How to Calculate Architectural Scales

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How to Calculate Architectural Scales
Architects calculate a scale when drawing projects. (Calculator image by Alhazm Salemi from Fotolia.com)

When designing structures, architects first draw the document on paper, scaling the drawing to reflect proper proportions. A scale shrinks everything in a design, keeping the relative sizes of all the parts just as they would be in real life. Scales are often used in models such as cars or aeroplanes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the size of the object that you are designing. For example, an architect designs a house that is 40 feet tall.

  2. 2

    Measure the size of the object on your designing paper. In the example, the height of the house might be 1.5 feet.

  3. 3

    Set the ratio as the size of the design on the paper to the size of the design in real life. In the example, 1.5 feet to 40 feet.

  4. 4

    Evaluate the ratio to find the scale. In the example, 1.5 feet divided by 40 feet equals 0.0375, so the scale of the object is 0.0375 to 1.0.

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