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Architecture Training | The Perfect Architects Floor Plan

A course by Adam Morgan, Architectural Director at Studio RBA.
Learn how to create the most important drawing for architects and designers. Master how a floor plan can be used throughout all stages of a project to map out other drawings, set the building out for construction and specify all fundamental components of your building. This lesson series explains everything needed for the perfect general arrangement plan in practice.

Skill level

Beginner

Duration

Approx. 3 hrs

Certificate

On completion

Closed Captions

English

About this course

To many, a floor plan is a mere technical drawing, a representation of spaces confined within walls. But for an architect or a designer, it’s the DNA of a building, encoding its entire essence. The floor plan isn’t just a drawing, but a narrative – a story of how spaces communicate, how they function, and how they breathe life into a building. Welcome to ArchAdemia’s comprehensive course, “The Perfect Architect’s Floor Plan.”

Anyone pursuing an architecture degree knows the foundational importance of mastering the art of floor plans. It isn’t just about lines, measurements, or layouts. A well-conceptualized floor plan bridges design intent with real-world application, forming the bedrock upon which the entire project is conceived and executed.

While many architecture courses touch upon the significance of floor plans, few delve as deeply as ArchAdemia’s offering. Whether you’re on the path to acquiring your bachelor of architecture, contemplating a masters in architecture, or are already a practicing professional, understanding the intricacies of the floor plan is pivotal.

Our course stands as a beacon among the sea of architect courses online. It’s not just another addition to the burgeoning list of online architecture courses; it’s a roadmap to creating compelling, functional, and impeccable floor plans. We do more than just teach – we guide, we mentor, and we empower.

Each module is meticulously crafted to provide insights into the nuances of architectural drafting. But beyond drafting, our lessons guide you in harnessing the power of floor plans throughout the entirety of a project’s lifecycle – from conceptualization, mapping other drawings, to setting the building’s foundation, and finally specifying every essential building component.

Learning online architecture might seem daunting, but ArchAdemia makes the journey intuitive, engaging, and insightful. Our platform, brimming with architectural resources, has been tailored to cater to every learner, from the budding architect to the seasoned maestro.

If you’ve been on the hunt for the quintessential architect course online, ArchAdemia’s “Perfect Architect’s Floor Plan” is your elixir. With us, you don’t merely learn architecture; you live it.

Dip into the reservoir of free content available on our YouTube channel. It’s a space where we share nuggets of wisdom, drawing insights, and key techniques that can be applied in practice. Think of it as your architectural encyclopedia, always available at your fingertips.

By the culmination of this course, you’ll hold the prowess to craft floor plans that don’t just serve a functional purpose but tell a compelling architectural story. With the knowledge and techniques gleaned, your designs will mirror your vision, and your floor plans will breathe life into your creations.

Come, embark on this journey of architectural excellence with ArchAdemia. Join us, and let’s draft the blueprints of tomorrow, one perfect floor plan at a time. Sign up now and let your architectural journey begin.

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Syllabus

Lesson 1 – Introduction (2:22). We open the course by explaining what it will contain and how this one is another lesson series where we don’t go through software, alone, but explain real world applications of the most important drawing to architects, the floor plan. The general arrangement plan is also a map to point clients and contractors to other drawings and packages for the building. Sit back and enjoy!

Lesson 2 – Lineweights & Layers (22:55). This course is built around a very useful template we’ve created at Studio RBA that keeps us in check with everything from the weight of a line right through to window and door labels. We introduce you here, to this very template and get moving with an explanation of proper line weighting and layering.

Lesson 3 – Basic Details (30:17). We finish off the shell of the floor plan by adding in key details such as windows, doors, furniture and people. We emphasise that each of these elements must be on their own layer for ease of use and adaptation later down the line, all in keeping with best practices in the real world.

Lesson 4 – Hatching & Fills (15:58). To bolster the appearance of the line weights we’ve previously discussed, we add different shades of fill to the walls to highlight the envelope, structural elements and interior walls. We add colour to the furniture and add patterns to the floor to set us up for both a clear technical drawing and an easier one to render at the end of the course. The use of fills and hatches have a multitude of applications, this lesson will guide you through the basics of their use and again, proper layering.

Lesson 5 – Stairs, Line Styles & Structural Elements (16:52). The use of correct line styles, to an industry standard, is crucial for clients and contractors to have an instance understanding of what you’re trying to portray. Dashed lines say something as overhead, dot & dashed lines show structural elements, for example. We explain this and more, plus we go through the principals of drawing stairs correctly and what to look out for when considering using the under side of the stair for storage etc.

Lesson 6 – Annotation (13:16). One of the most important aspects of a drawing is its annotation. This can make or break a project is a note is correct or otherwise. We start with the basics of font and sizes, so that they translate to a sheet correctly, moving into room labelling and demonstrating sizes and areas. We round the lesson off with a range of other example scenarios where annotation is crucial such as demonstrating the build up of a wall and how to label it.

Lesson 7 – Dimensions & Call Outs (24:21). In this lesson we show how you can call out sections, elevations, interior elevations, and detailed elements, using the template created. We also, use this lesson to tag walls, doors, windows etc as you would do for pricing and construction. We also explain, in detail, how to set the building out using dimensions and what else to pick up during this process, plus we introduce a bit of colour to make certain elements stand out.

Lesson 8 – Sheets, Title Blocks and Element Keys (13:04). Here, we jump back to the template and explain how to lay a sheet out and the importance of positioning the drawing well on the page with breathing space. You’ll also learn the key principles of title blocks, revisions, drawing references and everything else needed for an ‘official’ drawing in practice. We also explain how to use ‘element keys’ which are keys within the title block that you can repeat through similar drawings, by using XREFs.

Lesson 9 – Covering Your Arse (7:55). A crucial lesson explaining how to use notes on drawings to identify work that’s yet to be resolved, how to use revision clouds for both changes and highlighting potential clashes and how to use caveats to cover yourself in the event of a client or contractor not acting as per the drawing.

Lesson 10 – Rendering Techniques in Photoshop (22:48). We finish this lesson series by dropping the PDF into Photoshop and add depth, light, shadow and texture to bring it all home.

The importance of a floor plan for Architects.

At the heart of architectural design lies the floor plan—a two-dimensional representation of a building’s layout, seen from a bird’s-eye view. More than just lines on paper, floor plans serve as the foundational blueprint upon which an entire project is built. They map out the spatial hierarchy of a building, defining rooms, circulation paths, and the relationship between different spaces. Each drawn line dictates walls, doors, windows, and other architectural features, providing a tangible guide to understanding the intricacies of a building even before its construction begins.

For architects, a floor plan is an indispensable tool for envisioning and testing spatial arrangements. It’s a platform where design concepts are materialized, allowing for thorough exploration and analysis. Floor plans ensure that spaces flow logically, that there’s an efficient use of space, and that the design adheres to building codes and standards. By translating abstract ideas into concrete layouts, architects can anticipate potential challenges, refine design elements, and optimize the overall functionality and aesthetics of the space.

Meet your tutor - Adam Morgan | Architectural Director | Studio RBA

Hi, I’m Adam. I am the founder and director of Studio RBA, a team of 8 architects and CGI artists in the city centre of Liverpool, UK. The office is experienced in a wide range of building types and procurement routes, successfully winning projects with contract values of up to £80 million. We work for a broad spectrum of public and private sector clients across the country. I have always had a passion for teaching aspiring and young architects. I offer support to emerging young architects through the RIBA mentoring programme and am also a visiting architectural critic and tutor for Liverpool John Moores University.

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