Essentials

This section of articles covers a variety of topics, offering help and advice in many areas of your architecture studies and beyond. Whether you are looking for help in developing a concept for your next project, or you need a checklist in order to carry out a site analysis, you will find it here. I like to think of this section as the articles not to be missed.

Some of the most popular articles include:

Recent Posts

5 Easy Steps to Better Detailing

5 Easy Steps to Better Detailing

5 Easy Steps to Better Detailing I'm excited to announce that our short guide "5 Easy Steps to Better Detailing" is now available!   The guide takes you through the different stages of learning about detailing. We start off by looking at why detailing is...

5 Ways to be a Proactive Job Seeker

5 Ways to be a Proactive Job Seeker

This week we have a guest post from Nylda at The Architectural Experiment.   Over at The Architectural Experiment, Nylda shares her experiences of studying and working in architecture. From applying to architecture school, to the processes, resources and outcomes...

Quick Start Guide to SketchUp Course

Quick Start Guide to SketchUp Course

Introduction to Skala Studio   Skala Studio teaches architects how to leverage the power and flexibility of SketchUp Pro to streamline your workflow, save you time, and of course money.   Skala Studio is a SketchUp course platform created by Architects for...

Technical Drawing: Elevations and Sections

Technical Drawing: Elevations and Sections

Technical Drawing: Elevations and Sections   In Part 4 of the Technical Drawing series we are going to explore elevations and sections. We will look at the differences between elevations and sections, what information should be included in them and finish with...

Technical Drawing: Plans

Technical Drawing: Plans

Technical Drawing: Plans In part one of our technical drawing series we looked at Layout, and part 2 explored Labelling and Annotation. In this part of the technical drawing series, we will look at Plans. Depending on the nature and complexity of a project, the floor...

Technical Drawing: Labelling and Annotation

Technical Drawing: Labelling and Annotation

Technical Drawing : Labelling and annotation In Part 1 of our technical drawing series we looked at Layout, exploring drawing sheets, title blocks and the general arrangement of our drawings. In this part of the series, we will go into more detail, looking at how we...

Creating Custom Materials with Architextures

Creating Custom Materials with Architextures

This week we are really fortunate to have a guest post from Ryan Canning of Architextures. If you haven't heard of Architextures before, make sure you check it out! Ryan is an architect and web developer from Glasgow. He studied at the University of Stratchclyde,...

Tips for Studying Architecture Remotely or Online

Tips for Studying Architecture Remotely or Online

Tips for Studying Architecture Remotely or Online   I have been working from home for about 5 years now, maybe more. Before that, when I was at university, I was living off campus in another city, and commuting to uni on days when there were lectures. The rest of the...

Technical Drawing: Layout

Technical Drawing: Layout

Technical Drawing : Layout In part one of our technical drawing series, we will look at Layout. How should a drawing be composed, and what sort of information do we need to show on our architectural drawings?   Architectural drawings can be produced on varying...

Join Me at the ArchiMentors Summit

Join Me at the ArchiMentors Summit

I have some exciting news today!   I will be one of the expert speakers in the upcoming Online Conference for young architects and designers called ArchiMentors Summit.       The idea behind the ArchiMentors Summit is to show different paths young architects...

Understanding Passivhaus Second Edition Out Now!

Understanding Passivhaus Second Edition Out Now!

Understanding Passivhaus 2nd Edition is out now!!  I am very excited to announce the new edition of Understanding Passivhaus is now available. I know I have been promising this book for quite some time, so thank you for being patient with me. It has been a much...

Detail Post – Timber Cladding Details

Detail Post – Timber Cladding Details

This timber cladding details post includes excerpts and details from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Timber Cladding Details There are multiple, even infinite possibilities when it comes to timber cladding. It can give a...

ArchiCAD BIM for Architects

ArchiCAD BIM for Architects

ArchiCAD BIM for Architects This week we have a guest post from Robert Mann of ArchiEd. www.archi-ed.com Robert is a registered Architect from Sydney, Australia with over 20 years’ experience in numerous CAD software, specialising in ArchiCAD. Robert has a wide range...

How to Write An Architecture Dissertation 101

How to Write An Architecture Dissertation 101

What is the architecture dissertation?   The architecture dissertation (or thesis) is an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have learnt and the knowledge you have developed over the course of your studies. It identifies a current question of interest that you...

The Best Apps for Measured Surveys

The Best Apps for Measured Surveys

Introduction to Gear and Apps for Measured Surveys This post is a response to many reader questions asking for advice on measured survey gear, kit, tech…   I don’t do so much surveying these days, but my method was always laser disto, tape measure and pen and...

My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.