Essentials
Space Planning Basics

Space Planning Basics

Introduction   Space planning is a complex process with many factors to consider. The principles of space planning involve satisfying a defined criteria on a priority basis – as a result, space planning is frequently about compromise. That being said, there is...

Form Follows Function

Form Follows Function

Introduction   ‘Form follows Function’ is a popular architectural principle that was first introduced in 1896 by American architect Louis H. Sullivan (1856–1924) in his essay ‘The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered’. It was actually shortened from the...

Permitted Development Rights for House Extensions

Permitted Development Rights for House Extensions

Introduction to Permitted Development Rights When extending a house in the UK, understanding Permitted Development rights is essential. These rights allow certain building works and changes to be carried out without the need for a full planning application,...

Understanding and Applying Architectural Parti in Design

Understanding and Applying Architectural Parti in Design

In architecture, the term "parti" refers to the central idea or concept of a building design. It's essentially the starting point or organising thought that guides the design process. The parti can be a specific shape, a structural system, a key relationship in the...

Planning Permission for House Extensions

Planning Permission for House Extensions

Do you need planning permission for an extension? Planning permission is a necessary legal requirement for a range of construction projects in the UK, including house extensions. Planning permission is required to ensure that the proposed development is appropriate...

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Architectural Diagrams

The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Architectural Diagrams

What are Architectural Diagrams?   Architectural diagrams are effective visual tools for architects that help to communicate complex design ideas in much clearer ways to diverse audiences, be it to your clients, tutors or fellow professionals. The inclusion of a...

Autocad Line Weights and Plot Styles

Autocad Line Weights and Plot Styles

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 line weights and plot styles, especially...

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

  IntroductionIn this post we will be exploring architectural scales and scale drawings. Scale usually refers to the adjustment of size, which is either the reduction or magnification of real-life objects while maintaining their proportions. In architecture,...

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Introduction to Landscape Architecture   Landscape architecture is a fascinating part of design that often doesn't get as much attention as it should. While we're all used to seeing impressive buildings, the design of outdoor spaces is just as important....

25 Classical Architecture Terms

25 Classical Architecture Terms

Introduction Classical architecture represents the architectural styles of ancient Greek and Roman traditions that have had a great influence on the built environment, as we know today. It is very important that we, as architecture students and professionals,...

Vectorworks and BIM

Vectorworks and BIM

When we talk about BIM we instantly think of Revit and 3D models but in reality BIM is more than just a 3D model and there are a wide range of programmes that are also BIM compatible. Check our previous post comparing Revit to ArchiCad. BIM, or Building Information...

Architectural Line Weights and Line Types

Architectural Line Weights and Line Types

Understanding architectural line weights and line types is a key part of the early architectural student journey. In architectural drawings, line weights and line types are essential because they help convey the importance and hierarchy of different elements within...

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.