#73 The Right Tools Can Make All The Difference
The right tools in anything you do will always make all the difference. You can succeed without the right tools, but it is about working SMARTER not harder! Here is a list of archi school supply essentials that I strongly recommend.
FALL IS HERE FIRST YEARS!!!!! I know a lot of you are starting your semesters now this list will really help you be successful in architecture school from day one!
ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL SUPPLY ESSENTIALS
I prefer Moleskin Journals, (which can be found at your local art supply store) but you need to get yourself a sketchbook to write all your thoughts, drawings, and sketches. This is where you figure out most of your designs and is your own platform for personal expression.
#2 DRAWING PENS
I am a big fan of Micron Pens, (Also found at your local art supply store) but you will need to get some kind of pen that is made specifically for drawing and expression. Ballpoint pens are great for normal writing, but drawing pens come in different sizes and will help you draw at different scales.
#3 THICK MARKER
Drawing pens are great but do not give you the thickness you need for a huge scale jump or filling in a lot of black. (Like for a section drawing) So I would get a Sharpie Marker. It is great for making quick thick lines in your drawings.
#4 BLANK COMPUTER PAPER
Computer paper is great for making quick sketch models, and for drawing rapid sketches you either don’t want in your sketchbook or are doing with a group of people. Sometimes teachers will ask you to get out a sheet of paper for a quick exercise and computer paper is much better, thicker, and easier to work with than notebook paper. I would also bring some clear tape just in case you want to make something more complicated than just folding and cutting.
#5 THREE RING BINDER
A 3 ring binder is always great to have to put your course syllabus and assignments in so you can reference them later. Staying organized with a folder will really help when it is 3am the night before your assignment is due and you forget how many sections you were supposed to do. (And nobody ever has the assignment sheet when you need it.)
#6 UTILITY KNIFE
You will need a razor for cutting materials. I prefer OLFA utility knives over the X-ACTO knives. The Olfa has a stronger blade and lasts much longer, plus, the X-ACTO gets all squirrely when the blade bends and doesn’t cut as straight. (Everyone has their preferences, but I am an Olfa fan!)
Eventually you will need an architectural scale and an engineering scale ruler, but right away you will need to cut materials with a ruler. I recommend getting an AlumiCutter. (Local Art Supply Store!!) It has a special finger guard built in to prevent you from cutting your fingers off. (Which happens all the time if you’re not careful.) I also recommend just going ahead and getting the 36” ruler as well. You will need a bigger ruler later in the program so it will be worth it.
#8 EASY CUTTER
In school we cut a lot of scale wood and it gets pretty tiring/messy to cut it all with our blades. This single tool changed my entire model making life!! Get it, use it, it speaks for itself!!
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You need a place to put all this stuff!! Always have a backpack on you with all of your stuff in it. Eventually you will get a permanent studio space and can leave things in studio, but when you do to do a study group at the library or coffee shop, you will want a backpack! :) And a rule of thumb, get one that is big enough. Nothing is worse than a backpack that doesn’t fit all of your stuff in it!! I recommend a Jansport!
Good luck to everyone this semester and if you have any other essentials you think are noteworthy, share it with us!!