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Architecture Site Analysis Guide

This is our updated (Oct 2018), revised site analysis guide for architecture. You can download this as a handy pdf by clicking the link below. Click here to download! Why do you carry out an architectural site analysis? Prior to starting any design, your client will...

Top 10 Free AutoCAD Block Websites

[Updated October 2018]Looking for the best CAD block websites? 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...

The Architectural Design Brief – The Checklist

What is an architectural design brief? The architectural design brief forms the very beginning of the design process. The brief is relevant in both educational and professional settings. Student projects are often based around a real life...

How to convert raster or vector image to dwg

Have you heard of Scan2CAD?  Scan2CAD is a great tool that allows you to convert vector and raster files into cad files (dwg or dxf). Luke from Scan2CAD has put together a tutorial for us, demonstrating exactly how the software works, and...

Architectural Model Making – The Guide

What is an architectural model? The architectural model is a tool often used to express a building design or masterplan. The model represents architectural ideas, and can be used at all stages of design. An architectural model shows the scale...

Drawing Equipment Guide for Architects

Tools of the Trade Drawing is such a key part of an architectural process, people say that drawing is thinking out loud. It is a skill we hone and develop as we work through our studies and on into our careers - there is always room for improvement....

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial (2nd Edition)   The ebook that will help you significantly improve your knowledge of commercial construction detailing. After the success of the first two Understanding Architectural Details ebooks, I knew...

14 Books Every Architecture Student Should Read

Have you been wondering what books every architecture student should read? The following books are recommendations and suggestions from myself, and the First In Architecture Community. We have put together a selection of books that we feel are a great read...

What is the best laptop for architecture students? 2018/2019

Post Updated August 2018 If you would like to download our mini guide to purchasing a laptop for your architecture studies, click on the link below. Get your guide! I need a laptop for my architecture studies! Every year I take a look at the most commonly used...

New Architecture Student Essentials

Your guide to being a new architecture student, with equipment suggestions and free downloads getting you ready for your architecture studies. Make sure you read right through to the end to get your new student downloads. Advice for new Architecture students So, you...

How to calculate slopes and gradients

You can get a printable download of this post here: Download Now!   Slopes and Gradients As an architect you will need to know how to calculate slopes and gradients in differing situations. The most common occurrence of this is working with ramped access to buildings,...

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

These days it’s all about the U-Values, so you need to get clued up! Everyone loves a nice low U-Value, or is it a high one....? Here are the quick tips you need to make sure you are bang on with your U-Values! What is a U-Value? U-Value - is the measure of the...