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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Architecture Design Process

Architecture Design Process

In this short post, we will take an overall look at the design process. The process of design is cyclical and iterative, which can be defined as a six part process. The architectural design process can be approached in a number of ways by...

Architecture Precedent Study and Analysis

Architecture Precedent Study and Analysis

What is an Architecture Precedent Study? A precedent can be defined in the following ways: Something said or done that may serve as an example or rule to authorise or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind. The convention established by such a...

Architecture Site Analysis Guide

Architecture Site Analysis Guide

This is our updated (Oct 2018), revised site analysis guide for architecture. You can download this as a handy pdf by clicking the link below. Click here to download! Why do you carry out an architectural site analysis? Prior to starting any design, your client will...

The Architectural Design Brief – The Checklist

The Architectural Design Brief – The Checklist

What is an architectural design brief? The architectural design brief forms the very beginning of the design process. The brief is relevant in both educational and professional settings. Student projects are often based around a real life...

Architectural Model Making – The Guide

Architectural Model Making – The Guide

What is an architectural model? The architectural model is a tool often used to express a building design or masterplan. The model represents architectural ideas, and can be used at all stages of design. An architectural model shows the scale...

Drawing Equipment Guide for Architects

Drawing Equipment Guide for Architects

Tools of the Trade Drawing is such a key part of an architectural process, people say that drawing is thinking out loud. It is a skill we hone and develop as we work through our studies and on into our careers - there is always room for improvement....

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.