This course teaches students how to design a home and communicate that design through floor plans, sections, elevations, and a scale model. Through conversation, lectures, and slides we explore such issues as site planning, climatic design, sustainability, building layout, structural principles, materials, energy conservation, solar strategies, and what makes a building a beautiful expression of its occupant's lifestyle. The class visits local homes to view original, creative, and traditional design concepts. Students learn the fundamentals of a design process that they can apply to their individual projects. This class is perfect for those interested in new home construction, remodeling or renovation, or exploring a new career.

Course start time: Sunday, 5pm
Course end time: Friday, 5pm


  • Competency Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Course Outline


5:00 Arrival, intro, tour
6:00 Welcome Dinner
7:00 Evening Studio: Lecture: Intents and Purposes of Design


8:00 Morning Studio

  • Class Overview
  • Show and Tell

10:00 Model of an Adjective or Sketch of Favorite memory/place/room

11:30 Introduction to Programming

12:00 Lunch

Topic: Informal

1:30 Afternoon Studio

  • Site Planning
  • Bubble/Adjacency Diagrams
  • Begin Schematics/Conceptual

5:00 Studio ends

6:00 Dinner

7:30 Evening Studio Lecture: Buildings in the Landscape


8:00 Morning Studio Finalize Schematic Design

10:00 Pin-up: Site, Program, Concept/Schematic

11:30 Massing Model (model safety)

12:00 Lunch

  • Visit Framed up site or quick house tour
  • Topic: Construction Process

1:30-2:00 Afternoon Studio

  • Intro to Drafting & Scale
  • Schematic Plans, Diagrams
  • Sketch Problem: Massing, Concept

5:00 Studio ends

6:00 Dinner

7:30 Evening Studio Open Work Session


8:00 Morning Studio Introduction to Elevations & Sections

10:00 Pin-up: Plans

11:30 Massing Model (model safety)

12:00 Lunch

House Tour

5:00 Tour ends

6:00 Dinner

7:30 Evening Studio Open Work Session/Desk Critiques


8:00 Morning Studio

  • Tech Talk: Energy, Materials and Construction
  • Methods

10:00 Pin-up: 1st round, models, plans, elevations

11:30 Begin 1/4" models

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Afternoon Studio Desk Crits

5:00 Studio ends

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Evening Studio Open Work Session/Desk Critiques

  • prepare presentations
  • final drawings & model


8:00 Open Work Session

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Final Presentation with Guest Reviewers

4:00 Graduation/Celebration



Start Date: December 1, 2013
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