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.
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 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.
UK based Architecture news magazine.
Architecture blog, keeping you up to date with exciting news.
Regular updates on the world of Architecture.
Great sample details.
Design Blog showcasing the latest forward-thinking ideas from around the world.
Daily Architecture News.
Broad ranging magazine on various design issues, including Architecture, Art, Fashion and Technology.
UK Architecture news.
An experimental fanzine on Architecture and it's alternatives.
A good range of free stock photos.
The webs most popular community photo sharing resource, many of the images are freely available for use.
Talks from creative and intelligent people leading their fields in technology, design and entertainment, as well as other subject fields. Some really interesting viewing.
Interesting and Creative people interviewed and profiled online.
A catalogue of some of the best student Architecture projects, as selected by the RIBA.
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 is a great CAD package, and is offered free to students. Student versions will print an educational watermark on all drawings.
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 is a free rendering package which, when combined with SketchUp, enables you to produce very realistic renders from your 3D models.
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.
A comprehensive resource for free open source software covering all your needs.
A great library of free open source software for the mac.
An online model store, stocking all the model-making materials you could possibly need. A really useful modelling resource.
The only free online student resource for UK Ordnance Survey maps. Login via your university is required.
A flash-based satellite imagery site, allowing you to easily switch between various maps including Microsoft, Yahoo, NASA and more.
No need to explain this one!
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!
Microsoft's own satellite imagery service.
Satellite maps from national Geographic.