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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...

Free CAD Blocks – Dynamic Windows 2

Free CAD Blocks – Dynamic Windows 2

I'm really happy to share with you another set of dynamic windows. These were very kindly contributed by Paul - so big thank you to Paul! The image below shows all the different iterations of the dynamic blocks. We have the plan version, and the elevation version all...

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

This week I am excited to share something a little bit different. Jessie at Go Overseas has put together some really great tips for architecture students who are thinking about studying abroad. I get a lot of people asking me about this, and seeing as I have never...

Introduction to Foundation Design

Introduction to Foundation Design

This article is an excerpt from Residential Construction Details - US Edition. The book is packed full of both 2d and 3d details all of which are available to download as both dwg cad files and .skp sketchup files. Find out more about Residential Construction Details....