The Architecture industry is constantly changing.

One day hand-drawn sketches are the norm and the next digitization has taken completely over. The world is rapidly adapting to more streamlined processes and implementing automation.

We want to speed up everything and make it cheaper.

Here are 80 Architecture Industry Statistics that will give you some insights into the evolution and digital transformation of the industry.

10 Interesting Statistics About BIM and Architects

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What is BIM?

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) professionals are accumulating a ton of information before and during the building process in an effort to make smarter decisions in the future.

Imagine collecting data on everything including labor, materials, time tables, technical specs, as you’re bringing a building to life to life. It’s a massive undertaking but what we can derive out of this data will be invaluable.

Besides that, many architects and other AEC industry professionals are constantly struggling with endless drawings, sketches, iterations, and etc.

And that’s where BIM heroically enters the room. It provides a digital collaborative process of designing a model of the building in the most specific way possible; layout, function and etc.

How much would BIM usage benefit a company?

That’s why we’ve gathered this list of interesting statistics about BIM, that make us surprised too!

74% of Facilities Management firms think that BIM will strongly impact the Facilities Management Industry, while 83.8 % say that BIM is already doing that and will continue that way for the next 5 years.

It is a myth that BIM is only used for design and architects. In fact, BIM can also be implemented into asset management, facilities maintenance and the overall process of building operations.

34% of large architecture firms state they have 5 or more years of experience in using BIM. That is twice as much compared to small firms, amongst which are only 16%. 

It’s a misconception that BIM is only suitable for small specialized firms. Small firms are actually showing less experience in that area.

According to Smart Market Report, it is 44% of small firms that have 1 to 2 years of experience with BIM usage, while only 13% of large firms fall into that category of experience within usage.

82% of BIM users report that AEC firms receive a positive return-on-investment after using BIM. The other 14% report reaching a point of break-even.

This is big.

96% of BIM users have actually made up for the cost of their investment, according to the calculations made by the Connecting Teams Study. This shows that by using BIM, you could actually increase your ROI.

Pie chart of BIM users that made up for the cost of their investment

70% of surveyed US architects believe that BIM has made an impact on reducing their risk of project error.

BIM brings teams of industry professionals and even clients, together, since BIM is all about collaborative working to produce digital datasets.

70% of architects, 69% of engineers, 56% of Trade Contractors and 49% of General Contractors report that such approach has reduced their project error and data friction, according to the study of The Connecting Teams.

Pie chart showing percentage of architects that reported receiving reduced project error and data friction after using BIM

56% of US Architects claim their clients became more satisfied after implementing collaboration solutions into their BIM projects.

According to a Connecting Teams Study,  56% of Architects, 59% of Engineers, 50% of Trade Contractors and 42% of General Contractors found their client satisfaction to be increasing after the implementing collaboration solution for their BIM projects.

Pie chart showing percentage of architects reporting increase in client satisfaction after using BIM

57.9 % of Facilities Management stakeholders believe that teaching the employees the usage of BIM, will strongly benefit them.

According to FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling Report, released in August 2017, 254 Facilities Management stakeholders were asked about their BIM experience and whether they believed in the beneficiation of BIM implementation.

57.9% strongly agreed, while 28.3% were neutral and 13.8% had responded negatively

51% of AEC companies report that their main obstacle in using Collaboration Solutions in BIM Projects is the cost of the solution.

51% of respondents in a Connecting Teams Study have underlined that the cost of the solution remains as the highest factor why they haven’t implemented collaboration solutions to their BIM projects.

Solution complexity, (47%) and unreliable online access (36%) remain as the other two ranking factors as to why the many don’t implement Collaboration Solutions on BIM projects.

51% of AEC companies that found the cost of the Collaboration Solutions on BIM Projects to be a preventing factor towards its usage, 60% were architectural companies.

In a Connecting Teams Study survey made to identify whether there are any technical limitations in BIM that prevent it from being used more often, 60% of engineers have answered that it is due to the complexity.

47% of General Contractors, 44 % of Architects and 38% of Trade Contractors have also found the solution to be complex. 

50% of architectural companies state that data security is one of the factors that prevent them from increased usage of BIM.

In a Connecting Teams Study survey, 50% of architectural companies state that data security is one of the reasons why they haven’t fully implemented BIM yet.

Data security also concerns 33% of engineers, 24% of Trade Contractors and 22% of General Contractors. The reason as to why that percentage is highest in architects may be due to “intellectual property” within the files, as the report predicts.

Pie chart showing percentage of architects that find data security to be preventing them from using BIM

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12 Statistics About Architecture Industry Growth

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The Architecture industry is dependent on innovation. Plain and simple, the implementation of new technology will always be one of the main factors that catalyze its growth.

How much has the Architecture Industry really changed since the early days?

Do architects now earn more?

Is the industry still struggling more today than 50 years ago?

To spare you from worrying about these details, we’ve gathered this list of in-depth statistics about the Architecture Industry.

The annual growth of the Global Architectural Service Industry increased by 2.1% from 2014 till 2019.

The data calculated by IBISWorld Report notes steady progress of annual growth of 2.1% for architecture services globally in the last 5 years.

The growth of the Architecture industry results in a 2.2% increase annually from 2015-2020.

In the IBISWorld Report, targeting Global Architecture Industry statistics, released in 2015, it was predicted that the increase within the annual growth rate would become 2.2% from the year 2015 till 2020.

1.743.702 people are employed in the global Architecture industry as of January 2019.

Increased employment in the architecture industry could mean higher economic benefits for larger firms, especially when there are 600,000 architecture businesses arising globally.

Employed architects

20% of architects considered themselves to be self-employed, instead of operating in a larger organization in 2018.

Nearly 20% of architects in the industry in the United States are self-employed.

69% are working for architectural or engineering services.

6% are working for the government and construction services, according to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The remaining fall into an “other” category.

In January 2019, there was an estimated number of 607.000 architecture-related businesses worldwide.

According to IBISWorld Report, there are 607,004 businesses in the Architecture Industry. That number continues to rise.

Considering that the total industry employment number is 1,743,702, that leaves us to conclude that most of those employed work for mega-firms.

The average salary of an architect living in the United States in 2018 was estimated to be $79,380.

The median annual wage you get from working as an Architect truly depends on which industry, experience, city, etc.

According to the May 2018 Bureau Of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of architects that were working for the government was $92,940. The number went down to $78,460 for those in architectural and engineering services and $78,110 within those working for construction.

Architects salary

The largest Architecture Firm in the world – Gensler, has 2570 architects employed and a fee income of $1-1.5 billion, as of 2017.

The largest Architecture firm Gensler – is positioned in the USA.

The second on the list is Nikken Sekkei, which is in Japan, with 1796 working architects and an income of $500 – 599 million.

The third-largest is AECOM – in the USA, with 1491 working architects and an income of $320-329 million.

You may start to think that less is always more, but surprisingly, the 16th largest architecture firm on the list – Jacobs, only has 636 architects employed, but the same fee income of $1-1.5 billion as Gensler – the first largest.

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In a 2017 survey, when 1,617 architects were asked about their weekly working hours, only 3% have stated they worked a total of 35 hours.

According to the 2017 survey provided by the Architectural Review, 35% of the architects have answered 35 to 40 hours per week.

27% of architects reported working from 40 to 45 hours per week.

20% were working 45-50 hours per week.

Lastly, 13% were working over 50 hours per week. That’s 1 in 8 architects working longer than average hours. Do architects ever sleep?

Pie chart showing architects' working hours

In 2017, only 3 architecture firms out of the 100 biggest architecture firms were run by female CEOs.

And only 2 out of the listed firms are more than 50% female in the management department. Only 10% of women that occupy highest-ranking positions at leading architecture firms.

The other 16 firms from the list have no women in senior positions.

Your favorite game was originally designed to be a simulator for architects.

That’s right. Sims, which was finally debuted in 2000, had the original concept of allowing its players to make designs of houses, then allowing its other characters to test it. Very much like Sims City!

91% of Architecture Firms in the US have under 19 working employees.

According to the American Institute of Architects, that percentage is even higher in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and many other countries.

When 2,031 adults were asked in a survey about building safety, 79% didn’t know that architects also have the responsibility of ensuring that the structures of the buildings correlate with safety regulations.

The role of an architect doesn’t just end at managing the design of a building.

In fact, 86% of surveyed adults didn’t know that architects are also responsible for the negotiation and management of the participating contractors.

The other 72% of surveyed adults weren’t aware that architects actually have to apply for a developmental approval or a building permit before proceeding with the design.

5 Surprising Statistics About Architecture Schools

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The gleaming upcoming moments of graduating high school and leaving all the tests and exams behind… Sounds quite refreshing, doesn’t it? Oh wait, architects need to go to school and get a bachelor’s and master’s degree in order to call themselves an architect.

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We all may dream of following in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright or Zaha Hadid, but sometimes our finances can’t.

That’s why we’ve gathered this list of statistics about how much it really costs to generally study architecture, in both prestige and average schools!

The top-ranking Architecture School in the world is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). #1 out of World’s 200 best universities, according to 2019 data.

The tuition for studying architecture at MIT specifically is around $43,210 for 9 months. MIT is well known for its strong Architecture program.

In fact, it was the first Architecture school to have its first female architect graduate, Sophia Hayden, from the 4-year Architecture program in 1890.

The current annual tuition cost for a bachelor student at of studying Architecture in the UK is £21,424 ($27 555,87) for years 2019-2020.

The undergraduate tuition cost in the Architectural Association School of Architecture (or AA) is £21,424 (or $27 536,37) for the academic year 2019-2020.

The pricing can definitely become worth it. AA is considered to not only one of the most prestigious and “competitive” architecture schools in the world, but also one of the oldest independent schools of architecture in the UK!

If you are still not convinced, Rem Koolhaas – Pritzker prize-winning architect, known for designing CCTV Center in Beijing, is one of the graduates from here.

The annual average out-of-state cost to study Bachelor’s of Architecture in the US is $47,699 in 2019.

The average cost of tuition at an out-of-state 4-year university will cost  $190,796.

It can seem pretty expensive, but some schools, such as Cornell University claim their recent graduates are making $59,888 per year fresh out of school.

It makes sense when looking at the notable alumni coming from Cornell University such as Richard Meier (known for designing Getty Center in LA) and Peter Eisenman (founder of Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City).

Average Bachelor's cost for architects

Considered to be one of the world’s top architects, Norman Foster, graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture and then got a Master’s in Architecture at Yale University. 

Norman Foster is known to have one of the most promising works in the industry, winning more than 470 awards during his career.

If you wish to follow his path, you should know that the yearly tuition fee for the University of Manchester to study architecture is £24,000 ($30 869,16) annually for the international students and £9250 ($11 897,10) annually for home/EU students.

Compared to Yale, which has an annual tuition fee of $52,520.

In 2018, 35% of Architectural Schools reported an increase in their program budgets from 1% to 6%.

When 77 Architecture schools were asked about their budget in 2017, 35% of schools had reported no changes.

In 2018 the schools’ program budget (such as for travel and discretionary), there was a reporting increase of 1 to 6%. It is predicted to stay that way into 2020.

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5 Statistics about Architecture Education

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Let’s say you are past the messy and almost endless application stage and are all excited to step into the first chapter of your path to become an architect.

But what is it really like to study Architecture?

Read this list of statistics we’ve gathered about Architecture Education to find out!

The unemployment rate globally for architects during the recession (2009-2010) was 13.9%

The unemployment rate was even lower for recent graduates with a Master’s degree at 7.7%.

For an architect to get licensed in Europe, despite having a Master’s degree, they are required to have 3 years of work experience and internships. 

This doesn’t come very much as a surprising fact, knowing that at the end of the day, architecture is not something you have to memorize.

You have to keep practicing and implementing it. Therefore, 3 years of work experience is a must for an architect before receiving an actual license. 

The entrants to the UK’s Architecture Schools were 51% female in 2017-2018, according to RIBA.

An undergraduate degree in Architecture lasts 3 years, according to RIBA. In many circles, it’s referred to as “Part 1”

Despite the architecture industry appearing to be a more “male-dominated” field. It’s quite even. In fact, right now in India, there are more female architects than male architects.

However, the entrants to “Part 2” ( Master’s degree), UK’s Architecture Schools were 55% male, according to RIBA.

Pie chart showing percentage of student entrants to RIBA's Part 1

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In most architecture schools, it is required for students to take 4 additional maths classes.

In architecture, it isn’t much of a requirement for you to be as proficient in maths as Isaac Newton, but you certainly can’t be bad at it.

That’s why most architecture schools require their students to take classes such as geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and finite math courses.

Female students had a total of 6.2% higher pass rates than male students for examination sessions in 2016 – 2017.

According to RIBA, UK Architecture Schools examination session results show that female students 3.3% higher pass rate for Part 1 than male students.

Females also had a 1.5% higher pass rate for Part 2 and 1.4% for Part 3.

5 Fascinating Facts About The Architecture 3D Printing

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It’s true what they say, “an architect’s dream is very often an engineer’s nightmare.”

That’s where the future of 3D printing is gradually entering our daily life for good.

The fascinating concept of using traditional materials to bring any digital idea into real life, only shows how far we’ve come along.

Despite traditional construction, 3D Printing is more eco-friendly and saves time.

3D printing simplifies the process of conceptual modeling for architects and enhances customized detailed design.

We’ve gathered this list of interesting statistics about 3D printing that show how far the future of construction had actually come.

The first 3D Printed “liveable” House was made in France in 2018.

The house itself only took 54 hours to print, which is admittedly, much shorter than how much average construction takes.

The contractors have then taken 4 more months to add other facilities such as doors, windows, and a roof.

The first-ever fully 3D printed building in the world was constructed in Dubai and inaugurated in May 2016.

Dubai is aiming to become the most “innovative” city by 2021 – and it is certainly doing working hard on grabbing that title.

The first-ever 3D printed office took 17 days to be printed and 48 hours to become constructed. In construction terms, that’s a really short time. The building is 36 meters in length, 12 meters in width and 6 meters tall.

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First 3D Printed Building in the World: Dubai Office. Source: LifeGate

The cost of making 3D houses will be 20% cheaper compared to “traditional” ways of construction.

The cost of making the first-ever liveable 3D house was £176,000 – or $226 311,36, which makes it 20% cheaper than normal constructions, according to BBC.

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3D House Printing industry is predicted to reduce the cost of construction labor by 25% in the next 5 years.

The cost of the 3D House Printing Industry is predicted to decrease by 25% in the next 5 years.

The cost of 3D house printing could become lowered by 40% in the next 10-15 years.

Benoit Furet headed up the first-ever 3D Printed House project, at the University of Nantes.

Furet states that the reason for such cost reduction is due to technology becoming much affordable when it comes to development and due to the economies of scale, as more houses become built.

6 Architecture Revenue Facts That Will Surprise You

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Revenue generation in Architecture can be a tricky thing, especially with instability in the market.

However, the largest Architecture firms such as Gensler and AECOM are known to generate their revenue from 1000 to 7000 US Dollars.

The industry is dominated by big players. Is it still possible for small AEC firms to grow into this competitive market?

Here are 6 statistics about revenue in the Architecture industry to give you hope.

The Total Revenue of the Architecture Industry is estimated to be $292 billion in 2019.

According to IBISWorld Statistics, there has been a 4.4% increase in revenue growth from the year 2018.

As the report states, most of it is due to the increase in government-funded projects in developing nations.

The total annual revenue growth of Architecture and Engineering services grew by 12.4% from 2017 to 2018.

The demand for Architecture and Engineering firms continues to rapidly grow.

70% of AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction Services) firms claim to gain a portion of their revenue from government contracts.

There’s an endless demand for infrastructure projects coming from nations around the globe

37% of 138 AEC firms claim to have from 1 to 25% of their revenue from government contracts.

30.4 % of AEC firms claimed to have a “high growth” rate from 2015 till 2017.

In Architecture, or to be more precise, AEC Industry,  growth generation can be a hard thing to achieve.

Only 30.4% of AEC firms have generated gross revenue that was higher than 20% from the previous year. 

53.1% have received less than 20% from the previous year.

While the other 16.5% of firms have experienced no growth at all ( 0%).

Pie chart showing percentage of gross revenue generation in AEC firms

Private housing remains the largest revenue driver in small to medium-sized architecture firms with a 55% share in 2018.

Within architectural practices, the highest revenue generation remains to be with residential projects. Housing projects made up 55% of architecture services in 2018.

28% of architecture projects in 2018 were commercial & mixed.

And 18% of architecture projects were public and infrastructure, according to the RIBA Benchmarking Study made in 2018.

Approximately $600 billion worth of building projects are completed by US architects every year.

The architecture firms made a whopping $29 billion from their services, which is 4.8% of the total construction costs.

6 Marketing in Architecture Statistics

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Did you know that at the beginning of the 20th century, marketing in the architecture industry was forbidden? That’s right.

In 1909, the American Institute of Architects had adopted the First Principles of Practice. The purpose of this was to prevent architects from engaging in the simplest forms of marketing.

Thankfully, in 1970, AIA had changed their perspective and started to allow architects to advertise their services in order to compete with another.

This might explain why marketing within the Architecture industry can come up as an alien concept today.

But do architects engage in marketing now?

How do they grow their firm and raise their brand awareness?

Which methods do they use?

And do they even have marketers within their firm?

Here are 5 Interesting Statistics we’ve gathered about marketing in the AEC industry.

60% of top 10 Architecture firms in Manchester don’t have an Instagram account nor are actively engaged in it.

When it comes to Social Media Marketing, there is always a specific platform that will bring you your target customers much better than the other ones.

Instagram is known to drive traffic towards more “aesthetic” content, which most definitely includes architecture projects that please the eye.

In the UK, Manchester, only 1 out of Top 10 Architecture firms post on facebook frequently. 

6 out of the top 10 Architecture firms in the world don’t maintain a company’s Facebook page.

60% of the Top 10 Architecture firms in Manchester use Twitter as a platform to share their content on a daily basis.

Despite Twitter having 284 million users and Instagram having 300 million, Architects seem to be more engaged with it. Even, when it comes to Linkedin, which only 50% of Architecture firms use regularly for quality content, such choice of platform is still surprising.

Private housing dominates 53% of the Architectural market, with 89% of the practices of it involved. 

And 40% of it relates to individual houses, the highest of which are in Italy, occupying 60%. The second highest market for private housing is in Greece, with 51% and the third highest in Belgium, with 48%.

In 1999, architecture firms (both large and small) used to spend an average of 7.5% of their expenses on marketing. 

In 2003, architectural firms that had under 50 employees within their team, had spent about 6.5 – 8% of their expenses on marketing activities. In large architectural firms (which were above the number of 50 employees within their team), they had spent an average of 7%.

