Visual Studies

This course emphasizes the construction of space on the two-dimensional surface by way of freehand drawing. In-class visual exercises identify key concepts in the construction of volume and introduce the student of architecture to techniques and methods of drawing. Homework assignments extend the in-class lesson to the subject of an architectural motif. The student is asked to represent architectural spaces in varying ways, culminating in a visual essay of an architectural subject. Acuity of visual perception, accuracy in measurement and proportion, precision in construction, and an introduction to the ideas of visual structure and critical analysis are issues in this drawing studio. The representation of building design in plan and section attend the freehand drawing focus. The course intends to introduce the relationship between visual perception and analytical construction.