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Building Fabric 04 – Sound Insulation

Building Fabric 04 – Sound Insulation

You can download a free sound insulation pdf of this post by clicking on the button below: As we have considered in a previous article, sound can have an impact on our physical and mental well being. Surveys have indicated that 50% of people find their home in some...

CAD Drawing Template Download

CAD Drawing Template Download

This CAD drawing template provides you with a great starting point for your drawings. This template is in METRIC units! AutoCAD 2010 or later. How many times have you opened a new drawing and spent too much time searching for the correct layers to use, copying stuff...

Building Fabric 03 – Sunlight and Solar Gain

Building Fabric 03 – Sunlight and Solar Gain

You can download this post as a handy pdf for free, just click on the button below. Benefits of natural lighting in our buildings   Natural light in our buildings is known to improve occupant comfort. Scientists suggest that good natural light can increase...

Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

You can download this entire article as a handy pdf document by clicking on the button below. 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....

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

You can download a free PDF of this post by clicking on the button below.  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...

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

You can download a free pdf of this article by clicking on the button below: 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...

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

This set of ship cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database features large boat and ship cad blocks both in plan and elevation. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you...

UK Government announces new visa route for architects

UK Government announces new visa route for architects

This week we have a guest article from Olivia Bridge who is a content writer covering immigration news on behalf of the UK's leading Immigration Advice Service in London and Manchester | @IASimmigration As Article 50 lunges nearer to its deadline at a mere...

Photoshop for Architecture

Photoshop for Architecture

Using Photoshop For Architecture Graphics and Visuals   As a new architecture student it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of new stuff you have to learn. It is likely everyone is telling you that you need to learn Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, V-Ray and...

Free CAD Blocks – Bed and mattress sizes

Free CAD Blocks – Bed and mattress sizes

This set of cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database features bed and mattress sizes cad blocks in plan and elevation. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you have any...

Measured survey – how to measure a building

Measured survey – how to measure a building

For my day job recently I have been carrying out a lot of measured surveys – measuring buildings and drawing up the plans, elevations and sections. This is something that we touched on briefly during my course at University but now several years down the line and with...

Free CAD Blocks – Small boats

Free CAD Blocks – Small boats

This set of boat cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database features small boat cad blocks, jet skis, speed boats, small yachts both in plan and elevation. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library...

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

Here is a set of free site furniture 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...

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

This set of cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database features coffee machine cad blocks, teapots, coffee mugs, cup and saucers. I hope you find them useful. Please feel free to download them. My free autocad block library continues to grow - if you...

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 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 is your...

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

Here is a set of free sports 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...