A total compound annual growth rate of 4% is expected to be reached throughout the years 2018 – 2022 in the global architectural service market.

And that way, the architectural market size is predicted to grow by $339 billion by 2022. That doesn’t come as much of a surprise, though.

The biggest reason for such an increase has to be the government’s growing demand for the establishment and development of smart cities.

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6 Interesting Statistics About Lead Generation in Architecture

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If most architects or architecture firms aren’t so familiar with the marketing or business development aspect of their agenda, how do they generate leads?

In the Architecture industry, as we all know it to be the “word of mouth”, we can definitely conclude that that is in fact, one of the most common ways to go for most architects.

However, these 5 interesting statistics about Lead Generation in Architecture show us that maybe, we do underestimate Architects’ familiarity with the digital aspect of their lead generation after all.

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Only 59% of Architects use search engines for the purposes of finding trade shows to meet their prospects.

And 85% of Architects use the internet for the purposes of information acquirement regarding the materials and products, as the study provided by AIA shows.

Are we surprised that architects prefer acquiring information about building-products, over some social gatherings? If the stats were to switch places, we would have been.

74% of consumers state that “word of mouth” plays an important role in their purchasing decisions.

Perhaps there is a reason for architects to still be relying on this technique as there may be a few times where it truly pays off. But is it a way to go in the long run? Probably not.

Pie chart consumers on word-of-mouth

75% of 400 Architectural Firms know little to nothing about effective online presence that is ensured towards attracting their prospects.

According to the research made by Archmark, more than 400 architecture firms’ websites have failed at passing the criteria of “strategy, experience, engagement, and attraction”. 

In 2014, 84.7% of the executive team members in Architectural and Engineering firms were the ones to be responsible for business development activities.

And 68.6% of project managers were also occupying the follow-through of these activities, based on the data given by 386 Canadian and US architecture firms in 2014.

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44.5% of Architectural and Engineering firms report that they are struggling to obtain client relationships. The other 42.1% report having limited resources for business development activities

And 55.8% state that the rising market competition remains to be one of the biggest business development challenges, based on the data given by 386 Canadian and US architecture firms in 2014.

In 2014, 47.6% of AE firms stated that they manage to win almost half of their proposals.

While 42.9% of 386 US and Canadian AE firms respondents say that their win rate had actually increased within the past 2 years, with only 12.3% reporting that it had dropped, instead.

5 Surprising Facts About SEO in Architecture

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SEO and Architecture are not the words you would expect to see standing together so often. Unless it is site architecture we are talking about.

In the constantly growing and thriving Architecture industry, SEO is undeniably one of the ingredients Architects or Architecture firms would need for their successful brand image.

With the growing dependence on search engines to show us what we are looking for, SEO itself as a concept, is needed in almost every emerging industry.

However, are Architecture Firms or architects themselves even aware of that?

There are 135,000 average monthly searches for the keyword “architect” in the US.

Since many architects nowadays are self-employed, it definitely doesn’t hurt to use this keyword for architectural firms.

However, it all comes down to the engagement within the marketing strategy and whether the firms already use backlinks to trend in this keyword. 

83% of AEC businesses had said they plan to use SEO in their digital marketing strategy.

In a Construction Marketing Survey released in 2015, 83% of its AEC participants have found SEO to be important for their strategy.

As there are a lot of searches for architects, especially on Google, implementing SEO will only benefit AEC firms more.

Pie chart showing percentage of architects that planned to use SEO

31% of AEC businesses said they plan on spending more in PPC or paid search in the next year.

SEO can definitely take a lot of hard work and time, especially when AEC firms may not be so familiar with it.

Paid searching can definitely be one of the easy ways out for their marketing strategy, but it’s expensive.

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84% of AEC consumers said that the first step before considering an architecture firm’s services was to look at the firm’s website.

The website represents the company. Especially in the Architecture industry, the standards of a “beautiful website” should be high.

In fact, 83% of internet users prefer a website to be “attractive” and up-to-date.

Nearly 75% of AEC consumers will turn to Google and other search engines as a start to their purchase journey.

74.5% admitted that they would do a “general web search” before considering the purchase of the firm they are targeting.

This only underlines the importance of having a digital platform, or a website at least, for the services of AEC companies.

5 Interesting Statistics About Proptech

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Proptech (property tech) has become one of the fastest-growing concepts, similar to its long distant cousin – Fintech.

Unlike connecting finance and technology; Proptech connects the property industry with technology.

Much like our platform, Its purpose is to distribute the processes towards those indulged in the real estate market: buyers, sellers, landlords, architects and etc.

With such constant growth in the industry, Proptech has been receiving numerous investments and recognition in the media.

We’ve gathered this list of 5 Interesting Statistics about Proptech, to show just how far it has come and how far it will continue to evolve and grow!

Global investment in proptech increased from $186 million in 2011 to $2.67 billion in 2016.

Investors see proptech as an “untapped market opportunity”, according to Forbes, which has the same capability potential as Fintech.

Venture capital funding in proptech had globally reached $12 billion in 2017.

MetaProp NYC partner Zak Schwarzman, who is known to be the “most active global investor in the proptech space”, had stated that investment in proptech had drastically increased from $500 million worldwide in 2013 to $12 billion in 2017.

And it’s only going to keep rising from there.

57.1% of property companies admitted that tech investment had given their business a unique selling point in 2017.

And only 25.9% responded negatively, with 17.9% indicating that they aren’t sure. It all comes down to which certain tech is being invested in, but overall these results carry a positive correlation.

Pie chart property companies on tech investment

68% of real estate businesses said they are willing to embrace tech and innovate with new products.

As proptech continues to thrive, only 30% have responded that they are willing to embrace tech, but only at market-proven areas, while 2% have preferred not to interfere with tech.

In 2017, 48% of property management companies stated they believe if they invest in tech, their revenue will increase over the next 5 years. In 2018, that number had risen to 61%.

Proptech’s potential ensures revenue maximization through price discrimination and is known to deliver the potential for greater tenant retention levels, as well as enhance the investor portfolio itself.


Whether you are a student of architecture, a fellow architect or simply a reader-enthusiast, don’t hesitate to give us your thoughts on these statistics and facts that we’ve gathered!

Do you have more facts to add to the list? Did we get it wrong?

Contact us or leave a comment below! 

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In the past years TED talks have been taking the online world by storm. 

It started out in 1984 as an annual conference, devoted to spreading ideas delivered through short, powerful talks. 

It’s main focus was on Technology and Design (TED = Technology, Education, Design) but now the talks cover topics from all kinds of fields.

Including architecture.

With the internet, TED talks gained a lot of popularity fast. 

The videos of max 18 minutes are accessible for free on their website and offer subtitles in over 100 languages.


With more videos being added to the site consistently it can be hard to find the right one to watch.

To fuel inspiration for the next project or just information about the industry, here are 25 of the best TED Talks about Architecture.

This list is arranged in no specific order.

1. Bjarke Ingles – 3 warp speed architecture tales

Danish star Architect Bjarke Ingles spoke at the TEDGlobal Conference in London back in 2009.

Discussing his ‘eco-flashy’ designs stories behind some of the firms biggest project to that date.

In these 3 architecture tales he talks about the times like when he accidently built the People’s building in China by losing a scandinavian design competition.

He explains how he designed ‘The Mountain’ just opposite his own balcony and how BIG has plans to built the first carbon neutral resort and residential Island in the Caspian sea.

In 18 minutes he shows how architecture and nature can become one again.

2. Joshua Prince Rasmus – Behind the design of Seattle’s library

Joshua Prince Rasmus is one of the founders of the acclaimed architecture firm REX based in New York City.

In this 20 minute talk he discusses 3 of his project he worked on before 2006. 

The Seattle Central Library opened in 2004 has since been voted one of America’s favourite structures.

Another mentioned project is the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre which was completed after the talk in 2009. 

The Museum Plaza in Louisville he talks about in this TED talk has been dropped in 2011 even though it received sufficient funds.

3. Cameron Sinclair – My wish: A call for open-source architecture

Cameron Sinclair is a London born and based Architect who took his career into a new direction by starting the charitable organisation Architecture for Humanity

The group focused on finding solutions to humanitarian crisis through architecture and design.

In this TED talk Cameron talks about his work with the organisation and projects around the world.

Topics included the introduction of mobile health clinics, in Sub-saharan Africa to battle the high rates of HIV/ AIDS with brilliant design ideas.

4. Julien Treasure – Why architects need to use their ears

At a TED conference in Edinburgh Julian Treasure wants architects to start designing with their ears. 

Noise and acoustics are often left out when making design choices for constructions which ends up creating issues when the building is in use.

From children only hearing half the words in a classroom to the sound systems on airplanes, Julian explains the importance of listening in architecture.

5. Liz Diller – A new museum wing…in a giant bubble

Elisabeth ‘Liz’ Diller is one of the 4 partners making up the Diller Scofidio + Renfro design studio which combines architecture with visual and performing Arts.

In this talk she explains one of the firms designs, a bubble for the Hirshhorn Museum.

The project was an answer to the project of adding another exhibition hall to a not so great building.Even though the design never ended up being built, the bubble is an interesting solution to public space.

6. David Bryne – How architecture helped music evolve

The former rock band Talking Heads separated in 1991 after frontman David Bryne left the group.

In 2010 he returned on stage, this time not to sing but for a TED Talk. In 16 minutes he discusses how the structure of a building affects the music played in it.

The tall ceiling church halls compliment gospel singing, while a song played by an orchestra would drown in the echo.

7. Greg Lynn – Organic algorithms in architecture

That architects have to know their numbers isn’t anything new.

But Greg Lynn and his firm are known for using math to build groundbreaking structures that seem to defy the norms of design.

In his talk he explains how organic algorithms are used through an example of the korean presbyterian church in New York.

8. Michael Pawlyn – Using nature’s genius in architecture

Continuing with nature’s patterns in architecture Michael Pawlyn talks about 3 projects which use processes found in nature as inspiration for new developments.

The first project is the Eden Project found in Cornwell, England, which turned a previously dead landscape into a greenhouse and park that sustains itself.

Another is the plans for a restaurant which would create a life cycle in itself, using waste as fuel for new food. 

Lastly is the current project by his firm Exploration Architecture, the Sahara Forest Project, which aims to provide water, food and renewable energy to hot regions by revegetating parts of the desert.

9. Xavier Vilalta – Architecture at home in its community

Xavier Vilalta brings two of his projects as examples on how to use the community as inspiration for designs. The first project was a mall in Ethiopia. 

The client asked for a building that had nothing to do with the culture and didn’t work in the climate, creating more issues than joy to the city.

By working with the traditions and patterns Xavier built a mall that would become part of the community. 

A similar approach created over 4000 new apartments in Tunisia directly inspired by one of the city’s oldest structures. 

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10. Alejandro Aravena – My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

This TED Talk is all about how to involve the community in the design process of new buildings. Alejandro Aravena lays out the issue of urbanization and the vast increase in city population.

In a project from Chile, the architect solved the issue of insufficient funds for too many people by only building half a house and giving the families the power to expand it into a full house themselves. 

Alejandro shows that with the right design, all that’s needed for sustainability is common sense.

Watch him talk about his other 2 projects here.

11. Marwa Al-Sabouni – How Syria’s architecture laid the foundation for brutal war

Syrian architect Marwa Al Sabouni had to watch her own hometown disappear as a result of the brutal 6 year war.

Over a recorded video, she explains what role the architecture plaid in the countries battle. 

The city’s architecture intertwined communities and offered harmonic living of all classes side by side.

Over the course of decades before the war broke out, the modernization of the city changed the way it was divided and separated social classes created ghettos. 

This split in social and economic groups was what fueled the fights that soon turned into war. 

12. Magnus Larsson – Turning dunes into architecture

At the time of his TED Talk Magnus Larsson was only an architecture student.

Now he opened his collective Ordinary LTD in London and puts his bold plans to work.

Here he proposes his plan to use sand as a material to build a wall or entire cities in the desert. 

Tackling an issue of resources this student’s solution to sandstorms is a type of bacteria.

This bug has the ability to turn sand into a solid structure.

13. Diébédo Francis Kéré – How to build with clay…and community

In 2013 Diebedo Francis Kere tells the audience his story.

He grew up in a small Village in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world.

In his teen years he got his golden ticked by getting to study architecture in Berlin, Germany.

Using his education he returned to his home village Gando and built schools that would give others the chance to learn as well.

Showing 3 projects he has since worked on he introduced clay and the power of community as a way to build without western resources.

14. Michael Green – Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

Michael Green is staying true to his name and introduces a greener solution to the problem of urbanisation and climate change in one.

Using wood as a material for the skyscrapers of the future would not just help the 3 billion people that are going to need new homes in the next 20 years.

It would also cut back on the biggest contribution to CO2 emission in the USA.

The building industry as a carbon emission factor isn’t talked about as much as transportation but actually makes up nearly half of the US yearly CO2 production.

The use of material that is grown by the sun and not a factory could get two issues for one.

15. Jason DeCaires – An underwater art museum, teeming with life

Moving from alternative building materials, artist Jason DeCaires Taylor steps it up one by changing the location of buildings.

He takes his art from ground to the sea.

By creating the world’s first underwater museums he utilizes the force of nature to build unique sculptures that stand on the bottom of the ocean. 

The artists work helps shift the tourists attention from coral reefs to more sustainable displays and gives the wildlife a rest.

With a playground as big as the ocean, the possibilities are almost endless.

16. Theaster Gates – How to revive a neighborhood: With imagination, beauty and art

As a trained potter Theaster Gates traditional career doesn’t have much to do with the architecture world.

While working on pots and art, he couldn’t help but notice the issues that were going on outside his studio in Chicago. 

With help from other industries he showed the people that with imagination and community work any house can be turned into something beautiful.

17. Tony Fadell – The first secret of design is…noticing

Tony Fadell got his breakthrough as the ‘father of the iPod’, and has left his mark on the engineering world.

In his talk he walks us through the steps behind every product. Identifying the problem that’s not visible to everyone. 

Being able to create a design that makes people’s everyday life easier is something architects have to consider too. 

He encourages to not underestimate the power of a young mind and to see the world as a series of challenges instead of saying ‘That’s just how it works’. 

18. Takaharu Tezuka – The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

Takaharu Tezuka explains how he built the ‘best kindergarten you’ll ever see’ back in 2007.

The round structure provides the children with an open space rather than small classroom and the roof acts as a playground as well.

Working with the natural movement of kids, running in circles and being outside, Tezuka built a structure that allows for the optimal experience for teachers and student.

19.Alex Steffen – The route to a sustainable future

Alex Steffen is an American futurist who uses his platform to raise awareness of the problems our society is going to face if we don’t change the way we live.

Contrary to the worst-case scenario he sees a sustainable future.

The talk focuses on cities and how small changes to infrastructure and lifestyle choices can turn things around for the world. 

A great example of city development is Vancouver which is working on density in the area. 

20. Shigeru Ban – Emergency shelters made from paper

Shigeru Ban is an architect from Japan who praises himself as being the only architect to use paper as a material for his constructions.

He talks the audience through his projects that were aimed to help societies, rather than the rich people in the world.

The refugee camps made by the UN are inhabitable and not a sustainable solution to crisis situations.

By using paper pillars Shigeru built pavilions that are saving lives while also being completely recyclable.

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21. Michael Murphy – Architecture that’s built to heal

During his times as an architecture student, Michael Murphy took a break from an all-nighter and went to a lecture by a medical professor.

To his surprise, the doctor talked about architecture and the effect it has on health.

Inspired by the failures of hospital buildings around the world he has made it his mission to build architecture that heals.

Developments in different African countries show that with the right design it is possible to create a space that allows the medicine to do its work. 

22. Marc Kushner – Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by…you

At the 30th anniversary, TED conference American architect Marc Kushner reviewed the last 30 years of architecture styles around the world.

He believes that the age of a new architectural revolution is coming now, with the age of media. 

Through the better connection between architect and clients the buildings of the future are going to be shaped by the people themselves.

Direct feedback means no more constructions that no one actually likes.


23. Iwan Baan – Ingenious homes in unexpected places

Iwan Baan looks at buildings that were created by its inhabitants, rather than by the architects who designed it. An abandoned tower project in Caracas has become a home to over 3000 people.

The families living in the construction ruins have created their own environment and adapting to the structure of the building. 

In his talk, he shows examples from around the world where buildings have been left by the designer and taken over by the people. 

24. Ole Scheeren – Why great architecture should tell a story

German architect Ole Scheeren is known as the ‘Mad Architect’ and wants you to question the rules of buildings.

Typical skyscrapers aren’t part of his portfolio and he explains the stories behind some of his most famous designs.

From a twisted tower in China to the construction of a cinema floating along the coast of Bangkok.

Architecture should be able to tell a story, rather than just stand tall.

25. Frank Gehry – My days as a young rebel

The last mention on the list is a longer one, but nonetheless important.

One of the most influential architects of this century, Frank Gehry, takes the podium and goes on a trip down memory lane. Talking about everything from his early beginnings all the way to current constructions.

Frank explains the stories of the steel designs he’s known for now. 

He talks about his own home in Venice beach that has become a symbol for modern architecture through elements of destructuralism. 

Gehry explains the unlikely source of inspiration he discovered, fish

While we did our best to choose from the big selection, there are definitely talks that are missing from this list. 

If you are looking for more inspiration make sure to check out the TED website.

Which speech caught your attention and deserves to be shared?

Let us know who we’ve missed!

What is Radical architecture and how did it come to life?

The term more frequently began to be used in the 1960s and 1970s with the aim to suggest some extreme of contour, construction, or (more typically) the Leftist political standing of its own creators. In reality, Radical architecture was often drawn or presented in projects by certain groups (e.g. Archizoom) questioning what constitutes structure, shape, design… Commonly involving assaults on architecture envisioned as a formal speech.

Times have changed, and we can clearly see that nowadays architecture is freer. Architect’s and designer’s visions and imaginations have escalated and brought multiple extravagant buildings into the world.

Let’s look into 22 famous Radical Architecture Projects across the world!

Casa Da Musica-House of Music

Architects: Rem Koolhaas, Arup

Casa Da Musica Portugal

We can consider this building as an architectural adventure in the shape of an asymmetric polyhedron built from concrete. Inside there are engravings reminiscent of Piranesi, complex geometries and dynamic perspectives.

The Casa da Musica in Oporto
is an architectural challenge that disagrees with the traditional shape of a theatre and suggested acoustics for it.

