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

Our Best BIM Object Sites

Our Best BIM Object Sites

With BIM technology attracting an ever increasing user base, the demand for BIM objects is growing by the day. What does this mean? Well for me, it is a little more tricky to put together some BIM object free downloads than it is for me to rustle up a new set of 2D...

Guide to CAD Layering Standards

Guide to CAD Layering Standards

A layer in cad is a way to differentiate between the different lines that are drawn on a page. The layer can be assigned properties such as linewieght, line type and colour and can be made visible or hidden, amongst other things. You can use layers in a drawing for...

The Party Wall Act – A Message to Designers

The Party Wall Act – A Message to Designers

This week we have a guest post from Alex Frame of the Faculty of Party Wall surveyors who is giving us an introduction to the Party Wall Act. It is really great to receive some insight into a topic that crops up during our designs on a regular basis, but many...

Learning AutoCAD with Free and Premium Video Courses

Learning AutoCAD with Free and Premium Video Courses

AutoCAD, the flagship product of Autodesk is certainly the most popular design and drafting software available in the industry. And just like any other software it also has its own learning curve. If you need to learn autocad, we know where you need to go... read on....

Where To Find Construction Details On The Web

Where To Find Construction Details On The Web

[UDATED March 2019] Good resources and precedents for construction details can be hard to find. You can spend hours trawling through google looking for detail inspiration but never quite find what you are looking for. I have put together some of the most useful...

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

You can get this post Architecture Presentation Board Tips as a printable pdf - click on the button below to get your copy! Click here to download! A great design can be mediocre if it is not presented well. In order to win over a client, planning officer or committee...

Gift Ideas for Architects Christmas 2017

Gift Ideas for Architects Christmas 2017

The festive season is here - and its time to be thinking about what gift you are going to get that special architect in your life! Below is just a small selection of ideas to get you started! Books How to Architect The basics of the profession and practice of...

How to prepare for your architecture crit

How to prepare for your architecture crit

[post updated] You can download a free pdf of this post by clicking on the button below! Download Now!   Crit day can be a daunting event, especially if you are in your first year and haven’t been through it before. Whether you have had a little experience of...

Top Photoshop Shapes for Architecture Students

Top Photoshop Shapes for Architecture Students

Photoshop does so much more than airbrush a photograph as I’m sure you know. There are a couple of really useful basic things you need to know about photoshop and that is the use of photoshop shapes, brushes and patterns or textures. You can read about using brushes...

First In Architecture is 5 years old!

First In Architecture is 5 years old!

5 years ago I was sat in an office, dreaming. I had this crazy idea that I wanted to start a blog, one that could help architecture students get the best out of their studies. I secretly dared to dream that I could turn it into a full time endeavour (but I didn’t tell...

Looking after your mental health as an architecture student

Looking after your mental health as an architecture student

Recently, I have been reading about mental health in the discipline of architecture. It is unsettling to learn that architects are very susceptible to suffering with mental health problems and in particular, architecture students also have concerns over their mental...

Space Planning Basics

Space Planning Basics

Note: You can download this space planning post as a PDF for printing or saving, by clicking the button below. Download PDF Now Space planning is a complex process with many factors to consider. The principles of space planning involve satisfying a defined criteria on...

How To Survive Architecture School

How To Survive Architecture School

18 tips to help you succeed and excel in your architecture studies A lot of us know that studying architecture is tough. If you have chosen to pursue a career in architecture, you have to be pretty committed to the cause. Studying architecture is not an easy option,...

Top 10 Best Photoshop Brushes You Need In Your Life!

Top 10 Best Photoshop Brushes You Need In Your Life!

Photoshop Brushes Photoshop does so much more than touch up a photograph as I’m sure you know. There are a couple of really useful things you need to know about photoshop that took me a while to discover when I first started out. The first is photoshop brushes....

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.