Architectural Drawing & Design


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Architectural Drawing & Design


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Learn to see, think, and draw like an architect! This semester-long course will introduce students to architectural design thinking and representation through freehand and technical drawing exercises. We will focus on translating between 2D and 3D drawing and visualization while learning the standard orthographic views in architectural drawings – plan, elevation, and section. Students will be exposed to various architects and works of architecture throughout the course.

Weekly assignments will consist of a sketchbook or drafting assignment as well as a reading requirement. A weekly quiz will account for the completion of the reading assignment. Three projects will be done during the semester. For the final design project students will create architectural drawings consisting of plan, elevation, and section and then present their projects in class. This is a standalone course but would be greatly supplemented by the Exploring Architecture semester course taught in fall.

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Book: Design Drawing, Second or Third Edition, by Francis Ching
Supplies: A list of drawing and drafting supplies will be sent to registered students. More information may be obtained by emailing

Melisa Kaiser is an architectural designer and homeschool mom of four. She completed an undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Nebraska, and a Master of Architecture degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she received the Henry Adams Medal for graduating with highest honors. She studied high rise design, with an emphasis in energy efficiency and façade technology.

Melisa has practiced architecture in residential design, including high-end kitchen design at a world-renowned Chicago firm.  Melisa’s teaching experience spans a broad range of ages; she has taught freshman level design at the Judson University Department of Architecture, and art & design to K-8th graders at her homeschool co-ops. Melisa has also taught architecture summer camps at local universities, which are week-long camp experiences for high school-aged students interested in pursuing architecture or design in college. She has been teaching online architecture classes to high school students since 2014. With three kids in college, Melisa is currently homeschooling the youngest and does an occasional freelance design project. Melisa and her family live in southern California.

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