Location: MORADA
Av. da Boavista, 604-610
4149-071 Porto”

Galaxy Soho building

Architects: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher

gallery soho china

The Galaxy Soho building is dedicated to the creation of office, retail and entertainment industries. Soho has become an integral part of the greatness of Beijing, China. The essence of the country is highlighted inside evoking the traditional architecture of the country. There is a lot of controversy regarding this tremendous building, but we can not avoid the radical architectural design it holds.

The project stands out for the composition of 4 main domes joined in a singular piece. Multiple bridges and curved floor plans combine an aesthetic design and represent fluidity and calmness.

Location: Beijing, China

Image by: HUFTON + CROW

New Museum of Contemporary Art

Architects: Kazuyo Sejima and  Ryue Nishizawa. SANAA

New Museum of Contemporary Art

If to describe the new museum of New York then words as: an elegant, modern and urban fit the best. It consists of seven displaced boxes, which makes it look like a sculpture rather than a museum. The building clearly stands out in the Bowery street.

The challenge of this construction lies in the design decisions regarding space. The tight and narrow development area of the Bowery did not make building easy. The placement of the boxes is strategic, it allows the entry of sunlight at each level. As well as it gains more area space without extending the perimeter. Thus, this work becomes radical creating a harmonious relationship between the museum and the art, the structure and the environment of the city of New York City.

Location: Bowery, New York City

“Museum of Art,
Architecture and Technology”

Architects: Amanda Levete, ALA

Maat museum

Unique, is the word that describes this museum is located on the sides of Tajo river in Portugal’s capital city. Museum represents relationships among art and new technologies in one structure.

The highlight of this building is clearly the structure of the viewpoint. It has been designed in the way that it represents waves. The objective of the structure is to give access to the people who could then admire the banks of the Tajo river with scenic views.

Location: Belém, Lisbon


Architects: Lund Hagem


This designer’s home is a masterpiece that is characterized by the roof and the location it is placed. The rooftop offers scenic views over Norwegian fjords, can be used not only as a view deck, but also as a leisure area.

This project is based in the protected natural area. The idea was to create a panoramic view of the sea. Architects have used the natural rocks, their structure and incorporated them in house design. Home is built with the use of pure materials.

Location: Sandefjord, Norway

Image by: Luke Hayes

Headquarters for Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S

Architects: Foster + Partners


Located in Copenhagen this architectural jewel stands out among other structures in the neighborhood. The new headquarters of Ferring Pharmaceuticals is surrounded by the Baltic sea. The location gives building spectacular sunset views, that are best to view one the light reflects on glass facade and surrounding water.

The most interesting thing about this building lays in its structure. It sits on a stone plinth in order to protect itself from occasional flooding. The triangular shape of the building with incorporated glass makes it a truly unique symbol in the Copenhagen skyline!

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Art Oasis

Architects: Nabil Gholam Architects

Art Oasis Nabil Gholam Architects

The building is placed in a quiet area surrounded by trees and courtyards. This cultural complex with fresh air is perfect for walking, meeting and relaxing. Attraction invites local residents to enjoy their free time.

What makes this building radical, is the tranquility it holds whit-in. Calmness inspired in an urban stressful environment, makes it stand out. Walls are covered by a layer of perforated white concrete. Facade and roof covered with strategically placed openings to create a flow of natural light.

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

New Headquarters of SPGin

Architects: Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti

"New Headquarters of SPGin

This radical project is located in Geneva. The facade is the main thing one will notice right away. It provides restructuring and expansion of the existing building. It seeks to support a workplace where comfort and luminosity are the main things.

The radical look of this building is hidden in the simulation of a luminous nebula. The architect has played around with the choice of the materials, using mainly glass and perforated glass for the desired control of the light. The choice of materials has equipped this building with the sensation of continuous transformations by the transparencies.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Image by: Adrien Buchet

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Shenzhen Tourist Information Centre

Architects: Studio Pei Zhu

Shenzhen Tourist Information Centre

The building daily serves as the tourist information of the city. It merges recreational areas where the citizens can work and relax freely. The goal of the building was to create comfort and freedom in one structure.

The form of this building makes it Radical in our and many other eyes. The building is subdivided. With one part being light and airy, covered with glass, and second rough and firm using straight lines. For this reason, it has won several architectural awards, such as the Future Architecture award.

Location: Shenzhen, China

Image by: Wilson Lau

We Hotel Tōya

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates

We Hotel Tōya

This hotel built on the shores of Lake Toya in Japan, is composed mainly of wood and fabric covering nature and local materiality. The use of the materials and shapes allows the building to transfer light in a very pleasant way.

This construction is a remodeling of an old nursing home. As a highlight point, we should emphasize on the chosen materials. Wood being the main material. Local cedar logs have been selected for the facade and for the interiors. The layout is simulating a cedar forest.

Location: Hokkaidō , Japan

Jishou Art Museum

Architects: Atelier FCJZ

Jishou Art Museum

This project has been finished recently, it ended in April 2019 and will open doors to the public summer of 2019. The Jishou Art Museum is a social place that aspires to promote art and culture. It is inspired by the long Chinese tradition of the covered bridge, called Fengyu Qiao, which means a Bridge of wind and rain.

Crossing the River Wanrong you will find this bridge converted into a museum, with the concept of finding art along the journeys of life. The construction is based on two overlapping bridges, in the first level, the steel predominates and in the second level the concrete. The structure, in general, resembles a street covered for pedestrians.

Location: Qiangzhou, China

Marina Bays Sands

Architects: Moshe Safdie

Marina Bays, Singapore

Marina bays 55 story structure building faced delays caused by prices of labor and material shortages from the beginning. Initially, Marina Bay Sands was set to open in 2009. The global financial crisis also pressured Las Vegas Sands, the owners to delay the completion of the integrated hotel on time. The opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011.

Moshe Safdie, says that he was inspired by card decks while choosing the designs of the hotel. As they rise, the 3 towers are wider at the bottom and narrow down at the top. Each tower has two legs. Complicated structures required real-time observation for analyses and assessments at the course of their development.

Location: Marina Bays, Singapore

Harbin Opera House

Architects: MAD Architects

Harbin Opera House

The architects projected this museum with the concept of a cultural center of the future. A place of great performance and a public space representing human art and the identity of the city of Harbin. Building wraps itself with the nature of the environment.

The Harbin Opera House design is strongly inspired by the concept of strength and spirit of the wild feel and the icy climate of the surrounding place. Its structure is drawn evoking the wind and the water. With a curvy facade, this impressive building becomes radical by the magnitude of visual aesthetics in the project.

Location: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China


Mayfair Residential Tower

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects

Mayfair Residential Tower

Construction climbs 19-story high. Located in Australia, Melbourne, it has 158 differently sized residences. The building additionally has two heliports, multiple swimming pools, and a restaurant at the road level.

The fluid style of the facade defines massive balconies for each apartment. Balconies offer spectacular views over Melbourne’s skyline. The fluidity of the exteriors has been transformed into apartment interiors. Living areas within the apartments have been arranged in a special way allowing residents to experience iconic views over the town.

Location: Melbourne, Australia

V&A Dundee

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Dundee Scotland

The museum is inspired by the Cliffs of the northwest coast of Scotland. Striking traces of prefabricated concrete, which is projected horizontally, creates patterns of shadows that evolve and change according to the time and the day.

The building’s architecture is unique and complicated created by the twisting walls. The structure mimics the shape of the boat. The floor, walls, and roof are all complemented to provide stability to the construction. The turns and folds strengthen the construction. Design and use of materials are inspired by origami, where the paper is somewhat more rigid when folded.

Location: Dundee, Scotland


Hotel Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring

Architects: MAD Architects

Hotel Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring

This project is designed by the architect Beijing Ma Yansong for the Sheraton hotel chain. The hotel, with 100 meters of height, has 321 rooms and is known as “Hotel Luna ” that is inspired by its circular structure.

The most striking of this project is the form of the building. Multiple layered floors create a spectacular jewel in the form of a ring on the South Bank of Lake Taihu. The design is extended in a perfect way to the water and provides each room with a view of the lake.
The hotels’ structure is covered by LED lights, that give life to the building at night.

Location: Huzhou, China,

The Shard

Architects: Sellar Property Group

the shard london

The Shard is located in London Bridgrey. The 72-story pyramidal tower was inaugurated in 2013, with the vision of creating a vertical city tower with a gallery and outdoor viewpoint on its last floor. This project is considered to be one of the most ambitious in London.”

It is currently the tallest building in the UK. Design is based on an emerging needle sculpture of the river Tamesis. The glazed structure marks the personality of the facade where the light of the sun and the sky is reflected. As interesting information, in its construction were used various pioneering methods of engineering, as for example the construction from top to bottom.

Location: London, United Kingdom.

Odunpazari Modern Museum

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates

Odunpazari Modern Museum

The Museum of Odunpazari, is a work that inspires tradition and history.
The core vision of the project focuses on creating a link between people and art. Focusing on reflecting the history of the city and establishing itself as a milestone in the cultural development of the city.

Inspired by the traditional Ottoman design of Odunpazari cantilevers, Kengo Kuma creates a distinctive design with stacked wood to honor the city. The building is divided into three floors.

Location: Odunpazari Modern Museum

Ent Center for the Arts

Architects: Semple Brown

Ent Center for the Arts

This work is dedicated to the University of Colorado. The aim of its construction was to equip the Contemporary art gallery with a new home. It is no doubt this modern-style building has fulfilled its main function.

Semple Brown has worked on this modern building with a focus on using simple materials. The combination has resulted in large construction, strongly characterized by the waves in the facade and glass. The design provides natural light to the entire building, without damaging the works of art.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO


Architects: Perkins and Will


Antilia is considered to be one of the most valuable residential properties in the world. In total it has 37,000 square meters of floor space and has all the services and a luxury hotel could have.

Antilia, is bigger than the Palace of Versailles. Absolutely radical is this affirmation. The construction of this building is an architectural masterwork. Antilias design and concept has become very famous in India. As it is based on a combination of multiple open boxes, it allows the flow of natural light. Boxes pointing different directions gives residents views from different angles.

Location: Mumbai, India

City of Dreams

Architects: Arquitectonica Leigh & Orange

City of Dreams

The project is dedicated to luxury in all its versions. The City of Dreams houses all the desirable services that customers can imagine. With an expected area of 150,000 square meters, this building has become a very popular destination among tourists seeking a unique experience

The City of Dreams is located in Macao. Both, the project and its construction have been radical, using innovative engineering and formal cohesion. It is designed as a monolithic block with several gaps in the structure that carve the heart of the tower. Outstanding work and choice of materials make it stand out in cities skyline.

Location: Macau, China

Image by: Virgile Simon Bertrand.

The Wave

Architects: Henning Larsen

the wave vejle

In a flat country, there is a natural need for some human added landscape. This has been part of the reason for Vejle fjord inspired housing complex to raise.

The buildings’ design is quite outstanding and is located in a small town in Denmark. However, it has drawn a lot of attention, recognition and won prizes. Design immerses, on how perfect is Danish interpretation of design and functionality in one object.

Projects Costs: Not specified

Location: Vejle, Denmark

Radical architecture becomes more and more visible in modern city skylines. Architects are working harder to express themselves in new ways. We sure have listed only 22 radical buildings, but there are more! If you know one, comment, and we will include it in our article!

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Discover what is a modular design, how it influences architecture now and how it will in the near future! We have added a few interesting examples of practices where modular design works really well!

Modular design is…

Modular Design is the concept of having separate modules which are built-in isolation to then come together to create a working unit. 

The modules can work separately and be put together in a different way, allowing for endless possibilities of design and repair.

The most known example of modular design is every architect’s favorite toy: LEGO.

It is no surprise that architects are eager to bring their brick creations to the real world.

The idea of modularity is applicable to several different industries. Take electronics for example.


In the past nine years, over 570 million iPhones are disposed of mostly because only one part of the phone broke.

While it’s a composite device, it’s also a complete aesthetic. 

If the screen cracks eventually the camera will stop working or the battery explodes. 

One broken part made the entire phone unusable.

phone design phonebloks
[Phonebloks]  – [ExtremeTech]

The solution to this came as a phone design called Phonebloks

With their modular phone concept rather than throwing a damaged item away, Phonebloks would produce modular components. 

This allowed customers to simply fix the broken area themselves while customizing it. 

Reducing the amount of electronic waste would not just help the environment, but also the consumer. 

Modular Design in Architecture

The concept and adoption of a modular design can drive this on a massive scale, especially when incorporated into the architecture.

Modular elements in architecture can be anything from an entire building to solar panels and wind turbines. 

It doesn’t have to follow a specific style. 

It is merely characterized by the partitioning into scalable and reusable models, aiming to make us of the industry standards for interfaces.

Architecture can either be integral or modular. 

Most architecture is somewhere in between those two designs. 

Fully modular or fully integral architecture barely exists.

Modular design can be very beneficial if done right. 

It combines the advantages of standardization with those of customization.

The option of off-site construction allows for lower cost, faster build times and sustainability. 

Beginnings of Modular Architecture

Post War

Prefab in the United Kingdom
[Letchworth Prefabs]  – via Wikipedia by [SimonTrew]

When someone refers to ‘Modular’ in Architecture, you’d be forgiven for thinking of “prefab” post-war concrete cubes, created to house a transient population. 

Postwar buildings constructed as temporary solutions to a space problem which eventually turned into established constructions. 

Many became schools which left the students cold in winter and hot in summer.

Modular architecture uses Prefabricated materials.

However “Prefab” is a colloquial, catch-all term for the post-war, outdated modular building which uses old materials in a predictable way. 

Luckily for the school children of today, technology, and construction processes have come a long way since then.

Schools can upgrade their existing buildings or create new modular buildings for half the cost.

Modular architecture can decrease construction time so significantly, that the money usually spends on labor costs can go into the materials.

more money can be spent on the materials used for the construction that otherwise would have been spending on labor costs. 

So, more high-quality materials can create a better building.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Usonian homes, early modular architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright

[Prefab by Frank Lloyd Wright]  – [Curbed]

One of the first Architects to really show the potential of the Modular form was no other than Frank Lloyd Wright.

In the aftermath of the great depression in America, there was a requirement for cost-effective housing. 

So, in the mid-1930s, he designed what he termed “Usonian Homes”. They were built using modular concrete blocks and had few decorative features, no basement or attic. 

One of his most famous homes “Falling Water” utilized the same concrete blocks that did his Usonian Homes. The same elegance and beauty exist within their wide-sweeping concrete eaves and the strong lines that imply confidence within their surroundings. 

Proving that even historic modular architecture can be unique and beautiful.

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Modern-day Modular design

BIG – 79 & Park

79 & Park Stockholm, BIG, modular modern architecture
[79 & Park]  – [BIG]

Bjarke Ingels is a pioneer when it comes to modern, sustainable design.

It is of no surprise that he was the one to create some of the best modern examples of modular designs. 

His studio, BIG, just completed an apartment block, 79 & Park, in Stockholm. 

This modular building is reminiscent of a wooded hillside, with cedar clad facade and a central courtyard. 

Prefabricated designs were used to create a flexible and affordable build.

Scandinavian design is a good foundation to implement modular design as it is by nature more simplistic. 

Due to the saving of construction and material costs, BIG was able to build affordable housing for low income citizens in Denmark that still look luxurious.

nArchitects – Carmel Place

carmel place, tallest modular building in New York city by nArchitects
[Carmel Place]  – [nArchitects]

The design by nArchitects won a New York competition aiming to combat the overpopulation and accommodate the growing number of small households. 

The 9 story tower was built remotely and separately, saving the costs of on-site developments. 

It is the first micro-unit apartment building in New York as well as the tallest modular buildings in the city. 

The modules are partly affordable and partly more high end rentals. 

Challenges of modular design

Loss of originality

Large sweeping forms and beautiful curves might end up a thing of the past. 

Far harder to construct than modular forms, feats of engineering and speciality design, might be rendered an unnecessarily costly and time consuming endeavour for architect and client. This could spell the end of organic forms like Corbusier’s Cathedrale de Ronchamp.

With a potential global design uniformity that comes from the widespread popularity of Modular Architecture, could come even more restrictions. 

The cultural heritage and individuality of architectural design is in danger to be lost. 

Perhaps an architecture for the globe would just mean everything looks the same. 

The value of buildings used to be measure in the amount of time and effort it took to construct it. Theoretically speakings, this would mean modular buildings aren’t as valuable as more complex structures. 

We need to be careful that through the adoption of modular design, consideration for a building’s cultural heritage, purpose, and surroundings stay front of mind so the world doesn’t become a uniformly grey place.

It seems that the real test for the architect of the future, will be creating unique works of art using modular components. 

An issue that arises is the excess costs of over-designing, in order to make the construction stand out. This can lead to inefficient performance. 

Public Opinion

Another aspect that’s important when looking at modular design is the opinion the public has on it. 

This is particularly important in the real estate business. 

While modular constructions have come a long way from being a low-budget and low quality option, they are still not in the same league as ‘stick- built’ homes.

The stigma that came with the early designs is still very present. 

Modular constructions can be even better quality than buildings constructed on site. 

The factory settings, in which contractors build the different parts allow for way stricter and more intense quality control. 

Contractors and designers are aware of this, but it might still take some time to convince the public of the benefits. 

When it comes to architecture, it seems like a safe bet to trust into tradition. 

Not many are willing to take the leap and choose a prebuilt home over a ‘built from scratch’ house. 

10 examples of modular design

Advantages of modular design

The simplification of design is also a benefit of Modular Architecture. 

The uniformity of design and temporary nature means they are easily customisable for future use.

For example, when creating temporary housing for refugees, they will be quicker and cheaper to assemble. 

From a sustainability perspective, when constructing buildings that don’t permanently impact their environment. 

It could also increase their longevity. 

As anyone who has undergone the process of extending their home knows, building additions or changing old existing buildings is costly. 

Modular buildings built now are fully adjustable.

In 10 years time the parts can be either swapped or replaced with new parts within the same design system.

Owners could slowly build an extension. Paying for it as and when is possible, rather than having to do it all in one go.

It would also limit the issue of having to follow heritage listing regulations and use expensive subcontractors to produce a build in keeping with the existing design.

Future modular architecture


Using modular design in architecture is increasingly important. 

Upgradability, serviceability and flexibility are only a few of its characteristics. Being able to adapt and improve existing structures with less hassle and money is important for the architecture of the future.

With overpopulation and non-renewable resources, modular designs can help combat these issues around the world. 

The designs are much faster to built, responding to the constant need of new housing. 

In areas where nature affects architecture this can also come in beneficial.

When there is damage to a part of the construction, it is easier to replace a single uni, than the entire house.

Designers can develop parts of the buildings over time and solve occurring problems offsite.

The components are then usable in different ways on future projects. 

Project Managers love Modular too. 

Manufacturing of component parts and test builds can happen alongside groundwork, water, and utility services work during the building phase. 

