Hosted by the Northern California Chapter | 6 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective | 6 Credits Towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Hand Drafting)
Please join the ICAA and instructor Niklas Thorsrud for an introductory studio introducing the materials and methods needed to create hand-drafted architectural drawings. Through a combination of lecture and practice, participants will learn drawing techniques and acquire the skills necessary to represent architectural forms and elements cleanly and precisely. The focus will be on orthogonal drawings.
The course begins with an orientation to the equipment and introduce techniques used for traditional hand-drafting. Participants will then complete a series of hands-on exercises designed to develop skills and demonstrate different methods of drawing construction.
Participants of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to join.
Students are required to bring the following materials. Please note that there are many versions of each product listed, and that the links provided are intended to be a helpful start. Comparable brands may be used as alternatives as desired.
Architect’s ScaleLead Holder(s)Lead SharpenerA variety of leads (2H, HB, 2B required, additional leads at your discretion)Thin stick eraserBlock eraserAn adjustable triangle or (1) 30-degree and (1) 45-degree triangleDrafting BrushDrafting tape/dotsEraser shieldDry cleaning padCompass24″ T-Square
Niklas Thorsrud is an architect at Opticos Design in Berkeley, where he works to implement Missing Middle Housing strategies. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a concentration in Historic Preservation, Niklas previously worked at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York, where he contributed to various institutional projects. He currently lives in San Francisco and is an organizing member of Build Out Alliance, a professional organization that promotes LGBTQ+ inclusion in the building design and construction industries.
This event is hosted by an ICAA Chapter. Please check the Chapter website or contact the Chapter directly for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, and pricing.
Instructional Delivery Method: Live In-Person Learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: None required
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: March 1, 2026
Provider Number: G193
Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).
This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.
By the end of the course, participants will:
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