Design Integration Laboratory

Architecture 222


Introduction to Architectural Computer Graphics

Instructor: Kevin Matthews, Asst. Professor
GTFs: Ross Leventhal, Michelle Mueller, Stefan Wynn, Michael Zaretsky

For all entering undergraduate architecture students. This course is a prerequisite for Architecture 181, the first undergraduate design studio course, offered Winter term.

Meets 9:00-10:50am, Tuesday and Thursday, at 221 Allen Hall

(together with Arch 410/510/610)
plus help sessions
Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7pm and 8pm, in the Design Computing Lab

CRN 11202

Course Schedule | Course Resources | Course Participants

This course will introduce the use of the Macintosh personal computer as a tool for architectural illustration, drafting, and design. It teaches skills crucial for all entering first professional degree undergraduate students in Architecture, and especially for first year architecture students who will be taking the Mac Studio Architecture 180 sequence this winter and spring. The course will touch briefly on essentials of computer literacy, and then build skills and experience in image processing, two dimensional drawing, and three-dimensional modeling and rendering of buildings, inside and out, together with an awareness of fundamental issues of design representation and the language of architectural graphics.

Gallery of Student Projects

Software used will include ClarisWorks 4.0, an integrated program with word processing and page layout capabilities, Adobe Photoshop 3.0, an image manipulation program, PowerCADD 2.0, a sophisticated but straightforward drawing/drafting program, and DesignWorkshop PPC, a powerful design-oriented three-dimensional modeling program used in Macintosh-based design studios. The class format will combine lecture, class response, self-paced tutorials, group help sessions, and independent project work.

Architectural Drawing

The underlying philosophy of this course is that we can approach computer graphics as a new kind of design media, enabling everyday use of three-dimensional design visualization and analysis. This new media can deepen and enrich our methods for designing buildings.

There is no course-work prerequisite for this class, but basic familiarity with the Macintosh environment is recommended, such as simple word-processing experience. This class is a strict prerequisite for students who will be in the Macintosh-based studios of Architecture 181/182 later this year. A personal Power Macintosh computer is recommended for all entering first professional degree students in Architecture, and this course will help you get the most out of your design tools investment.

KMM - 95.05.03, rev. 95.09.21

Send e-mail: matthews@artifice.com


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