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

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...

Understanding Architectural Details – Second Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Second Edition

The Second Edition has now been updated to the 3rd Edition! Check out the details below! Save time and improve your construction detailing   Understanding Architectural Details - Residential Construction ebook     {music credit: mixaund.bandcamp.com} What is...

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...

Starting Out As An Architecture Student

Starting Out As An Architecture Student

I am really excited to share with you the first guest article on the website. You may be aware that I am always keen to share my readers stories so I was thrilled when KC got in touch with me to share her experience of starting out in architecture. She has some really...

Landscape Architecture Resources

Landscape Architecture Resources

I have had quite a few requests for information regarding landscape architecture, so I wanted to put together a post with some good resources that might help landscape architects in their studies. This post covers good website resources for landscape architects,...

Residential Construction Details USA

Residential Construction Details USA

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Designing for daylight – 45 and 25 degree test

Designing for daylight – 45 and 25 degree test

Want to get a handy PDF copy of this post? Click on the button below to download the file. Download PDF Now! Good natural lighting is very important in both peoples homes, but also many non domestic buildings. Not only will natural light improve the look and feel of...

SketchUp & LayOut for Architecture – Review

SketchUp & LayOut for Architecture – Review

  SketchUp & Layout for Architecture, by Matt Donley and Nick Sonder has recently been released. This new book, looks at the workflow of Architect Nick Sonder - and how he uses SketchUp as his main tool when designing houses, from concept through to...

How to photograph architectural models

How to photograph architectural models

Click on the link below if you want a printable pdf of this post. Click here to download the PDF Introduction to photographing architectural models For those of you who have spent hours hunched over your architectural model, got covered in glue, and cut yourself...

Effective Study – Research, reading, note taking

Effective Study – Research, reading, note taking

In this post we look at effective study. How to perform thorough and relevant research how to absorb large amounts of information How to read large amounts of text How to take effective notes   In my opinion, study is more about efficiency than time. Some people...

SketchUp Help and Tutorials

SketchUp Help and Tutorials

In this post I want to introduce you to MasterSketchUp.com. This is a website run by Matt Donley who is doing amazing stuff in the sketchup world. His website has loads of sketchup tutorials that you will no doubt find really useful. You can head straight there by...

Kitchen Design Tips – Part 3

Kitchen Design Tips – Part 3

Designing for Accessibility Care and consideration should be taken during the design stages to ensure you are providing suitable means for access to the kitchen appliances and spaces to enable efficient use of the space. If your future occupier of the kitchen is...

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.