AutoCAD 2015 for Interior Design and Space Planning

Peachpit Press
Beverly M. Kirkpatrick / James M. Kirkpatrick / Hossein Assadipour  
Peachpit Press
Total pages
December 2014
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For courses in Computer-Aided Design, Computer Graphics, Architectural Graphics, CAD for Interior Design, CAD for Space Planning, Computer-Aided Design and Graphics and Introduction to Computer Graphics.

AutoCAD 2015 for Interior Design and Space Planning helps students understand the commands and features of AutoCAD 2015 and demonstrates how to use the program to complete interior design and space planning projects. Covering both two- and three-dimensional drawings, the text provides abundant exercises that walk students step-by-step through the use of AutoCAD prompts and commands. Using numerous illustrations, the text captures the essence of this powerful program and the importance it plays in the interior design, architecture and space planning professions.


  • Builds confidence and basic skills before moving on to more complex assignments.
  • Ensures students have mastered the fundamental features and commands of the AutoCAD program before they apply it to more complex problems.
  • Guides readers step-by-step through each new AutoCAD command.
  • Encourages students to learn commands and features on their own.
  • Provides over 100 exercises and projects.
  • Gives students the opportunity to work with a variety of real-world situations, including both commercial and residential projects.
  • Highlights seven projects: a tenant space, hotel room, wheelchair-accessible commercial bathroom, log cabin, two houses, and a bank.
  • This includes the project floor plans, dimension plans, elevations, furniture plans, reflected ceiling plans and voice/data/power plans, as well as isometric drawings, a presentation sheet and the sheet set command that combines multiple plans.
  • Includes a 15-unit condominium building as an exercise in Appendix C.
  • Includes over 600 figures.
  • Shows many drawings to scale so students can assess and check their understanding of chapter material.
  • The DesignCenter is used to import blocks, layers, and dimension styles from other drawings into existing drawings.
  • Splits solid modeling material into two chapters: Chapter 14: Solid Modeling, Chapter 15: Advanced Modeling.
  • Uses the 3Dwalk and Animation Motion commands to create walk-through presentations.

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Table of Contents

  • Part I: Preparing to Draw with AutoCAD
  • 1. Introducing the AutoCAD User Interface
  • Part II: Two-Dimensional AutoCAD
  • 2. Quick-Start Tutorials: Basic Settings and Commands
  • 3. Drawing with AutoCAD: Conference and Lecture Rooms
  • 4. Adding Text and Tables to the Drawing
  • 5. Advanced Plotting: Using Plot Styles, Paper Space, Multiple Viewports, and PDF Files.
  • 6. Drawing the Floor Plan: Walls, Doors, and Windows
  • 7. Dimensioning and Area Calculations
  • 8. Drawing Elevations, Sections, and Details
  • 9. Drawing the Furniture Installation Plan, Adding Specifications, and Extracting Data
  • 10. Design Center, Autodesk Seek, Dynamic Blocks, and External References
  • 11. Drawing the Reflected Ceiling Plan and Voice/Data/Power Plan
  • 12. Creating Presentations with Layouts and Making a Style Sheet
  • 13. Isometric Drawing and Gradient Hatch Rendering
  • Part III: Three-Dimensional AutoCAD
  • 14. Solid Modeling
  • 15. Advanced Modeling
  • Appendix A: Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Appendix B: Shortcut and Temporary Override Keys
  • Appendix C: Floor Plans and Interior Elevations of a 15-Unit Condominium Building


Beverly Kirkpatrick (Port St. Lucie, FL) has worked with AutoCAD for over 30 years in Interior Design and Education. In the interior design field she was employed to do interior design, space planning and finish schedules for commercial projects such as elementary schools, banks, hospitals, churches, and car dealerships. She held the titles of Interior Designer, Project Manager and Design Director. She has taught AutoCAD in both community colleges and high schools. She is the co-author of AutoCAD for Interior Design and Space Planning which was published first in 1992.  

James Kirkpatrick (Port St. Lucie, FL) has worked with AutoCAD for over 40 years. He started his drawing career as a design drafter and technical illustrator. He has taught AutoCAD in community colleges and industry. James is the founder of a cooperative education program at El Centro College and began the AutoCAD Training Center at Eastfield College. He was the CAD Program Chair for 30 years and recently retired from full-time teaching. He is the author and co-author of over 30 books on drafting and design. James holds BIA, MEd and EdD degrees.

Hossein Assadipour (Upper Montclair, NJ) is a CAD expert and has been teaching for over 30 years. He is currently Professor in the Engineering Technology & Computer Science Department at Essex County College, an adjunct professor in the Engineering & Computer Science Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, NJ; and adjunct faculty in the Math & Computer Science Department at Rutgers University. He teaches courses in CAD, CNC, CAM, Manufacturing Materials & Processes, and Robotics.  He is the author of Learning AutoCAD in 20 Projects and Learning MicroStation in 20 Projects with West Educational Publishing.