Sounds appealing when time is money.


With the customisability, the lack of originality shouldn’t turn into more of an issue than with more integral architecture.

Most don’t want to live in different colored boxes like Post-war housing in Britain. 

But humans are individuals and even if our houses are all made up of the same materials, personalities will always shine through and turn them into homes.

Modern buildings already follow a similar style, as did the buildings during other time periods.

Modular Architecture – Are you ready?

The benefits of modular design in architecture outweighs the doubts that still come with it.

The opinion of the public is a big factor that makes modular buildings less popular.

But with the growing interest in sustainability and urbanisation that opinion is going to change sooner rather than latter.

Modern architects such as Bjarke Ingles are paving the way for a customisable and interchangeable way of construction.

Having a common style for modern architecture is inevitable.

And maybe the style of our future will be modular design.

Generating more architecture leads

The architectural industry isn’t typically built upon repeat business. Getting qualified new leads every month is what keeps thriving architecture businesses alive.

Marketing has evolved so fast most businesses are struggling to keep up regardless of the industry. How can you leverage your strengths and improve on your weaknesses to get get more traction?

Losing sight of potential projects in your pipeline is at its core the reason architecture firms struggle with growth. If you can’t wait for the tips and tricks, scroll past the analysis section to get more of the marketing hacks for architects.

Where do architects say their leads come from?

When you poll architects today about where most of their leads come from, consistently “word of mouth” is in the top two answers.

ArchitectureQuote Poll: 23 successful architecture firms in Denmark

If you could secure new architecture design projects through a more automated approach, would your business be doing better?

The short answer is of course, “yes.”

Architecture firms haven’t changed their approach to lead generation much in the last 50 years

The majority of architects admit they are reluctant to adopt new software tools and channels for driving customers.

The result is less proposals are going out and less projects overall are won.

We ran a poll with 23 successful architects and found that on average their firm was submitting 0-1 new proposals per month.

Not enough proposals per month for growth

Why are architects having trouble getting new leads:

How Marketers Can Change Your Business Model – KlintMarketing.com

Too many unknown, unknowns:

Good Economy = Great Times for Architects

The current architecture services market is less competitive… but what happens when economy slows down? Will there be the same amount of architecture leads today for your company as there will be next year?

If you’re not competing each and every day for market-share and business is booming either way. Life is good.

Why should architects change their approach to generating leads if there’s no issue at the moment?

The economy and home buying power of consumers has fueled the economy for the last 10 years. The issue is that things are changing.

The housing market up to the end of 2018

For the first time in ten years, home prices have not gone up.

It’s simple supply and demand. If there are less architecture projects and just as many architecture firms around; Someone is going to lose out.

How can all the architecture firms remain competitive and profitable if they’re competing for fewer projects?

In the long run, modernization of your processes will be one of the key differentiators of the design firms that thrive and those that fade.

How are you changing your business development practices to prepare for a slower economy?

What can you do to improve your lead generation within your own architecture design firm?

Is Word of Mouth the Only Approach in 2020?

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Architects need to stop relying so heavily on traditional methods of getting new projects. Especially if you’re in residential sector, you are leaving money on the table by not looking at how to boost leads from other channels.

Just like lawyers and dentists, architects say referrals are as major source of new architecture projects.

Becoming more adaptable to today’s business environment requires diversifying efforts across all channels. This means looking at organic reach, social media, and exploring more digital marketing techniques.

How the Modern Marketplace has left Architecture Behind

Architects expect to continue to get referrals and introductions like it’s the 1960s.

There are two fundamental obstacles that prevent “word of mouth” from being an effective in generating substantial leads for architects:
visibility and reach. 

Networking event


While there are more projects available in total than ever before, people still have the same amount of in-person reach. There are more architecture firms in existence today than ever before as well.

Why are architects expecting to hash out deals at events like they did 50 years ago?


If you’re only focused on the traditional methods of engaging with potential customers, you might make some waves at events and in the eyes of your architecture customers. You are however missing the

Why solely relying on referrals isn’t working:

Events are important given there’s seemingly more opportunities than ever, spending time on a one for one basis at events in hopes of getting a new client might not work as it once did.

Quick Tips for Architects That Want More Referrals

conference networking

How can architects get more value and leads out of regularly attending events?

Encourage all architecture team members in the company to attend events

After-work networking events are great spaces to gain an edge by learning and making new connections.

Being represented at events is huge way to show off your firm and build your brand.

Encourage your employees to go by posting events on internal communication channels and in office break rooms. Leadership needs to encourage people to go.

Consider offering incentives for those that attend events outside of work hours in the form of recognition, awards, small bonuses, gifts, days off, commissions, and swag (shirts, mugs, etc).

networking events architects
Networking events

Force yourself to follow the “4 minute rule”

Only spend a maximum of four minutes with every new contact at an event until you’ve met 20 people.

Find out what they do and who the highest priority is, then go after the highest priority people again (at the same event) for a longer dialogue.

Connect with everyone on linkedin on the spot

Linkedin will super-charge your network and allow you to retain all the connections you’ve made in the span of a night. It’s especially helpful if you’re bad at remembering names (like all of us).

Nobody is doing this:
After the event, post a status on linkedin with a few pictures and tag the event organizers and the new connections you’ve made at an event. This will not only increase your company reach but also boost your personal brand as well.

Use a CRM to manage your newest architect connections

Our memories are short. The day after the event, take a few minutes to add the new connections you’ve made at the event into a CRM. Include notes so you can remember what potential the deal may have in the future.

Email Automation with Merge fields for a friendly “architect hello!”

If you’ve managed to grab a business card then you should add them to a personalized general outreach message using merge fields.

These merge fields give the chance to enter their names and your message will read like you’re reaching out to them individually.

Architects and Digital Visibility 

Architects by nature are artists and often point to the fact that they were schooled traditionally in design not in digital marketing or business development.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. At all! But this also means we can consider these elements of the business, a challenge. Not something we have to avoid.

Increasing Digital Visibility for Architects

Architects need to step up their digital marketing game. Plain and simple.

Updating the user experience (UX) of your architecture websites

What does bad UX look like? Imagine if you came to a website seeking architecture services but then experienced something like below.

Ling Cars – Car rental site with bad UX

You might consider taking your business elsewhere if it’s not aligned with your expectations.

Improvement opportunities for your Architecture website:

How conversion forms improve sales of your architecture services

Turn more web visitors into customers.

Many of these people have found your site and may eventually make a financial commitment. Why are you making it harder for them to commit to a conversation?

Example of a conversion form on ArchitectureQuote

Conversion forms are a “zero touch” method that allows architecture clients to enter your sales funnel as “leads” to eventually become paying customers.

The benefits of using conversion forms vs an email address

frictionless forms by clearbit
Friction-less forms allow for faster conversions and less abandonment
  1. Quickly build a lead list

  2. Tripwire forms allow you to capture visitors via downloadable content

  3. Exit pop-ups with good offers grab visitors before they leave

  4. Better tracking on which pages and forms convert

  5. Increases monthly subscribers for newsletters

  6. Launch effective referral campaigns

  7. Segmentation of users = more relevant user experience

  8. Establishing a stronger pipeline based on A/B testing

  9. Lose less deals – integrate all incoming leads with sales tools

  10. Increase your conversion rate with less hassle to get in touch

  11. Capture interested potential clients while they’re looking at you

Having a conversion form is an essential building block in creating a relationship between the architect and potential client.

Architects must make it easy for website visitors to get in touch via a form at the top of their homepage, landing pages, and other pages of the site.

If an architecture firm could save one deal per year by allowing clients to more easily convert on a website, they would have more than enough development money to afford the updates.

Why placing email address on your architecture site doesn’t work

How to implement a conversion form?

I you’re just trying to capture leads on a simple wordpress site there are dozens of tools like contact form 7 or WPForms that can do the job.

A quick search of “wordpress form plugins” will turn up dozens more.

An architect’s website with a conversion form which yields direct communication is immediately perceived as more engaging and approachable to its target market. Try this. It works!

Content: Architects don’t create enough

Example of Blog Content – ArchitectureQuote

A crucial function of any architecture design business is to show off what makes them unique and maintain active relationships with clients. How can you do any of that with a static three page site?

Content can be the biggest opportunity to scale your company if done correctly.

User Intent – Content Marketing

Social Media Tips for Architects:

Social media is one of the most under utilized channels for content and has turned into a content desert or an after thought for architects.

How architects can improve their social media game

social posting tools
SoMe posting and scheduling tools

An architect’s work is normally carried out away from the clients’ viewing, as a result there is an immediate lack of visibility between these two parties.

Give your content a chance to delight current and new customers by regularly releasing great content across multiple channels.

Where are architecture firms listed?

A simple quick way to build some online visibility is to get listed on directories and listing sites for your niche.

Warning: This is a small win, don’t use this as a bullet proof marketing method.

local directories
Citation guide for small businesses – Integratedigitalmarketing.com

You need to decide which one’s are worth your time and even money, but it’s worth a look.

If you’re not being found in a google search and they don’t know about your website already. How else will people discover you?

Honestly… What do you have to lose?

You’re fighting with your competitors over a very limited set of search phrases. You need to be doing everything you can to match the competition and even more to stay ahead.

The unfortunate side of this technique is that it’s one of the only ways architects are currently marketing themselves because it resembles the traditional methods of print advertising.

This is not a successful strategy. Don’t go all in on listing sites. If we searched for architects like we use a phonebook today, this might work. But we don’t.

No Inbound Marketing or Marketing Funnel or Sales Funnel:

marketing funnel architects

To maintain an engaging online presence that yields future client leads, architects need to prioritize establishing a marketing funnel.

After someone “converts” on your website (they get in touch), what happens?

What is the sales process? Is there a process?

Usually top management or the person in charge of sales cobbese together something in the way of a system. Surprisingly it’s a lot less organized than other industries.

Steps to the sale defined for architects:

Sales Process Conversion Funnel

Step to the sale example:

  1. Lead comes in (inbound)

  2. Contact is made

  3. Lead is qualified

  4. Meeting set

  5. Needs defined

  6. Proposal created

  7. Proposal approved

  8. Negotiations

  9. Contact Signed

Do you have a defined sales process with rules and compliance for each step along the way?

Setting clear and defined steps after a prospect gets in touch allows you to take a process driven approach. The goal is unified across all departments, convert more prospects into paying customers.

Get a CRM

After an email or a lead comes in and you’ve qualified the potential customer. How are you tracking the next steps? How do you avoid losing customers due to disorganization?

There’s a name for tools that allow you to follow every architecture lead along the journey to becoming a paying customer. This type of tool is called a CRM (customer relationship management).

There a ton a inexpensive and enterprise level tools like Salesforce, Pipedrive, or Close.io. You can set up funnels in the matter of a few hours and monitor all sign ups.

Defining your sales process:

sales process for architects

Ask the right questions and it becomes incredibly easy to discover if you’re missing a step in the sales process.

Questions to ask the sales team at your architecture company:

Warning: Make sure you’ve established a good rapport before asking a sales teams a ton of pointed questions.

If your sales team can’t answer these questions with ease or the answers are confusing… You may have an issue with your funnel.

Having a system in place will allow architects to monitor and evaluate prospective clients that are trying to get in touch.

They also should be able to have a robust reporting system that allows them to optimize their approach.

Setting up the marketing funnel and sales process in your architecture firm

Architecture firms should strive to track the progression of a client’s behavior that led them to eventually make a purchasing decisions.

Marketing tech stack example

Getting serious on implementing a variety of tools can be a nightmare if it’s your first time creating a marketing tech stack.

Work with a growth agency like Klint Marketing to help to implement your marketing tech stack.

The goals of your marketing funnel simple:

If you implement the framework, the result is getting more leads and closing more deals

Very few architectural firms are focused on inbound marketing. There’s an opportunity for the architects and design firms that start doing it well.

Get a DealFlow Tool: Sign Up With ArchitectureQuote for fresh leads:

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Leads for Architects – ArchitectureQuote

When business is good, everyone is happy. What happens when leads slow down to a trickle?

How do architects keep the lights on if they are only working up to their latest deal? New projects can come from anywhere.

All architects should sign up with ArchitectureQuote to receive a steady stream of alerts for government Tenders and apply to each one that fits the architect’s own capabilities.

A progressive architect should be the first firm to set a meeting with organically generated leads with people seeking their services.

Plan to work on smaller freelance style projects via third party websites to keep the architects in one’s firm busy without having to lay people off.


There are definitely struggles cracking the foundation of the architectural industry. Adapt to current working climates now so you can more quickly scale in the future.

Architects need to break free of tradition and work smarter. The first step is recognizing the problem.

Definite changes that align with the moving dynamic of today’s business environment and purchasing decisions. Take chances and experiment.

The field of design has become more segmented, with more options and alternatives for clients to pick and choose from.

Architects are now competing against interior design professionals as well as home improvement stores, both of which cater to more budget conscious clients.

Since architects cater towards more exclusive, wealthy client they must to everything in their power to offer a complete package. Today’s world establishing a personable relationship, needs to be a part of that package. 

Now with more digital platforms and competition there is a greater need than effort to produce content across different channels in order to capture more leads on your own website.

It is then crucial for architects to have a responsive and engaging online presence that emits visibility and the opportunity for a relationship with the architects to be established.

However the job isn’t done once you’ve managed to capture new prospects. Your sales process and funnel will ultimately be the difference in nurturing leads into paying clients.

Word of Mouth will never be an the only effective alternative to the expansive reach of a solid digital online presence and strong sales funnel.

Companies, no matter the size, want to achieve effectiveness, efficiency and save time automating processes.

Thanks to software tools, they can reach their goals and deliver projects faster than they used to do before.

Here there are the 150+ softwares an architecture firm needs in 2020.

Browse thought the selected categories and choose the best tool for your next architecture project.

Download Complete list FREE – Link in the bottom!


Project management


Outplanr is a tool used to keep projects on track and it gives detailed information on the time spent on it against the own estimates. It is a very useful tool when following the task progress and to have an overview of the team’s accomplishments. It connects the people involved in the projects as well as external guests on the platform. The tool allows integrations with Slack, Google calendar, outlook email, and others.

Free trial (30 days) per sign up is available and the basic plan starts from 15$ for a team of three people per month.

CORE/Archioffice by BQE Software

Core a newly acquired name for well-known tool ArchiOffice. The tool is well known for having over 400000 leading engineers, architects and consultants using it. The platform offers project and process time tracking, billing, project management, and accounting. With a high focus on continues innovation and personal customer service to each client. This tool is very powerful when it comes down to calculating single architectural project costs and adjusting estimates for the future.

Further options are such as easily exportable data,  streamlined and color-coded interface, a search and filter for accessing specific data, customized dashboards, direct email invoices from ArchiOffice, a fast and simple time sheet entry, unlimited length notes for time and expenses and lastly project task selection.

Free trial (15 days) per sign up is available and the starter subscription is 7.95$ per month per single user on a 3-year contract.


ArchiSnapper is a powerful tool for any architecture office. Users are allowed to create custom, effective reports, checklists and share the information instantly with the team, customer or contractors. Multiple integrations with other major architecture software(ArchX, Archisoft, Build software, Astena, Bouwsoft, Teamleader, Total Synergy, etc.) and export opportunities with google drive, dropbox, and CSV formats allow this tool to be widely and comfortably used in the industry. Currently, ArchiSnapper is used by companies such as Durabrik, Vincotte, BAST Architects and AECOM.

Free trial (14 days) per sign up is available and the Small subscription is 24$ per month per single user with a maximum of 10 active projects.


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This powerful tool offers various solutions for all sizes of companies. With its scalability and ability of configurations, it meets the needs of most architectural and construction companies without additional customizations. Keep your financial, reporting, accounting, management and other of the main operation sunder one platform. Xledger’s main principles: True Cloud, Configuration, Unified Solution, and Personalised Service are a cornerstone for great customer service and all in the solution for firms. Xledger currently serves 10129 companies in the global market!

Xledger app view

The free trial is available, but Xledger does not provide clear information about pricing. The best is to contact them for pricing estimates for your business.

Workflow max

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Simple software for any architect or designer that looks for some more organization within their work field. Workflow MAX allows us to manage/coordinate and track the progress of the project and staff from any location. Administrators can create invoices, quotes, and timesheets for each project. Software becomes especially handy once architecture organization wish to review their work, detailed reporting allows to track expenses and discover best earning projects and tasks.

Workflow MAX seamlessly integrates with over 30 major work management software. Some of the softwares architects and project planers find useful are: Plan Right, Deputy, Zendesk, and Xero

Workflow max  desktop view

Free trial(14 days ) is available, afterward, 45$ subscription fee will be required each month for a standard package with 3 users.


Workfront logo

Workfront offers software solutions to help the team organize their work on projects and tasks. With insight and timelines, all the team members have an overview of projects and help them to deliver the best product possible for their customers.

Workfront Fusion allows multiple integrations to keep all your favorite tools and operations in one place. Connect your favourite tools as JIRA, Box, Slack, G-Suite Integration and others.

workfront work matters

Anyone can request a free DEMO to try out the software solution. After that companies will be required to choose one of the provided plans and request pricing for their choice.


monday logo

In a very simple and visual way, monday.com comes handy as the ultimate project management tool for any architecture office. Project owners are allowed to create multiple dashboards, to track progress and optimize workflow. The tool has very useful features with automation, allowing to save time on repeatable tasks and multiple, already made and ready to go boards and templates!

Very useful integrations will make work fast and painless. Managers can use tools together with google pack( g-suite, drive, calendar, etc.), Todoist, JotForm, Twilio and others.

monday boards

Anyone can start a free trial to try out the tool. The basic package starts with 39$ per month for a team of 5!


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ARCHIBUS is a more advanced software for professional architect and design studios that wishes to have all of their projects organized and in one place. The tool allows to manage of team and project processes as well as control building environments, advanced space planning, manage assets and others. Great features with role based dashboards, metrics and alerts allow each project manager to be on top of the employees and project, no matter of project size.

Integrate ARCHIBUS with ERP Systems, AutoCAD or Revit, add Geospatial Extension and use the software on your mobile. ARCHIBUS offers even more integrations, such as metrics dashboards, inventory and builder analysis.

archibus use

As prices and packages can vary from architecture firm to firm, it is best to request a demo. Get in touch with a representative, in order to find out more about best-suited solution and pricing for it!


Scoro logo

An easy and very handy tool for architectural practices and designer studios. Keep all your things organized and in one place, create budgets, send out invoices and stay on top of the work progress. Scoro allows us to Schedule work tasks, meetings and assigns tasks. Perfect for pedantic architects who wish to track their time spent on the project and deliver detailed reports.

