Best Seller

Introduction to Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD

A course by Isabel Martínez
Architect. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 01/23/2019
, Architect

Learn basic tools to draw with accuracy your architecture projects

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 89% Positive reviews (333)
  • 9024 students
Introduction to Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD

Learn basic tools to draw with accuracy your architecture projects

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 89% Positive reviews (333)
  • 9024 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 10/16/2020
  • 23 Lessons (4h 17m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

This course was updated in October 2020, with new audiovisual content, more in-depth explanations of the teacher’s methods, and although she works on Mac, she also includes a walkthrough of the interface and most used shortcuts to work on Windows.

Architecture and AutoCAD: two concepts that have been inevitably united since the first version of the famous design software was launched in 1982. Even after more than twenty versions, AutoCAD continues to be the most used architectural drawing program.

With the help of Isabel Martínez, a Spanish architect based in Mexico, learn how to take your first steps into AutoCAD, from the installation to drawing your first architectural design project.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. About AutoCAD
  • U3
    U3. Drawing a Project
  • U4
    U4. External Elements and Space Layout
  • U5
    U5. Elevation and Perspective
  • FP
    FP Final project
View details

Start the course by getting to know Isabel, the projects she has worked on, and her influences in architecture and contemporary art.

If you haven’t yet installed AutoCAD, Isabel guides you through the process before giving a quick overview of the interface, the workspace, and the main tools. She works on Mac, but also shows you the keyboard shortcuts for Windows so you can easily work on either.

Learn how to configure the units of measurement you want to use, see how to select and modify elements, and make your first basic drawings. Once you’re familiar with the software, get started on your project: drawing Petit Cabanon by Le Corbusier. Before you do, Isabel shows you the measurements and some reference photos while accompanying you through the first steps.

Discover the more advanced drawing tools to help you create the perimeter wall and flooring of your plans.

See how to insert external images into your project to include as references. Understand the meaning of “model space” and “space layout”. Then, learn how to design the poster with the project information, as well as the graphic scale and indications of elevations and cross sections.

Next, learn what axonometric perspective is and how to draw it. In the last AutoCAD lesson, Isabel shows you how to configure your document for the final printing of your project, from the layout of your files, to configuring the color and thickness of your pens and choosing the right type of paper for printing different types of projects.

Finally, do a quick review of the web and mobile versions of AutoCAD, learning how they can be used to work remotely.

What is this course's project?

Draw the technical plans of an iconic project: Petit Cabanon by Le Corbusier.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For students in architecture, engineering, design, or anyone who wants to learn how to create a digital drawing of their architectural project.

What you need

You will need basic knowledge of geometry and an interest in drawing and design.

As for materials, you will need a computer with AutoCAD installed (the teacher will use AutoCAD 2021).


9024 Students
333 Reviews
89% Positive ratings

Isabel Martínez

A course by Isabel Martínez


Isabel Martínez Abascal is an architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). She also studied at the Technische Universität in Berlin (Germany) and at the Vastu Shilpa Foundation in Ahmedabad (India).

She collaborated with the SANAA studios in Tokyo (Japan), Aranguren and Gallegos in Madrid (Spain), Anupama Kundoo in Berlin (Germany), and Pedro Mendes da Rocha in São Paulo (Brazil). She has been a project teacher for six years at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Escola da Cidade, in São Paulo (Brazil).

She has participated as a teacher at the XXIV International Workshop of Cartagena, at the Ibero-American Biennial of Medellín 2010, at the International Seminar of Curitiba 2012, and at the Rio Olympics Workshop of the California College of the Arts 2012. She participated in the curatorship of the 10th Biennial of Architecture of São Paulo, 2013 and curated the exhibition 13 for the inaugural cycle of the Museum La Conservera, Murcia 2014, and the exhibition Visionary Instruments of the artist Almudena Lobera for the ECCO Museum, Cádiz 2015. Directed, from July 2015 to August 2017, the LIGA platform, space for architecture DF, dedicated to the exhibition, dissemination, and discussion of Latin American architecture.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    About AutoCAD

    • The AutoCAD Interface
    • The Drawing Units
    • Select Items
    • Drawing Tools
    • Modify Items 1
    • Modify Items 2
  • U3

    Drawing a Project

    • The Project
    • Advanced Drawing Tools 1
    • Advanced Drawing Tools 2
    • Hatch (fillers) 1
    • Hatch (fillers) 2
  • U4

    External Elements and Space Layout

    • Images and External References
    • Model Space and Layout Space
    • The poster of the plans
    • Graphic scale and indications
  • U5

    Elevation and Perspective

    • The Drawing of an Elevation 1
    • The Drawing of an Elevation 2
    • The Axonometric Perspective 1
    • The Axonometric Perspective 2
    • Print Control
    • AutoCAD Web and Mobile
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to architectural drawing in AutoCAD

This Is What Domestika Courses Are Like

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule. You set your own timetable.

  • Learn From the Best

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Expert Instructors

    Each instructor teaches only what she/he does best, conveying true passion and excellence in every lesson.

  • Certificate Pro

    Demonstrate your course attendance with a certificate signed by the teacher. Get it with your Domestika PRO subscription

  • Front Row Seats

    Videos of the highest quality ensure that you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them over and over.

  • Share Knowledge

    Ask questions, request feedback, offer solutions. Share learning with other students in the community.

  • Creative Community

    More than 1M creatives and growing. Domestika is the place to share and learn what you love.

  • Professionally Developed Courses

    We selected top creatives and a team of experts to develop the courses. The result? You'll feel like you're working side by side with leading professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

  • The course is 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units, each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You will also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the instructor and other students, and share your work and your course project, thus creating a community around the course itself.

  • You can now redeem the course you received, just access redeeming page to enter your gift code and redeem it.

Introduction to Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD. A Design, Architecture, and Spaces course by Isabel Martínez Best Seller

Introduction to Architectural Drawing in AutoCAD

A course by Isabel Martínez
Architect. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 01/23/2019
  • 89% Positive reviews (333)
  • 9024 students