Technical

In this section we look at some of the more technical aspects to studying and working in architecture. Over the coming months I am working to develop this section of the site to provide more useful guides and resources for all your technical questions and problems.

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Detail Post – Rainscreen Cladding Details

Detail Post – Rainscreen Cladding Details

Rainscreen Cladding Details[lwptoc] This is a follow on post from our previous post Cladding Details - if you haven’t seen that already please   check it out. The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial....

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

This CAD drawing template provides you with a great starting point for your drawings. This North American CAD template is in IMPERIAL units! AutoCAD 2010 or later. How many times have you opened a new drawing and spent too much time searching for the correct layers to...

Detail Post – Cladding Details

Detail Post – Cladding Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial. Introduction to Cladding Details   Cladding Details - Functional Requirements   There are a wide variety of walling and cladding systems available for commercial and...

Standard Brick Sizes

Standard Brick Sizes

A guide to standard brick sizes and bonds   When it comes to standard brick sizes, there are quite a few more variations than you may have initially thought. Not only do standard brick sizes vary from country to country, we also have different ways of building...

How to get better at architectural detailing 101

How to get better at architectural detailing 101

How to get Better at Architectural Detailing Drawing construction details is a key skill of an architect or technologist at any level, but many find it is difficult to learn and improve on.  Students in particular have a hard time building their detailing skills. In...

How to Calculate Stairs

How to Calculate Stairs

How to Calculate Stairs Working out stairs can sometimes be a bit of a headache. In this article we are going to look at how to calculate stairs, the quick and easy way to work out your stair requirements. First, take a look at the regulations that we can use as a...

Detail Post: Floor Details

Detail Post: Floor Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Floor Details The most common materials used for the construction of ground and upper floors tend to be concrete or timber. Required span, resistance...

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

In this part of our Metric Data series we are looking at standard door sizes.   You could say this post title “Standard Door Sizes” is a little misleading. Technically speaking there are no standard door sizes but rather most common sizes or most popular. Here we...

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Accessible Bathroom and WC in Dwellings In this section of our Metric Data series we will look at accessible sanitary facilities. This refers to designing wheelchair accessible bathrooms and wheelchair accessible WCs.   You can download the PDF of this post by...

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Flat Roof Details The roof is a key element of the building structure, providing protection from the elements and has a vital role in reducing heat...

Metric Data 10 – Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users

Metric Data 10 – Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users

​Kitchen Standards for Wheelchair Users In this metric data post we will be looking at standard kitchen layouts and sizes for wheelchair users.   We explore accessible kitchen information for units, appliances, layouts and more.   The sizes below are...

Detail Post: Pitched Roof Details

Detail Post: Pitched Roof Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Pitched Roof Details The roof is a key element of the building structure, providing protection from the elements and has a vital role in reducing heat...

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Metric Data 09 - Kitchen Standard Sizes   Standard kitchen unit and appliance sizes   In this metric data post we will be looking at standard kitchen layouts and sizes. To make it more useful, we have put together a reference PDF with all of the sizes that you...

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

Understanding and measuring U-values has become increasingly important as we aim to improve the sustainability and performance of our buildings. What is a U-Value? U-Value - is the measure of the overall rate of heat transfer, by all mechanisms under standard...

Detail Post: Foundation Details

Detail Post: Foundation Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential and Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial. Introduction to Foundation Details The main role of foundations is to structurally support the building by...

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.