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

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}...

What other jobs can you do with an architecture degree?

What other jobs can you do with an architecture degree?

Just because you have a degree in architecture, it doesn’t mean being an architect is the only thing you can do. An architectural degree gives you a varied skill set that can be applied to many roles. Whether you gain a degree in architecture or architectural...

What do you need to be a great architect?

What do you need to be a great architect?

I believe being good at something is a combination of qualities and actions. Let me explain. You may have the right qualities to be a good sprinter for example, the right physique etc, but if you don’t train, eat right, look after your body then you will never make...

Architectural Model Making for Students

Architectural Model Making for Students

We have written a new and updated guide to architectural model making which you can check out below: Here are some resources for your architectural model making. Books Architectural Model Making - Nick Dunn This book is great for giving you ideas on styles and...

Construction Detailing Book

Construction Detailing Book

[This book is now available!! To find out more about it click here!] I thought I would give you a quick update as to what has been going on behind the scenes during the summer so far, to explain why the website has been a bit quiet. I am currently working on our next...

Tips for building on a sloped terrain

Tips for building on a sloped terrain

We recently had a question on our Facebook page that has since inspired this post. We were asked if we had any tips for building on a sloped terrain. So here goes: Cut and Fill: This describes the process of carving out a level plinth on a sloping site, in order to...

International Paper Sizes

International Paper Sizes

Just because it can be very handy to know the international paper sizes - here they are! A0: 841mm x 1189mm A1: 594mm x 841mm A2: 420mm x 594mm A3: 297mm x 420mm A4: 210mm x 297mm A5: 148.5mm x 210mm A6: 105mm x 148.5mm

Average Heights / Dimensions of Person Sitting

Average Heights / Dimensions of Person Sitting

Average Heights and Dimensions of a person sitting: Average Height of Seated Man (above seat level): 910mm Average Eye Level of Seated Man (above seat level): 790mm Average Shoulder Height of Seated Man (above seat level): 595mm Average Thigh Clearance of Man: 160mm...

Average Male and Female Dimensions / Heights

Average Male and Female Dimensions / Heights

Average heights for male and female adults Male Height: 1740mm Female Height: 1610mm     Other standard/average adult dimensions MALE: Eye height: 1630mm Shoulder height: 1425mm Elbow height: 1090mm Hand height: 755mm Reach Upwards: 2060mm   FEMALE: Eye...

Autocad standard line weights – No. 2

Autocad standard line weights – No. 2

Following on from our last post about Autocad line weights, plot styles etc - we have had a query from one of our readers about what the standards are for line weights when drawing, for example, windows, walls and so on. So, to make it easy for you guys we have put...

5 Quick Cad Drawing Tips – How I Cut My Drawing Time In Half

5 Quick Cad Drawing Tips – How I Cut My Drawing Time In Half

How to get closer to becoming a CAD Ninja - A Few Great Tips for Architecture Students. Its all about templates, blocks and making your life easy for yourself. So, have a look at some of these ideas to help you cut your drawing time in half. 1. Build a block library...

One Of The Most Important Tips for Architecture Students

One Of The Most Important Tips for Architecture Students

This may be a short post - but it's one that is valuable. © Smagal | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock PhotosOne of my most important tips will always be: Read the Brief. Then read it again. Then maybe get busy with the highlighter. Then scribble some notes....

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.