Architectural Presentation and Rendering

Architectural Presentation and Rendering: Learning the Creative Methods of Rendering and Presenting.

Your skills as an architect in producing graphic documents or visual communication are very important in order to effectively present the architectural design solution to a specific audience or client.

This course will be sufficient to teach all the essentials about visual communication and architectural presentation skills expected of new architects. The architectural presentation is a required course within the architectural education architectural education curriculum.

The most important goal of the course is develop, through extensive practice, the visual communication skills required to effectively present a graphic model of a final project or to highlight specific details of a project. Architectural presentation is also important as a way of studying architectural problems in order to produce solutions.

The focus of this course is not on the use of monochrome media such as pencils, pens, and ink; instead, the focus is on digital architectural presentation tools such as 3D presentation. However, you should study and understand the importance of neat and legible freehand lettering before focusing on the development of 2-D and 3-D sketching skills.

By the time you finish studying this course, you should be able to: 

  • Explain the difference between Architectural/Engineering Presentation Drawings and Architectural/Engineering Working Drawings.
  • Understand the importance of planning, organizing, and sketching, prior to starting a computer aided drafting data input.
  • Produce architectural digital presentation drawings that effectively communicate the depth or 3rd dimension of an object, as well as material finishes and textures. 
  • Use the techniques of shading, stippling, and cross-hatching, as well as being able to provide value, tone and contrast, as well as shade and shadow to enhance the geometric form of an object and the overall sense or impression of a project.
  • Generate the 2-D orthographic views such as floor plans, elevations, and cross sections, and generate 3-D pictorial views such as perspective, axonometric and oblique of a straightforward and simple architectural structure.
  • Describe how and where to effectively place the representation of trees (and other vegetation), people and vehicles, and explain their role or value within an architectural presentation drawing.
  • Describe the importance of composition within a drawing and the consistency and continuity of composition within a set of drawings.
  • Generate a final set of Architectural Presentation Drawings for a structure including floor plan with landscaping, elevations, and a 3-D view.

The following graphical concepts will be explained mostly through extensive practice of 3D presentation and architectural rendering:

  • Tone and value: 
  • Architectural entourage such as scale figures, vehicles, vegetation, etc.
  • Shade and shadow
  • Texture and material representations

The following software will be used and explained:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Blender

By the time students are done with this course, they will have a deeper understanding of what is required in an architectural presentation and thus be more prepared for the workplace and the demands of their clients and employers.