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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...

CAD Blocks Trees CT02

CAD Blocks Trees CT02

CT02 Trees 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 library offers a wide...

Ideas for Architectural Concepts

Ideas for Architectural Concepts

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!Ideas for Architectural Concepts To develop an architectural concept we must first gather a set of information before we can start any sort of design process. We can categorise these initial findings into...

Site Analysis Site Visit

Site Analysis Site Visit

Prior to carrying out your site analysis site visit you will have undertaken your site analysis desktop study. It is important you go to site prepared, so make sure you check out that blog post before you continue with this one. The desktop study will establish some...

CP04 Dining Room Furniture CAD Blocks

CP04 Dining Room Furniture CAD Blocks

This set of dining room furniture cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. This set of dining room furniture cad blocks includes: dining tables dining chairs sideboard shelving unit accessories Blocks are in AutoCAD...

Site Analysis Desktop Study

Site Analysis Desktop Study

Site Analysis Desktop Study There are many aspects to carrying out a site analysis and the desktop study makes up an important part of the site analysis.   We have made a short video all about carrying out a desktop study for your site analysis. Check it out...

CAD Blocks Trees CT01

CAD Blocks Trees CT01

CT01 Trees 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 library offers a wide...

What is an Architectural Site Plan?

What is an Architectural Site Plan?

What is an architectural site plan? A site plan is a really important part of any set of architectural drawings. The site plan will often show information like existing and proposed buildings, access, landscaping, site boundaries and much more. There are, however,...

Metric Data 06 Wheelchair Accessible Dwelling

Metric Data 06 Wheelchair Accessible Dwelling

Metric Data 06 - Wheelchair Accessible Dwelling   Approach, Entrance and Circulation   In Metric Data 06 we look at the approach to dwellings, entrance and circulation for a wheelchair accessible dwelling. This includes details such as requirements for ramps, car...

CP03 Bedroom Furniture CAD Blocks

CP03 Bedroom Furniture CAD Blocks

This set of bedroom furniture cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. This set of cad blocks includes: bed cad blocks bedside table cad blocks ottoman cad blocks occasional chair cad blocks objects and accessories...

What is a Construction Drawing?

What is a Construction Drawing?

What is a construction drawing?   A construction drawing or set of construction drawings form part of the pre-construction information that is used to construct a building. Before we dive in to construction drawings, what they look like and what they include -...

Metric Data 05 Approach Entrance and Horizontal Circulation

Metric Data 05 Approach Entrance and Horizontal Circulation

Metric Data 05: Approach, Entrance and Horizontal Circulation In Visitable Dwellings   In Metric Data 05 we look at the approach to dwellings, entrance and circulation. This includes details such as requirements for ramps, steps, corridors and sanitary facilities...

Straw bale construction

Straw bale construction

What is straw bale construction?   Straw bale construction uses the renewable material of straw, in bale form to act as an infill material to timber frame structures or as a load bearing structure to buildings of no more than two storeys. The construction method...

What is a Passivhaus?

What is a Passivhaus?

What is a Passivhaus? The Passivhaus standard, developed in Germany, is a low energy design standard. It was developed in 1990, over 25 years ago and some estimates suggest there are well over 50,000 Passivhaus buildings around the world.  Some of the key...

Metric Data 04 Circulation and Space

Metric Data 04 Circulation and Space

Metric Data 04: Circulation and space   In Metric Data 04 we look at the circulation and space. This includes details such as space requirements for people next to each other, in a queue, corridor width requirements, wheelchair passing space and much more. These...

Understanding Passivhaus is out now!

Understanding Passivhaus is out now!

I am delighted to announce that the long awaited Understanding Passivhaus - A Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design is now available! The book explores the Passivhaus key principles and looks at the various building methods that can be employed to achieve...

Best Architecture Laptops (2022)

Best Architecture Laptops (2022)

Best Architecture Laptops   What is the best laptop for architecture?     In order to recommend some of the best architecture laptops for architects and students, I take a look at the requirements of popular software that we use in architecture (AutoCAD,...

Metric Data 03 Average dimensions of wheelchair user

Metric Data 03 Average dimensions of wheelchair user

Metric Data 03: Average dimensions of man and woman in wheelchair   In Metric Data 03 we look at the average dimensions of a wheelchair, and average dimensions of a wheelchair user. This includes details such as average height, average width, average reach...

Pine Forest Texture Pack

Pine Forest Texture Pack

I am really excited to bring you a free texture pack for your creative work. These images are free to use, in both your commercial or personal projects. The textures available are all from a pine forest, and include the following: Pine tree bark Pine forest trees Pine...

What is the best laptop for architecture students? 2019/2020

What is the best laptop for architecture students? 2019/2020

[Updated August 2019] What is the best laptop for architecture students? Every year I take a look at the requirements of popular software that we use in architecture (AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, 3DS Max etc) and check out all the latest in computing and laptops in order to...

Metric Data 02 Average dimensions of person sitting

Metric Data 02 Average dimensions of person sitting

Metric Data 02: Average dimensions of man and woman sitting In Metric Data 02 we look at the average dimensions of a man sitting and the average dimensions of a woman sitting. This includes details such as average height of man when seated, average height of woman...

Rammed Earth Construction

Rammed Earth Construction

What is rammed earth construction?   Rammed earth construction is the process of ramming a mixture of aggregates, like gravel, sand, silt and clay into a formwork to create walls. When the earth is dry the formwork is removed to reveal solid monolithic walls. ...