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Architectural Drawing for Designers

Architectural Drawing for Designers

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Peter Couper


Join Architectural Drawing for Designers and learn fundamental technical drawing skills and be shown how to interpret and draw plans, sections and elevations. You will also familiarise yourself with technical drawing industry standards.

You will carry out a building survey, understand drawing conventions, annotate, use draft equipment, and use these skills to prepare your own simple plan and section.

You will then move on to consider more technically advanced representations, combining the skills from drawing the plan and section -  a 3-dimensional axonometric drawing will be produced of a staircase.

Your tutor will also discuss and demonstrate the difference between a variety of drawings from planning drawings, tender drawings and construction drawings.

Topics covered

  • Plans, Sections, Elevations and Scale.
  • Survey, Drawing Preparation and Plan
  • Sketch plans and elevations
  • Line thickness and annotation
  • Axonometrics 
  • 3-dimensional drawing practice

Course outcomes
You will leave with a greater confidence in your technical drawing skills and use of drafting equipment, including the use of scale. You will have produced your own examples of architectural drawings, including plans, sections and elevations. You’ll be familiar with technical drawing industry standards, as understood by architects and interior designers.

Who should attend
This course will give you the confidence and tools to both read and create drawings to a professional standard. Whether you a student, property developer, or home owner who is about to refurbish their property, this course will help you to understand and refine your skills in technical drawing.


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

Tutor Description

Peter Couper is an Architect with over 13 years working in practice and has been teaching on the drawing and interior design Short Courses for ten years.

Peter was an associate at Wilkinson King Architects and was the project architect on the award winning Baden Powell Outdoor Centre and on numerous residential extensions / refurbishments.

Peter started his own practice Peter Couper Architects in the middle of 2011, specialising in residential work, he has a number of projects now complete and is currently working on high-end refurbishments in Chelsea, Camden and Primrose Hill.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • H & HB pencil or 0.5mm propelling pencil with H & HB leads

  • taedler Mars plastic rubber

  • 250 mm or bigger adjustable set square

  • Metric scale rule with the following scales: 1:25

  • Drawing compasses

  • A4 hard backed sketch book or clip board

Please note that most of the materials needed for short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates