The basic practice of Architecture is almost impossible without the use of drafting tables. It is likewise observed that in all Institutions offering Architecture program, drafting tables are present and prescribed to be able to supplement the students’ study of the program. Students and architects alike use the drafting tables for their main academic activities, such as drafting and design. Although Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) has somehow broadened the drafting perspectives, manual drafting with the use of conventional drafting tables could not be ruled-out.
At the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Quezon City (TIP QC), Architecture students use drafting tables almost in the entirety of their study. An average of 60 subjects out of the approximately 70 subjects in their curriculum, or 86% of their subjects, are conducted in studio or drafting rooms where drafting tables are used in both lecture and drafting subjects. On the average, a regular Architecture student is bound to use a drafting table in at least one subject a day. In short, he is expected to use the drafting table everyday throughout his five-year study of Architecture.
Seeing it from this perspective, the significance of drafting tables to Architecture students is undeniable or unquestionable. Drafting tables, although initially and specifically designed for drafting subjects, are being utilized for lecture courses as well. Needless to say, a study of their design that pertains to their major users was conducted, analyzed and should be implemented.