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

Stair Design Guide 04 – Materials

Stair Design Guide 04 – Materials

Considerations for Stair Design In previous posts in this series we looked at stair ideas, stair regulations and terminology. In this post we will look at some of the considerations needed to design stairs.   Safety Stairs form a primary means of escape to the...

Toffu Vector Downloads

Toffu Vector Downloads

Toffu Vector Downloads As you know, we have recently teamed up with Toffu to bring you a massive 40% discount for First In Architecture customers! The offer is first come, first serve, so make it quick and head over to Toffu to see their excellent range of CAD...

Stair Design Guide 03 – Regulations

Stair Design Guide 03 – Regulations

Stair Design Building Regulation Requirements (Private Dwellings) England   The following notes refer to the English Building Regulation Requirements for designing a stair in a private dwelling from Approved Document Part K. Please refer to Approved Document Part...

How to Write a Design and Access Statement

How to Write a Design and Access Statement

How to write a Design & Access Statement In this post we share information about Design and Access statements including useful resources, where to find Design and Access Statement examples, and share our own Design and Access Statement template for you to...

Stair Design Guide 02 – Staircase terms and layouts

Stair Design Guide 02 – Staircase terms and layouts

Staircase terms & layouts   In this section of our stair guide we will look at the terminology of different parts of the stair, along with some different stair layouts that can be incorporated into your design.   Stair Components   Strings: A span...

Free Concrete Texture Pack

Free Concrete Texture Pack

I am really excited to bring you a free concrete texture pack for your creative work. These images are free to use, in both your commercial or personal projects. These concrete texture images are from our sister site TextureHub. We will be sharing a few textures from...

Stair Design Guide 01 – Ideas and Inspiration

Stair Design Guide 01 – Ideas and Inspiration

In this first post of our stair design guide series we are looking at different types of stair ideas and inspiration.   Throughout the stair design guide series we will look at different aspects from designing a stair, from the regulations, through to different...

Toffu CAD Downloads

Toffu CAD Downloads

Meet Toffu CAD Downloads As you know, we have recently teamed up with Toffu to bring you a massive 40% discount for First In Architecture customers! The offer is first come, first serve, so make it quick and head over to Toffu to see their excellent range of CAD...

Work Smart: Architecture Assignments

Work Smart: Architecture Assignments

Work Smart: Architecture Assignments   Throughout your architecture studies, you will carry out countless architecture assignments. These assignments will take many different forms. You certainly won't just be asked to write essays. Whether it is model making,...

Skala Studio SketchUp Templates

Skala Studio SketchUp Templates

Skala Studio have just released their new SketchUp templates! Skala Studio SketchUp Templates SketchUp is great - intuitive, creative, giving you freedom as you design. It is great for producing sketch ideas or 3d visuals to show clients. But, to produce presentation...

Work Smart: Automation and Templates

Work Smart: Automation and Templates

​ Templates & Automation   Generally as an architect, technologist or student, we do the same things time and again. For example, we create a set of planning drawings, or we add colour to an elevation in photoshop, we produce an A1 presentation board.  ...

FIA Standard CAD Template – Pro Version

FIA Standard CAD Template – Pro Version

Our new PRO Standard CAD Template is available! I am always working to make the website, templates and products more useful to my readers. After reaching out for feedback on our CAD template we have come up with a PRO version that features even more CAD blocks, more...

Work Smart: Productivity Tips

Work Smart: Productivity Tips

​ Work Smart: Productivity Tips   I am by no means a productivity guru. I am constantly guilty of giving myself too many tasks to complete in too short a time, and get myself all stressed out about not ticking enough items off my list.   However, I think...

Technical Drawing: Construction drawings

Technical Drawing: Construction drawings

Technical Drawing: Construction Drawings   In Part 5 of the Technical Drawing series we are going to explore construction drawings.   Construction Drawings - what are they?   Working drawings, construction drawings, detailed design drawings.... they are...

Construction Detail Library

Construction Detail Library

The First In Architecture Construction Detail Library is live!   I am very excited to announce the official launch of our new website - the First In Architecture Detail Library.   The library is a collection of residential construction details (based on UK...

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.