Rome Architectural Sketchbook

Summer and Winter Courses - Rome

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Rome Architectural Sketchbook is a multidisciplinary course that explores the various components of architecture in Rome, allowing you to focus on sites, design and visual sketching. 

Together with your classmate, having different profiles and artistic skills, you will work on site in various places reflecting diverse periods of art, architecture and history of Rome. The course combines the observation of the historic and contemporary context of the locations, with the development of the creative process and refining of sketching techniques and personal style.

Traditional sketching methodologies and techniques, such as visual sketching and illustration layout as well as photo research and interior design, will be deepened during the program and enhanced by visits to Roman sites and architectural spaces. As Final Project you will complete a personal sketchbook using different representation techniques such as video, photography or modelling.

  • Start date
    July 2022
  • Duration
    3 weeks
  • Attendance
  • Language


Schedule: Lessons are held from Monday to Thursday during the first week and from Monday to Friday during the second and the third week the course has a duration of 75 hours spread over 3 weeks.

Target : The course is aimed at people who are interested in the world of art and design and have no prior knowledge or experience in the discipline. Skills such as drawing or sketching can be useful even if not mandatory. Applicants need to show strong motivation and the ability to work in groups.

Methodology and structure - The course is articulated in 2 modules.

During the first part, based on Architectural Sketching, you will learn the basic sketching techniques while visiting the most important historical sites and monuments. Under the guidance of skilled teachers, you will explore the city, drawing, photographing, interpreting everything that is proposed and presented to you. 

During the second part, Representation Techniques, you are required to choose between the following three specializations: Fine Arts, Model Making, and Video Production and Photography. The course continues with an in-depth study of the chosen subject and by the end of the course, together with your classmates, you will present your portfolio as well as your thoughts and personal growth during this three week experience.

Throughout the course, you will meet with diverse professionals in the field as part of traditional lecture or showroom visits. Active participation in discussions with guest lecturers and site visit/field trip attendance is fundamental. 

Study Plan
Architectural Sketching, Fine Arts Sketching, Video and Photography and Model Making. The course is articulated in 2 modules: 
- the first part, the architectural sketching course, going from the rough to the definition drawings of architectural sketch, with particular focus on the specifics of the architectural and interior design sector. 
- the second part the students can choose between 3 specializations: Fine Arts Sketching, Video Production and Photography and Model Making.
  • Architectural Sketching

    • Sketches by observation

      The objective of this course is to give you a general introduction to the world of drawing communication through the knowledge of all the existing techniques of sketching.
      It will furthermore explain which the main differences among them are, by comparing different case histories of some relevant illustrators. Through this course you acquire the ability to sketch buildings or products by observing them on site or in class.


    • Memory drawing

      Through this course you acquire the ability to accurately recall and draw something previously seen.

    • History of architecture

      This course is an introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and monuments and on their decoration, including mural painting. The course explores the architecture of Rome, how it has shaped and has been shaped by political, religious and social events of various eras. Churches, ancient temples, Renaissance palaces, modern shopping center are all concentrated in the historical center of Rome, sometimes layered, one on top of the other, creating a patchwork of styles and centuries.


  • Representation Techniques

    • Model Making

      During this course you will be introduced to the Model Making techniques and will develop analisys and design skills so as to define a correct architectural brief and realize 3D models.

    • Illustration for Fine Arts

      During the course you learn the process of drawing in many different styles.
      You will develop and understand the basic visual language of illustration, exlporing mark-making, composition, framing and colour theory. The course gives an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of drawing and the knowledge to create stunning designs and illustration.


    • Video Production and Photography

      The course introduces you to filmmaking, from script to the shoot. 


Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Barbara Brocchi - Course Coordinator

Barbara Brocchi - Course Coordinator
Illustrator, Writer, Professor, Art Director and Product Designer. Degree in Illustration/Graphic Design IED. Advanced Course of Visual Art & Illustration, Los Angeles/ Aberdeen. Master in Marketing of Luxury Goods IED ROMA. 30 years of working for brands, publishing, adversiting, fashion and fewel companies. Gattinoni, Hafner, Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Ittierre, Toky Doky, Villa d’Este Design, TJF Trend Vicenza, Paoline Publisher, Campo Marzio Design, Swarovski, Voodoo Jewels, Alinghi, Domus Academy, Hard to Find Mexico, Bulgari, A. Curcio Editore, Samseoung and Minoss Academy Korea, Care Label, Ledemotion Design, Siamoises.  Professor since 1986 at IED Rome and Coordinator of Architectural Sketchbook Summer Course.

Giulio Gualtieri

Giulio Gualtieri
Architect. In 2002 he attended the Specialisation course in Interior Design at IED Roma. He works with Carlo Lococo Architect and in the following years he develops a particular interest in architectural design through the study and development of models. He collaborates with Architect Massimiliano Fuksas and in 2011 he founds the Officina06 studio, working as a freelance in the development of architectural models and prototypes.    

Barbara Di Pasquale

Barbara Di Pasquale
Freelance Art Director and Motion Designer, based in Rome. Almost 20 years spent working for best Italian networks, with advertising agencies, such as Armando Testa, McCann Erickson, RSCG, Y&R, Pomilio Blumm; production studios and postproduction facilities like BRW & Partners, D2B, FilmMaster Frame by Frame. Awards for Factual Entertainment Programme Spot(S) at Promaxbda Europe, Barcelona 2016, with VISIONARI (RAI 3); award for best animation at Promaxbda, Barcelona 2008 with LA7 T and minors.  

Eleonora De Martini

Eleonora De Martini
Degree in Fashion Design in 2009 and Graphic Design Specalization course in 2010. Collaboration with Barbara Brocchi for the illustrated advertising of Siamoises (ID Design) brand. Several years of experiences in the ancient family arts shop “Laboratorio Di Fabio” where she dealt with antique trade, painting and furniture restoration. Children’s Book Illustrator for the graphic publishing house “Bibliolibrò”. Freelance Illustrator.