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5 Must-Have Supplies for Architecture School

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.

  1.  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.
  2. Architectural Drafting KitIncluded 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.
  3. Self-healing Cutting MatA 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Recommended Additions:

* Drafting TableWhile 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.


Top Ranked Ivy League Graduate Architecture Schools for 2013

Ivy League Graduate Architecture Schools for 2013

This list is based upon DesignIntelligence top 20 of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools for 2013.  We have sifted through the rankings to place each Ivy League school in order, when compared against other Ivy League schools for graduate architecture programs.  DesignIntelligence is the leading authority on ranking for Architecture & Design Schools, and is used by top architecture magazines and websites.

How to Get Accepted Into Architecture School

How to Get Accepted Into Architecture School

Get Accepted Into Architecture School is a must-have guide for any student wanting to know what is needed to get into a professional architecture program.  Authored by a former student who attended a professional architecture degree program, this book provides all of the insights and tips as to how each student can increase their chances on getting into an NAAB-approved architecture program.


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Architecture School Prep for Students in the UK

Architecture School in the UK

There are several routes to becoming an architect in the UK, the most common is the three part route validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects, (RIBA).  This is a combination of academic study and practical experience.

1)      Part one is a three year bachelor’s degree in architecture usually followed by a paid year in practice when you document your experience under the PEDR scheme, (personal education and development record.)

Top Graduate Sustainable Design Programs 2013

These are the best architecture schools for 2013—as rated by DesignIntelligence—that offer a sustainable architecture degree.  For more information on top architecture schools, you can find their book at: America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2013

PhD in Sustainable Architecture and Environmental Design

This is a list of PhD programs that offer the opportunity for the focus of sustainable architecture or environmental design. Keep in mind that this list only includes the programs offered by schools that also offer professional degree options. These are the post-professional degree options offered by those schools, as pertains to sustainable design.

Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Architecture and Design

The following schools offer a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental design or sustainable architecture. Shown here are also Minors that are available for sustainability. All of the schools that are listed also provide the opportunity for an NAAB-approved architecture degree, but please understand that the degrees listed here may not be professional architecture degrees. Most will be pre-professional degrees that may allow you entry into a professional degree. Please refer to each school’s website for more information on the program options and accreditation.

Master’s Degree in Sustainable Architecture and Design

The following schools offer a Master’s Degrees in sustainable architecture (or environmental architecture design), as well as graduate certificates in sustainable design. While all of the schools listed offer a NAAB-approved professional architecture degree, please remember that not all of the degrees listed are professional degrees. Some of these options are post-professional, so be sure to refer to each school’s description on their website when choosing your sustainable architecture degree option.

Four Reasons You Should Become An Architect

Four Reasons You Should Become An Architect

Choosing a career is a big decision. You’re dedicating years of your life, and likely thousands of dollars in tuition money, to chasing after that one specific dream. Whether you’re considering architecture as a profession or still entirely up in the air about your future plans, here are four convincing reasons why you should consider choosing a career as an architect.

1. It’s interdisciplinary. Quick, what was your favorite subject in high school? Having difficulty picking just one? As an architect, there’s no choice required; any good architect gets to learn about a wide variety of subjects and incorporate them all into his or her career. There’s plenty of art in there, along with lots of engineering, science, history and computers. When you decide to become an architect, you’ll get to enjoy a fulfilling, interdisciplinary education instead of single-mindedly focusing on one or two subjects. After that, you’ll actually get to apply all of the things you’ve learned; designing a new building involves both inspiration and calculation.

Will There Always Be Jobs For Architects

Will There Always Be Jobs For Architects

The short answer is this: yes. Yes, there will always be jobs for architects.

In times of economic crisis like this, it’s easy to panic. You might have heard horror stories of outsourcing, automation and hiring freezes. Maybe you’re reluctant to go after your dream of becoming an architect for fear that the jobs might disappear completely.

Take a few deep breaths. Architectural jobs aren’t going anywhere.

The most obvious reason for this is that we’re always going to need buildings. Turn on the news; the world population is booming, and all those new people need homes, schools, offices, hospitals and all the other sorts of buildings people occupy in their daily lives. The American population is aging? That means there are vacation homes and retirement communities to design and more jobs for architects. There’s an increase in global immigration? That means more cultural and religious buildings are needed, which means even more jobs for architects. Human life takes place in buildings, and every social shift brings with it a need for new structures designed by architects.

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