September 16 & 17

Workshop | The Art of Measured Field Drawing at Stenton

with Stephen Chrisman

9.5 AIA CES Learning Units

Session 1:
Voith & Mactavish Architects
2401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Session 2:
4601 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA

9.5 AIA CES Learning Units

ICAA Members | $115
General Admission | $135
Students |$95

*Proof of vaccination is required to attend both sessions. 

The focus of this two-session course will be extensive measured drawings at Stenton. The National Historic Landmark built in 1728 is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. This is a rare opportunity to study through measured drawings, a well-preserved 18th century American Georgian House. Participants will be able to measure and draw from a wealth of authentic architectural details, both exterior and interiors, including brickwork, doors and windows, outstanding examples of paneling, fireplace mantels, interior doors, interior window details, stair details, extensive mouldings, etc.

The first session, on September 16th from 6-9pm, will consist of an overview presentation on the history of architect’s measured drawings and discussion of measured drawing methodology for the study of buildings and the adaption of precedents. The second session, on September 17th from 10am-5pm, will include a demonstration followed by individual drawing and conclude with a review of participants sketchbooks and discussion.

The course is intended for both students and seasoned architects, as drawings can be tailored to experience level. No specific artistic training is required. Basic pencil drawing and drafting skills are recommended including knowledge of the use of an architectural scale.

Required materials

1.    Sketchbook; hardbound (+/-) 8” x 10”, stitched binding so the book can open flat, (Strongly recommended; Moleskine Art Collection A4 Sketchbook, 8.25” x 11.75”). 

2.    12” triangular architects scale, with 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/4”, 1 1/2” and 3” scales.

3.    Tape Measures; (recommended, 25’ Stanley Powerlock, and Lufkin 6’ folding wood rule)

4.   Mechanical pencil with 0.5 HB lead. (Alvin Draft/Matic or similar)

4.    Wooden drawing pencils, H, HB and 2B leads. (Recommended; Towbow Mono)

5.    Pencil Sharpener; (Recommended, Blackwing Longpoint or similar)

6.    Eraser; (Recommended Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick or Alvin Vinyl Eraser or similar)

7.   Drawing Stool, (optional)

About Stephen Chrisman

Stephen Chrisman is a Partner at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects in New York City. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Architecture from the Oregon School of Design. His teaching focus has been on Classical Architectural Design and Composition, The Art of The Measured Sketchbook, and How to Study Buildings: An Analysis of Architectural Composition and Precedent. Stephen is a long-standing Fellow of the ICAA and serves on its National Education Committee.