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

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...

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....

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.