Architectural Design

  • Architectural Design 1 

    Grade Levels: 9-12 

    Architectural Design is a one-year course focusing on the basic practices and fundamental principles of architecture.  Students will learn the creative processes of planning and design through various assignments and projects. One major project is designing a single family home, creating an original set of architectural plans.  Students will learn historical styles, architectural precedents, and sustainability principles to help inform their design.  They will develop drafting skills, learning to communicate through drawing - by hand and by CAD (computer-aided drafting).  Emphasis will be placed on learning the fundamentals of architectural design and mastering the basic tools needed to draw.  Students will be made aware of the paths and certifications that can lead to careers in architecture and related fields.

    This course meets the UC/CSU “F” VAPA requirement. 

    This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement. 

     

    Architectural Design 2

    Grade Levels: 10-12

    Prerequisite: Architectural Design 1 

    In Advanced Architectural Design, students will continue learning about the practices and principles of architecture.  Students will delve deeper into design history, architectural precedents, and sustainable principles.   Students will continue to develop their creative process of planning and design through various assignments and projects.  Students will refine their skills in design, drafting, and CAD.  More advanced tools and programs, such as BIM (Building Information Modeling), are introduced and students will create a drawing set with renderings and scaled models in greater depth and detail.  Students will gain advanced knowledge and skills to help prepare a foundation toward a postsecondary degree in architecture, drafting, or related industry.

    This course is Dual Enrollment: Students who complete the course with a letter grade of “C” or higher receive college credit issued through the San Mateo Community College District.

    This course meets the UC/CSU “F” VAPA requirement. 

    This course meets the CTE or VAPA district graduation requirement.