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Show And Tell And Let Apply (Satala): An Innovative Multi Media Approach For Teaching Manual Architectural Engineering Drafting

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Teaching Innovations in Architectural Engineering

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8.1013.1 - 8.1013.11



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Wafeek Wahby

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Session 1406

“Show-And-Tell-And-Let-Apply (SATALA): An Innovative Multi-Media Approach for Teaching Manual Architectural Engineering Drafting”

Dr. Wafeek Samuel Wahby

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois


Visualization ability is essential for architectural drafting and blueprint reading. From preliminary sketching, to design, to implementation, architecture students and practitioners need to find innovative ways through which they enhance their visualization and problem solving skills. (1)

This paper presents selected visual examples from an ongoing experiment that was started in 1998 at the School of Technology, Eastern Illinois University to examine the (SATALA) approach adopted by the author for his Architectural Drafting and Blueprint Reading class, using some of the features of Microsoft PowerPoint software.

From hand-drawing geometric shapes such as ellipses, to understanding architectural theories and concepts such as axonometric or perspective views, to shades and shadows, students’ comprehension of subject matter as well as their problem solving ability are greatly enhanced through adopting the (SATALA) approach in lecturing. This paper also briefly presents samples of surveys’ results that were conducted to evaluate that instructional experiment and to help explore the presentations’ effectiveness in Architectural Drafting and Blueprint Reading classroom.


Historically, Architectural Drafting and Blueprint Reading courses have not been very user- friendly to some students. Inherently, those courses require superior visualization skills. Visualization is an essential tool for the design, and the creation and/or the interpretation of drawings. As visualization is also a developed skill, students often become frustrated by their inability to readily visualize objects presented in architectural engineering drawings. Students not only vary in their natural abilities or visualization skills, but also

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Wahby, W. (2003, June), Show And Tell And Let Apply (Satala): An Innovative Multi Media Approach For Teaching Manual Architectural Engineering Drafting Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12469

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