Concept drawings are typically created using analog media (pencil and ink) and then move toward digital documents as they are refined. For example, many design concepts will start with sketches, progress to CAD iterations, and then are refined and rendered for client presentations. This design progress lends itself to design resolution through the transition between analog and digital media and vice versa.  When the process becomes digital, reproduction occurs with exacting tolerances and revisions are compiled within a single file. This relationship is important to consider as drawings move back and forth between analog and digital environments. As a designer, you need to understand how drawings inform one another in order to make decisions at each stage of the design process.

In this assignment, you will be given a concept sketch for the site you studied in project 1. This sketch will represent an early stage of the design process and you will be tasked with translating this sketch to digital media in AutoCAD. The nature of the concept itself will need to be refined in this process and students are expected to make small design decisions within the confines of the assigned concept. You will be utilizing your AutoCAD skills to produce an appropriately layered and constructed .dwg file that contains a well represented site plan and two sections based on your assigned plan.

You will then use your skills with AutoCAD paper space and Adobe Illustrator to create two 11×17 .pdf layouts with appropriate labels. One layout with have your site plan and the other will contain both sections with annotations, dimensions and labels.


  1. AutoCAD file, lastname_firstname_project02_concept.dwg
  2. Scaled Site Plan on 11×17 with appropriate labels, lastname_firstname_project02_concept_plan.pdf
  3. Scaled Section Elevation on 11×17 with appropriate labels, lastname_firstname_project02_concept_section.pdf
  4. Print both the PDF from deliverable 2 and deliverable 3 to be turned in at the beginning of class on the project due date.


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