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:

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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...

Top 8 Books for Architectural Detailing

Top 8 Books for Architectural Detailing

During my course, one of the hardest things to find was good architectural details to use as precedent studies. This seems to still be the case. However, there are some good books out there, and I would recommend always having a couple of them to hand. We are excited...

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...

Top 7 Websites for Free AutoCad Help

Top 7 Websites for Free AutoCad Help

New to AutoCAD? Or, have you been using it for a while and still struggle? Don’t worry, there are loads of places online you can get free help, tips, resources and guidance to make you a better cad monkey! AutoCAD YouTube Channel...

Resources For Writing A Design and Access Statement

Resources For Writing A Design and Access Statement

You may be asked at some point during your course to write a design and access statement. This post will provide you with some tips and resources to help you write a great Design and Access Statement. What is a Design and Access Statement? A Design and Access...

Top 10 Eco Architecture Websites

Top 10 Eco Architecture Websites

Greenspec was the 'go to' website throughout my degree and it keeps on getting better. Treehugger.com/design Trada - ultimate resource for all things timber Sustainability Hub by RIBA Passivhaus Inhabitat - Architecture Green Building Magazine ECOWAN by World...

10 Tips To Help You Give Amazing Presentations

10 Tips To Help You Give Amazing Presentations

Before the presentation: In some cases used to condense a whole months worth of work (often more) into a 10 minute presentation. Prepare! Sounds simple but often people just don’t put the time in. Presentations are one of the worst ways to show how little work you...

Presenting Your Site Analysis

Presenting Your Site Analysis

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED - CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW VERSION! You may not be asked to present your site analysis information. You may be asked to do a presentation, or perhaps hand in a report. Whichever it may be, here are some tips and ideas to help you get the...

Evaluating Your Site Analysis

Evaluating Your Site Analysis

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED - CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW VERSION! So you have collected all this information and taken a shed load of photos, now you’ve got to evaluate this information and consider the implications to your design process. As well as considering all...

How to carry out the best site analysis in the class!

How to carry out the best site analysis in the class!

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED - CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEW VERSION! Here you will find pretty much everything you need to think of when you are carrying out a site analysis for your university design project. What to take with you Depending on the assignment you will...

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.