Platform very well integrates with multiple tools, making work even easier. Connect with Calendly, Harvest, Toggl, Google pack or Microsoft office or many more.

scoro dashb

Start a free trial or schedule demo to get to know the platform. For smaller teams, start with 26$ per month, per member( minimum 5 members) with the essential packages.

Storage and File sharing

Google drive

google drive logo

Google drive is a very commonly used file storage and file sharing platform among many industries, including architects. Users are not limited by format or size to be stored. The platform is easy to use, as desktop and mobile applications are available. Not to mention that easy to use across and together with other Google products as, sheets, docs, mail, etc.

Google allows easy integrations with multiple other tools, your firm might be using for project management or product creation. Larger companies enjoy Google enterprise and G-suite, for even better workflow.

google drive sharing

No signup fee is required and storage is ready to use together with gmail. The first 15GB of storage is free, afterward, 100GB of storage costs 1,99$, or considers drive enterprise for larger organizations and operations.


binfer logo

Binfer comes in handy once you need ton transfer large files. With safe and direct transfer now you can safe half of the time what it would take with traditional on cloud upload. All file formats( STL, OBJ., 3DS., VRML., and X3D., etc.) and sizes are supported. Architects can find this useful once transferring large renderings or visualisations. If file large transfer gets interrupted by internet connectivity, the auto resume will continue where it is left!

binfer file sharing

Binfer offers a free Plan and you can start right away. Afterward, the Small plan starts at 5$ monthly.

Zoho WorkDrive

zoho logo

Managing teams files or transferring files between stakeholders can be frustrating. Zoho WorkDrive offers an organised way to share and manage your important documents between all the parties involved. The tool is available as an application or desktop version and is securely protected.

zoho workdrive

Calculate your pricing depending on the data amount your company handles. Or simply start with 2.25 $monthly Starter pack.

Egnyte Connect

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This tool will come in handy for architects, builders, contractors that are working on site and have experienced low or no connectivity. With Egnyte it is possible to access large drawing sets, plans or other documents from any device on site. Save time on printing files and share them among all involved parties!

App easily integrates with G-mail, Microsoft office online, Plangrid, Autodesk Forge, HoloBuilder, BIManywhere, and many others.

Egnyte Connect work

A free 15-day trial will give any architecture office useful insight on how the tool works. Afterward, choose your plan, The office plan starts with 8$ monthly and allows 5-25 members to be connected.


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Claimed to be one of the best enterprise file sharing, synchronizing and back up solutions available. Filecloud allows your files to be stored on your servers or on the cloud. Multiple features, high security over files, customisation and low cost

App easily integrates with G-mail, Microsoft office online, Plangrid, Autodesk Forge, HoloBuilder, BIManywhere, and many others.

file cloud integration

Get started with 14 days free trial and then prices start from 4.20$ a month per user(minimum of 20 users) for a Standard deal.

SpiderOak Share

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Architectural offices and established companies will find this tool useful once dealing with large scale customers, government orders or sensitive data that needs more care. SpiderOak file sharing and storing software utilizes cryptographically-enforced systems to keep data safe. Instant notifications and mobile applications make it useful for all parties involved in projects, backup support ensures against any cyberattacks.

SpiderOak Share dashboard

For pricing, interested customers will have to contact the company directly in order to find the best solution for their needs.


we transfer logo

Architects struggle with sending large files, wetransfer is here to help. Send all your renderings, plans and graphs with ease. Fast upload speed and direct delivery to the recipients email. Simple to use and no need to download any additional apps.

we transfer interface

File transfer is free to use, the possibility for upgrading to the PRO version and send even more and larger files.

2D and 3D architecture

Vectorworks Architect

Vectorworks is your architectural modeling tool of choice if you are looking for more flexibility for your designs and creative approaches. Vetorworks Architect features tools for BIM modeling, precision drawing, free-form modeling and site modeling. It also has robust import/export capabilities and supports Open BIM and IFC. With continuous development, the BIM tool offers AR, VR, Photogrammetry and 360-degree viewing.

The program works directly with Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, Photoshop, and Cinema4D, by way of supporting the import/export of these native file formats, making work with partners and customers easier.

vectorworks architect

A 30-day free trial is available, then price can depend on your location and required version of the software. U.S. perpetual licenses and subscriptions are highlighted here. Additionally, Vectorworks offer free software to students and special plans for educational institutions and recent graduates. Details are available online.

SketchUp Pro

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SketchUp has several advantages, it is easy to use, handy and it speeds up the work process. Together with the user-friendly interface, an active community and many options for customization it is a reliable tool for many architects on a present day. From programming, diagraming, design development, documentation and detailing, it provides the user with required training and it can be installed in Mac or Windows computers.

A wide range and number of additional plug in are available for SketchUp, making it one of the most favorable tools among architects and designers. As to mention some of the most used plug ins and extensions: Soap & Skin Bubble, Flowify, JointPushPull and Curviloft all available on Extension Warehouse

sketchup dash

For personal use, SketchUp is available free of charge. For professional use companies can start with a 30-day free trial and afterward packages start with 119$ yearly per Shop subscription.


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Modeling software provides architects and designers with traditional CAD capabilities, modeling, Documentation, and Visualisation in 2D and 3D views. The advanced tool allows achieving professional results and attention to detail in the projects. Additionally a large database of user-created projects for inspiration.

Microstation dashboard

Subscription pricing can vary depending on the chosen package deal, and the best is to consult directly with the Bently for the right solution. The company offers discounts for students and educators.

Chief Architect

Chief Architect logo

Architect software gives an opportunity for designers and architects to bring home design projects to life. Multiple integrated and automated building tools, designed for house design, interior design, kitchen, and bathroom design. It helps it to make it easy once creating construction drawings, elevations, CAD details, and 3D models. with additional features export 360° Panorama Renderings and full 3D Viewer Models. These highly visual materials you can then share with clients or place them directly on your website and experience home design with virtual reality in real-time.

Chief Architect software has received positive user feedback from companies like AIA – Art Form Architecture, INDY BLUEPRINTS, Not So Big House and other industry specialists.

Chief Architect  workplace

Download trial version and start to work with Chief Architect right away. The software offers either one time purchase of 2995 $ for a license or a monthly payment of 199$ as per Chief Architect Interiors and Chief Architect Premier.


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Every architect should be familiar with this software product. Autodesk is a powerful service provider for multiple industries architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, education, and others. Multiple software products offer advanced tools in 2D and 3D modeling, visualizations, BIM, 360 viewers, simulations, animations, and many others. This might become the only tool you will use trough your career as an architect. With multiple products spread across wide spectrum designers and creators, cant be limited and any idea can come to live the tool or toolset.

Some of the more recognized products of Autodesk are: AutoCAD, Revit, MAYA, Civil 3D, Fusion 360 and 3DS MAX. Autodesk and user community provides a wide range of help: tutorials, explainers, seminars, groups, file exchange, and others.

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Most of the tools offered to architects and designers by Autodesk are available to be tried out for free on a 30 day Trial. Autodesk and tools from Autodesk is an expensive purchase. Make sure that you will use the tool, sometimes employers or educational institutions can provide licenses or discounts. The price for package or single tool depends on the plan one chooses.


This multi platform suite offers tools for CAD, CAM, CAE, PLM and 3D design and developments. With this tool you can design a wide spectrum of buildings, models, components and others. Especially useful once architects or designers start to work with industrial construction or prefabricated methods. The tool allows to geolocate, create bills for construction materials, create associated documents, invite and collaborate with external partners as well as reuse templates.

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As it is not listed price for the tool it is best to contact representatives. CATIA is open for partnerships among startups and students. Possibility to request demo makes the experience even better.


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This tools is a solution for Designers and Architects that are looking for ways to reduce projects risks, costs, overruns and improve the designing process in general. Working with industrialized environments, building or redesigning cities or territories? Solid works platform will allow you to do it more effective.

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Everyone can start off with Free trial. Afterward, precise price estimation could be found out upon request.

ArCaDia Architecture

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This software solution allows architects to create complete designs in line with BIM technology and same time creates a complete building information database. ArCADia BIM Software is more than one tool, it includes twenty industry specified modules. Architects are given freedom to work with installation solutions for water, sewage, electricity, heating, roofing, facia and many more. All programs are intended for engineers to construct and calculate with the highest precision.

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The software offers various solutions and programs, browse through their website, contact the company and find the best solution for your purpose. Try out the tool with their Trial version!

Data CAD

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DataCAD Architecture software tool allows architects to fully release their potential by creating drafts, edits and preparing construction documents. Architects can use the tool more than just a drafting tool. The software has functions of automated 3D modeling and photorealistic rendering tools. More architects can automatically insert automatic doors and windows. Designers are in charge of the lighting, cast shadows, and texture. Show your work on the project to the client early using visualisation and allow you and your client to save time on changes.

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Data CAD can be started with a FREE trial, once the software is downloaded and get to know, find support and discuss pricing model for your institution.

All plan

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This ultimate 3d designing software allows any architect or engineer to fully use their creative potential. Produce detailed designs followed BIM practice combined with necessary project documentation.

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All plan is available for a free trial. In order to get price estimation for your organization contact the company directly.

Material Calculations

InSite Site Work

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This is a higher level tool that allows larger architecture firms to work with more precise construction cost estimations. Tool allows users to calculate earthwork and utility quantities directly from PDF and CAD files.

The tool can be used on site and offsite, it allows you to align and merge multiple documents, work with topsoil removal, repurpose and material calculations. Great customer support will make sure your company and architects are well prepared to work with the tool.

It is not the cheapest tool to use, with one time set up fee of 3495$ and 165$ a month your Architects will have access to the licensed software.

Time Scan

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The tool helps companies when it comes to estimating the price and work required. With modules as inventory, labour, equipment, transport, subcontractors, and others any architectural practice will get more detailed view on what actions and steps are required. Application is a single platform solution taht will save you time and money. Use it onsite and offsite and manage large teams and large construction sites.

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In order to find the right price for your solution, contact the company and tell them more about your architectural venture.

Nemetschek – SDS/2

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A high-level tool designed to help architects and designers once it comes to work with steel constructions. Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. The solution will provide sophisticated and complete solutions for nay level of architecture firms. Covering the whole steel delivery workflow, from structural calculations and detailing to fabrication and erection.

Company has a strong history and line of partner they are working with. they have created a strong data base and actively researched based improvements on the platform as well as the use of big data.

Besides the SDS/2 product, Nemetschek provides other very useful tools for architects and engineers. Design software for concrete structural calculations, software that supports electrical installation calculations, rendering and designing tools.


Contact the company directly in order to find out how you can start to use the tool for your next building project.

Construction estimating


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It is important for architects and builders to know the costs of the materials and solutions they are offering. QuoteSoft comes in handy once estimating price for Plumbing, piping, and HVAC. The software solution will help you to get trough the engineering challenges, it is easily connectable with BIM and CAD softwares as well as project management solutions.

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The price for the software is to be found by contacting the company directly and booking a live demo.


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CostX is an optimal tool that includes multiple products under one name and helps to estimate project costs. It allows non CAD system users to quickly and accurately measures from 3d drawings and BIM models precise estimates. Powerful inside tools will allow easy to use experience and precise workflow once calculating sizes and volumes. Integrated cost plans will allow you to review details from selected plans and drawings.

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Get in touch With CostX to get Demo tour and figure out what would be the best solution for your company.


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A very useful tool when it comes to calculating room and wall sizes. Architects will be able to model in 3D and experiment with different materials and types of material. The tool allows us to import PDF files, aerial imagery and even hand drawn field sketches. With only one mouse click architect then be able to select, recognize and grab the surfaces to work on.

Architects with a passion for sustainability will enjoy Applicad’s Solar wizard. The program is designed to calculate solar intensity and radiation in a 3-dimensional model. It is able to project shadows and suggest the best placement for solar equipment.

Applicad tool has been use by multiple companies in the industry. Companies such as Raincoat roofing systems, StramIt, Advanced architectural and others.

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Free 5 day trial might be too short a time span to fully discover all possibilities of software tools. Contact the company for more information about tools and pricing.

Benchmark Estimating Software

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A comprehensive tool that supports multiple industries and a wide range of solutions. Project owners and managers will get a detailed overview of the whole project. Tools are very detailed and allow you to include multiple users working on the same project, updating details in realtime.

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Software price can vary from the solution you are looking for, get in touch and find out what is the best option for your business.


Stack accelerates the pre-construction process by allowing contractors to estimates costs in a modern way. No need to use pane and paper to do all the work on the platform. Architects can enjoy this platform, as well as many time architects and contractors, are working closely together. Architects will be able to estimate costs and adjust project in early stages or check up on contractors suggestions in terms of materials and price.

The software tool is available with multiple integrations: SmartBid, Raken, Dodge, Procore, and others. Enjoy it with your favourite tools and work smarter.

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Stack is available to start off FREE with limited functionality. Upgrade to Plus plan for 999$ a year and have more functionality.

Time management


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This tool will help you to time track architects’ work. stay on top and do not loose work hours in unproductive tasks or procrastination. Big Time tool has been already used by over 1000 architecture companies, allowing you to precisely set time estimates, project phases and estimates.

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Express package is accessible for 10$ a month billed annually with a minimum of 5 users. Or start a FREE trial and get to know the tool.


Improve workflow and efficiency in your architectural practice. ClickTIme comes in handy when you want to stick to the budget and increase project visibility. Easily manage employee time, approve spent time on tasks and schedule the next ones. The tool creates reports and timesheets for further evaluation.

Wide range of integrations will allow ClickTime to be used with accounting, file sharing, CRM, project management and google apps. Tool has a range of popular app integrations: Paychex, Yardi, Glip, Sage and many others.

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Give it a go with a FREE trail or , start using from just 9$ a month for a starter plan.


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The tool will help Architecture firms to stay on time within project phases and overall project. Analyse gathered data on productivity and issues along the way of delivering work. Schedule and run estimates towards costs, make your companies workflow more efficient. Companies like METHOD ARCHITECTURE have been using the tool.

Accello Works together with many apps and integrations making the work even easier. connect it with G-suite, MailChimp, Gusto, SolarWinds, Airtable and many more.

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The tool offers a free trial. Afterwards packages start with 39$ a month for user with minimum of 5 users.

Stock images /elements


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Pexels is a tool that provides royalty-free photos for websites, blogs or apps. It can be used to print marketing materials and to promote the product, building, material or design itself. It allows the user, share the post on social media and to experience growth in the audience and a high percentage in engagement.

Architects can use the platform as a visual portfolio of their works, material, patter or design showcase. As well as seek inspiration from professional architecture photography.

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Pexels is free to use. No need to download anything, or subscribe to services.


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The adapter is a simple image converter. This program allows transforming images, videos and audio files resulting in a file your customer can use. Tool becomes extremely handy for architects once showcasing projects or progress. The software allows to generate quick previews and save time on matching the file format with your client.

An especially useful feature of converting in batches allows architects and others to convert multiple files at the same time.Adding watermarks and subtitles is also an option.

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The tool is free to use. Download and use it right away with Mac or Windows.


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Unsplash is a great platform for creatives, architects and designers. If you are an upcoming architect you can definitely seek some stock photos to sue for any visual material you need to present. Or go trough the wide selection of site photos and get inspired by architecture, patterns, and materials used all around the world and presented to you in a professional manner.

For architects and firms already established well in business, Unsplash is a great chance to showcase your work in a visual way or get inspired by others.

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The platform is free to use, you can download and upload images in high resolution with no fees. Use them on your works, website portfolio with no copyrights, how ever mentioning the author is highly appreciated.



It can be frustrating to create a simple illustration that looks good. And this is not a real task for architects anyway, therefore Mixkit comes in very handy and allows anyone to find professional graphical elements or illustrations. It is true taht architects like to keep all minimal, but a small illustration, unique background or a graph can really make your work more eye attractive.

The platform can bee used as an inspiration board, or you can upload your own design if they match the themes( in case your work is more related to design ). Or maybe a great chance to find a creative designer to bring your projects to life.


Free to use for personal and commercial use and no bond to copyrights.


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On the platform young architects can find images related to architecture and buildings. This can become handy once creating mood boards, looking for inspiration or updating websites. The website database holds over 130 million images, giving a slight edge in the market with similar platforms.

We found especially handy the feature of downloading vectorized files. these files can then be easily repurposed in other projects both decorative and functional.

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It is possible to download free images, they might come with watermarks. But 29$ Flexible plan gives way more choice and freedom for creators.

Email tools


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Mailshake is a tool that is very helpful in the sense that it sends personalized emails to the end users through the mobile phone and social media through one dashboard. Keep relationships with your previous clients or creating a base of partners you can always update what are you up for.

Architects are not widely known for sending bunch of emails or newsletters. We feel that platforms like this would allow studios to keep interested parties in a close loop and update them regularly on news in the company.

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With Basic package for 39$ a month your architectural venture will be covered for good start.


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Mailchimp is a very popular marketing tool used in many industries. Architects can benefit from this tool keeping their clients, and audience informed about news, achievements and project or product proposals. Keep your contacts organized and send them all emails at once, saves your firm time and reduces the chance of failure, as well as allows you to created beautiful email campaigns.

Mailchimp is your go to tool for newsletters, show your work and designs to the world and maybe this will land a new customer. Mailchimp is available for multiple integrations such as Paperform, Cyfe, Outgrow, and others.

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Start with a free plan, and update it as your architectural venture grows, as the next package – Essentials starts at 9.99$ a month.

eM Client

This software makes it easy to migrate your messages from email providers like Gmail, Exchange, iCloud and Outlook.com.You just have to enter your email address and the eM client will adjust the appropriate settings for you. it allows to import calendar, optimize settings and customize looks. Architecture practices would benefit from functional integration by spending less time searching the right emails, having backup and simple, yet powerful view modes.

Unlike most free email clients, eM Client is also packed with advanced options like automatic translation, delayed send, and encryption. It’s a remarkable set of tools, and for managing two or more email accounts.

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Simply start with 30 days free trial, and for 45$ a month you can already access PRO features.


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A very useful tool for small architecture practices. Cakemail takes care of the design and visual aspect of your e-mails and allows you, architects, to represent the studio in a more professional way. Simple set up and drag and drop functions will allow anyone to use tools with ease. Set up emails sequences, capture new leads and bond with existing customers by the mail.

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Give a try on a 30-day Free trial and see how it works for your firm. Afterward, 8.99$ for a starter package is decent price-

Social Media


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Linkedin is one of the best social media for architecture firms. Highly professional and business, oriented social media channel that can be used for architecture firms to advertise, connect, hire and inspire. Engage directly with CEO’s or lead architects from companies you like or you work with. Grow your network within the industry and follow trendy topics.

