What is First In Architecture all about?

Hey! I’m Emma, great to have you here! If you have been looking for some assistance in your architectural studies, or even some resources for your architectural career, you have come to the right place.


Here to help

I have helped thousands of people in their studies and careers, with advice and guidance, sharing as much of my knowledge as I can in all areas of architecture. I 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 I haven’t written about? No problem – just ask me! Many of the articles on the site are a result of someone dropping me an email and asking a question.


How does First In Architecture work?

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


The Essentials section covers a variety of topics, generally articles that are not to be missed. Some of the most popular posts include:

Complete Site Analysis Guide

Laptop Guide for Architecture Students 

Presentation Board Tips

How To Develop Architectural Concepts


This section covers everything beyond your studies, dedicating articles to CV writing, portfolios, job hunting and so on.

Some popular posts worth checking out include:

Architecture CV – Everything you need to know

Portfolio Tips for Architecture Students


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.

Some popular posts include:

How to calculate slopes and gradients

Quick Guide to U-values

How to Calculate Stairs

CAD Blocks

I have put together a selection of cad blocks, available in both metric and imperial, for you to download. I am always adding to the list, if there is something you can’t find, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Check out:

Kitchen Blocks

Bathroom Mega Pack



I have a selection of tutorial videos based on frequently asked questions on AutoCAD and Sketchup. You can check them out below.


The downloads section includes some free and some paid for photoshop downloads, useful for your architectural renders and visuals.

The Books

One of the most useful resources on this site is the construction detailing books 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, you can also download the drawings in both cad and sketchup formats!

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Contact me

I am really happy you have stumbled across my website, thank you for visiting and I hope you’ll come back again soon. If you want to contact me to ask a question, to say hello, or just for a bit of architectural chat then please do. I always appreciate your comments so please feel free to get in touch.

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Email – emma@firstinarchitecture.co.uk

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