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.

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Recent Posts

How To Develop Architectural Concepts

One of the most popular questions I get asked by students is ‘how do you develop an architectural concept?’. The design process can be daunting to new students, who often find it difficult to find a direction in their design. They are constantly...

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...

Architecture Design Process

In this short post, we will take an overall look at the design process. The process of design is cyclical and iterative, which can be defined as a six part process. The architectural design process can be approached in a number of ways by...

Architecture Precedent Study and Analysis

What is an Architecture Precedent Study? A precedent can be defined in the following ways: Something said or done that may serve as an example or rule to authorzie or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind. The convention established by such a...

Architecture Site Analysis Guide

This is our updated (Oct 2018), revised site analysis guide for architecture. You can download this as a handy pdf by clicking the link below. //static.leadpages.net/leadboxes/current/embed.js Click here to download! Why do you carry out an architectural site...

Top 10 Free AutoCAD Block Websites

[Updated October 2018]Looking for the best CAD block websites? Firstly, we have our own CAD block library so head over to our cad block pages to check it out. I will continue to build it, and if there is anything missing you want to see just let...

The Architectural Design Brief – The Checklist

What is an architectural design brief? The architectural design brief forms the very beginning of the design process. The brief is relevant in both educational and professional settings. Student projects are often based around a real life...

Architectural Model Making – The Guide

What is an architectural model? The architectural model is a tool often used to express a building design or masterplan. The model represents architectural ideas, and can be used at all stages of design. An architectural model shows the scale...

Drawing Equipment Guide for Architects

Tools of the Trade Drawing is such a key part of an architectural process, people say that drawing is thinking out loud. It is a skill we hone and develop as we work through our studies and on into our careers - there is always room for improvement....

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.