Every larger architecture firm is represented on Linked in, it isn a great way how your form can be present on social media, and even look for new employees within the platform.

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The platform is free to use, it has some limitations and functionality restrictions but starting from 30$ a month you or your organization will get premium access.


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Facebook, even a social media network, can be used also for business purposes. Create facebook pages, or groups for your audience, platform allows everyone to showcase their work directly to the audience. Or the medium can serve as great inspiration place for your next architecture ventures.

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Facebook is a platform free to use. However, it allows you to pay for advertisement and get your message across the crowds.


Buffer is a small helper for your social media activities. We all know how busy is architects, it allows its customers to plan and publish content for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin through a simple dashboard. Schedule your posts all at once snd release them on time you desire.

Busy in building site, or don’t have access to the internet, scheduling allows even content distribution for your followers and fans.

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The 7-day free trial will set any Architectural practice on a good run with social media. Continue your experience for 15$ a month with the PRO package.


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Houzz is a platform with a focus on architecture, design, construction, decorating and home improvement. The platform allows architects and contractors to create personal pages and offer their services locally. Additionally, you can share or read articles about architecture and building industries.

Houzz’s Extensive media library can serve as inspiration or example catalog for your agency. Connect with professionals in your area or find contractors and other partners for your next construction project.

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The platform is free to use. How ever if you wish to sell something, there are plans and programs your institution needs to be part of.


Simple social media platform, that are many familiar with. Architecture firms can use the platform to notify their audiences with latest news, small announcements and as content distribution channel.

Note that other firms are using the platform as well, it will be a great source for architects to know what is new and trending in their industry.

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Twitter is free to use.

Mind mapping tools


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Busy architects will be grateful for this platform. many projects running at the same time but every project is different, with different clients, different types, different consultants and different building systems used. It is easy to lose track and skip small details. The mind map will be your visual information guideline. Mindmeister is created to capture and share your ideas.

Architects do not need to download additional software, use the web-based tools right away. Plan ideas, browse solutions or keep track of progress in a visual way. Share your map with clients, download them in PNG or JPG formats. Tool easily integrates with G Suite, Dropbox, MeisterTask, Evernote, Confluence and other platforms.


Create your first 3 mind maps for free, and for 4.99$ Personal package gains access to even more features.


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It can be messy when you have multiple people or even teams working on one project, architecture is no exception. Miro board will be your architectural practice tool of choice to keep things organized in a visual way. Use the platform to create powerful mind maps, share ideas and concepts, inform clients or even use it to build diagrams.

Miro is well-recognized tool and has been used by companies like Autodesk, Upwork, IKEA, etc. Add plugins or integrations as Miro sketch, video chat, Axure, Prezi, etc.

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Start for free, or get your team involved, starting off with 8$ for 5 users a month once paid for a yearly plan!

Human Resources


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Officevibe is the leading platform for teams that enables better communication, connection, understanding, action, and engagement between team members. Improve how the teams performs in your architecture firm, weekly automated surveys allows to gather insightful feedback.


Smaller teams, up to 20 employees, will enjoy Officevibe for Free, once the team increases payments starts with 4$ per user per month, offering additional features.

Bamboo HR

The ultimate tool to gather insight into your architecture studios employees. Analyse performance of your people, build reports and optimize workflow based on data. The platform allows each employee to see their work schedule, holiday plan, and assigned tasks. with integrated automation tools HR professionals will have easier task to manage their team.

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Possible to start free trail, great way to see if it works for your company.


sympha hr

Sympa HR is a cloud-based process management solution is designed to give professionals the tools to manage the entire employment lifecycle. Manage your employees trough their training, performance and on-boarding process. Spend less time on boring tasks, and gain more focus to improve your staff well being.

Tool has been recognized and used by architecture company such as BIG in Denmark. Other large companies as BMW, Recover and Fonecta are benefiting from the tool as well.

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Companies are invited to contact SymphaHR in order to find out the price for their organisation.


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Small and medium size Companies will find this software very useful tool in order to manage their staff in best way possible. Move away from manual timesheets and have your resources in cloud. Keep track of employee records, time tracking, on boarding, company resources etc.

Architects such as Ropee use the service and are grateful for the possibility to have an overview on their people.

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14 day trial is offered per sign up, and 2.5 monthly payment for each user will be required afterwards for the basic plan.

Cake HR

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Ease up your human resource operations so there is more time and focus on design and architecture in your organization. Cake HR provides powerful solutions as Scheduling, reports, timesheets, self- service, expense lists, on-boarding, and many others. Easy to set up, a tool with allow your studio to save time, money and reduce frustration.

Companies as ArchDaily, Airbaltic, Deloitte and Roche has recognized benefits of platform.

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Price for the service will depend on the size of your organisation, and level of functions included. 14 day trial will give insightful start and after that prices tarts per 4.2$ per user.

Litmos LMS

Litmos APS Software (SAP Litmos) is a solution that allows improving retention of employers especially among new hires supporting management and delivery of training and education. Indeed an APS is often considered an advanced planning and scheduling solution, therefore Litmos is Learning Management System, easy to use, that provides several services to create and organise material for these purposes and manage a schedule of the events.

The system includes automated functions to facilitate the trainee experience and help the educator and administrator to manage the process. In addition, the solution allows using a course library. The systems allow increasing the retention rates of employers, especially among new hires.

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Free trial is available for any to start with. on e you get a grip and enjoy the platform PRO package start with 4$ a month per user and is billed annually.

CAD Libraries



This tool will be your choice when it comes to detailing and using already made blocks. The extensive library has an unlimited count of 3D models and textures anyone can use for their architectural project. Browse between different categories and find all you need: buildings, furnitures, vehicles, people, landscapes and many more.

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Browsing through the catalogs is free, however, each element has a different cost depending on complexity. Turbosquid offers enterprise solutions for larger organizations.


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Speed up your workflow with pre-made CAD blocks. The extensive library will be useful for any architect. It is regularly updated with new elements to use. Most of the files are presented in DWG format taht will work together with AutoCAD. All blocks are high quality and ready to download, most are featured in different projections: top, side, and back view.

The tool allows us to download free elements as well as go for a premium, paid selections.


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This is an ultimate catalog for each architect. In ARCAT you can find multiple BIM projects, material calculations, CAD drawings, exteriors, improvements, tutorials videos any anything more. The extensive library will be a powerful tool when working on different sizes of architectural projects and lacking resources or inspiration.


The catalog is free to use for any architect, engineer or hobbyist.

Biblio CAD

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An extensive amount of CAD blocks, BIM blocks, 2D and 3D objects library for architects to speed up their work. Sorted in categories will help to get around for any architect. Browse through: bathroom, furniture, doors, windows, plumbing, and other elements. Additionally website features multiple interviews and tutorials about design, architecture, construction and related software tools.

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Multiple elements are available for free download, whilst advanced models are accessible under premium function.

Grab CAD

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A wide selection of models available for any architectural project and need. Select between different categories and styles. GrabCAD has been proven to be a great help for sourcing different elements. Participate in questions and groups to engage even more with a community of likeminded.

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Elements are free for download.

CAD corner

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CAD corner offers multiple reusable blocks taht will be compatible with most of the popular 3D modeling softwares. Architects can browse trough multiple options and find already pre-made structures and elements for their projects.

Models are free to use but will need tweaks and adjustments for your project specifications.

DWG models

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Architect oriented library with countless DWG models will be a great help for any project. Save time one creating models taht are already accessible online and just download them and tweak for your project. Different designs and variations, from a vide selection of categories.

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An extensive catalog of free models, as well as the option of paid models, are introduced for architects on site.


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Architects working with AutoCAD will find this tool very useful. It functions as an add-on library to your software program and features multiple shortcuts and pre-made models taht will save you time developing layouts and plans. A wide selection of elements and configurations could make this your ultimate architect tool.

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License for the product is available on monthly installment or for one-time payment, as well as possible educational discounts.

CAD blocks free

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It is a CAD blocks marketplace where any architect can explore free and paid blocks for their project. along downloading models, it is possible also to list your own CAD blocks. Either for free download or post them for sale. Website accepts most of the popular CAD blocks file formats as DWG, RFA, SKP, DXF, STP, 3DS, IGES and others.

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Browse free models or become a member just from 25$ and download even more models. If you wish to sell your files, website will charge 20-10% fee from sales.

Video interviewing


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Companies nowadays want to see more than just a paper CV and polished portfolios. hire your next architects, designers, and creatives with video interviews. See who are you going to work with! The platform has integrated automation and AI functionalities in the process, in order to help to find the right match for the firm.

Companies like IKEA saves time and money by using the software.

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Request Demo and start hiring right away, or contact Hirewire for your solution.


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Save time on phone interviewing and hire the next architects in your organization with video interviews. Spark hire offers a software solution that allows hiring people with more insight and personal touch trough video. Messaging, scheduling and customizable questions are just a few features SparkHire tool has to offer.

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Start video hiring at 119$ per month at a Bronze package, or request DEMO to try out the software.


Plan Grid

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This software platform is your choice once dealing with larger projects. Get all sides on board and share the progress in one place. The tool allows to update, pin and observe project in construction. As all stakeholders are involved, all can contribute to the project and resolve issues faster. Hyperlinking and marking allow sharing valuable information instantly.

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A 21-day free trial is available for anyone to get to know software and the ”Nailgun’‘ package starts with 39$ a month.

Meetin VR

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For those working as freelance architects or having decentralized teams, there is a great solution called MeetinVR. This VR SaaS allows collaborators to meet from anywhere in the world! They have designed and developed 8 different environments covering various types of enterprise meetings, from client meetings to workshops and even a space to review 3D models. The experience is very intuitive and the level of graphics and details is quite impressive as well.

Get in touch with the company to know how you or your studio can start on.

Blue Beam

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A simple visual communication tool hat will help the architect to save time and improve the quality of the provided work. Share your plans with stakeholders and allow them to pin out changes and improvements they think are crucial. As well as a tool keeps all of your documents in one place, grant access for teams and stake holders to review them.

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Get going with a 30-day free trial, afterward prices start at 349 $ per seat for Revu standart.




Save the time at the lawyer’s office and use LawDepot as an alternative. It is an online legal provider, numerous documents, sales deals, contracts and many more for your companies use. Browse their extensive library and find right document for your purpose, contact the company and get all your questions answered.

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Get hands-on with Free trial option, and if the service is satisfactory continue with the Lawdepot for a 73 $ yearly plan.

Rocket Lawyer

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Architecture is an industry with multiple regulations and laws to know. Architects themselves or a small studio could struggle with always being on top of it. Meanwhile having a personal lawyer to do all the consulting and help out can become very pricey. Rocket lawyer becomes an obvious choice, use their legal templates, ask for guidance or have a consultation. Simplified use of form builder with be a great help for architects to create agreements, contracts and invoices.

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The prices are not cited on the site, as it can vary from case to case. Ask the company for your solution and get to know the cost of the service.

Sourcing and applicant hiring


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Stop struggling with finding qualified architects. Workable is an intuitive and easy to use solution for companies that connect the right people with the right tools and information. Hiring becomes easy as the users can make the right decision based on selected factors. With its smart interface and with the top rated recruiting mobile app, it empowers everyone in the right direction. It makes the hiring process fairly and fast, with consistent evaluations, assessment tests, interview kits, and scorecards.

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With 99 $ per month per job, your firm will be off to a good chance to find a professional architect.


Hiring an architect can be frustrating, too many applications, different qualifications, and expertise. Let the Careerbuilder handle some of the hustle. Faster background screening, automated tools, and extensive applicant library will be a great help to find new architecture talent for your organization. Additionally see al the data on labour market, salaries and use offered marketing tools to engage with candidates.

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Lite plan starts with 219$ a month and allows one to have one job posting per month.


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If your architecture practice is looking for more passive talent scouting, Zillionresumes is a solution. The platform compiles resume databases from a thousand on-line resources and lets you browse trough them and pick candidates matching the criteria you are looking for. Receive notifications once matching resumes are uploaded, view search history and get in touch with next talent.


Affordable plans start with 101.99$ monthly and will enable your organization to discover 500 resumes a month.


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A simple tool that allows anyone to find specific people from Linkedin depending on their job title. An extremely useful tool to find local specialists. Looking for local like minded architects or building specialists? This tool will save you a bunch of time not doing searches manually anymore.

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The tool is free to use, no need to download or revel credit card information.

Talent Square

Talent Square is an intuitive, functional, flexible, collaborative and time-saving applicant tracking system. It makes the recruitment phase easy, it creates the best job offers, publishes job posts on various channels, provides direct statistics in order to help to make the best decision on the hiring process. The platform is mainly focused on attracting, tracking and managing all candidates applying for the jobs. It is secure and confidential. Architect hiring can be done in different languages.

Start off your architect search with free Demo, After that packages goes from 54$ a month/a job.


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Carbonmade is a platform, a fresh approach to creating an online portfolio within a few minutes and later, to upload them. This is a solution designed perfectly for young and upcoming architects. Have your portfolio going on from the y one snd showcase the vest work you have. With a simple platform, you can publish all your previous projects, make a gallery, describe tasks and responsibilities you had as an architect.

Sign up and get the free trial to figure out system and get it going with beginner package afterwards for 8$ a month.


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Awarded 2nd world’s most innovative companies honouree for artificial intelligence in 2019, the platform uses artificial intelligence to automate candidate matching. This increased diversity and reduce time to fill jobs, to analyze the social web and it unlocks ATS, CRM and HRIS data. It provides the user with smart search, matching, and expert search. Its main objective is to increase efficiency and to deliver faster processes. Architects can enjoy the benefits of AI in this hiring platform.

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No pricing information is available, but the solution provides a free demo, which is available within a few minutes.


ClearFit is an appropriate tool that makes the hiring process smooth. It includes 2 different solutions for any company to explore.

Use smooth hiring to find the best candidates with ease. Platforms help to distribute job posts and present gathered dat from all the applicants in an easy to understand way.

Clearfit analytics helps company owners to understand how your employees behave with the given role and what bis their progress over time. Analytics allows you to discover the true passion of architects and how do they handle the given tasks.

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The price will depend on the solution your practice is going for. Contact the company directly to find the best solution.

CAD tool add-ons

GTX Raster CAD Service

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The powerful tool GTX is something every architect will find useful. Tools offer advanced technical image solutions to help architects clean up, edit and convert scanned drawings and maps into a full-featured CAD environment. Another function tool includes is converting or rasterizing data to precise vectors taht will fully function in AutoCAD or similar software.

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Register for free demo, and get in touch with company for your solution.

Vision REZ

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Tool works together with Revit and will be a huge time saver for everyone who is working with residential buildings. Already pre-made modules and textures allow to architects to work more efficient.

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Contact Vision REZ to find a pricing module for your organization.

Employee engagement


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Bonusly is an app that raises the motivation of employers through a frequent and timely recognition of their achievements. It is integrated with communication solutions. Cheer up your colleagues or be grateful for their help. Any company will internally benefit from this app in terms of employee satisfaction.

Integrate app with Slack, Igloo, Jostle or other communication tools.

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A Small team can start with only 2.7$ a month or go ahead with a free trial to find out how it works first place.


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TINYPulse is a software solution devoted to improving employee engagement and performance. Get live feedback from your employees. Discover how satisfied they are with work, colleges, tasks and other parts of the organisation. The app displays data in a visual way and will be a handy tool for any manager.

Integrate TINYPulse with Slack, Wunderlist, Namely, Workday and many other useful tools.

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The demo is available and anyone can try out the software, or get in engaging chat with companies chat bot and discover your companies pricing plan.


Tap My Back employee feedback platform strives to help companies improve employee engagement by generating growth mindsets, developing proactive leadership and giving management the ability to feel the pulse of the organization. Give your architect and designer colleges small recognition and compliment on a daily basis.

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Give free taps on back for 7 days with a trial version, afterwards you can continue just with 2.5$ per user per month with Recognise deal.


Fond is a platform that helps firms to create and share a culture and its objectives can be fulfilled thanks to some points: social recognition, service awards, performance analytics, and corporate discount. Creating a culture of recognition by publicly acknowledging others for their milestones and accomplishments is a smart tactic and it should be followed

Through Service Awards it is easy to build custom service award catalogues, offering trophies etc. Through the Performance Analytics, it is possible to access the data that are needed to be tracked

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Pricing information is available after asking an instant quote,  meanwhile, free demos are available. Corporate Discounts are accessible easily with no effort from the company’s website.



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Hiring an architect for your company can be challenging and time-consuming. Each architect presents their own strengths and surely does it different than other applicants. Skillæsurvey allows you to create custom surveys you can then share to all of your applicants. Choose variables that matter in your studio and compare results from applicants in real time graphs.

Or discover hidden talent among architects and designers already working with your organisation. Get feedback on recent projects, Skillsurvey lets you have multiple uses of the platform.

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Start of with 30 day free trial, and continue by contacting the company and requesting a price estimate for your firm!


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Get valuable information from referrals, Employees can share their jobs with coworkers or followers. Once data is gathered you can then see the behaviours of different variables or sectors.

App is well integrated with multiple options. Get it running with tools like Kanexa, Ceridian, Greenhouse, Taleo, and others.

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Get in touch with the company to find out how you can start on the platform.

All functions in one place


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One solution for all your management tasks. Payroll, talent, time, consulting, insights and other functions easy to use from one platform. Tool will engage all of your employees. Get live data and analyses how the workflow is going, keep track of performance and progress.

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In order to get the platform, managers are asked to request the Demo and have a talk with specialist in order to find the best solution.


Ultimate Pro (UltiPro) is a software solution/ application that addresses human capital management (HCM) to improve your companies worker experiences. The tool includes human resource management features. Use internal management for payrolls, talent, time and scheduling, engagement surveys, HR service delivery.

Get in touch with a support panel and discuss the best option for your company.

E-learning software


Learn all digital architect tools in one place. ArchiStar offers an e-learning platform for professionals or industry beginners. Get to work with tools like Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, AutoCAD Sketchup, and many others. The software can be used by individuals, Companies or educational institutions. IT is one of the kind platform, with a dedicated focus to provide best possible learning for architects and engineers.

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Get started on the platform for free with trial option. The elite package costs 630$ a year and gives you access to all essential architecture courses.


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This micro learning platform will be a great help for any architecture office. All-ready pre-made test and lessons will help to learn new skills and obtain necessary knowledge. Create your own lessons and make sure that any new employee can fill it!

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Request a demo and try it out in your organisation. For price and package deals contact company directly.


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Wonderful tool for managers to keep track of employee engagement, productivity and learning performance. Assign different learnings to team members depending on skill sets they need. A great way how to introduce small changes coming up in industry or in organisation.

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Price can depend on level of complexity and functions desired and the best is to request a demo and find the best solution for your organization.


