Drawing Shortcuts


Architect, urban planner, illustrator, educator and author, Jim Leggitt, FAIA has been practicing for over forty years in Denver, Colorado. Principal of LEGGITT STUDIO LLC, Jim focuses on community planning, placemaking and design visualization. Jim has participated in numerous planning projects, generating hybrid sketches that reflect context, character and excitement that comes with urban redevelopment. Leggitt authored DRAWING SHORTCUTS: Developing Quick Drawing Skills Using Today’s Technology published in 2002 by John Wiley and Sons.n DRAWING SHORTCUTS Second Edition was published in 2010 and features his hybrid methods of design visualization that integrate traditional hand drawing techniques with digital imaging. His books have been adopted by more than 50 universities and published in numerous languages. Jim’s popular Blog articles about design visualization have been viewed by more than 750,000 individuals.

Leggitt is a Fellow with the American Institute of Architects and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. He lectures about Design Visualization and teaches drawing courses throughout the country and Canada to design professionals and students.

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Recent Programs


Downtown Colorado Inc Conference

Design Visualization Lecture / May 3

Downtown Colorado Inc. Lecture

Parachute Colorado / May 24


BVH Architects Omaha

Visualization Lunch Program / April 6

Holland Basham Architects Omaha

Visualization Lunch Program / April 7

ASLA National Convention New Orleans

Design Visualization Seminar / October 21


GKK Architects Denver

Visualization Lunch Program / January 22

studioINSITE TAP Program Omaha

Repurposing Alleys Lecture / September 17

Colorado State University Ft Collins

Design Visualization Seminar / September 24

APA Regional Conference Steamboat

Design Visualization Seminar / September 30

DCI Annual Conference Durango


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Recorded Programs

The following are recordings from various seminars and creative ideas by Jim Leggitt

Drawing Shortcuts Quick Clip 10

SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014

SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2008

Leggitt 1K Project

Drawing on a Digital Drawing Board

Books by Jim Leggitt