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Landscaping a sloped or steep site

Landscaping a sloped site can provide quite a challenge. It is rare when designing a scheme that you are presented with a perfectly flat site; and why would you want a flat site? The demands of a sloping terrain can often lead to innovative landscaping ideas and...

Free CAD Blocks – Office Items

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...

7 Ways To Improve Your Sketching Skills

Improve your Sketching Skills Sketching is an extremely valuable skill in the architecture profession, and one that is certainly getting lost amongst our new technologies of 3d software and so on. However, you can demonstrate an idea with a sketch in a matter of...

Hand drawn shrubs download

If you have come across some of my other downloads you will see that my obsession with sketchy trees continues... I have put together a huge selection of sketchy shrubs in plan (photoshop and jpeg files) for you to use in your architectural and landscaping plans. The...

Attaching and Exporting Object Data in AutoCAD

This week we have another really interesting guest post that looks at aspects of AutoCAD some people would never even consider possible. Nick Williams shares his knowledge on the subject of attaching and exporting object data in AutoCAD. As always it is great to hear...

Best SketchUp Plugins for Architects

SketchUp is a great piece of software. It took me a while to fall in love with it - I was always more confident with Autocad. But now of course I am completely converted and use it regularly in my work. It also took me a while to discover all the plugins that are...

Free CAD Blocks – Dynamic Windows 2

I'm really happy to share with you another set of dynamic windows. These were very kindly contributed by Paul - so big thank you to Paul! The image below shows all the different iterations of the dynamic blocks. We have the plan version, and the elevation version all...

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

This week I am excited to share something a little bit different. Jessie at Go Overseas has put together some really great tips for architecture students who are thinking about studying abroad. I get a lot of people asking me about this, and seeing as I have never...

Introduction to Foundation Design

This article is an excerpt from Residential Construction Details - US Edition. The book is packed full of both 2d and 3d details all of which are available to download as both dwg cad files and .skp sketchup files. Find out more about Residential Construction Details....

Starting Out As An Architecture Student

I am really excited to share with you the first guest article on the website. You may be aware that I am always keen to share my readers stories so I was thrilled when KC got in touch with me to share her experience of starting out in architecture. She has some really...

Free CAD Blocks – Furniture 08 – Sofas & Couches

Here is another set of free cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any suggestions for useful content please get in...