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

How to prepare for your architecture crit

[post updated] You can download a free pdf of this post by clicking on the button below! //static.leadpages.net/leadboxes/current/embed.js Download Now!   Crit day can be a daunting event, especially if you are in your first year and haven’t been through it before....

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!

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

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

Note: You can download this space planning post as a PDF for printing or saving, by clicking the button below. //static.leadpages.net/leadboxes/current/embed.js Download PDF Now Space planning is a complex process with many factors to consider. The principles of space...

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!

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....

Best Architecture Blogs and Websites of 2017

This is a list of my favourite, and most visited architecture blogs and websites for 2017. The list features both architecture news sites along with blogs. I am not critiquing these sites, but just sharing with you the places I go to find inspiration, ideas, guidance...

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.