December 2, 2015

Gift Ideas for Architecture Students

Given the holidays are coming and people have been asking what I want for the Holidays, I figured I should post some gift ideas for your favorite architect.

Architecture Mug by The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild

The Great Architecture Mug

Perfect for the architect in your life. Architectural drawings of 10 famous buildings from classical to classic. Holds 10 oz. Microwave and dishwasher safe. 

Trust Me I'm an Architect

Trust Me I'm and Architect T-Shirt

What can I say, we architects are an odd bunch but we always like a good laugh. This T-shirt by ThisWear is designed and printed in the U.S. on 100% preshrunk cotton shirts by printer and heat treated to ensure the color-fastness and lasting durability.

A Moleskin

Moleskin Classic Large Plain Notebook (5" x 8.25")

This basic, yet classic Large Plain notebook is one of the best-selling Moleskine notebooks. This reliable travel companion, perfect for sketches, thoughts and passing notes, has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history. There are also many more Moleskin Notebooks to choose from.

Aluminum Scale

Alvin 2200M Series 12-Inch Triangular Architect Scale

Every architect needs a scale or 10. Aluminum scales are very cool and will be used quite often when creating drawings. A must for any architect.

Everything an Architect Need to Know Every Day

The Architecture Reference + Specification Book by Julia McMorrough

Most architectural standards references contain thousands of pages of details overwhelming architects since they need to know to know a great deal on any given day. The Architecture Reference & Specification Book contains vital information that's essential to planning and executing architectural projects of all shapes and sizes, in a format that is small enough to carry anywhere. It distills the data provided in standard architectural volumes and is an easy-to-use reference for the most indispensable and most requested types of architectural information.

rOtring Technical Pens with Mechanical Pencil

rOtring Tikki Fineliners (0.35, .5, .7), Pencil, Eraser and Lead Set

This set includes some of the best disposable technical pens on the market. Usually, an architect or artist will always start in pencil before anything is inked, so the mechanical pencil, leads and eraser rounds out this great gift. Pens have free ink technology for a constant, consistent line, and a metal-jacketed fibre-tip nib for superior template and straightedge drawing. They also use long-lasting, lightfast, water-resistant pigmented inks (not refillable). The pencil has a brass mechanism for precise lead advancement of the included high-quality hi-polymer lead. Lightweight plastic bodies with rubberized grips and triangular barrels offer superior comfort and won't slide on tilted tables. You can also buy the pens in 2-packs or as a set without the pencil. These are my favorite pens by far.

Architect's Reference Notebook

Archnotes Reference Notebook for Architects (6.5" x 8")

A notebook designed specifically for architects by architects and includes reference information inside the front and back covers. The bright white paper has a light gray 1/8" grid that is "barely there" so you have it when you need it, but it doesn't get in the way. The spiral binding allows it to lay flat so you don't have to hold the book open. Important reference information is printed on the inside covers - paper sizes, 8" modules, slope percentages, drawing set order, Masterformat divisions, and much more. Never forget your scale at the office - includes architectural scales - 1/16", 1/8", 1/4", 1/2". Made in the USA.

rOtring Rapidograph Refillable Technical 3-Pen Set

rOtring Radidograph Technical 3-Pen Set

3-pen set of high-precision technical pens with refillable ink reservoirs is perfect for College-level students or Professionals. Wear-resistant, hard chrome-plated thin tip allows exquisite detail work. Nib is crafted from stainless steel. Push-on sleeve provides easy access to ink helix and fast cleaning. Color coded barrel indicates line width. Refillable ink reservoir is ideal for frequent drawers. Fill from ink bottles available in multiple colors. Wear-resistant, hard chrome-plated thin tip allows exquisite detail work.

November 8, 2015

Tutorial: Drafting Necessities

Drafting Leads

Since everyone uses leads with varying amounts of pressure and the need for depth in architectural plans and renderings resulted in the needs for many different types of leads. B Leads are darker and as you get to 9B they become more and more charcoal like. When starting to draft, always use an H, generally 4H to 9H. They are lighter in shade, with a harder lead that erases the easiest. Just be careful not to write/draw too hard, it will indent the paper resulting in issues with paper texture and eraser. You can also get a ghosting affect when shading.

September 26, 2015

Tutorial: Indesign Tips for Architecture Boards


Over the many years of creating architectural boards for school there are a few main issues I noticed while learning to create them. Scale was always the biggest issues with students showing a section, plan or rendering too small to be legible during their presentation. This is also true for vignettes or renderings outlining the building's concept. Being Consistent in the creation of your presentation is also important. When the boards come together they need to belong. Font sizes should also be consistent and drawings should be close to the same saturation. Being subtle is the best approach so watch your picture opacity. This will start to create Visual Interest within your boards. Using large Text with your concept words is a good way to reinforce them during your presentation and help tie things together. Knowing what software to use and how to use it is also important in order to create successful drawings and renderings. 

August 5, 2015

Tutorial: Software for Architects

The creation of architecture drawings, renderings, portfolios and boards can involve many different types of software and there is software than can can meet all your needs. This tutorial outlines the most prevalent ones and how they might be used. Software is generally broken down into vector line work and image processing. Scale line work is important as a basis of any rendering or drawing. Then diagramming, context, habitation, and its environment can be added.

Cultural Community Hub
by KenepaStudio

There are many different software you can use, different add-ons and software versions and possible ways to use them together to create successful designs. The most prevalent software used for architectural design is AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Revit, Rhino, and SketchUp. Designs typically start to scale, either 2D or 3D and then imported via pdf into another program for tweaking/diagramming/processing, then placed in InDesign for printing.