5 Essential Tools For An Architect

When it comes to the construction of buildings, one important person that actually plays a huge role in the completion of the project. Architects are responsible for designing new buildings, building extensions, and even alterations to already-existing buildings. Aside from these, architects are also responsible for giving advice on how to restore, renovate, or conserve old buildings. They are also responsible for planning where the electrical wirings, access doors and panels, and bathroom layouts will fit in.  

However, architects have to use several different tools to measure straight lines, perfect lines, and precise angles. In completing a project, an architect can use four main types of tools on a daily basis: drawing tools, measuring tools, cutting tools, and computer software. With the advent of technology that keeps on evolving lately, it is undeniable that architects can now use technology as a tool. Between these four types of tools, there are over a dozen different tools that an architect uses planning, calculating, and modeling their building plans.

So, whether you are thinking of becoming an architect, or you are already an architect who’s wondering what types of essential tools you should have, then you’re in luck because we have put together a list of 5 essential tools for an architect that can be used on a daily basis that we ranked from the least to the most important. Read on to know more about them!

#5: Easy-to-carry Bag

There are actually a lot of names for this bag– man purse, satchel, messenger bag (and even murse). Having an easy-to-carry bag containing the other essential tools that an architect must have is important especially since architects often travel to meetings and construction sites. You can fit your sketchbook, pens, 12” roll of tracing paper, iPad (or any other gadgets that you use), and whatever notes and other drawings that you need to keep carrying around for a week. 

#4: iPad/Tablet

Take note that it doesn’t really have to be an iPad. However, you might find an iPad a very handy device. Other tablets such as the Microsoft Surface are also just as handy and are really handy when it comes to taking notes and keeping track of projects and schedules. But if you’re a member of the Apple Cult, then feel free to carry around an iPad instead of other tablets. Architects spend a lot of time going to tons of meetings and having a gadget with you, whether it is an iPad or not, will greatly help you in documenting these things. You also won’t have to carry a notebook or paper and an iPad or tablet keeps all of your notes in one location. Moreover, with the use of an iPad, you can utilize the app PlanGrid for viewing architectural drawings on construction sites. 

#3: Tracing Paper

Just like the easy-to-carry-bag, this tool has many names such as trace, scratch, trash paper, scratch paper, trash, and even bumwad! Here’s a fun fact about tracing paper: There has actually been a century-old war among architects– and it’s all about the color of tracing paper! While most folks prefer the standard white trace, there are other architects who prefer the buff color, and some really rebellious architects actually prefer rock canary yellow trace. If you want it simple and clean, stick with the white tracing paper. Aside from scanning well, it can likewise be used for presentations. You never really know what you might need to use a roll of trace for doing very quick process sketches.

#2: Pens

One common myth that most people have about architects is that they use pencils very often– and this is actually wrong. Most architects use pens and there are 3 pens that are more used on a daily basis. 

Pentel Sign Pen

This sign pen is extremely versatile and can help you make both very thin precise lines and broader heavy lines. Take note, however, that since this pen is a felt tip, its tip will start to wear and it will be harder to achieve thinner lines. So, this kind of pen is most handy when it is brand new.

Pilot Razor Point Pen

While you have a pentel sign pen that’s capable of making thin lines, it is still best to have a fine point pen also. You can use this pen like a pencil since it makes a mark similar to a pencil, except that you don’t need to have this sharpened. Also, you can even write notes with this pen.

Red Pen

Having a red pen is very important for an architect. A red pen can be used mostly for ‘redlining’ drawings– it means that an architect uses a red pen for editing a set of drawings. The red pen works well because the lines made in such color are easy to see. With the help of red pens, another architect or an intern can take the redlines and then make revisions on a computer. 

#1: Toughness

This isn’t exactly a tool that you can buy. However, this is the most important tool that an architect should have. Some architects are born with this while some develop this one. Working as an architect is a very difficult job, that’s why an architect needs to be tough. Architects have to present their ideas to other people and it is just expected to receive criticism. An architect is forced to face criticisms from architecture school until he/she continues into the profession. This profession isn’t for the weak-hearted so if you’re really into this kind of work, you need to toughen up in order to be able to face criticisms.

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