Jim Leggitt, FAIA


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.

Contact Jim Leggitt if you are interested in learning more about drawing programs, workshops and other services provided by Jim Leggitt, FAIA for professional organizations, universities, design firms and individuals.


“Jim gave a presentation at the convention that over 500 people attended titled ‘Hand Drawing with High Technology.’ Jim’s method of using hand drawing techniques over digital models and images is amazing. He showed example after example of beautiful presentations that started with a SketchUp model. I was doing cartwheels in the back of the room. Can’t thank you enough, Jim!”

- Brad Schell, SketchUp founder, Boulder, CO

Upcoming Programs


SketchUp 3D Basecamp Lecture / TBD

SketchUp 3D Basecamp Workshops / TBD


Indianapolis Child Museum Workshop  / TBD

Washington State University Workshop / TBD

University of Oklahoma Workshop / TBD

Meeker, CO Design Charrette / TBD

Past Programs


Fairplay, CO Design Charrette / April

Grand Junction, CO Design Charrette / May 1


Downtown Colorado Inc Conference / April 10

Coeur D’Alene Design Charrette / April 16

Taos Design Charrette / May 14

US Strategic Command Workshop / Aug 22

Downtown Colorado Inc Charrette / Sept 14

SketchUp 3D Basecamp Lecture / Sept 23

SketchUp 3D Basecamp Workshops / Sept 24

Valentine Nebraska Charrette / Oct 8

Miss State University Workshop / Oct 15

Salida, Colorado Design Charrette / Nov 19

Studio JBD 2-Day Workshop / Dec 12


Downtown Colorado Inc Conference / May 3

Downtown Colorado Inc. Lecture / May 24


BVH Architects Omaha / April 6

Holland Basham Architects / April 7

ASLA National Convention NOLA / October 21


GKK Architects Denver / January 22

studioINSITE TAP Program / September 17

Colorado State University / September 24

APA Regional Conference / September 30

DCI Annual Conference Durango


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