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

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...

Architecture Presentation Board Templates

Architecture Presentation Board Templates

Architecture Presentation Board Templates A selection of five Architecture Presentation Board Templates in Photoshop. I know that you can spend hours trying to get the layout of your presentation board just right - and sometimes, you don't really know where to start. ...

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

This CAD drawing template provides you with a great starting point for your drawings. This North American CAD template is in IMPERIAL 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...

Site Analysis Symbols CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD

Site Analysis Symbols CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD

Site Analysis Symbols CAD, Revit, ArchiCAD You may have come across our hand drawn site analysis symbols already - but now they are available in CAD block dwg format, Revit family RFA format, and ArchiCAD object gsm format! You can now download the site analysis...

Top 8 Books for Architectural Detailing

Top 8 Books for Architectural Detailing

Top Books for Architectural Detailing During my studies, one of the hardest things to find was good architectural details to use as precedent studies. I used to spend hours flipping through books in the library, trawling the internet, trying to find specific details....

FIA Full CAD Block Set

FIA Full CAD Block Set

FIA Full CAD Block Set All of our favourite premium CAD blocks in one file! Everything you need for your projects including: Kitchen Furniture CAD blocks Bedroom Furniture CAD blocks Living Room Furniture CAD blocks Kitchen CAD blocks Dining Furniture CAD blocks...

Courses for Revit

Courses for Revit

Whether you are looking for a beginners course in Revit, or you are planning on upgrading your skills, there are plenty of Revit courses out there. I have selected a couple that are worth looking at, with varying costs that will suit any budget. Linked In Learning...

Top 3 Benefits of Using Revit Vs AutoCAD

Top 3 Benefits of Using Revit Vs AutoCAD

This weeks Revit Vs AutoCAD post is from Ryan Solomon from The Revit Network. The Revit Network is an online platform that hosts a vast selection of Revit content, including pre-made templates, project files, free families, and materials. Take a moment to check them...

Revit Tips and Revit Resources

Revit Tips and Revit Resources

Revit Tips and Revit Resources As you may know - I am not a Revit user. Being based on a Mac, I am more of an ArchiCAD kind of girl. However, I know how popular Revit is, and wanted to make sure that I have you covered! So, I have put together some of the most useful...

CP05 Kitchen CAD Blocks

CP05 Kitchen CAD Blocks

This set of kitchen cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. This set of kitchen cad blocks includes: kitchen units kitchen islands kitchen stools shelving accessories Blocks are in AutoCAD 2010 dwg files – both metric...

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 - Standard Furniture Sizes   Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom   In metric data 08 we will be looking at standard furniture sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you can download for free. On...

Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

​Here I have put together a list of my best books for architectural concepts and the design process. I hope that some of these books will be useful to you as you develop your designs and your architectural concept thinking.   If you are interested in purchasing any of...

Architectural Line Weights and Plotstyles

Architectural Line Weights and Plotstyles

Architectural Lineweights and Plotstyles   Over the years I have written a couple of items about line weights, plotstyles and the like, and somewhere in the depths of YouTube there is a video tutorial too, with terrible sound. I continue to get so many questions about...

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.