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Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!Introduction to insulation materials   In order to create a comfortable thermal environment in our buildings we need to maintain a constant temperature within the building. By providing a building fabric...

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!Achieving good thermal performance of a building fabric will reduce the heat loss from a building, which in turn will reduce the space heating requirements along with carbon emissions and make for...

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!Internal Environment   Some of the key factors requiring improvement for the sake of the internal environment of our buildings include thermal performance of the fabric of the building and an improved...

Construction and the Environment

Construction and the Environment

This is the first post in our new series - where we will look at a number of areas relating to sustainability, architecture and the environment, environmental architecture, renewables and more.    Construction and the environment    The construction industry has a...

Free CAD Blocks – Ships 2

Free CAD Blocks – Ships 2

Free CAD Blocks – Ships 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...

Free CAD Blocks – Bed and Mattress Sizes

Free CAD Blocks – Bed and Mattress Sizes

Bed and Mattress Sizes CAD Blocks At First In Architecture, we understand the importance of accuracy and efficiency in the design process. That's why each of our CAD blocks is meticulously crafted to provide an easy drag and drop into your own CAD file. From trees, to...

Free CAD Blocks – Small Boats

Free CAD Blocks – Small Boats

Free Small Boats CAD Blocks At First In Architecture, we understand the importance of accuracy and efficiency in the design process. That's why each of our CAD blocks is meticulously crafted to provide an easy drag and drop into your own CAD file. From trees, to...

Guide to Creating an Awesome Architecture Portfolio

Guide to Creating an Awesome Architecture Portfolio

Purpose of the Portfolio A portfolio can be described as a compilation of your work, carefully curated to display your skills, talents and character in the field of architecture.    An Architecture portfolio can be put together in many formats, including a...

Free CAD Blocks – Site Furniture

Free CAD Blocks – Site Furniture

Site Furniture Free CAD Blocks Ready to take your design projects to the next level? Explore our collection of free CAD blocks today and discover how easy it is to elevate your designs with the power of precision and efficiency. Download your desired CAD blocks now...

Architecture Design Basics – Passive Solar Design

Architecture Design Basics – Passive Solar Design

  As part of our Design Basics series we are looking at many of the different aspects of the architectural design process. In this post we explore passive solar design.     What is passive solar design?   Passive solar design uses the energy from...

Architecture Design Basics – Openings

Architecture Design Basics – Openings

The act of creating architecture can be seen as a problem solving process. Early phases of design will focus on establishing the problematic conditions of the project, and committing to finding a solution to those problems.   A designer will draw on experience,...

Free CAD Blocks – Coffee Machines Kettles and Tea

Free CAD Blocks – Coffee Machines Kettles and Tea

Coffee Machines, Kettles and Tea CAD Blocks Our commitment to supporting your design journey doesn't stop here. We regularly update our CAD block library with new additions and revisions based on user feedback and industry trends. So you can trust that we’re always...

Architecture Design Basics – Form

Architecture Design Basics – Form

The act of creating architecture can be seen as a problem solving process. Early phases of design will focus on establishing the problematic conditions of the project, and committing to finding a solution to those problems. A designer will draw on experience, their...

How To Develop Architectural Concepts

How To Develop Architectural Concepts

One of the most popular questions I get asked by architecture students is "How do you develop architectural concepts?" The design process can be daunting to new students, who often find it difficult to find a direction in their design. They are constantly asked, "What...

Site Analysis Symbols Download

Site Analysis Symbols Download

Site Analysis Symbols We have recently put together a selection of hand drawn site analysis symbols, made in photoshop, for you to download.  What's included in the site analysis symbols set? The site analysis symbols set features: Site analysis arrows Sun path...

Defining the Parameters of the Architecture Design Project

Defining the Parameters of the Architecture Design Project

Design project framework Prior to starting the design, it is necessary to define the parameters of the project, and draw upon the extensive research that has been carried out so far. By this stage we have developed a brief through discussions with the client and other...

Architecture Design Process

Architecture Design Process

In this short post, we will take an overall look at the architecture design process. The process of design is cyclical and iterative, which can be defined as a six part process. The architecture design process can be approached in a number of ways by different...

Free CAD Blocks – Sports Courts

Free CAD Blocks – Sports Courts

Sports Courts Free 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...

Architecture Site Analysis Guide

Architecture Site Analysis Guide

This is our updated, revised architecture site analysis guide. We cover all things site analysis in this guide, from data collection to presentation. We hope you find it useful.Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide! What is Architectural Site...

How to convert raster or vector image to dwg

How to convert raster or vector image to dwg

Have you heard of Scan2CAD?  Scan2CAD is a great tool that allows you to convert vector and raster files into cad files (dwg or dxf). Luke from Scan2CAD has put together a tutorial for us, demonstrating exactly how the software works, and...

Drawing Equipment Guide for Architects

Drawing Equipment Guide for Architects

Tools of the Trade Drawing is such a key part of an architectural process, people say that drawing is thinking out loud. It is a skill we hone and develop as we work through our studies and on into our careers - there is always room for improvement. Although hand...

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial (2nd Edition)   The ebook that will help you significantly improve your knowledge of commercial construction detailing. After the success of the first two Understanding Architectural Details ebooks, I knew it was...

14 Books Every Architecture Student Should Read

14 Books Every Architecture Student Should Read

Have you been wondering what books every architecture student should read? The following books are recommendations and suggestions from myself, and the First In Architecture Community. We have put together a selection of books that we feel are a great read whether you...

New Architecture Student Essentials

New Architecture Student Essentials

Your guide to being a new architecture student, with equipment suggestions and free downloads getting you ready for your architecture studies. Make sure you read right through to the end to get your new student downloads.Advice for new Architecture students So, you...