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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...

Architecture CV Template Pack

CV Templates for Architecture We have put together an amazing set of 4 Architecture CV templates! They are in both InDesign and Photoshop formats for easy editing. [Must have a basic knowledge of either InDesign or Photoshop to use these templates]. These templates...

FIA Free CAD Block – Dynamic Scale Bar

Learning new skills with SourceCAD I recently signed up for an online course to learn how to make dynamic blocks. I have always seen the benefit of using dynamic blocks, as a great time saver, but never got around to learning how to do it myself. The course from...

SketchUp FAQ 03 – How to Model Terrain in SketchUp

Ever wondered how to model terrain in SketchUp? We will show you how! Giving your building design context is really important when it comes to 3d modelling. Your building needs to stand in its surrounding landscape in order to give it a sense of scale and demonstrate...

How to Calculate Stairs

Working out stairs can sometimes be a bit of a headache. In this article we are going to look at how to calculate stairs, the quick and easy way to work out your stair requirements. First, take a look at the regulations that we can use as a starting point for working...

Free CAD Blocks – Street Lighting

Here is a set of free 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...