ARCH205 Architectural Drawing II, Sylvie Duvernoy, Fall 2018 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARCH205 Architectural Drawing II, Sylvie Duvernoy, Fall 2018


Please note: the schedule below is subject to change and adjustments

Week 1

Tuesday, Sept. 11
Program presentation: The many purposes of architectural drawing

Thursday, Sept. 13
Sketch in class or on-site

Week 2

Tuesday, Sept. 18
3D drawing: Lesson 1 (perspective/axonometric views)

Thursday, Sept. 20
Sketch in class or on-site

Week 3

Tuesday, Sept. 25
3D drawing: Lesson 2

Thursday, Sept. 27
Exercise no. 1

Week 4

Tuesday, Oct. 2
Work in class

Thursday, Oct. 4
Work in class - end of exercise no. 1

Week 5

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Assignment of exercise no. 2 due for Midterm Break

Thursday, Oct. 11
Work in class

Week 6

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Work in class

Thursday, Oct. 18
Work in class

Week 7

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Work in class

Thursday, Oct. 25
Midterm review



Week 8

 MIDTERM BREAK (October 27 - November 4)



Week 9

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Computer aided drawing: Lesson 1 (Autocad)

Thursday, Nov. 8
Autocad practice in class

Week 10

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Computer aided drawing: Lesson 2 (Autocad - Rhinoceros)

Thursday, Nov. 15
Excercise no. 3

Week 11

Tuesday, Nov. 20
Work in class

Thursday, Nov. 22
Work in class

Week 12

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Work in class - end of exercise no. 3

Thursday, Nov. 29
Assignment of final exercises

Week 13

Tuesday, Dec. 4
Work in class

Thursday, Dec. 6
Work in class

Week 14

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Work in class

Thursday, Dec. 13
Final review

Friday, Dec. 14
SACI End-of-Term exhibition opening at Palazzo Maidoff: 7.00 pm

Week 15

Tuesday, Dec. 18
Sketch on site

Thursday, Dec. 20
Sketch on site


Exercise no. 1
Draw two axonometric views in color of the same given interior space.

Exercise no. 2 (midterm assignment)
Draw a perspective in color of one of the various Florentine loggias or porticos:

  • Loggia dei Lanzi
  • Loggia del Pesce
  • Loggiato dei Serviti
  • etc…

Exercise no. 3:
CAD modeling: with Autocad model the 3D shape of one among the various objects of Italian design:

  • Bialetti coffee machine
  • Alessi boiler
  • Alessi design by Michael Graves
  • Alessi design by Philippe Starck
  • etc…

Exercise no. 4 (final assignment):
Draw a cut-away perspective or cut-away axonometric view in color of one among the following buildings (hand drawing and/or computer-aided drawing):

  • Fisher House (Louis  Kahn)
  • Farnsworth House (Mies van der Rohe)
  • Maison Cook (Le Corbusier)
  • Carlos Ramos pavilion (Alvaro Siza)
  • etc...


Refer to SACI handbook. Attendance is required, absences will affect your grade: two unexcused absences result in a lowering of the grade by 1/3 of a letter; two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence (arriving often late to class is one of the best ways to penalize your final grade).

Final Evaluation Criteria
Each exercise will be graded, and, at the end of the course, the final grade will depend on the results of the various exercises but also on the progress made throughout the term.

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

Recommended Reading

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Note: Many required and recommended texts are available for loan or can be consulted in the SACI Worthington Library.

Tchoukoualeu, Aris, 121+ Top CAD Practice Exercises [Kindle Edition], 2015

Ching, Francis D.K., Architectural Graphics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2009.
ISBN: 9780470399118 (Retail price: $49.95)

Duvernoy, Sylvie, Elementi di Disegno: 12 lezioni di disegno dell'architettura (text in English and Italian), Le Lettere, 2011.
ISBN: 9788860873873 (Retail price: €35)

Required Supplies

  • One A4 sketchbook
  • Several A2 sheets of drawing paper
  • Pencils (H-HB-B), eraser, sharpener
  • Colored pencils
  • One ruler, two squares (90-45-45 and 90-30-60)
  • One compass

(Computers and Autocad software are provided by SACI)

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