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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Recent Posts

Where To Find Construction Details On The Web

[UDATED December 2017] Good resources and precedents for construction details can be hard to find. You can spend hours trawling through google looking for detail inspiration but never quite find what you are looking for. I have put together some of the most useful...

Architecture Presentation Board Tips

You can get this post Architecture Presentation Board Tips as a printable pdf - click on the button below to get your copy! Click here to download! A great design can be mediocre if it is not presented well. In order to win over a client, planning officer or committee...

Gift Ideas for Architects Christmas 2017

The festive season is here - and its time to be thinking about what gift you are going to get that special architect in your life! Below is just a small selection of ideas to get you started! Books How to Architect The basics of the profession and practice of...

How to prepare for your architecture crit

[post updated] You can download a free pdf of this post by clicking on the button below! Download Now!   Crit day can be a daunting event, especially if you are in your first year and haven’t been through it before. Whether you have had a little experience of...

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. 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...

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.