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

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...

Measured Surveys with OrthoGraph

Measured Surveys with OrthoGraph

I have been approached by OrthoGraph, who have told me about their great building survey system. They provide the means to carry out a building survey using your mobile device - providing you with a faster way to measure and document a building. I am really excited to...

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job in Architecture

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job in Architecture

Concerned about finding work after your degree? Don't know how to write a CV? Don't know how to start applying for your placement year? Out of work and trying to get back into the architectural field. Studying Architecture is hard work. You live in the studio and you...

Kitchen Design Tips – Part 2

Kitchen Design Tips – Part 2

Part 1 of the kitchen design series looked at how to develop the brief for your kitchen design, including the type of questions you need to be asking the client. We also looked at different layouts, along with the work triangle. If you missed part 1 click on the...

Kitchen Design Tips – Part 1

Kitchen Design Tips – Part 1

When you start with your kitchen design you first have to consider the clients needs. Based on discussions with your client you can establish a brief for the design of the kitchen. The kind of questions you need to be asking the client include the following (this is...

Understanding Architectural Details 3

Understanding Architectural Details 3

Understanding Architectural Details 3 After the success of the first two Understanding Architectural Details ebooks, I knew it was time to dig deeper. Book 1 looked at domestic or residential construction details, while book 2 studied basement design. For...

How to measure and draw angled walls

How to measure and draw angled walls

One of my readers, Tom :), got in touch to ask for a bit of assistance with measured surveys. Although I have written a post about the basics, this video goes a bit deeper and helps to measure and draw out rooms that have angled walls. This provides you with a step by...

80 / 20 Rule for Architecture Students

80 / 20 Rule for Architecture Students

Have you heard about the 80/20 rule? By applying the 80/20 rule to your studies, you can seriously improve your results. What is the rule? The 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto principle can be described as follows: [box type="shadow" align="aligncenter" class=""...

A guide to funding for architecture students

A guide to funding for architecture students

Recently someone asked me if there were any alternatives when it comes to student funding. This is a question I hadn’t really thought about, as I was fortunate enough to go down the standard route of a student loan through the student loan company. So, I did a little...

Understanding Architectural Details – Basements

Understanding Architectural Details – Basements

For professionals. For students. The Second Instalment! Building upon the successes of Understanding Architectural Details this anticipated second instalment takes the student or professional into plenty of depth as we move to the basement to cover all that the...

Ultimate guide to being productive

Ultimate guide to being productive

[Updated November 2014]   When I did my degree I NEVER pulled an all nighter. I NEVER worked beyond 6pm (well maybe once!). And I RARELY worked on weekends. I decided to treat the degree like a job. I would go to uni early, go to lectures, and essentially do a...

27 Ways to Stay Creative

27 Ways to Stay Creative

There are certainly times during our university lives and our professional careers when creativity just seems to elude you. And it is usually when you need it the most. Stress of deadlines often doesn’t help, and the harder you find it to get ideas, the more difficult...

Understanding Architectural Details

Understanding Architectural Details

Understanding Architectural Details is now in its 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}...

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.