This fall, McGraw Digital Learning Lab presents six design workshops for students who are developing a portfolio for summer travel awards and internships, graduate school applications, employment opportunities, and more.  Organized in collaboration with the School of Architecture, and taught by graduate students, the series offers insights and sample workflows for desktop publishing, editing images, building vector graphics and drawings, technical drawing, and 3D modeling.


October 17: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Photoshop is a powerful design software with a wealth of tools that can seem overwhelming for beginners. This beginner’s Photoshop workshop is an introduction to the collection of the most commonly used Photoshop tools and functions for making architectural drawings to help those who are new to Photoshop learn the basics. At the end of this class, the most important skill students need to grasp is to establish their own good operation habit. Only by logically operating the complex of Photoshop tools can one discover its power in producing compelling graphics. Meanwhile, by going over the tool icons and its parallel shortcuts, this class encourage students to master the Photoshop shortcuts and thus become much more efficient in making drawings.

Instructor Bio: Leen Katrib is a first year M.Arch II student. She received her B.Arch degree in 2014 from USC, where she provided Rhino tutorials to undergraduates. Learn more about Leen Katrib

Photoshop II (Advanced)

October 19: 7:30-9:30, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

For Architecture designers, the essential purpose of using image processing software like Photoshop is to help better deliver their design ideas through drawings. This Advanced Photoshop workshop is a practice-oriented class to help students learn how to effeciently approach certain representational graphics using mixed tools in Photoshop. At the beginning of this class students will be given a raw image and its final representational drawing. The class will go through the process of how to turn the raw image into a beautiful and compelling one. At the end of this class, student should be able to create a drawing close to the given sample image if following each step of the tutor. However, self-inventional approach is also encouraged as it is even better to develop one’s own graphic language than to follow existing ones.

Instructor Bio:  Lixing (Ivy) Feng is a second-year graduate student in M.Arch II program. She originally majored in Urban Planning and later transferred to Architecture. She worked in SOM New York from 2014-2015. View Ivy Feng’s portfolio


October 25: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

During the beginner Adobe Illustrator workshop students will spend time learning the basics of the most popular vector drawing program. Students will learn to produce line art, vector graphics, page layouts, and will learn to create documents, master the pen tool, and explore text and colours in order to produce a printed vector graphic.

Andrew MacMillan is currently a Master of Architecture student at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. He received his Honours BA Degree with Distinction in Architectural Design, and Architectural History, Theory + Criticism from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a designer for architecture offices, creative agencies and startups in Canada and the United States. See Andrew MacMillan’s portfolio at


November 9: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

In the AutoCAD Beginner Workshop, students will familiarize themselves with necessary drawing tools and ways of editing drawn objects in AutoCAD. Then, students will learn how to create other necessary elements in drawings (hatch, text, annotation, etc.), and how to increase drawing efficiency (block, group, etc.). We will also get to know the basic general, snap, layer, and property settings in AutoCAD. By the end of the session, students will be able to complete an architectural drawing.

Weiwei Zhang is in his final year of the M.Arch Professional program. He studied architecture at Yale University and has worked at Sou Fujimoto’s office for a year before coming to Princeton.


November 14: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

During this Beginner’s Rhino workshop, students will work to recreate Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. By the end of this session, you will be able to import existing plans, sections, and elevations of the house into Rhino and translate them into 3D using 2D and 3D tools. PDFs of the plans, sections, and elevations of the house to registered students before the start of class so they can follow along with the same drawings.

Instructor Bio: Leen Katrib is a first year M.Arch II student. She received her B.Arch degree in 2014 from USC, where she provided Rhino tutorials to undergraduates. Learn more about Leen Katrib


November 15: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

In this beginner’s Adobe InDesign workshop, students will create a short portfolio layout to learn the basics of InDesign. We will go over the tools to set up a new project, how to create image and text content, and how to export the design for screen or printing. Following the workshop students should feel comfortable setting up a new InDesign project for a portfolio, presentation board, resume or slideshow. The instructor will provide content for the students to use in the tutorial project.

Instructor Bio: Jessica Colangelo is in her final year of the Master of Architecture program at Princeton School of Architecture. She received her Bachelor of Architecture at Rice University and has worked at architecture practices in Houston, Boston and Los Angeles. She has extensive experience in using InDesign within an architectural context, including making slideshows, booklets, presentation boards, and portfolios. For examples of Jessica’s work check out