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Best Architecture Blogs and Websites of 2017

Best Architecture Blogs and Websites of 2017

This is a list of my favourite, and most visited architecture blogs and websites for 2017. The list features both architecture news sites along with blogs. I am not critiquing these sites, but just sharing with you the places I go to find inspiration, ideas, guidance...

8 Best Websites for Photoshop Textures

8 Best Websites for Photoshop Textures

[Post updated June 2020] Photoshop Textures Photoshop Textures are a key part of turning your simple black and white elevations or visuals into something really eye-catching and engaging. You can use textures and cut-outs for so many aspects of your work, it is worth...

Managing coordinates in AutoCAD 3D

Managing coordinates in AutoCAD 3D

I am really excited to have Jaiprakash Pandey share with us some of his immense knowledge of AutoCAD! Once you have read this article, please head over to his blog SourceCAD for a tonne of really useful articles, hints and tips on all things CAD. Managing coordinates...

Free CAD Blocks – Trees 09

Free CAD Blocks – Trees 09

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...

Best 2D and 3D CAD drafting software

Best 2D and 3D CAD drafting software

Looking for the best 2d cad software? Not sure which 3D cad is for you? Need some free cad drafting software? Look no further! I have had quite a few enquiries about cad software, drafting programs and the like. It has led me to do further research into all the...

[Arch Viz Competition] And the winner is….

[Arch Viz Competition] And the winner is….

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition to win some of the great arch viz graphics from Tonytextures.com. Through a random selection based on entries the winners have been selected and notified. Congratulations to: Gil A who won Architecture People Cutout...

Quick CAD Tips – Text Tricks

Quick CAD Tips – Text Tricks

In this tutorial we look at a few tips and tricks working with text in AutoCAD. Some of these include:Using a background maskBringing your Text To FrontMirroring Text - two waysConverting TextText align   As always, if there is anything you are stuck on...

Competition! Win Arch Viz Graphics!

Competition! Win Arch Viz Graphics!

I am really excited to present my first competition on First In Architecture!   We are definitely starting with a good one. I have teamed up with my friend Tony at tonytextures.com to give you the opportunity to win some really great arch viz graphics.  ...

A beginners guide to SketchUp

A beginners guide to SketchUp

In this post we are going to look at everything you need to know to get started with SketchUp. We are also going to offer some useful hints, tips and resources for those of you who already use SketchUp but want to take things to the next level. In this post we cover:...

How to Draw an Elevation in AutoCAD

How to Draw an Elevation in AutoCAD

In this tutorial we look at how to draw an elevation in autocad from a floor plan. We look at using construction lines, layering, orientation, hatch and shadows to build a simple elevation in a short amount of time. 

The Advantages of BIM and its Future

The Advantages of BIM and its Future

Today I am pleased to be featuring a guest article. Graham Hewitt is managing director of Raised Floor Solutions – specialists in composite flooring offering their products throughout the UK. Graham is giving us a comprehensive look at BIM modelling, and where it is...

Free CAD Blocks – Fire elements and symbols

Free CAD Blocks – Fire elements and symbols

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...

Ultimate Guide to Green Up Your Design

Ultimate Guide to Green Up Your Design

How to improve the environmental and sustainable credentials of your design [NOTE: you can download this article as a handy printable pdf - just click on the button below to get your copy now!] Download PDF Now! Environmental technologies and sustainable thinking has...

Free CAD Blocks – Sun path diagrams

Free CAD Blocks – Sun path diagrams

These cad blocks consist of sun path diagrams and north point diagrams with integrated sun path, for 51 degrees N, London. 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...

Lighting Design Concepts

Lighting Design Concepts

Introduction to lighting design concepts   “Lighting design is a process. Specifically, it is the process of integrating light into the fabric of architecture.” Lighting is the means to express the desired character of a space.   A successful lighting scheme...

Free CAD Blocks – Elevation Context

Free CAD Blocks – Elevation Context

These cad files are a little bit different from the ones I have published previously on First In Architecture. These files contain a selection of elevation context drawings. You can drag and drop your house elevation into the model, and stretch the context...

Landscaping a sloped or steep site

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...

Understanding Architectural Details – Second Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Second Edition

The Second Edition has now been updated to the 3rd Edition! Check out the details below! Save time and improve your construction detailing   Understanding Architectural Details - Residential Construction ebook     {music credit: mixaund.bandcamp.com} What is...

Free CAD Blocks – Office Items

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

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

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

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

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...