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Architecture: The Drawing Basics

Many architects we work with have said architecture can be one of the toughest but most fulfilling career paths, creating the stone statues, tombs and pyramids of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Mayans to the futuristic and advanced structural designs we see today. It is an ideal time to get into the architectural field, and with enough preparation, networking and commitment, you can truly prosper.

However, the most important thing (and some would say the only important thing) is to be a great architect! Means to consistently produce high quality, good looking and practical pieces of work. From every idea that you conceive, to every design and portfolio that you showcase, professionalism intertwined with expression is crucial to success. Now while that sounds incredibly strenuous and difficult, in reality these traits become habitual when put into your design process. With that being said, here are some tips and tricks to get you started on reaching a higher tier of architecture and becoming more appealing to employers:

Maintaining your equipment
Don’t give yourself the chance to blame your tools for poor quality work. Quality drawings come from using precise, clean and sharp tools. Proper procedure and exemplary maintenance of all the apparatus you use can avoid smudges, unstable drawings, slanted/incorrect construction lines and poor hatching. One tip is to regularly clean and cover them in paper scotch tape to reduce smudging. Another pointer is to check and fix the legs or holders of your drawing board to keep it stable. Furthermore, choosing the right tools and equipment is obvious (yet often glossed over). Thick, low quality pencils and rulers evidently will make your work look unprofessional, so maybe upgrading to high quality HB pencil’s and specialised drawing equipment and boards will help give your work the stand-out style you have.

Start simple
No one can immediately and accurately draw a 40 storey office complex on their first go. The key to getting to that level is putting in the time and practice. Mastering the simpler shapes, plus comprehending the right techniques to visualise and assemble each section of a drawing is a huge part of the design process, and your skills would need to be renewed consistently, falling out of practice will definitely come back to haunt you.

Patience and Persistence
Architecture takes time. There’s going to be a lot of headaches and heartaches throughout your career, but plough through with a calm, analytical and logical demeanour, and you’ll be surprised by how well things come together at the end of each project. Taking a breath and planning your time will produce your best work, skyrocketing your achievements to the next level.

Ultimately, choosing the best environment to allow your skills to grow and develop will be the catalyst to accelerating your architectural prowess. You could always contact our Architectural recruitment team to discuss potential projects and career paths. Alternatively you can browse available roles on our Architectural sector.