Architectural Drafting Simplified
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Architectural Drafting Simplified

Learn how to create floor plans, roof plans, and exterior and interior elevations.
4.2 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
86 students enrolled
Created by Michael O'Rourke
Last updated 2/2016
Price: $25
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Over 40 lectures and nearly two hours of content.
  • Recognize and interpret various two dimensional views as they are derived from a 3d structure.
  • Interpret and construct floor plans.
  • Interpret and construct roofs plans.
  • Interpret and construct exterior and interior elevations.
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  • Students will need to purchase, or have access to, a basic complement of drafting tools, as specified in lecture 2 of the course. For those students wishing to complete the exercises in CAD, it is recommended to concurrently enroll, or have completed, a course in computer-aided drafting.

"Architectural Drafting Simplified" is an introductory course in architectural drafting for the beginning student. Students will learn to interpret architectural views, as well as create basic floor plans, roof plans, and exterior and interior elevations. "Architectural Drafting Simplified" is appropriate for students interested in pursuing architectural drafting, as well as for students involved in interior design, construction and carpentry.

The course introduces the student to traditional hand drafting techniques, as well as architectural concepts, through the use of computer generated animations. The presented information and exercises are suitable for either traditional hand drafting, or computer aided drafting. The course is also valuable for those students wishing simply to learn how to read and interpret architectural drawings.

Architectural Drafting Simplified is a practical and instructive course that introduces, and progressively guides, the student through basic architectural processes, concepts, and drafting techniques for wood frame construction.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is appropriate for all beginning level students. No prior knowledge is expected.
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Curriculum For This Course
52 Lectures
Introductory lecture to architectural drafting.
1 Lecture 02:28

This lecture introduces and explains the course goals and content.

Preview 02:28
Architectural views
7 Lectures 06:41

In this video you are introduced to the various pieces of drafting equipment necessary to complete the course (for those students using traditional hand drafting).

Preview 01:52

This video utilizes a 3d architectural animation to explain the necessity for 2d architectural views.

Preview 00:37

This video defines 2d architectural views as they pertain to elevation and plan views.

Elevation and plan view defined.

This video specifically defines a 2d architectural plan view known as a floor plan.

Preview 00:33

This lecture defines an architectural view known as a cross section.

Cross section.

This lecture defines an architectural view known as an architectural detail.

Architectural details.

In this video, previously covered architectural views known as floor plans, exterior elevations, cross sections, and detais are reviewd in animation format.

Review of architectural views.
Manual Drafting.
4 Lectures 10:32

Taping a drawing, and an introdution to drawing lines with drafting equipment is covered in this lecture.

Preview 03:55

Architectural lettering, as well as a more in depth look at drawing lines is illustrated in this lecture.

Drawing lines and lettering.

This video covers how to read an architect's scale.

Architect's scale.

In this lecture, an exercise in measuring lines with an architect's scale, as well as the correct method for constructing and darkening lines is presented.

Measuring and drawing lines.
2 Lectures 02:59

This lecture introduces wood as a basic building material.

Wood as a building material.

This lecture takes a more in depth look at wood types, and characteristics, related to its use as an effective building material.

Preview 02:11
Floor plan.
8 Lectures 16:27
Floor plan title page.

This video introduces the various types and characteristics of commonly used doors in a floor plan.


This video introduces the various types and characteristics of commonly used windows in a floor plan.


This lecture covers the basics of producing an architectural dimension.

Introduction to dimensioning.

In this video, a simple drawing lesson is introduced that covers the use of the architect's scale, constructing and darkening lines, and the use of an architectural template.

Simple drawing lesson.

This video specifically defines the use of each line of dimensioning as noted on a floor plan.

Dimension lines defined.

This video covers the process of producing a small floor plan. Various floor plans are introduced to practice constructing and dimensioning small floor plans.

Creating a small floor plan.

This video demonstrates the use of CAD (computer-aided drafting), as compared to hand drafting, to complete a small floor plan.

Computer-aided drafting (CAD) demonstration.
Architectural Dimensioning.
14 Lectures 24:02
Architectural dimensioning title page.

Rules of dimensioning, as related to floor plans, is explained.

Dimensioning rules 1.

More dimensioning rules are covered and reviewed.

Dimensioning rules 2.

Additional dimensioning rules.

Dimensioning rules 3.

Wood framing technique is covered in this video.

Wood framing.

This video provides an in-depth look at how the actual size of wood relates to, and affects, dimensioning.

Wood dimensions.

This lecture covers structural forces that affect wood framing components.

Structural loads.

This video illustrates standard cabinet and appliance sizes as represented on a floor plan.

Cabinet sizes in plan view.

Basic floor plan layout technique is demonstrated.

Floor plan layout.

Exercises on how to layout and dimension small floor plans is covered.

Small floor plans.

Larger floor plans with drawing exercises are covered.

Larger floor plans.

The use of door, window, and interior finish schedules, on a floor plan is covered.

Floor plan schedules.

This video defines interior elevations, their construction, and where they are used in relation to a floor plan.

Interior elevations.

This video defines the types, and purpose, of various interior trimwork.

Interior trimwork.
2 Lectures 05:11
Fasteners title page.

Various fasteners, including nails, screws, and bolts are illustrated.

Various fasteners.
3 Lectures 02:57
Roofs title page.

Purpose and construction terminology for roofs are illustrated in this lecture.

Roof definition and terminology.

Various roof styles are illustrated in this video.

Roof styles.
Exterior Elevations.
11 Lectures 12:25
Exterior elevations title page.

How to draw roof slopes is covered in this lecture.

Roof pitches.

How to project exterior elevations from a floor plan is covered in this lecture.

Exterior elevation projection technique.

How to correctly lay out exterior elevations on a sheet is illustrated in this lecture.

Exterior elevations sheet layout.

This lecture covers the creation of a simple intersecting gable roof in plan view.

Intersecting gable roofs in plan view.

Creation of a a simple intersecting hip roof in plan view is covered in this lecture.

Intersecting hip roofs in plan view.

This lecture covers the creation of exterior elevations from intersecting roofs, using the projection technique.

Exterior elevations from intersecting roofs.

This lecture covers sheet layout for larger exterior elevations.

Sheet layout for larger exterior elevations.

This lecture presents exercises for the creation of roof plans, and subsequent projection of exterior elevations.

Creating a roof plan and projecting exterior elevations.

Concluding lecture.


This lecture presents textbook availability information for Architectural Drafting Simplified.

Bonus lecture: Textbook available for Architectural Drafting Simplified.
About the Instructor
Michael O'Rourke
4.2 Average rating
17 Reviews
86 Students
1 Course
Architectural Drafting Instructor

Michael O'Rourke has been involved in the architecture and construction field for more than forty years, twenty six as a full time community college architectural drafting instructor. His experience with students led to the creation of this introductory course for students and instructors alike, to introduce basic architectural concepts, processes, and techniques.