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Hey! I’m Emma, founder of First In Architecture. Great to have you here!
If you have been looking for some assistance in your architectural studies, or resources for your architectural career, you have come to the right place.

What do you need help with?

We have helped thousands of people in their studies and careers, with advice and guidance, sharing as much of our knowledge as we can in all areas of architecture. We try to answer the most frequently asked questions that will come up during your studies and beyond.

Do you have a question or a problem that we haven’t written about? No problem – just ask us! Many of the articles on the site are a result of someone dropping us an email and asking a question.

How does First In Architecture work?

We provide a massive amount of free guides, downloads and articles to help you out in your studies or career. The website is separated into sections to help you find what you are looking for as quickly as possible.


The Essentials section covers a variety of topics, generally some quite informative architecture related articles that are not to be missed. We upload new posts every week and revise our older ones to ensure you have the most up to date content.

Some of the most popular posts include:

Architectural Design Brief – The Checklist

How to Develop Architectural Concepts

Space Planning

Design Basics Form

Architecture Presentations Board Tips


The Technical section explores more technical aspects to studying and working in architecture. We are constantly working to develop it to provide more useful guides and resources for all your technical questions and problems.

Check out these popular posts:

Understanding Scales And Scale Drawings

Technical Drawing : Labelling And annotation

How To Calculate Stairs

How To Calculate Slopes, And Gradients

A Quick And Easy Guide To U-Values

Cad Blocks

The Cad Block section has a great selection of cad blocks, available in both metric and imperial, for you to download. We are always adding to the list, if there is something you can’t find, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Check out our most popular cad blocks:

Free CAD Blocks – Coffee Machine, Kettles and Teapots

Metric Data 08 – Standard Furniture Sizes

Metric Data 09 – Kitchen Standard Sizes

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

Free CAD Blocks – Restaurant and Bar


The Downloads section includes some free and some paid for downloads that come in various formats including photoshop and indesign. They are super useful assets to have in your virtual toolkit for your architectural renders and visuals!

These are some of our downloads:

Free Photoshop Tree Brushes

New Site Analysis Bundle

Architecture Concepts Bundle

Architecture Presentation Board Templates

Free Photoshop Download – People 04


The Books section houses one of the most useful resources on this site, the construction detailing books that I have written over the last four years.

These books dive deep into construction detailing, both for commercial and residential buildings. They are like no other construction text books you will come across in your studies, providing both 2d and 3d images to help explain the methods of construction.

An added bonus is that you can also download the drawings in both cad and sketchup formats!

Discover the Books


Our Shop is where you will find all our incredible Books and Digital Downloads to purchase.

Click the link below to head straight to it:

First In Architecture Shop


The Resource section will guide you to our recommendations for the best architecture resources. We list some of the key websites, companies, softwares, books, tools and so much more that you should know about!


The Courses section is where we share our favourite course providers with you. The courses include Photoshop, AutoCAD, Revit, but also other architecture skills that you don’t want to be without!

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