Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ARCH 101
Course Title:
Introduction to Residential Design
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Course Description

Introduces design process and drawing for residential design focusing on design of a new single family residence. Prerequisites: ARCH 110 and ARCH 126. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a required for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Architectural Design and Drafting and in Interior Design. 

Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institu­tion to which the student wishes to transfer.  

Students must be capable of reading and communicating in the English language and may be required to pass a listening competency test administered by the department.  Students who may have a disability and wish an accommodation should make arrangements to meet with the instructor outside of class to discuss specific requests.  Any request for accommodation may require that documentation of disability be reviewed by the Office for Students with Disabilities 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive program based on site analysis and client interview for a new single family residence and produce schematic design drawings to communicate solutions.
  • Communicate with design professionals, clients and engineers using industry specific terminology and graphics.

Course Activities and Design

Course materials will be presented in a lecture and discussion format, using multimedia, demonstration, videos, and diagrams, which provide examples of building and site analysis, the design process, appropriate design solutions (built and student work), and model building and rendering techniques.  The lecture/discussion will be followed by lab, where students will make application of concepts through a residential design term project. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student to demonstrate understanding of zoning and code requirements, site analysis, and design process, and apply these into the design of a residential building.  The design should demonstrate response to the site and program, and show consideration for use of building materials on the exterior and human activities within room layouts and adjacencies within the interior.

Student to finalize project using professional quality presentation skills.

Student to demonstrate time management skills by completion of projects by assigned deadlines and by meeting specific objectives for each phase of project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Assignment #1:  Zoning, Codes, Design Concept, Site Analysis

  1. Fill in Zoning Review Sheet (in this packet)
  2. Fill in Building Code info (in this packet)
  3. Write a paragraph, describing your initial ideas for the term project.


1.  Purpose:  To record conditions on the site (lot) that influence location of house on site, and layout of rooms, windows and doors within the house.

      Draw:  One site analysis, and include: €¦€¦€¦..

Assignment #2

A.  Block Diagram: 

Purpose:  To illustrate spatial relationships and adjacencies; approximately to scale

Format:   8 1/2€  X  11€ trace or graph paper; approx 1/8€ scale, freehand

Content:  Use information from Site Analysis project to guide spatial relationships

         Sketch:      TWO different plan arrangements; using pencil or sketch pens

B.  Sketch Floor Plans:  (15 points)

Purpose:    A €œtrial run€ of a design floor plan, using one of the diagrams above

         Format:     8 1/2€ X 11€ or 11€ X 17€ paper

                           Scale:  1/8€ (if you sketch, it€™s OK to be slightly loose on lines)

Content:   Use information from Site Analysis; see examples in packet

Sketch:      A First and Second floor plan, rough

Include:   Rooms on Program, plus Stairs, Porches, Storage areas, Hallways

Car:  Driveway + Garage or carport

Assignment #3:  Midterm Review

Scope:  Plan, Elevation, Section, Energy Analysis

A.  Plan

Develop and draw floor plans (first and second floors), using one of the block diagrams from assignment #2.

B.  Elevation

     Develop and draw two elevations €“ front and one side.

C.  Design Section

     Develop and draw one section, from floor plan & elevation, A + B above.

     Select a location that is noteworthy and interesting in terms of design, spatial,

          and structural issues. 

D.  Energy Analysis

     Fill out attached Energy Analysis Worksheet, Part 1 (two pages total)

Assignment #4:  Schematic Structural Plan

A.  Plan

Develop and draw a schematic Structural Plan

Assignment #4:  Final Review

A.  Plan

Complete floor plans (first and second floors); poche walls; optional €œtone€ contrast

B.  Elevation

Develop and draw two elevations €“ side and back; NOTE:  you can substitute a 2nd    3-D for this requirement

C.  Design Section

     Develop and draw one section, poche walls, add entourage

D.  Model

     Create a digital model (Revit or SketchUp) OR draw a perspective view

E.  Energy Analysis

     Fill out attached Energy Analysis Worksheet, Part 2

         Reading List Key:  House Handbook:  HH

  Residential Design, Drafting & Details:  RDDD (optional)