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Architectural Drawing - Level 1

Architectural Drawing - Level 1

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Charlotte Grace


Are you planning to study architectural and spatial design and want to develop or refresh your technical drawing skills? This course will help you to build your confidence and your ability to visualize and draw space by applying drawing methods to an individually developed project. The project will take you through the entire architectural design process, from conceptualization to final presentation, including techniques such as sketching, technical drawing, and material experimentation.

Topics covered

As you engage with your project, you will learn:

  • site observational sketching skills
  • the conventions of technical scaled architectural drawings
  • the basics of perspective and axonometric drawings
  • the use of fundamental freehand drawings during design development
  • the use of materiality to inform the design process in different scales
  • the use of concept models and working models as important part of the design development process

Who should take this course?

The course is aimed at:

  • students planning to study of architecture and spatial design related fields
  • individuals new to architecture who are keen to understand the language and practicalities of the design process
  • professionals in any design or architectural discipline wanting to refresh their hand drawing skills

Level: Beginners

Entry requirements: None

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

Tutor Description

Charlotte Grace is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins School of Art and Oxford Brookes University, and Researcher for Cooking Sections (  She is also architectural archivist at MaydayRooms, a social movements archive in London, as well as running her own radio show on women and material culture for Comet Radio. She has worked for Muf, Will Alsop, and Novara Media 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 the political histories of architectural drawing.


Please bring with you for the first session:

  • Sketchbook or notebook (A4 or A3 sizes are ideal)
  • A box of matches
  • Sketching pencils, a set of at least 3 (HB, B, H)
  • Pens for sketching, Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and thicker. Preferably black
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Scale Rule with the following scales: 1:1/1:100, 1:20/1:200, 1:5/1:50, 1:1250/1:2500
  • Tape measure
  • A3 tracing pad (minimum 60 gsm - but a heavier weight may be better as it is more forgiving)

Items required for the latter half of the course:

  • Adjustable set square (20 cm minimum)
  • Isometric graph paper pad, size A4

Available dates

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