Architectural Drawing

Tools for Manual Representation

Part of RISD’s wintersession term, this course focused on the tools used by the architect, specifically those related to representation. It began with an introduction to architectural sketching, including techniques and observation skills. Next, the course transitioned to a focus on orthographic projection, the most widely used form of drawing among architects. The course culminated with a final project synthesizing new representational techniques with familiar media choices and backgrounds. This course was specifically for students outside the field of architecture (painting, illustration, foundation studies, industrial design) looking to build their own work with new visual acuity.

Inclass Assignment: Draw the Void/X-Ray

Part 1: Choose a small to medium large room in the BEB (Not the studio spaces). Construct an axonometric drawing of the void, or space, inside of that room. Take into account all pipes, fixtures, mechanical equipment, etc. You will likely need to use a combination of plan and section.

Part 2: Continue working on the same space you chose for assignment 2. Now draw all physical elements in the space. Every architectural object must be accounted for. This will require intense use of “see-through” elements as well as strategic line weights.

Use at least 24X36” paper. You may introduce another type of media in order to apply tone, hatching, etc. This drawing can co-exist with the void drawing or be a stand-alone piece.


Eric He’s X-Ray and Void drawingseric_xray+void

Sehee Ahn’s Void drawing


Final Assignment: Hybrid Drawing

Demonstrating a clear grasp of a technique, conceptual understanding, framework, or something else learned in this class, create a hybrid drawing, the content of which is up to you. The drawing (or painting, etc.) should be at least 24”x36”. Paper/surface is your choice. Combine at least two types of media. At least “half” of the work should be done by hand

Aika Akhmetova’s final collaged drawings

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arch drwng4 Aigerim  copy4


Sehee Ahn’s final linear axonometric drawing



RISD Wintersession 2015

Sehee Ahn

Aigerim Akhmetova

Nathanael Chastain

Eric He

Christopher Hurbs

Benjamin Hwang

William Mitchell