architectural drawing

n.A sketch, diagram, plan, or schematic used to design, construct, and document buildings and other structures.


The drawings may be used to indicate the overall appearance, inside or outside the structure, or they may be used to indicate precise measurements and other details for construction. Drawings, especially those for construction purposes, may be issued as a set, with different sheets indicating different types of construction (electrical, mechanical, plumbing). Schematic drawings were often created on linen with ink, then reproduced by the blueprint process. These drawings are now often created using computer-aided design (CAD) tools.'Architectural drawing' is commonly used to describe both originals and reproductions, although some use the term to distinguish original drawings from reproductions. 'Architectural reproductions' is used as a generic term to describe the broad class of copies made with many different processes.