Architecture is a field embedded and based on both the arts and sciences. As such, there are various tools essential to the drawing and designing of buildings along with various software. Here are a list of things you may need if you are looking for a career in architecture.
The Basics in Architecture
The most crucial element and tools in architecture are the pencils and sketch paper. All great buildings began as an incomprehensive scribble on a blank sheet of paper. Especially in the early years of your architectural education, certain faculties and architecture schools do not allow the students to sight a computer. This is so as to improve hand and mind coordination as well as allowing the students imaginations take its course without being restricted by digital means.
Next are the basic drafting tools. You will still be forced to draft on paper using T- rulers in the early years so as to ingrain the basic spaces and dimensions of spaces in the minds of students. Thereafter, the most commonly used tool is AutoCAD and in most countries, Revit is becoming increasingly popular. While the paper and pen were all you need to draft manually, in order to use the latest software and especially when working with detailed large scaled drawings, you will need a powerfully built computer with an impressive VGA. The most common form of laptop student’s purchase for this is a type of special gaming laptop, as it has the required processing speeds and capacity as well as very good visual display.
Alienware computers are a common sight among these students and they are not only for the sole purpose of playing video games with friends.
Model Making Tools
In order to make a basic model of a building, all you need is a steel ruler, pen knife and a good set of hands. However, for those of us who do not have model making in our system, there are various tools available to assist and make it a lot easier and neater. Laser cutting and 3D printing is becoming increasingly common, even among student projects. There are also various interesting materials, blocks and models of people you can purchase through online sources or from countries such as Singapore which have special model-making shops available. The boards are usually sourced from local shops and from various plastic manufacturers. It is common practice among students to purchase these materials in bulk form at a lower price from these large manufacturers and distribute it amongst each other.