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

Construction and the Environment

This is the first post in our new series - where we will look at a number of areas relating to sustainability, architecture and the environment, environmental architecture, renewables and more.    Construction and the environment    The construction...

Photoshop for Architecture

Using Photoshop For Architecture Graphics and Visuals   As a new architecture student it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of new stuff you have to learn. It is likely everyone is telling you that you need to learn Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, V-Ray...

Measured survey – how to measure a building

For my day job recently I have been carrying out a lot of measured surveys – measuring buildings and drawing up the plans, elevations and sections. This is something that we touched on briefly during my course at University but now several years down the...

Guide to Creating an Awesome Architecture Portfolio

Purpose of the Portfolio A portfolio can be described as a compilation of your work, carefully curated to display your skills, talents and character in the field of architecture.    An Architecture portfolio can be put together in many formats,...

Architecture Design Basics – Passive Solar Design

  As part of our Design Basics series we are looking at many of the different aspects of the architectural design process. In this post we explore passive solar design.     What is passive solar design?   Passive solar design uses the energy from...

Architecture Design Basics – Openings

The act of creating architecture can be seen as a problem solving process. Early phases of design will focus on establishing the problematic conditions of the project, and committing to finding a solution to those problems.   A designer will draw on experience,...

Architecture Design Basics – Form

The act of creating architecture can be seen as a problem solving process. Early phases of design will focus on establishing the problematic conditions of the project, and committing to finding a solution to those problems. A designer will draw on experience, their...

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...

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.