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

What is a Passivhaus?

What is a Passivhaus?

What is a Passivhaus? The Passivhaus standard, developed in Germany, is a low energy design standard. It was developed in 1990, over 25 years ago and some estimates suggest there are well over 50,000 Passivhaus buildings around the world.  Some of the key...

Metric Data 04 Circulation and Space

Metric Data 04 Circulation and Space

Metric Data 04: Circulation and space   In Metric Data 04 we look at the circulation and space. This includes details such as space requirements for people next to each other, in a queue, corridor width requirements, wheelchair passing space and much...

Understanding Passivhaus is out now!

Understanding Passivhaus is out now!

I am delighted to announce that the long awaited Understanding Passivhaus - A Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design is now available! The book explores the Passivhaus key principles and looks at the various building methods that can be employed...

Best Laptop for Architects 2019/2020

Best Laptop for Architects 2019/2020

What is the best laptop for architects? Every year I take a look at the requirements of popular software that we use in architecture (AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, 3DS Max etc) and check out all the latest in computing and laptops in order to recommend some of...

Courses For Architects

Courses For Architects

We take a look at the best courses for architects We have teamed up with LinkedIn Learning to bring you a great selection of online courses for Architects.   I have been a long time fan of Lynda.com which is now LinkedIn Learning. I have learnt many...

What is the best laptop for architecture students? 2019/2020

What is the best laptop for architecture students? 2019/2020

[Updated August 2019] What is the best laptop for architecture students? Every year I take a look at the requirements of popular software that we use in architecture (AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, 3DS Max etc) and check out all the latest in computing and laptops...

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

You can download a handy pdf of this post Understanding Scale Drawings by clicking the download button below! Understanding the concept of architectural scales and scale drawings   Scale drawings allow us to accurately represent sites, spaces,...

Free Download – People 03

Free Download – People 03

Free People Download 03 I have been playing around with some new techniques recently, and have come up with a few more of these people. I hope you like them! They are free to download, PNG files, in colour, dark grey and white, so they are easy to drag and...

Architectural Drawing and Sketching

Architectural Drawing and Sketching

What is architectural drawing?   Architects use drawings all the time. Architects use sketches to illustrate ideas and intentions, reinforce concepts and solve problems. Drawing is a way of representing something, a scene, a room an idea…. This is why the...

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.