Architecture Resources on the Web


For those who know where to look, there's a whole world of resources out there for Architecture students, covering everything from photos and inspiration to online magazines and free software resources. We've compiled some useful links to great websites that we think you should know about below.

Jump to a section:
Architecture Bodies | Online Magazines | Online Image Resources | Inspiration | Free Software
Modelling Materials | Maps

 

Architecture Bodies

The Architects Registration Board

The ARB maintain the register of all practising Architects in the UK. Every architect is required to sign up with the ARB. The website contains a wide range of information for Architects and the public alike.

The Royal Institute of British Architects

The RIBA promote better buildings, communities and environment through Architecture in the UK, working hard to promote quality, standards and training. Their website features a wide range of useful resources.

 

Online Magazines

Building Design

UK based Architecture news magazine.

Arch Daily

Architecture blog, keeping you up to date with exciting news.

The Architectural Review

Regular updates on the world of Architecture.

Detail Magazine

Great sample details.

DesignBoom

Design Blog showcasing the latest forward-thinking ideas from around the world.

ArchiCentral

Daily Architecture News.

Wallpaper

Broad ranging magazine on various design issues, including Architecture, Art, Fashion and Technology.

The Architects' Journal

UK Architecture news.

MakeShift

An experimental fanzine on Architecture and it's alternatives.

 

Online Image Resources

Stock.XCHNG

A good range of free stock photos.

Flickr

The webs most popular community photo sharing resource, many of the images are freely available for use.

 

Inspiration

TED

Talks from creative and intelligent people leading their fields in technology, design and entertainment, as well as other subject fields. Some really interesting viewing.

Creativity 50

Interesting and Creative people interviewed and profiled online.

The Presidents Medals

A catalogue of some of the best student Architecture projects, as selected by the RIBA.

 

Free Software

Autodesk Software

Autodesk offer free versions of many of their software packages for students to download. A word of warning though - AutoCAD educational products will print a watermark on any of your drawings. This can be removed using, for example, photoshop or illustrator.

Vectorworks

Vectorworks is a great CAD package, and is offered free to students. Student versions will print an educational watermark on all drawings.

SketchUp

SketchUp is a hugely popular free 3D modelling package. Itapos;s ease of use makes it great for modelling simple block designs, whilst with a little more patience you can go on to produce very realistic models.

Kerkythea

Kerkythea is a free rendering package which, when combined with SketchUp, enables you to produce very realistic renders from your 3D models.

ArchiCAD

ArchiCAD is one of the most advanced Architectural software packages, and uses Building Information Modelling to produce plans, sections, elevations and 3D models all at once. A free student version of ArchiCAD can be downloaded, but printouts will feature an ArchiCAD watermark.

Source Forge

A comprehensive resource for free open source software covering all your needs.

Open Source Mac

A great library of free open source software for the mac.

 

Modeling Materials

4D Modelshop

An online model store, stocking all the model-making materials you could possibly need. A really useful modelling resource.

 

Maps

Digimap

The only free online student resource for UK Ordnance Survey maps. Login via your university is required.

Flash Earth

A flash-based satellite imagery site, allowing you to easily switch between various maps including Microsoft, Yahoo, NASA and more.

Google Maps

No need to explain this one!

Google Earth

A more comprehensive (and still free) desktop version of Google Maps, allowing you to pan across the globe, view 3D buildings, and even look out into space!

Bing Maps

Microsoft's own satellite imagery service.

National Geographic

Satellite maps from national Geographic.