ARC 3120 – Architectural Graphic Communication

Perspective Section of an Elementary School Lobby (Graphic by Hunter Huffman & Riley Winter)


COURSE DESCRIPTION                         

Analysis of architecture and the built environment through graphic techniques using two- and three-dimensional sketching, analysis, and digital tools. This course will build on classical proportions and rendering techniques.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Ability to develop formal analysis drawings
  • Ability to develop spatial diagrams to describe a building or place
  • Development of architectural vocabulary especially as it relates to classical elements 
  • Ability to diagram and employ classical proportions
  • Development of graphic communication techniques


Click on the links below to download specific course documents.


Required Texts to be Purchased by Student

  • Lewis, Karen. Graphic Design for Architects: A Manual for Visual Communication. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Fletcher, Margaret. Visual Communication for Architects and Designers: Constructing the Persuasive Presentation. New York: Routledge, 2021.

Required Articles/Chapters provided by Instructor

  • Ackerman, James S. “The Conventions and Rhetoric of Architectural Drawing,” in Conventions of Architectural Drawing: Representation and Misrepresentation, ed. James S. Ackerman and Wolfgang Jung (Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2000), p.9-36.
  • Ching, Francis D.K. Design Drawing. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  • Harbeson, John F. The Study of Architectural Design: With Special Reference to the Program of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008.
  • Laseau, Paul. Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers. 2nd ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989.
  • McGoodwin, Henry. Architectural Shades and Shadows. Boston: Bates & Guild, 1904. PDF available online:
  • Ware, William R. The American Vignola: A Guide to the Making of Classical Architecture. New York: Dover, 1994. Older edition PDFs available online: (Book 1) (Book 2)