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Alternative Careers for Architects

Alternative Careers for Architects

Alternative Careers for Architects Just because you have a degree in architecture, it doesn’t mean being an architect is the only thing you can do. An architectural degree gives you a varied skill set that can be applied to many roles. Whether you gain a degree in...

CP06 Furniture Plan and Elevation CAD Blocks

CP06 Furniture Plan and Elevation CAD Blocks

CP06 Furniture Plan and Elevation CAD Blocks Welcome to our comprehensive collection of CAD blocks tailored specifically for architects, designers, and construction professionals. Whether you're working on residential, commercial, or industrial projects, our diverse...

Free Photoshop Download – People 04

Free Photoshop Download – People 04

Free Photoshop Download - People 04 II have come up with a few more free photoshop downloads of people. I hope you like them! They are free to download, PNG files, in colour, dark grey and white, so they are easy to drag and drop into your photoshop drawings. The PNG...

Detail Post – Rainscreen Cladding Details

Detail Post – Rainscreen Cladding Details

Rainscreen Cladding Details[lwptoc] This is a follow on post from our previous post Cladding Details - if you haven’t seen that already please   check it out. The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial....

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

This CAD drawing template provides you with a great starting point for your drawings. This North American CAD template is in IMPERIAL units! AutoCAD 2010 or later. How many times have you opened a new drawing and spent too much time searching for the correct layers to...

Detail Post – Cladding Details

Detail Post – Cladding Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial. Introduction to Cladding Details   Cladding Details - Functional Requirements   There are a wide variety of walling and cladding systems available for commercial and...

Site Analysis Symbols CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD

Site Analysis Symbols CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD

Site Analysis Symbols CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD You may have come across our hand drawn site analysis symbols already - but now they are available in CAD block dwg format, Revit family RFA format, and ArchiCAD object gsm format! You can now download the site analysis...

How to get better at architectural detailing 101

How to get better at architectural detailing 101

How to get Better at Architectural Detailing Drawing construction details is a key skill of an architect or technologist at any level, but many find it is difficult to learn and improve on.  Students in particular have a hard time building their detailing skills. In...

FIA Full CAD Block Set

FIA Full CAD Block Set

FIA Full CAD Block Set All of our favourite premium CAD blocks in one file! Everything you need for your projects including: Kitchen Furniture CAD blocks Bedroom Furniture CAD blocks Living Room Furniture CAD blocks Kitchen CAD blocks Dining Furniture CAD blocks...

How to Calculate Stairs

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...

Detail Post: Floor Details

Detail Post: Floor Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Floor Details The most common materials used for the construction of ground and upper floors tend to be concrete or timber. Required span, resistance...

Courses for Revit

Courses for Revit

Whether you are looking for a beginners course in Revit, or you are planning on upgrading your skills, there are plenty of Revit courses out there. I have selected a couple that are worth looking at, with varying costs that will suit any budget. Linked In Learning...

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

In this part of our Metric Data series we are looking at standard door sizes.   You could say this post title “Standard Door Sizes” is a little misleading. Technically speaking there are no standard door sizes but rather most common sizes or most popular. Here we...

Top 3 Benefits of Using Revit Vs AutoCAD

Top 3 Benefits of Using Revit Vs AutoCAD

This weeks Revit Vs AutoCAD post is from Ryan Solomon from The Revit Network. The Revit Network is an online platform that hosts a vast selection of Revit content, including pre-made templates, project files, free families, and materials. Take a moment to check them...

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Accessible Bathroom and WC in Dwellings In this section of our Metric Data series we will look at accessible sanitary facilities. This refers to designing wheelchair accessible bathrooms and wheelchair accessible WCs.   You can download the PDF of this post by...

Revit Tips and Revit Resources

Revit Tips and Revit Resources

Revit Tips and Revit Resources As you may know - I am not a Revit user. Being based on a Mac, I am more of an ArchiCAD kind of girl. However, I know how popular Revit is, and wanted to make sure that I have you covered! So, I have put together some of the most useful...

Metric Data 10 – Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users

Metric Data 10 – Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users

​Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users In this metric data post we will be looking at standard kitchen layouts and sizes for wheelchair users.   We explore accessible kitchen information for units, appliances, layouts and more.   The sizes below are...

CP05 Kitchen CAD Blocks

CP05 Kitchen CAD Blocks

This set of kitchen cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. This set of kitchen cad blocks includes: kitchen units kitchen islands kitchen stools shelving accessories Blocks are in AutoCAD 2010 dwg files – both metric...

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Standard kitchen unit and appliance sizes   In this metric data post we will be looking at standard kitchen layouts and sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you can download for free. On top of that you...

How to Write a Professional Email

How to Write a Professional Email

​How to Write a Professional Email Email Etiquette for Everyone!   In the architecture profession, a great portion of our work is communication. We are communicating design ideas to clients, communicating design intent to builders and so on. Therefore, we must always...

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom   In metric data 08 we will be looking at standard furniture sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you can download for free. On top of that you can get all of the CAD...

Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

​Here I have put together a list of my best books for architectural concepts and the design process. I hope that some of these books will be useful to you as you develop your designs and your architectural concept thinking.   If you are interested in purchasing any of...

Metric Data 07 – Wheelchair accessible living areas

Metric Data 07 – Wheelchair accessible living areas

Wheelchair accessible living areas In this post, we will explore the necessary requirements to design a wheelchair accessible living area. We will look at living spaces that will enable a wheelchair user to enjoy the spaces and be able to socialise with their friends...

How to calculate slopes and gradients

How to calculate 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, groundworks, car parks and so on. Slopes can be measured in angles, percentages and...