It’s no secret that the profession of architecture has adapted over the years. With the waves of new technology, VR headsets, holographic models, and Bjarke Ingels, there is still something magical about old school drafting instruments. If you’ve got a few rings in your tree (as Ali would say) you may remember being apart of the old school method of drafting. But if you’re new to the profession you may not know the term “pounce”. SO for fun, let’s see where you #line-up on the #scale of #OldSchoolCool!


Name each image, and tally up your score with the answers at the bottom. DON’T CHEAT or you’ll get a good smack on your corbusier.

Good Luck!










  1. Parallel Bar – One of the most useful pieces of drafting equipment. Use the bar with triangles to quickly draw horizontal, perpendicular, and angled lines.
  2. Drafting Lamp – Have you ever had to work with inadequate or low-quality lighting? If so, you know that a top-quality drafting lamp is not only useful, but essential to your success. A drafting table light provides clarity and consistent illumination, ensuring your work is accurate and your eyes are protected from undue strain.
  3. Adjustable Triangle – A device that combines the functionality of a protractor and a solid triangle to produce versatility when drawing.
  4. Drafting Dots – Self-adhesive drafting dots hold drawings, fine art, and blueprints firmly in place while you work. Easy to dispense and repositionable, they usually come in a convenient, pull-tab box.
  5. Lead Holder – This tool marries the advantages of a traditional wooden pencil–variable line width expression and a large range of lead grades–with the convenience of a mechanical pencil.
  6. Lead Pointer – This nifty tool is made of durable, light-weight plastic with a removable top for easy cleaning of filings. Features two lead point options and hardened tempered steel cutting blades. It is used to sharpen the lead placed into your lead holder.
  7. Pounce Pouches – Powdered gum erasers in a mesh fabric bag are also called draftsman’s cleaning pads. They gently remove dirt and smudges from drafting media without abrading the surface.
  8. Architectural Scale – Specialized ruler designed to facilitate the drafting and measuring of architectural drawings, such as floor plans and orthographic projections.
  9. Lettering Guide – Whether you’re writing calligraphy on wedding invitations, lettering comic strips, or titling architectural drawings, this guide ensures consistency in the size and uniformity of your letters.
  10. T-Square – A technical drawing instrument used by draftsmen primarily as a guide for drawing horizontal lines on a drafting table. It may also guide a set square to draw vertical or diagonal lines. Its name comes from its resemblance to the letter T.
  11. Kneaded Eraser – Also known as putty rubber, functions by adsorbing and “picking up” graphite and charcoal particles. It has great plasticity and can be molded and shaped into desired forms for ease of usage.
  12. Furniture Template – Organizing a plan drawing for furniture? Let this template and template themes set everything up for you!
  13. French Curve – A template usually made from metal, wood or plastic composed of many different curves. It is used in manual drafting to draw smooth curves of varying radii.
  14. Eraser Shield – It is a valuable aid in precision erasure of particular sections, lines, dots, curves, etc. while protecting the rest of the drawing.
  15. Adjustable French Curve – Made of incredibly flexible, shape-holding butyrate plastic that can be finger-shaped to any curve for extremely accurate drawings.
  16. Adjustable Inking Pen – This beautiful and functional drawing tool features a versatile adjustable flange that holds and release ink.
  17. Compass – Is a technical drawing instrument that can be used for inscribing circles or arcs.
  18. Drafting Brush – Quickly remove eraser dust, chalk dust, or dirt from your drawings.
  19. Drawing Tubes – Great for storing drawings, maps, artwork, posters, blueprints, and more!
  20. Drafting Divider – Tools for comparing sizes, dividing line segments, and measuring distances on drawings used by draftsman, artist, and other craftsman.
  21. Beam Compass – A beam with sliding sockets or cursors for drawing and dividing circles larger than those made by a regular pair of compasses.
  22. Drafting Machine – A tool used in technical drawing, consisting of a pair of scales mounted to form a right angle on an articulated protractor head that allows an angular rotation. CRAZY!



0-5 pts                    Kindergarten Status

6-10 pts                  Your Parent is an Architect

11-15 pts                 You took a drafting Class Once… a long time ago

16-21 pts                You work in the Profession

Perfect 22 pts       Might as well be Frank Lloyd Wright himself