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

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial (2nd Edition)   The ebook that will help you significantly improve your knowledge of commercial construction detailing. After the success of the first two Understanding Architectural Details ebooks, I...

14 Books Every Architecture Student Should Read

Have you been wondering what books every architecture student should read? The following books are recommendations and suggestions from myself, and the First In Architecture Community. We have put together a selection of books that we feel are a great read...

What is the best laptop for architecture students? 2018/2019

Post Updated August 2018 If you would like to download our mini guide to purchasing a laptop for your architecture studies, click on the link below. Get your guide! I need a laptop for my architecture studies! Every year I take a look at the most commonly used...

New Architecture Student Essentials

Your guide to being a new architecture student, with equipment suggestions and free downloads getting you ready for your architecture studies. Make sure you read right through to the end to get your new student downloads. Advice for new Architecture students So, you...

How to calculate slopes and gradients

You can get a printable download of this post here: Download Now!   Slopes and Gradients 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 access to...

Creative Mapping and Data Visualisation Techniques for Architects

Before we get started - I want to let you know that you can download a free handy PDF of this article by clicking on the button below. Download Now! What is Mapping and Data Visualisation? Mapping and data visualisation are becoming key techniques used by architecture...

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

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

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...

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.