If you are heading off to architecture school soon, you may want to get a jump start on picking up some of the supplies you will need. Here’s a list of supplies—some required, and some extremely helpful—to get you started.
- Drafting Board – This is a hard, smooth drawing surface, usually anywhere between 24”x36” or 36”x48”. This will be used in conjunction with a parallel rule (or T-square if you prefer that instead) to create your drawings. A laminated surface is recommended.
- Architectural Drafting Kit – Included in the kit is an architect’s scale ruler, 45/90 degree triangle, 30/60 degree triangle, dusting brush, and a few other helpful items. While this is not an all-inclusive kit, it does provide a majority of the necessary items used during the first year of architecture school.
- Self-healing Cutting Mat – A good self-healing mat is important when you begin building some of your models. It is used to prevent gashes and gouges to your drafting board and studio workspace.
- Xacto Basic Knife Set – This goes hand-in-hand with the Self-healing Cutting Mat. While not all of the blades that come with this set will be used, this is the best assortment of blades for a low price. Another recommendation is to buy blades in bulk. You will go through them fairly quickly.
- Drawing Pencils – This pack provides a variety of the pencils that you will be using in architecture school. HB (Lettering), F and H (Drafting), 4B and 2B (Sketching). The pack also includes sharpeners and erasers.
* Drafting Table – While it is not a required item, I would definitely recommend getting a table for when you are not in the studio. You will want it for those late-night projects.