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:

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FIA Full CAD Block Set

FIA Full CAD Block Set

FIA Full CAD Block Set All of our favourite premium CAD blocks in one file! Everything you need for your projects including: Kitchen Furniture CAD blocks Bedroom Furniture CAD blocks Living Room Furniture CAD blocks Kitchen CAD blocks Dining Furniture CAD blocks...

Courses for Revit

Courses for Revit

Whether you are looking for a beginners course in Revit, or you are planning on upgrading your skills, there are plenty of Revit courses out there. I have selected a couple that are worth looking at, with varying costs that will suit any budget. Linked In Learning...

Top 3 Benefits of Using Revit Vs AutoCAD

Top 3 Benefits of Using Revit Vs AutoCAD

This weeks Revit Vs AutoCAD post is from Ryan Solomon from The Revit Network. The Revit Network is an online platform that hosts a vast selection of Revit content, including pre-made templates, project files, free families, and materials. Take a moment to check them...

Revit Tips and Revit Resources

Revit Tips and Revit Resources

Revit Tips and Revit Resources As you may know - I am not a Revit user. Being based on a Mac, I am more of an ArchiCAD kind of girl. However, I know how popular Revit is, and wanted to make sure that I have you covered! So, I have put together some of the most useful...

CP05 Kitchen CAD Blocks

CP05 Kitchen CAD Blocks

This set of kitchen cad blocks from the First In Architecture Cad Block database. I hope you find them useful. This set of kitchen cad blocks includes: kitchen units kitchen islands kitchen stools shelving accessories Blocks are in AutoCAD 2010 dwg files – both metric...

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 08 - Standard Furniture Sizes   Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom   In metric data 08 we will be looking at standard furniture sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you can download for free. On...

Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

​Here I have put together a list of my best books for architectural concepts and the design process. I hope that some of these books will be useful to you as you develop your designs and your architectural concept thinking.   If you are interested in purchasing any of...

Architectural Line Weights and Plotstyles

Architectural Line Weights and Plotstyles

Architectural Lineweights and Plotstyles   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...

How to calculate slopes and gradients

How to calculate slopes and gradients

How to calculate slopes, and gradients  You can download a pdf of this guide by clicking on the button below.As an architect you will need to know how to calculate slopes and gradients in differing situations. The most common occurrence of this is working with ramped...

Ideas for Architectural Concepts

Ideas for Architectural Concepts

Ideas for Architectural Concepts To develop an architectural concept we must first gather a set of information before we can start any sort of design process. We can categorise these initial findings into three distinct areas: Site Building Requirements Building Type...

Site Analysis Site Visit

Site Analysis Site Visit

Site Analysis Site Visit   Prior to carrying out your site analysis site visit you will have undertaken your site analysis desktop study. It is important you go to site prepared, so make sure you check out that blog post before you continue with this one. The...

Best Free AutoCAD Block Websites

Best Free AutoCAD Block Websites

[Updated November 2019] Welcome to our best free cad block websites article! We have put together our favourite selection of free cad block websites below. But first...a little shameless self promotion...! We have our own CAD block library so head over to our cad...

Site Analysis Desktop Study

Site Analysis Desktop Study

Site Analysis Desktop Study There are many aspects to carrying out a site analysis and the desktop study makes up an important part of the site analysis.   We have made a short video all about carrying out a desktop study for your site analysis. Check it out...

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 more. These...

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.