Architectural Drafting Simplified

Learn how to create floor plans, roof plans, and exterior and interior elevations.
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  • Lectures 52
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

"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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is appropriate for all beginning level students. No prior knowledge is expected.

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Section 1: Introductory lecture to architectural drafting.

This lecture introduces and explains the course goals and content.

Section 2: Architectural views

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).


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


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


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


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


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


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

Section 3: Manual Drafting.

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


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


This video covers how to read an 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.

Section 4: Wood.

This lecture introduces wood as a basic building material.


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

Section 5: Floor plan.
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.


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.


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


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


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

Section 6: Architectural Dimensioning.
Architectural dimensioning title page.

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


More dimensioning rules are covered and reviewed.


Additional dimensioning rules.


Wood framing technique is covered in this video.


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


This lecture covers structural forces that affect wood framing components.


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


Basic floor plan layout technique is demonstrated.


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


Larger floor plans with drawing exercises are covered.


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


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


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

Section 7: Fasteners.
Fasteners title page.

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

Section 8: Roofs.
Roofs title page.

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


Various roof styles are illustrated in this video.

Section 9: Exterior Elevations.
Exterior elevations title page.

How to draw roof slopes is covered in this lecture.


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


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


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


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


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


This lecture covers sheet layout for larger exterior elevations.


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


Concluding lecture.


This lecture presents textbook availability information for Architectural Drafting Simplified.

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Instructor Biography

Michael O'Rourke, 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.

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