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Guide to Creating an Awesome Architecture Portfolio

Purpose of the Portfolio A portfolio can be described as a compilation of your work, carefully curated to display your skills, talents and character in the field of architecture.    An Architecture portfolio can be put together in many formats, including a...

Free CAD Blocks – Site Furniture

Here is a set of free site furniture cad blocks provided by CADdetails.com. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them and add them to your personal library. We would like to thank CADdetails.com for allowing us to share their CAD blocks - they...

Architecture Design Basics – Passive Solar Design

  As part of our Design Basics series we are looking at many of the different aspects of the architectural design process. In this post we explore passive solar design.     What is passive solar design?   Passive solar design uses the energy from the sun for the...

Architecture Design Basics – Openings

The act of creating architecture can be seen as a problem solving process. Early phases of design will focus on establishing the problematic conditions of the project, and committing to finding a solution to those problems.   A designer will draw on experience, their...

Free CAD Blocks – Coffee Machines Kettles and Tea

This set of cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database features coffee machine cad blocks, teapots, coffee mugs, cup and saucers. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you...

Architecture Design Basics – Form

The act of creating architecture can be seen as a problem solving process. Early phases of design will focus on establishing the problematic conditions of the project, and committing to finding a solution to those problems. A designer will draw on experience, their...

How To Develop Architectural Concepts

One of the most popular questions I get asked by students is ‘how do you develop an architectural concept?’. The design process can be daunting to new students, who often find it difficult to find a direction in their design. They are constantly...

Site Analysis Symbols Download

We have recently put together a selection of hand drawn site analysis symbols, made in photoshop, for you to download.   The set features: Site analysis arrows Sun path Trees and hedges North points Dashed and dotted lines Arrow heads Boxes and arcs The...

Defining the Parameters of the Architecture Design Project

Design project framework Prior to starting the design, it is necessary to define the parameters of the project, and draw upon the extensive research that has been carried out so far. By this stage we have developed a brief through discussions...

Architecture Design Process

In this short post, we will take an overall look at the design process. The process of design is cyclical and iterative, which can be defined as a six part process. The architectural design process can be approached in a number of ways by...

Free CAD Blocks – Sports Courts

Here is a set of free sports cad blocks provided by CADdetails.com. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them and add them to your personal library. We would like to thank CADdetails.com for allowing us to share their CAD blocks - they have a vast...

Architecture Precedent Study and Analysis

What is an Architecture Precedent Study? A precedent can be defined in the following ways: Something said or done that may serve as an example or rule to authorzie or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind. The convention established by such a...