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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Best Architecture Blogs and Websites of 2017

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...

7 Best Websites for Photoshop Textures

7 Best Websites for Photoshop Textures

[Post updated June 2017] Photoshop Textures Photoshop Textures are a key part of turning your simple black and white elevations or visuals into something really eye-catching and engaging. You can use textures and cut-outs for so many aspects of your work, it is worth...

Best 2D and 3D CAD drafting software

Best 2D and 3D CAD drafting software

Looking for the best 2d cad software? Not sure which 3D cad is for you? Need some free cad drafting software? Look no further! I have had quite a few enquiries about cad software, drafting programs and the like. It has led me to do further research into all the...

[Arch Viz Competition] And the winner is….

[Arch Viz Competition] And the winner is….

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition to win some of the great arch viz graphics from Tonytextures.com. Through a random selection based on entries the winners have been selected and notified. Congratulations to: Gil A who won Architecture People Cutout...

Competition! Win Arch Viz Graphics!

Competition! Win Arch Viz Graphics!

I am really excited to present my first competition on First In Architecture!   We are definitely starting with a good one. I have teamed up with my friend Tony at tonytextures.com to give you the opportunity to win some really great arch viz graphics.  ...

A beginners guide to SketchUp

A beginners guide to SketchUp

In this post we are going to look at everything you need to know to get started with SketchUp. We are also going to offer some useful hints, tips and resources for those of you who already use SketchUp but want to take things to the next level. In this post we cover:...

The Advantages of BIM and its Future

The Advantages of BIM and its Future

Today I am pleased to be featuring a guest article. Graham Hewitt is managing director of Raised Floor Solutions – specialists in composite flooring offering their products throughout the UK. Graham is giving us a comprehensive look at BIM modelling, and where it is...

Ultimate Guide to Green Up Your Design

Ultimate Guide to Green Up Your Design

How to improve the environmental and sustainable credentials of your design [NOTE: you can download this article as a handy printable pdf - just click on the button below to get your copy now!] Download PDF Now! Environmental technologies and sustainable thinking has...

Lighting Design Concepts

Lighting Design Concepts

Introduction to lighting design concepts   “Lighting design is a process. Specifically, it is the process of integrating light into the fabric of architecture.” Lighting is the means to express the desired character of a space.   A successful lighting scheme...

Landscaping a sloped or steep site

Landscaping a sloped or steep site

Landscaping a sloped site can provide quite a challenge. It is rare when designing a scheme that you are presented with a perfectly flat site; and why would you want a flat site? The demands of a sloping terrain can often lead to innovative landscaping ideas and...

7 Ways To Improve Your Sketching Skills

7 Ways To Improve Your Sketching Skills

Improve your Sketching Skills Sketching is an extremely valuable skill in the architecture profession, and one that is certainly getting lost amongst our new technologies of 3d software and so on. However, you can demonstrate an idea with a sketch in a matter of...

Attaching and Exporting Object Data in AutoCAD

Attaching and Exporting Object Data in AutoCAD

This week we have another really interesting guest post that looks at aspects of AutoCAD some people would never even consider possible. Nick Williams shares his knowledge on the subject of attaching and exporting object data in AutoCAD. As always it is great to hear...

Best SketchUp Plugins for Architects

Best SketchUp Plugins for Architects

SketchUp is a great piece of software. It took me a while to fall in love with it - I was always more confident with Autocad. But now of course I am completely converted and use it regularly in my work. It also took me a while to discover all the plugins that are...

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

This week I am excited to share something a little bit different. Jessie at Go Overseas has put together some really great tips for architecture students who are thinking about studying abroad. I get a lot of people asking me about this, and seeing as I have never...

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.