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 Scales and Scale Drawings

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

You can download a handy pdf of this post Understanding Scale Drawings by clicking the download button below! Understanding the concept of architectural scales and scale drawings   Scale drawings allow us to accurately represent sites, spaces, buildings and...

Free Download – People 03

Free Download – People 03

Free People Download 03 I have been playing around with some new techniques recently, and have come up with a few more of these people. I hope you like them! They are free to download, PNG files, in colour, dark grey and white, so they are easy to drag and drop into...

Architectural Drawing and Sketching

Architectural Drawing and Sketching

What is architectural drawing?   Architects use drawings all the time. Architects use sketches to illustrate ideas and intentions, reinforce concepts and solve problems. Drawing is a way of representing something, a scene, a room an idea…. This is why the skill of...

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 industry has a...

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 and...

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 line and with...

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, including a...

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 architectural concepts?’. The design process can be daunting to new students, who often find it difficult to find a direction in their design. They are constantly asked, ‘what is your...

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

Architecture Site Analysis 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...

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.