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Free CAD Blocks – Park Signs 01

Free CAD Blocks – Park Signs 01

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...

Introduction to the Building Regulations

Introduction to the Building Regulations

In this post we are going to introduce you to the basics of English Building Regulations, and the approval required when carrying out new build work or adaptations/extensions to existing properties. We will also take a look at some of the frequently asked questions...

Free CAD Blocks – Fences and Gates

Free CAD Blocks – Fences and Gates

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...

Learning AutoCAD with Free and Premium Video Courses

Learning AutoCAD with Free and Premium Video Courses

AutoCAD, the flagship product of Autodesk is certainly the most popular design and drafting software available in the industry. And just like any other software it also has its own learning curve. If you need to learn autocad, we know where you need to go... read on....

Free Tree Download – Set 10

Free Tree Download – Set 10

Another free tree 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 small selection of free trees (photoshop and jpeg file) for you to use in your architectural and...

How to insert a block into AutoCAD

How to insert a block into AutoCAD

I was putting together another set of free cad blocks to download recently, when I realised that I have never actually provided any information on how to use the blocks. I remember when I first learnt about CAD blocks, it was a bit daunting, even printing...

Where To Find Construction Details On The Web

Where To Find Construction Details On The Web

[UDATED May 2021] Good resources and precedents for construction details can be hard to find. You can spend hours trawling through google looking for detail inspiration but never quite find what you are looking for. I have put together some of the most useful...

Hand drawn tree plans – Set 9

Hand drawn tree plans – Set 9

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

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

You can get this post Architecture Presentation Board Tips as a printable pdf - click on the button below to get your copy! Click here to download! Our Top 10 Important Tips for Architecture Presentation Boards A great design can be mediocre if it is not presented...

Gift Ideas for Architects Christmas 2017

Gift Ideas for Architects Christmas 2017

The festive season is here - and its time to be thinking about what gift you are going to get that special architect in your life! Below is just a small selection of ideas to get you started! Books How to Architect The basics of the profession and practice of...

How to prepare for your architecture crit

How to prepare for your architecture crit

[post updated] You can download a free pdf of this post by clicking on the button below! Download Now!   Crit day can be a daunting event, especially if you are in your first year and haven’t been through it before. Whether you have had a little experience of...

Free CAD Blocks – Chairs

Free CAD Blocks – Chairs

CAD block chairs for your free download. 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...

Hand drawn tree plans – Set 8

Hand drawn tree plans – Set 8

More sketchy tree plans! If you have come across some of my other downloads you will see that my obsession with sketchy trees continues... I have put together another selection of sketchy trees in elevation (photoshop and jpeg files) for you to use in your...

Working with Hatch and Linetypes in AutoCAD

Working with Hatch and Linetypes in AutoCAD

In this video we look at using linetypes in autocad, and how to load new linetypes into your drawing, including insulation batting. We then look at working with hatch, hatch boundary and pick points, along with solid fills, gradients and pattern fill.  If...

Introduction to Beam and Block Floors

Introduction to Beam and Block Floors

Beam and Block Floors Suspended concrete floor construction is increasingly the most common flooring system specified in residential construction. When selecting a floor construction there are a number of functional requirements that need to be considered. These...

Top Photoshop Shapes for Architecture Students

Top Photoshop Shapes for Architecture Students

Photoshop does so much more than airbrush a photograph as I’m sure you know. There are a couple of really useful basic things you need to know about photoshop and that is the use of photoshop shapes, brushes and patterns or textures. You can read about using brushes...

First In Architecture is 5 years old!

First In Architecture is 5 years old!

5 years ago I was sat in an office, dreaming. I had this crazy idea that I wanted to start a blog, one that could help architecture students get the best out of their studies. I secretly dared to dream that I could turn it into a full time endeavour (but I didn’t tell...

Looking after your mental health as an architecture student

Looking after your mental health as an architecture student

Recently, I have been reading about mental health in the discipline of architecture. It is unsettling to learn that architects are very susceptible to suffering with mental health problems and in particular, architecture students also have concerns over their mental...

Understanding Architectural Details – Third Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Third Edition

This book has now been updated to a fourth edition! To find out more click here! Welcome! Understanding Architectural Details - Book 1 is an ebook that will help you significantly improve your knowledge of residential construction detailing. Hi, I’m Emma. During my...

Hand drawn tree elevations – Set 7

Hand drawn tree elevations – Set 7

Sketchy tree elevations! If you have come across some of my other downloads you will see that my obsession with sketchy trees continues... I have put together another selection of sketchy trees in elevation (photoshop and jpeg files) for you to use in your...

Space Planning Basics

Space Planning Basics

Note: You can download this space planning post as a PDF for printing or saving, by clicking the button below. Download PDF Now Space planning is a complex process with many factors to consider. The principles of space planning involve satisfying a defined criteria on...

Free CAD Blocks – People 04

Free CAD Blocks – People 04

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...

How To Survive Architecture School

How To Survive Architecture School

18 tips to help you succeed and excel in your architecture studies A lot of us know that studying architecture is tough. If you have chosen to pursue a career in architecture, you have to be pretty committed to the cause. Studying architecture is not an easy option,...

Top 10 Best Photoshop Brushes You Need In Your Life!

Top 10 Best Photoshop Brushes You Need In Your Life!

Photoshop Brushes Photoshop does so much more than touch up a photograph as I’m sure you know. There are a couple of really useful things you need to know about photoshop that took me a while to discover when I first started out. The first is photoshop brushes....