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Coursera provides the best courses from world top Universities. Tool is a greats way how can employee learn something new or widen perspective. A wide range of high quality courses will come in handy for architecture offices. Learn more about architecture, management, design, 3D modeling, communication or other topics. Sign up and learn on time that suits you as the classes are held online.

Autodesk is providing architects specialisation courses: CAD and Digital Manufacturing, Autodesk Generative Design and Autodesk CAD/CAM for Manufacturing Specialisation.


Start with free Demo for enterprise or 400$ yearly/user fee, for a Team deal if you plan to use it for a smaller organisation.


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Lynda is among leading online learning platforms and offers a huge variety of different courses and classes. The online library is filled with multiple tutorials and learning videos for architects. Learn how to work better with programs such as Sketch-up, Revit, AutoDesk, ArchiCAD, and others. Browse topics as energy efficiency, design, tips and tricks, 2D/3D, detailing techniques, BIM, essentials and many others. Even watch inspiring documentaries about architecture.

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1 month free trial for each signup, and after that, it will be 30$ per month or save 15%if purchasing yearly plan.


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An online training platform that helps managers to prepare courses and learning materials for employees. Upload material your employees need to learn: files, videos, presentation, and tests. could be a great help also once on-boarding new staff and introducing them, yo companies working policies and methods.

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Skyprep starts with 349 $ for a starter plan and comes with free 14 day trial period.



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Architects commonly experience onsite visits out of their offices, sometimes they even need to stay there for extra hours or additional days. Project might get relocated or there are multipole branches to visit. Here where Clockedin comes in handy, the system provides real-time access to employees attendance records, and interacts with many different devices including employer smartphones.

The system provides real-time access to employees’ attendance records and interacts with many different device including employer smart phones. It is possible to register arrival and departure from smartphone, or using biometrics devices based on fingerprints. Data are collected and used to generate automatically reports for many purposes such as payroll and records of attendance.

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Try the solution for Free or go right away with one of the packages, starting from 29$ a month.

Human Capital Management

APS Software

Architecture firms still strongly hold on manual tasks, including managing payroll and their staff. APS provides a simple yet powerful solution all in one to manage your employees smarter. Organize payrolls, keep track on timesheets and ease up on-boarding.

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Book your demo try and see how APS can help your architecture venture to handle HR tasks.



ADP (ADP Workforce) provides services addressing payroll, HR, time and attendance management. Moreover, it handles tax and compliance reports, outsourcing management within a Human Resource Information System (HRIS). System support also talent management and other functions.

ADP integrates with multiple other apps and tools: Slack, Grovo, Wave, Xero and others.

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Get in touch with company and find the right match for your organisation.


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Turbine HQ is a tool supporting administrative activities in easy way with special attention to track HR records, employee time off and leaves, claims on expenses as well as purchase orders. The system can be used either by mobile device and provide direct checks about employee attendance, status and planning. Usability makes it a great tool once the teams or employees are on the go or in different locations(eg. site inspections, city/country travels etc. )

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Platform is ready to start with a 30-day free trial and offer 19$ monthly for a Small Package, to begin with.



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Invoicely is a free platform for online invoicing devoted to serving small businesses and freelancers, this tool will be perfect for architects and designers who has just started up and need a quick solution for invoices. This software allows easily to send, track and manage invoices as well as estimates and bills.

Invoicely provides additional services such as tracking time & expense, recurring the invoicing process, control of direct online payments of the invoices as well as team working. Currently tool is available for firms in Europe, United States, Uk, Australia, Canada


Start with free plan and pay as you expand. For only 9.99$ a month basic plan will cover your needs.


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Slimvoice is essential tool for architects. It allows to take hustle away from making invoices, it quickly creates and send PDF invoices as well as can accept payments. Multiple designs and integrated analytics will give beautiful looks and accurate data about financial operations.

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Service is free, however a small fee is added to connect Slimvoice to Stripe account to get payments (2.9% plus 0.3$ per transaction, plus Slimvoice flat fee of 1$ per invoice).


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Simple way how how architects, contractors, and designers can have their accounting all in one place. The tool will save your time by having everything digitally. Access everything everywhere and at any time. See your financial overview on a dashboard and follow expenses!

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Tool is free to use. Some additional premium features are payed but not required.


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Pandle is a free web accounting application made easy and devoted to address small business owners to provide good bookkeeper services. Run your architectural activities and free up your mind from complicated book keeping services. Pandle comes in handy with a mobile app, invoicing, bank feeds, tax calculations and other useful features.

Enjoy Pandle free forever plan as well as premium 7$ a month service by adding more functions as: banking connections, receipt upload and project overview.


wave app

Perfect solution for accounting and financial management for companies that are from 1-9 employees. Software is made to support invoicing, personal finance as well as OCR for receipt scanning. Easy to set up with your payment systems and manage payrolls. Mobile app will support most of the activities as well as give a clear situation overview.

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Wave app is free of charge, you pay as you use. Pay 0.25$ and 1.8-2.9% per each transaction.

Mint Invoice

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Manage all of your accounts in one place and have a complete overview of finances in one app. Mint is a secure solution to allow budgeting done simple. Schedule your bills and pay on time and get tips and notifications about important situation on your accounts. Mint can be used as personal as Commercial( company) account

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Sign up free and start using the platform, on your mobile device or computer.




Easily will be your companies best tool to use once you need to present boring information in a cheerful way. Architecture offices commonly have bunch of excel sheets or word documents, these papers hardly anyone is interested to read. With the tool now it is possible to extract the important information and present it in a visual way. You can still attach sheet or doc file for reference!

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Begin with Free trial and upgrade to business account later. Business package starts from 5$ a month.


Infogram is a web application made to create a different kinds of graphs, reports, charts or data visualizations. Multiple pre-made templates and designs will ease up work for any architectural practice. Represent your numbers in a visual way, let the clients understand important data with no struggle.

Multiple integration options will allow companies to display data from inside analytics or media channels as well it supports simple ways of sharing the material on website.

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The web application moves from free services up to other 4 levels (Pro 19$/month, Business 67$/month, Team 149$/month, Enterprise to be quoted)


Placeit has an extensive database with various templates and designs for any taste. Once there is a need for architects, designers or studio owners to represent their work in an aesthetic way, then Placeit is an app of the choice. Extremely useful tool once creating customer offers and design sheets, templates and pre made design will save your practice a bunch of time. You can even design your staff clothing and save on hiring design for a job.

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Join the creators for 14.95$ a month or 99.95$ for a yearly license.


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Canva is a graphic-design tool based on a web application that emphasizes the easy to use approach and uses drag and drop format. Inside the tool architects will have access to numerous photographs, vectors, graphics, and fonts. The tool is commonly used both by amateurs and professionals. Produce media graphic for web(social media channels, blog, etc. ) as well as for print.

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Canva is free to use, but some of the functions or elements are paid. Upgrade to pro version( $9.95 a month) and enjoy more of it!

Evernote Skitch

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Evernote Skitch is a free tool that allows screenshot editing and sharing. Possible to operate the tool on OS X, iOS, Android and also Windows. The app allows users to add different shapes and text to an image, and then to share the result online. Several image formats are supported. The idea behind this app is to allow to share ideas through a basic sketch type representation that includes images, notes, and other elements.

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Start sketching for free with the basic features, and upgrade once ready to next plan- Premium for 7.25$ a month.


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Flaticon is one of the largest free database of icons available. The website library includes several formats such as PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64. In addition it provides an editor that allows the user to modify, change the size, position, and colors of icon or its components. A nice and simple tool that comes in handy if your architectural practice wants to add some small details.

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Free access, as well as premium service, are available. Get access to even more icons and files with Premium package for 7.5$ a month.


sketch fab

Share or find 3D models for your project. Sketchfab is a marketplace where you can show your work with others. Or download models for your project and save time. Architects can easily search trough extensive libraries of various 3d models and find the best match for their projects.

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Join for free and list your 3D models. However, once it comes to download already created models price may vary depending on model of choice.



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Lastpass is a freeware software for web password management. Add it to your browser and let the app do memorising job while you can focus on renderings, plans and clients. For higher security reasons the passwords are encrypted into a local file, to be uploaded to the LastPass servers and synchronized with other browsers.

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LastPass was tested successfully for security issues by Download Squad, Lifehacker and Makeuseof. Free, premium and business services are available. start with 14 day trail and consult Lastpass for the best deal for your organisation.


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Is your Architect office having a dozens of accounts and sheet of passwords? It could be quite frustrating to remember all of them and keep them secure. Dashlane has a perfect solution for it! It keep all your passwords in one place and secured. As an additional feature tool is able to help users to generate strong passwords.

With Business package, you will be able to securely share passwords with your colleagues, use auto login and auto fill features as well as keep your private data away from work related pieces of information.

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Get the benefits of a business deal in your architectural practice with a free trial, or join in for 4$ a month, billed annually.

Document signing

Hello sign

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HelloSign is a cloud-based smart solution supporting electronic signature in order to sign, fill out, send, retrieve and save all kinds of documents. The solution is integrated with cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, etc. It allows us to save and access documents from the cloud. Architects can experience countless document to be signed, this tool is here to save up some time in the process. Keep all organised and sign fast with Hello sign.

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Pricing for the software tool starts at 8$ a month for a smaller plan.


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Gonitro is the Software developed by Nitro Software Inc. and deals with solutions used to create, edit, sign, and secure PDF files and other digital documents. Forget about printing in your architectural practice and go fully digital with your paper work. Application can be used by private users as well as for company purposes.

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Try Basic package for free or register for 175$ per user.


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Eversign helps both small and large businesses and guides them every step of the way to digitalization. A great deal of architecture companies hesitate when it comes to managing and processing sensitive data such as contracts and business agreements in the cloud Eversign dedicates itself to building a highly secure and well monitored e-Signature platform.

Multiple features as signatures, document editor, security, templates and favourite app integrations.

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Join as a professional or as an architecture company for free or switch to 10 $ a month for a Basic plan.

Doc Hub

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This tool is Architect’s ultimate choice when it comes to deal with PDF format documents. Sign PDF files, create forms and templates. Application will save you time and energy as all functions are accessible in one place and no need to print out unnecessary papers just for a single sign anymore.

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With a free package, smaller architecture firms or designer studios will get pretty far off, if you need more of a functionality for 4.99$ a month, Pro package will come into the play.


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RightSignature is the easiest and the fastest way to get documents signed. With an elegant, intuitive user interface, RightSignature easily replicates the pen and paper signing experience in any web browser.  Users can review documents, then fill in form fields, and create an actual, real life looking signature with a mouse or on the touchscreen of an a mobile device. It allows multi-party signings, a user friendly training for the new users, a document analysis and it speeds up the signing process.

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Personal plan package start with 12$ a month, it will not give the full functionality an architecture office would require but will be a good start to get to know the platform.


digi signer

Digisigner is a cloud-based digital signature software used to secure invoices, manage or sign contracts. With this, it is possible to use built-in templates and custom branding tools to fully design the user’s signature appearance on Windows and Mac. Through a mouse it is easy to design the signature, or to upload an image.The solution also employs SSL-grade encryption to protect the documents signed to keep everything secure.

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Single architects might be well off with the free package, if not the PRO version starts with only 10 $ a month.

DWG file viewers

Autodesk viewer

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Simple tool taht will allow anyone to preview common architecture file formats as DWG. This tool is useful to have for contractors that do not necessarily design 3d models themselves but are in close relations with architects and commonly need to work with the files provided by them. Or architects themselves, allowing them to preview plans on portable devices once exploring the construction field. Choose between: Design Review, DWG TrueView and Autodesk Viewer each with added functionality.


DWG file viewer is priced at 50$ a month.

Alternatives to AutoCAD


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NanoCad is a new software tool that can be used in multiple industries. Simple dashboard and functionality allows architects to have all the necessary functionality to develop complicated projects. Multiple set of tools allows anyone to work in 2D and 3D, use reusable blocks and work in multiple plot areas.

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The software offers free trial version. For 180$ Nano CAD plus software is available.


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Proge claims to be a cheaper alternative to AUTO CAD yet offering the same or even more functionality. It works with DWG files and allows to design in 2D and 3D. Pair up a program with add-ons and create an ultimate tool that can work within HVAC, Piping, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural, Civil Survey and other.

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All offered programs have a possibility for a free trail. ProgeCAD Professional Perpetual can be bought for 499$.



ZW CAD is yet another alternative to Well known AUTO CAD software. These tools allow architects to draw in 2D and easily transform it into 3D. As key features, we would like to mention the intelligent layer management system that automatically puts components on the right layer, places colour, and line type as you work on the illustration. Tool holds an extensive library with elements such as furniture, plats, appliances, etc. letting you to design projects in to the smallest detail.


The price for the software is available upon request. However, a free trial is available to download from website.

TurboCAD Pro Platinum

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Tool offers powerful functionality for professional architects. Create detailed projections and drawing for any architectural task. Solution covers: civic, architectural, landscape, engineering and mechanical functions. software is designed for desktop use but also supports mobile devices. Bring your projects anywhere and show them to customers or contractors right on the spot.

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CAD tools start from 69$ for a TurboCAD Mac Designer .


libre cad

This CAD tool is free to use software, developed in an open source environment. Supporting 2D view it will be great starting point for someone who is not ready to spend money on expensive CAD software. You can still make complicated designs, there is active support group and available resources to work with it even faster.

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The program is free to use and downloadable at anytime.


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Thinkercad is a simple and free software for beginners. This tool is commonly used by teachers and serve as an introduction into the 3D world for kids. IF you wish to play around with shapes, tools and 3Dm this would be a great way to start off. Working as an architect with complicated and sophisticated tools, introduce Thinkercad to your kids and show what is the work you do in a friendly way. Experiment yourself or join one of the classes provided by platform.

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The platform is free to use for everyone. Once you feel that functionality is too limited, you should upgrade to more sophisticated CAD tools.

Real time 3d view

Unity Reflect

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Quite a new feature for the architectural world is realtime 3d viewing. With advancement in augmented reality and virtual reality technologies this is becoming more and more real. Unity is one of leaders and pioneers bringing technology in architecture. Releasing the first versions just in fall 2019, Unity Reflect allows multiple collaborators to review BIM/CAD projects in real-time 3D and automatically sync updates from Autodesk Revit across any platform both from mobile and desktop to VR and AR.

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Schedule demo and get to know how your company can benefit from innovative technology.


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The powerful tool we will se architects using more and more in the future. The tool architects can preview their creations in real life. Simply save your creations from Autocad, Revit or other software you are using. Upload them then to Torch and display in real life, scale rotate and adjust models as you would have them already built. Great tool to showcase your work to stakeholders in the actual project area or visualise solutions in meetings. With continuously developing industry in AR and VR we can just expect the image guilty to grow.

Start using Torch app with no expenses and upgrade once you fell that the app is something you can use with even more functionality.

Iris VR

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Tool that emerges virtual reality into architects’ work. Now you can review projects in real-life situations without leaving the office. With opportunity to share the space, invite partners and stakeholders early in process in order to adjust and optimize work. The tool offers fully automatic conversion and allows to import files from SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, FBX, and others. Work with materials, metadata, and 3D views edit and upgrade in real time.

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Tool is available to be tested with Free trial option, prices start with 50$ per month per user for a Basic plan.


 UE4Arch was the first company to create interactive photo realistic archviz projects for Unreal Engine 4  – the company sells complete archviz projects to use as a template to start your own scene, to learn how to create architectural visualisation projects in Real-time on UE4 or to use assets (furniture, materials, blueprints, etc) in your own project.

Make hyper realistic visualisations for your architectural projects. This tool can be a great help when presenting your work to clients or partners. It allows you to add and showcase your work in a realistic way. Pair it up with VR and make your a full experience in an almost real-life setting. Architects have access to download different type of already made models and watch tutorials on how to!

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The tool is new to the market and you will need to contact the company to find out price for your solution. Everyone is able to download already made models ready to use with any of your previous projects.

Architecture Enterprise

IRIS Business Architect

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Once running a larger organization and dealing with architecture projects in scale business enterprise and project tool like Iris Comes in handy. The tool provides useful functions across all stages of projects. Assure that everyone is informed and has access to project progress. Design and use reports, diagrams, tables , heat-maps and other functionalities.


For one time payment of 3495 $ for Single user deal, your company will get access to software and can start to use with the majority of functions accessible.


Photo modeler

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This is a powerful and very useful tool for any architect. With the newest technology architects can use cameras that are accessible for them to measure objects and surfaces. Speed up your 3d modeling by having information straight from your camera and directly from the workspace.

Photo modeler is available for 49$ monthly subscription, or 995$ one time buy.


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Drone mapping software tool that can speed up any architecture project. Functions as creating and measuring 3d models, field mapping, CAD and reality captures. Pix4D’s solutions offers multiple solutions for construction sites. Monitor construction sites progress with Pix4D Crane Camera in 2D and 3D. Drone technology and advanced analytic and photo geometry systems are already used by multiple industry leaders.


Tool available for 241$ monthly payment or for a 4440$ one time charge.

Capturing reality

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Create reality alike virtual reality and 3d scenes from digital images generated from cameras or drones. With the newest technology, tool allows quickly generate high-quality models. Architects will find it very useful to create complicated on time models or doing renovation works.

Pay Per input or choose on of the packages starting at 277$ a month.

Drone deploy

Drone deploy

Use the latest drone technologies and aerial mapping in to your architectural practice. Create accurate, high definition maps, reports, captures and 3D models, as well as real-time 2D Live Maps for immediate analysis.

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Explore features of the software with free trial and start off work with 99 $ a month for PRO package for individuals.

Parametric architecture

Finch 3d

This new tool is still in development and might be one of the most perspective tools for architect to use in near future. Finch is parametric architecture software tool. All design you will make with Finch will be responsive. Your designs will be able to fit and adapt to multiple locations and scenarios. This is a new method and a new way of designing architecture, leaving the static way of thinking behind. Now instead of creating independent designs for each project, we’re now looking at creating systems taht can be adjusted for occasion.

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Pricing is not available, become an early user and get in touch with company now.

Download the whole list and use the tools you need. We hope it makes your work easier and creates value in each architectural project you have!

We are sure that any architect will find tools to make work easier and more productive. Is there a tool we have missed or have not mention but it deserves to be on the list? Let us know about the tool you are using and what benefit does it brings to your architectural work.

Becoming requires bachelors and a masters degree in architecture.

Europe is home to most of the best architecture schools in the world.

We broke down our list by country and listed the top universities for architecture studies in Europe. Every architecture school is broken down by:

Get there faster: The Map of the Best Architecture Schools in Europe

Planning on a career in Architecture? Some of the schools offer FREE programs and others supplement tuition costs with scholarships.

