A required, 3-credit program course.

A design fundamentals, development, and presentation course that precedes the project-based working drawings courses (AEC 130 and 140). Application of of AEC 114 techniques to preliminary board designs of increasing complexity. Architectural design concepts and principles, application of AutoCAD® and SketchUp®, study models, rendering, and group and juried presentations.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to...
  1. Explain and demonstrate the building design process.

  2. Describe and apply reasonable space requirements, code restrictions, site and building orientation constraints, and room proximity standards to development of a residential design.
  3. Use the AutoCAD® and SketchUp® computer programs (or similar programs) to develop and finalize an architectural design.
  4. Clearly and adequately explain a design in presentation of it to a group or students or others, and fairly and objectively critique designs and presentations of others.
  5. Report to a workplace regularly and punctually, engage effectively and congenially with peers and supervisors, work from written as well as oral instructions, use assigned time efficiently for productive work, and meet production deadlines.
  6. Demonstrate oral and written communication, computation, and problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of the coursework.


Design Fundamentals
Site, Orientation, and Environmental Influences
The Design Development Process
Roof Design
Preliminary Designs
Presentational Site Plans, Floor Plans, and Elevations
Project Presentation
Design and Presentation Critiques

  1. Prerequisite: "C" or higher in AEC 114.
  2. The course is open to AEC majors only.
  3. Roughly one or two hours of lecture and one or two hours of lab time getting projects started. Most drawing work is completed outside of class time either at open lab times or at home.
  4. The course is typically offered only in the spring term.
  5. There is no required textbook, but students need to purchase a flash drive for storing and transporting drawing files.
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Alpine capsule by London designer Ross Lovegrove