How the architecture classes are structured


Tianjin Binhai Library in China


I offer classes in-person in my studio and online. In both types of classes, the schedule is the same. The difference is the additional hour students spend in my class each week to draw and make their models as is done in a school/work studio environment.

The student selects a topic from those listed on the website and then we begin the class.

It goes as follows:

Week 1: The first week I present the topic in the form of images and discussion about the subject and talk about architecture and design in general. At that time the student selects a building type or a site for their project depending upon the subject. For instance, if the subject is Contemporary Architecture, a building type will be chosen. If they choose Town Planning, then they select a location and we go from there.

Week 2: If there is time between classes, the student can begin thinking about their design. During the class, they will begin their design and I will introduce them to scale drawings. They will learn how to draw a floor plan and an elevation to scale. Between classes, they may continue with drawings of their design.

Week 3: I teach the student the basics of model-making and with my help, the student begins to construct a three dimensional model of their design. Between classes, your student can continue working on her model as time allows.

Week 4: We discuss the student’s design and follow up on additional information based on the student’s interest during the class. For example, one of my students chose Contemporary Architecture but during our discussions, she became interested in Roman architecture so I provided an introduction to the design and architecture of Rome and its history in our last class. We then wrap up the class and talk about next steps for the student including additional programs that might be of interest in their area and recommended next steps if they want to apply to a design school or school of architecture at some point.

In the end, the student has a set of sketch drawings of their architectural design, scale drawings and a model.

If you decide to sign up for the class, I will send you a registration form and payment options.

Class times are based on the family’s schedule.

I can be contacted via email at if you have any questions.

-Dora Taylor