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:

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First In Architecture is 5 years old!

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

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...

Understanding Architectural Details – Third Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Third Edition

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Space Planning Basics

Space Planning Basics

Note: You can download this space planning post as a PDF for printing or saving, by clicking the button below. Download PDF Now Space planning is a complex process with many factors to consider. The principles of space planning involve satisfying a defined criteria on...

How To Survive Architecture School

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!

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

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...

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.