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Architectural Drawing For Beginners

Architectural Drawing For Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Charlotte Grace, Ed Crooks


This is a technical drawing workshop which explores the basics of space and architecture. You will begin by carrying out surveys and research, then learn how to analyse your investigations with the aim of creating a design proposal. Throughout the two weeks you will develop fundamental drawing skills so that you can employ the most appropriate medium for illustrating specific architectural ideas. 

Topics covered

The course covers a variety of different drawing types including:

  • plans
  • elevations
  • sections
  • details
  • axonometric drawing
  • perspectives and collage

An individual project will be developed by the end of the course which could be used to begin a portfolio for applying to study architecture.

Who should take this course?

The course is aimed at all those interested in a future career in architecture, those who are new to the discipline and students who need a refresher in a creative and pleasant environment.

Level: Beginners

Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Charlotte is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins School of Art and Oxford Brookes University. She is also architectural archivist at MaydayRooms, a social movements archive in London, and Visual Director for Novara Media, as well as running her own radio show on women and material culture for Comet Radio. She has worked for Muf and Will Alsop in the past, built a hut in the woods to live in from 2011-2012 and is working on drawings for her first houseboat, tbc 2019. She is soon to begin a PhD at the Royal College of Art on Decolonial Feminist architectural projects in Rojava, Kurdistan. She completed her Msc at Delft, Netherlands via the IUAV University of Architecture in Venice, Italy, where her interest in painting and oblique drawing developed. Her teaching work looks at the politics of representation and the representation of politics in architecture, with a focus on formalising the informal through image-making, and researching the political histories of architectural drawing such as the development of post-digital collage techniques.

Edward Crooks is an artist and architectural designer based in London. His work spans disciplines, and explores narratives across a range of media, from film and illustration through to large scale making and installation projects. His recent work ‘Holding Up’, is on show at Castle Drogo from 3rd March, the result of a six-month working residency commissioned by the National Trust and Trust New Art.Edward graduated MA Architecture at the Royal College of Art, and BA (Hons) Architecture at the University of Sheffield with First Class Honours, receiving the prestigious Stephen Welsh Prize in Draughtsmanship and nominations for both the RIBA Yorkshire Medal, RIBA President’s Bronze Medal and a place in the Architectural Review's top four global architecture graduates of the year, with work featured both in print and online.Since 2015 Edward has taught as Associate Lecturer in Interior Design at Sheffield Hallam University, and more recently as assistant to ADS6 at the Royal College of Art. Previously Edward has held positions with Asif Khan, Bureau Spectacular (Chicago LA) and Hawkins Brown, and he has been a guest critic at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, UCA, Canterbury, the CASS, London and the University of Westminster.

Alongside work in architecture Edward also undertakes monthly illustration commissions for a variety of internationally distributed publications. Edward frequently works with professionals across disciplines, from filmmakers to stonemasons, and he is a founding member of the collaborative practice Etcetera.


Please bring the following items:

  • 10 x A1 drawing paper (594x84mm)
  • 30 x A3 drawing paper (420x297mm)
  • tracing paper

Please also bring these important drawing tools:

  • f pencils (between H and B pencil) and sharpener
  • pen 0.1,0.2,0.3,0.5,0.8
  • scale ruler, showing 1:10, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200.etc
  • 45º Set square, 25 cm long
  • 30º Set square, 30 cm long
  • rubber
  • masking tape
  • cutter or scissors
  • glue
  • measuring tape (5m Stanley)
  • circular template or/and compass

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.