Welcome to my resources page. Hopefully you will find everything you need right here! I am always adding to this page when I discover something new, so keep checking back. Below you will find resources for all aspects of the architectural field, from drawing to detailing, software to survey, laptops to model making. I hope you find something helpful to you.
Architectural Drawing and sketching
Which pens you use is quite a personal thing, but below are some of my favourites. Sharpies are particularly popular, and the sign pens are brilliant for using colour to mark up drawings and sketch things out.
With pens 0.25, 0.35 and 0.5
Francis DK Ching – Form, Space and Order
Also check out my Pinterest board for architectural sketching and drawing.
ARCKIT is a freeform model making system that allows you to physically explore designs and bring your architectural projects to life. The system uses interconnecting components that are completely modular and based on modern panelled building techniques, making it possible to create a diverse range of scaled structures that can be quickly assembled and endlessly modified.
This book is great for giving you ideas on styles and materials that you can use for your model making. It is a good introduction and starting point. I would suggest having this book to hand when you start to consider the 3D representation of your design studio models.
Folding Techniques for Designers – Although this isn’t really a model making book, it is an interesting look at shape and form, and structures created through folding. It can encourage us to think outside the model making box….
For some inspiration check out some of these websites
Also check out my Pinterest board for architectural model inspiration!
Architectural Detailing and Construction
The following books should be useful to you for learning more about architectural detailing and construction.
First, check out the Understanding Architectural Details series from First in Architecture – a series of ebooks to help you get to grips with different forms of construction and how to detail. They are full of 2D and 3D details, all of which can be downloaded with the books as dwg and Sketchup files.
Other books I recommend include:
Building Construction Handbook
Architecture In Detail II
Timber Frame Construction
What construction books have been useful to you? Let me know by sending me a quick email firstname.lastname@example.org
I regularly update my post all about the best laptops for architecture students and professionals. You can check out the latest edition here:
Laptops for Architects
New to AutoCAD? Or, have you been using it for a while and still struggle? Don’t worry, there are loads of places online you can get free help, tips, resources and guidance to make you a better cad monkey!
Always has news, video tips on this Facebook page.
Some tutorials on here, but its best use as mentioned in Autocad blocks post is the block library.
Current AutoCad news tips and more, including a great tip to change the F1 key to Escape key for those of you that keep on hitting the wrong key.
A good starting point for tutorials on AutoCAD and also 3Ds Max.
Cad Notes is clearly laid out and has some good tips and guides.
Firstly, we have our own CAD block library so head over to our cad block pages
to check it out. I will continue to build it, and if there is anything missing you want to see just let me know and I’ll get it on here. My aim is to provide best quality blocks, to correct scales, correct layers, that make it easy for you to drop directly into your drawing with no problems.
This site is a great starting point. It has everything from people and animals to fixtures, fittings, structural, vehicles and landscaping.
A good range and selection of CAD blocks.
There are a few good quality trees, people and cars that you can download for free on this website, or subscribe to a paid account to access all the blocks.
Cad Architect – A reasonable selection with good preview images.
Cad Corner has a huge selection of blocks and details but sadly no preview images.
Good site – American and European dimensions and generally from manufacturers and producers. A huge range of 3D, 2D, Revit, Cad and Sketchup blocks.
Bibliocad requires sign up but has a good mix of stuff – with preview images Some Free and some VIP ones.
Good selection of blocks with preview images. Recommend.
If you still haven’t found what you are looking for there is a fairly comprehensive list of sites here at Xmarks.
Although I don’t use Revit myself, I have had lots of people contact me asking for help with the software. So I thought I’d put together a few places you can go to get some useful information to help you out with your Revit endeavours!
Blog run by Ian, an architect living and woking in the UK who loves Autodesk Revit. He writes a series of articles that help you get used to the way Revit works and ease the transition from 2D CAD to BIM.
Blog run by James, who lives and works in Idaho. Packed full of really useful Revit articles and troubleshooting – be sure to check it out.
Revit Detail is run by Peter, an Architectural Technician from Washington DC who works in Revit. His blog focuses on producing detailed 3D models and the different challenges faced. Great blog – take a look.
Do You Revit is run by Dave, and again is packed full of tips and tutorials, and general help with all things Revit. Great site.
I have written a post introducing sketchup and where to find initial help in getting started. You can read that here.
Matt Donley creates great tutorials, along with a really useful book “SketchUp to LayOut” everything you need to know to present your SketchUp models in a professional manner. Highly recommend.
This is an incredible resource and a first stop for any sketchup user. Tutorials, guides, textures, components, plugins – the lot!
Another great site, tutorials, downloads etc. Worth a visit.
For some rendering and graphics tutorials and inspiration, head to the following websites:
Amazing site run by Alex, who is really skilled at creating scenes, styles and amazing graphics using predominantly sketchup and photoshop. Check it out.
Great site dedicated to all things architectural visualisation. Well worth a visit, for tutorials, resources and inspiration.
I have written a few posts for various resources for Photoshop which you can find below. If you can think of some good resources to add to this, please let me know!
Creative market has a huge resource of design items for download. A really useful site – I would recommend you check it out.
Another great resource site that I have used often. They put together great deals for designers – take a moment to see what they have.
Check out my Pinterest Board for some architectural graphics inspiration
Survey materials and kit
Measured surveys with OrthoGraph – providing the means to carry out a building survey using your mobile device – providing you with a faster way to measure and document a building. You can then export the drawing straight into AutoCAD as a DXF file, or export it as an IFC compatible with most BIM softwares. An amazing time saver, but also allowing for better accuracy, and detailed information.
If you decide to go old school pen and paper with your surveying, you will need a clipboard. I tend to use A3, as you can fit more on the page and have room for notes around the edge!
There are many different laser measure devices on the market – some more efficient than others.
I have written numerous posts to help you find employment. These include help with your CV, help with portfolios, interviews and more. To check out this section of the site click here
You could also take a look at my ebook, now in its 3rd edition which guides you through the entire process of finding a job.
I have put together a Pinterest Board which consists of inspiration and ideas for your CVs, portfolio and resumes.
I hope you find all these resources useful. If there is something missing that you think our readers would benefit from knowing about – please comment below, or drop me an email (email@example.com) and I can add it to the list.