Teaching > HP175 Documentation > Syllabus


Spring 2014
Wednesday, 2:00 AM to 4:50 AM
Room: Arch 143


Lecture and field-based course


Philip C Marshall, Professor
Mobile 508.951.8562 (call, text anytime)
Office: Arch 247

Email address provided in class

Office Hours

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Course Description

HP 175 - Documentation
Introduces the tools and techniques used in measuring and drawing an existing building, focusing on the range of drawings and architectural symbols used in preservation projects. Examines plans, elevations, sections, building systems, and physical alteration drawings as they relate to existing structures (3 credits) Spring
RWU Catalog


 Prerequisite: HP 150

Goals and Objectives

Documentation. Architectural drafting and documentation (both written and visual) are placed in a broader context of how these skills contribute to documentation produced for conservation research, analysis, design and preservation activities, and for posterity. The 'document as document' will be addressed with respect to the context, limitations, interpretation, use, archival treatment, and exhibit of various media.

Architectural field measurements, drawing, and graphic records. Field work and drafting assignments introduce tools and techniques used to record existing structures. Architectural lettering, materials designation and symbols, plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules, specifications, and project documents will be examined as they relate to developing and reading architectural drawings.

Architectural written description. Contemporary descriptions of historic structures are surveyed. Written descriptions for documentation are prepared with reference to existing standards as developed by HABS/HAER, the National Register, and state surveys. Emphasis is place on terminology used for architectural elements and construction system. Historic descriptions are examined to understand the development of descriptions and their use in research of period documentation.

Photography, image analysis, archival collection management and use. Photography is addressed in several ways: the manner in which historic photographs can be located and employed; the use of 35 mm photography in documenting existing conditions of historic sites; archival collections; archival treatment of photographs; and electronic means of storage and retrieval using databases.

Building elements: typology and nomenclature. The typology and nomenclature of building elements, construction systems, and architectural details is addressed as they relate to developing verbal and written skills in documenting and understanding traditional and contemporary building construction.


  • Course lecturers, with discussion — based around specific assignments
  • Course readings, followed by class discussion — based around specific assignments
  • Course readings, followed by independent analysis
  • Team-oriented class documentation of sites
  • Independent, self-directed documentation of particular sites
  • Site visits, conducted independently by students, alone or as a
  • Site visits, conducted by the entire class

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend all classes, site visits, and field trips
  • Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams
  • Actively participate in class discussions
  • Complete assignments (word-processed or electronic, when written) by due dates
  • Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special needs
  • Come to site visits prepared, with necessary tools, equipment, and supplies


Students agree that by taking this course all required assignments may be subject to submission for textural similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagarism.

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability for which you wish to receive academic accommodations, you must first register with Disability Support Services on the second floor of the University Library in the Center for Academic Development.

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  • Attendance, active participation mandatory
  • Assignments 80% (breakdown provided on schedule)
  • Portfolio 20%

Bibliography and Reading

Readings are primarily Web based. You must print out hard copies of all assigned reading and include them in your course binder.Or save files (PDF, Word), mark up as needed, and file in a course folder on your computer.

Additional reading will be provided as class handouts and materials on reserve. Recommended purchases of books include the following (in addition to references cites throught the Web pages).


Refer to Assignments

Schedule of Class Meetings


Equipment and Supplies

Equimpent and Supplies