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

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....

Sketchup Keyboard Shortcut Quick Reference Guides

Sketchup Keyboard Shortcut Quick Reference Guides

A quick guide reference card to get you familiar with the icons and keyboard shortcuts of Sketchup. Worth printing out and keeping by you as you get to know your way around Sketchup. The images below show the Reference Cards, either for Mac or Windows. If you want to...

Quick Photoshop Shortcut Keys

Quick Photoshop Shortcut Keys

Photoshop. Are you a toolbar lover, or a shortcut savvy? As users of software such as autocad, you will know the importance of the keyboard command. It can speed up your work no end. Photoshop is no exception, and when you get to know the shortcuts, your efficiency...

3 Free AutoCad Layouts

3 Free AutoCad Layouts

Just in case you are struggling making or setting up your own autocad layout for printing, I have set up these three simple layouts, in A3. You can download them, and adjust and alter them to your liking, but the basics are already set up. To use them, just download...

Autocad Line Weights, Colours and Plotstyles

Autocad Line Weights, Colours and Plotstyles

Lineweights and colours in Autocad can be a bit of a minefield when you first start out. It is difficult to find standard colour/weight assignments and therefore you find yourself wondering if you are doing things correctly and have set things up ok. We had really...

Photoshop Lighting Tutorial – The Elephant

Photoshop Lighting Tutorial – The Elephant

This may seem like an odd post, but hang on in there and you'll see what its all about. I stumbled across this image of a giant elephant walking through the streets of... somewhere, and I was struck by how effective the lighting and shadows are, which in turn make the...

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.