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.

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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 with the client and other...

Architecture Design Process

Architecture Design Process

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

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....

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

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

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...

New Architecture Student Essentials

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...

Creative Mapping and Data Visualisation Techniques for Architects

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

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....

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.