneous introduction, examination and discourse of architectural concepts and the building of strong representational skill are the main goals of this course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, demonstrations, and exercises introduce drawing systems, conventions and strategies. The discussed techniques are simultaneously applied in independent, investigative, analytical and creative work. The progress on these individual projects is reviewed in pin-ups and/or individual reviews throughout the quarter. The course fosters the development of skills in both, hand drawing and digital media, using Adobe CS4. The parallel use of both media is essential in this class; therefore procuring the required drawing supplies and gaining access to the required software are both part of the students' responsibilities.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gundula Proksch
Date: 12/01/2009