Albania: Polytechnic university of Tiran

Architecture university of Tiran

MSc of Architecture and Urbanism

Faculty highly specialised in engineering and building management, offers it’s students high quality education with direction towards architecture and urbanism. Attendees will explore design ,structures , materials and planning to be prepared for work placement after graduation.

Polytechnic university of Tiran
  • -Professional lecturers
  • -Education concentrated towards in depth research
  • -Active student life

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

Austria: Vienna University of Technology

Technical university of Vienna

MSc of Architecture

Graduates are welcomed to join university and expand their knowledge and experience within architectural field. With rapidly growing demand for sustainable and high performance buildings is just raising. University aims to prepare future specialists for professional practices , consulting firms, research organisations and development firms.

Vienna University of Technology
  • -Possibility to continue studies in doctoral (Ph.D.) in TU Wien.
  • -In house innovation incubator centre for future start ups
  • -Latest technology available for students to use in their research.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: FREE
For foreigners (non-EU): 363.33 EUR

Belgium: KU Leuven

MSc of Architecture

Faculty has built network with multiple corporations nationally as well as internationally, giving students ability to exchange knowledge. School approaches architectural material from research-by-design and design-by-research perspective. Universities given academical tasks are approached both experimentally and academically, preparing graduates for their careers in multicultural and international environments.

KU Leuven
  • -School with recognised name and history
  • -Multiple openings and partners for scholarships
  • -High opportunities of employment after studies

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 922 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 3500 EUR

Bosnia and Herzegovina: International University of Sarajevo

International University of Sarajevo

MSc of Architecture

Trough active research and lecturing, university aims to inspire critical and creative thinking among the students in the discipline of Architectural Design. With rapidly growing urbanisation and technological development new way of thinkers are required in industry. School is ready to contribute with highest quality of studies and technologies used in teaching process.

International University of Sarajevo
  • -24 hour access to design studios
  • -Full scale architectural model lab on premises
  • -Award winning institution

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University

New Bulgarian University

MSc of Architecture

Universities teaching has developed through the time and currently offers students insight in architectural design , sustainability and business. In 6 year programme students will become confident architects to enter private and governmental sector with internationally approved diploma in architecture.

New Bulgarian University
  • -Students participating in international competitions.
  • -Career centre on school premises
  • -E-learning platforms

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 870 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 1520 EUR

Croatia: University of Zagreb

University of Zagreb

MSc of Architecture

Students are introduced of practical and theoretical frameworks of architecture, design , materials and planning. Gaining knowledge in creative thinking and problem solving, this 2 years architecture masters course will open doors for wide spectrum of career opportunities.

University of Zagreb
  • -Leading University in Croatia
  • -Oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe
  • -Topics as Contemporary housing, sustainability and energy efficiency explored during the course

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

Cyprus: University of Nicosia

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BA of Architecture

Young professionals will be prepared to enroll work placement after graduating the school. During the studies students will cover four main areas four thematic areas: architectural history and theory, technology (construction, structures), communication and management. At the end receiving BA in architecture.

University of Nicosia
  • -Award-winning faculty
  • -Professional certification from by the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK)
  • -27 different nationalities represented in campus

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 8800 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 9120EUR

Czech Republic: Archip


MA of Architecture and Urbanism

Archip is not a typical university. It provides its students chance to obtains master degree through the focus on practical and project based work. Students work closely with lecturers on complex problems and aim to find creative and sustainable solutions. Young professionals are prepared then to successfully enter workplaces.

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  • -School has wide outreach of municipalities, NGOs and developers
  • -School has wide outreach of municipalities, NGOs and developers
  • -International environment with 25 nationalities covered

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 5600 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 7200 EUR

Denmark: Aalborg University

Aalborg University logo

MSc of Architecture in Engineering

Studies are held in English and are project based by working un student group teams. Education is focused on nordic architecture, tectonic design and sustainable architecture. Universities teaching is based on research, meaning that the lecturer is doing research in subject he or she is teaching.

Aalborg University
  • -Problem based learning with strong research background
  • -Problem based learning with strong research background
  • -Working with real businesses and their issues.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: FREE
For foreigners (non-EU): 13400 EUR

Estonia: Estonian academy of arts

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MSc of Architecture and Urban Design

Practical work and specialised research together with industry practitioners is cornerstone for architectural program taught in the university. Students will gain knowledge in various fields as engineering, planing , design and humanities. Note that education is offered only in Estonian.

Estonian academy of arts
  • -Modern facilities and study environment
  • -Possibility to apply for heritage conservation licence
  • -Modern facilities and study environment

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 1000 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): NOT available

Finland: Aalto University

MSc of Architecture

This programs goal is to develop minds of the student’s to work not only technical, scientific and artistic directions, but also to be able create solutions that are sustainable and socially responsible. School has strong international reputation. School employs leading practitioners with successful career results in architecture competitions, design projects or successful exhibition

Aalto University
  • -Welcoming environment for international student
  • -Alumni network of 45000
  • -Modern facilities and equipment for in depth research

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: FREE
For foreigners (non-EU): 15000 EUR

France: École Polytechnique

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MSc of Smart Cities and Urban Policy

Modern programme that will prepare future specialists for industry leaders. This course will provide you with knowledge on how to navigate and manage current metropolitan areas and emerging trends. Studies are based on economic, energy and transportation solutions and is based towards business world. Teaching is combination of theoretical methodology and real-world work.

École Polytechnique
  • -High Level teaching
  • -Possibility for external scholarship.
  • -Strong partnership with industry leaders

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 12000 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 12000 EUR

Germany: Technical University of Munich

Technical University of Munich

MA of Architecture

Top German university offers it students Architecture department with over 31 professors and 200 scientists. Program is taught is in German only, and will improve students ability of research in sustainability. Main aim during the course is to prepare new professional and successfully integrate design practice into research.

Technical University of Munich
  • -24% international students.
  • -Worldwide Alumni Network
  • -Mentoring. network and help in to future job search

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 260 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 260 EUR

Greece: National Technical University of Athens

National Technical University of Athens

MSc of Architectural Design – Space – Culture

Studying architecture in City like Athens could be very motivating and inspiring for every upcoming architect. In the faculty students will focus on architecture through theoretical, social and technical approach. Students will be given a chance to develop multiple project to showcase their visions.

National Technical University of Athens
  • -Most prestigious public university in Greece
  • -No tuition fee for architectural programs
  • -Regular and active presence of industry specialists during the course

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: FREE
For foreigners (non-EU): FREE

Hungary: Szechenyi Istvan University

Szechenyi Istvan University

MSc of Architecture

During two years of studies, students will acquire skills in architectural technology , sustainability, building technology and theory. Working on individual projects and solving complex problems in groups each student will gain confidence and experience required to successfully enter the job market afterwards.

Szechenyi Istvan University
  • -Accessible independent research centres
  • -Competitive study environment
  • -Possibility to apply for stipendium

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 6400 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 6400 EUR

Iceland: Iceland University of the Arts


BA of Architecture

Icelandic bachelors education will be great start into the architectural world. Students will work on complex design projects broken down to smaller research courses.Academy is small compared to other architectural institutions , but that allows more personal approach to each student and lecturer.

  • -Competitively prepare students for architecture industry or further studies.
  • -School encourages innovation and progressive thinking.
  • -Career counseling services

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 2015 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 2015 EUR

Ireland: University College Dublin

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MArch of Architecture

University prepares students for problem solving in theoretical and practical manner within architectural field. When finished course students are commonly sought among regional and international firms and become experts in their selected fields.

University College Dublin
  • -Professional alumni network
  • -Always updated curriculum by latest research
  • -Among top 1% of higher education institutions in the world.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 7830 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 24800 EUR

Italy: Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano

MSc of Architecture – Building Architecture

Modern Italian school with strong traditions and culture behind offers its students professional teaching and excellent study environment. Strong research background, school is one of the largest engineering schools in Europe and is funded strongly by European union.

Politecnico di Milano
  • -Large Alumni network with over 45000 members all over the world
  • -High Academic reputation
  • -High employability ranking

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

Latvia: RISEBA University

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MSc of Architecture

Students has a possibility to finish architectural bachelor degree in university prior enrolling in master program. During the studies scholar will be discovering deeply architecture and urban studies, BIM, law and management. International well experienced lecturers will deliver material in english.

RISEBA University
  • -Creative business incubator
  • -Connection with local and international architecture companies
  • -Possibilities for tuition help

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 6200 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 6200 EUR

Liechtenstein: The University of Liechtenstein

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MSc of Architecture

Twice a year small groups of 10 students gets accepted in Masters of Architecture program by the university. During 2 years students covers subjects as architectural planning, intelligent facades, theoretical framework and actual case studies.

The University of Liechtenstein
  • -Awarded alumni and lecturers
  • -Personal mentoring
  • -Opportunities for continuing in PhD

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 867 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 1143 EUR

Lithuania: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

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MA of Architecture

Once graduating from program, students will have confidence to individually solve complex tasks of urbanisation and architecture. During the course, students have opportunity to participate in Erasmus exchange program and are required to do semester long internship.

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
  • -University with high academic to student ratio (1:11)
  • -Database of 80000 alumni
  • -72% of staff members holding PhD degree

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 3500 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 3500 EUR

Luxembourg: University of Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg

MSc of Architecture

Within 2 years of studies, new architects will explore subjects as architecture, European urbanisation and globalisation. The gained knowledge will therefore enable graduates to think and act strategically and future-oriented with opportunities to continue carers in private and governmental sectors.

University of Luxembourg
  • -Modern study environment
  • -School has multiple corporations with national institutions.
  • -Ranked among 800 best Universities.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 1000 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 1000 EUR

Malta: L-Università ta’ Malta

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MSc of Architecture

Students will be exploring fields of design, history and technology in order to achieve final diploma that will confirm them as Architects. Course will deliver wide range of understanding how human, environment and society works with buildings and architecture. On how to detect any problems in this mechanism and how to solve them in best possible manner.

L-Università ta' Malta
  • -Wide range of research facilities
  • -92 countries represented among students
  • -Modern school with great student life

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: FREE
For foreigners (non-EU): 13400 EUR

Moldova: Technical University of Moldova

Technical University of Moldova logo

MSc of Architecture and Urban planning

University with focus on in depth research and hands on projects. Students during the course will explore Urban design, Architectural design, aesthetics and functionality. The 6 years program should prepare new specialist in architecture for local and international projects.

Technical University of Moldova
  • -Wide selection of subjects.
  • -Welcoming campus with green space areas.
  • -Multiple international acknowledgements and appreciations in research

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 510 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 1780 EUR

Montenegro : University of Montenegro

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MSc of Architecture

A well organised school with clear goal of preparing best architects that will then fulfil sustainable and thoughtful construction projects. Students will work together with architecture industry specialists and gain knowledge in urban planning and design as well as sustainability and architectural planning.

University of Montenegro
  • -Opportunity to continue studies in PhD
  • -Free drawing studio on premises
  • -Internationally recognised school

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

Netherlands: Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology

MSc of Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences.

University provides students with dutch way of teaching, work in groups and problem solving through practical approach. Program is is taught in English and supported by excellent study environment , facilities and respectable professors. Students will explore areas and gain skills in areas as : design practice, social sciences, technology, engineering, innovation and sustainable development.

Delft University of Technology
  • -Frequent excursions, workshops and seminars
  • -Choice between five tracks:Urbanism, Management in the Built Environment, Landscape Architecture, Building Technology, Architecture
  • -Graduates can apply in Dutch Register of Architects

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 2083 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 18750 EUR

Norway: Norwegian University of Science And Technology

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MSc of Architecture

Studying and learning from problem based tasks students will shape themselves as creative planner for one of largest industries in Norway. Students will be introduced to planning of various types and sizes of projects in terms of architecture, design materials and finance. Program is taught in Norwegian.

Norwegian University of Science And Technology
  • -University hosts about 20- 30 major scientific conferences annually
  • -Excursions and field trips around Norway
  • -Over 100000 notable alumni across the world

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

Poland: Silesian University of Technology

Silesian University of Technology

MSc of Architecture

Innovative Polish university welcomes student to obtain MSc degree in Architecture with focus on architectural design, city planning and spatial design. During the course students will explore various concepts and methods for architectural problem solving. Education aims to prepare specialists ready to join private and public sector.

Silesian University of Technology
  • -Wide range of subjects taught in course.
  • -Over 190000 successful graduates
  • -Programme taught in English

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 2200 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 2200 EUR

Portugal: University of Lisbon

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Integrated Master Degree of Architecture

University with diversified and international selection of students from over 100 different countries and nationalities. It makes is a great choice for someone who wishes to complete their master degree in architectural field in recognised university with prestigious background.

University of Lisbon
  • -84% of graduates get employed in industry.
  • -Universities academic staff consists 82.7% Doctorates
  • -Wide range of projects and skills required by students upon graduation

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 871,52 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 7000 EUR

Romania: “Ion Mincu” University

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MSc of Architecture

Dynamic and friendly environment of study will help students to achieve their architectural masters degree. Students are encouraged to reach their best potential in architecture design, building creativity and sustainability.

“Ion Mincu” University
  • -Diploma of Architect recognised for professional practice in EU and UK
  • -R.I.B.A accredited institution
  • -Certified research facilities

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 1600 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 3500 EUR

Russia: Higher School of Economics

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MSc of Prototyping Future Cities

International masters program will aim to prepare graduates for future development of our cities. Students will combine technological innovation, urban design, business strategy and societal concerns in order to develop solutions for smart cities.

Higher School of Economics
  • -20% discount for tuition fee if applying as early bird
  • -Ranked as one of Russia’s top universities
  • -Network with over 72000 Alumni

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 6240 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 6240 EUR

Serbia: University of Belgrade

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MSc of Architecture

High level of education that is based on research, aims to prepare competitive specialist in architectural field. Students will work closely with research and hypothesis defence as well as collaborate with schools industry partners.

University of Belgrade
  • -School with over 160 years of history within teaching architecture.
  • -Among top 500 universities in the world.
  • -Close collaborations with industry representatives.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 3000 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 3000 EUR

Slovakia: Slovak University of Technology

Slovak University of Technology logo

MSc of Architecture

Pedagogical activities of the education aim to provide students with independent creative artistic, design and design activities. Besides scientific and research activities are held in the field of architecture, urban planning.

Slovak University of Technology
  • -Active student life
  • -List of Erasmus partnership schools
  • -Recognised diploma in field of international architecture

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 3500 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 3500 EUR

Slovenia: University of Ljubljana


MSc of Urbanism

Modern study program in Urbanism will allow students to gain knowledge in city planning , structures and materials required for nowadays modern cities. During 2 years of study, students will graduate with competitive diploma that is internationally approved.

  • -Modern research facilities
  • -Multiple choices for extracurricular activities.
  • -Established alumni network

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 3000 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 3000 EUR

Spain: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

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MB Advanced Studies of Architecture

With Main focus towards urbanism, contemporary architecture and design this school will be a great choice for students who are looking to expand their knowledge in urban development. Program focuses on technology, architecture and invasion and combination of all in worlds future development. School also offers related programs such as : civil engineering and industrial engineering.

upc Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)
  • -Available for grant program
  • -52 patents
  • -1923 articles published in scientific journals

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 3267 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 4900 EUR

Sweden: Lund University

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MSc of Architecture

Well known University offers dynamic environment for students to achieve the highest goals within architectural field. With advanced focus on Architectural design and Spatial Experiment, school prepares next professionals to be architects on a global market.

Lund University
  • -Among Top 100 universities in the world
  • -Available options for scholarship and funding options
  • -Practical assessments as study trips, inventories, surveying during the course.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: FREE
For foreigners (non-EU): 19700 EUR

Switzerland: TH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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MSc of Architecture

Swiss university with great history offers students environment and opportunity to expand their minds and practical knowledge within architecture. Study course aims to strengthen students ability to participate in large scale projects, solve challenges from practical and aesthetic view as well increase individual approach towards work.

ETH building
  • -Active study and after study environment
  • -21 Nobel Prize laureates including Albert Einstein
  • -109 patent applications.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 1340 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 1340 EUR

Turkey: Middle East Technical University

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M of Architecture

Students with interest in architecture history and theories, will explore new solutions for our political, social, geographic and economic problems. During the course attendees will strongly work on research orientations chosen by them self and provided from university.

Middle East Technical University
  • -Award winning student projects.
  • -Modern and inspiring facilities
  • -Field trips and wide range of elective subjects

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 245 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 245 EUR

Ukraine: Kiev National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture

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MSc in Architectural Design of Civil Building and Structures

This Ukrainian university promises to prepare next specialist in architecture and building structures. Together with theoretical framework and practical projects students will explore current building technologies, materials and designs.

Kiev National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • -High level academic professors
  • -Welcoming campus environment
  • -Wide selection of subjects

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: Coming soon
For foreigners (non-EU): Coming soon

United Kingdom (UK): UCL

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MSc of Architecture

University is ranked as one of top Schools in the world. Students are continually proven successful track of entering job market after their graduation. From total of 5 years education, student will spend 4 years in school, solving various tasks in small groups with high focus on design. Final year is spent in architectural firm for practice or alternatively can be thesis project about Advanced Architectural Design if placement is not available.

  • -Central London location
  • -Top university in Architecture field
  • -Excellent record of students entering employment.

Annual Tuition Fees

For domestic appliers: 10370 EUR
For foreigners (non-EU): 28400 EUR

The Map of Top Architecture Schools

Explore the map of the top schools by country below.

Is there a school that is close to your home town or city you always wanted to move to? Each pin point includes full breakdown of info about the school and architectural education program.

All 43 schools offer a great opportunity for anyone to become a skilled architect. Contact the schools directly and apply for your next career.

Maybe next time we’ll some of your creations in our urban landscapes or among the top contemporary architects.

If you have been student of one of the schools, feel free to comment about your experiences below!

We would love to hear student opinions and projects you have been working on during your study years. Are we missing any school? Please contact us and let us know about the school!

Disclaimer: The tuition costs of the programs listed may vary year to year and subject to local currency changes.

The Work of Plan constructed by the Royal Institute for British Architects has become an unwritten industry standard.

Not just British Architects rely on the 8 phase design and construction plan.

Whether you are new to the concept or looking to refresh your RIBA knowledge here is the Ultimate Guide for you!

What is RIBA?

Logo for the Royal Institute for British Architects
 [RIBA Logo]  – [Data Broker]

The RIBA is the Royal Institute for British Architects who developed the first plan of work back in 1963.

The aim of the plan was to provide an outline model for the building design and construction process in the UK.

For half a decade the plan has consistently been adapted to changes in the industry until it got completely revised in 2013.

The new plan of work is set to be the updated standard of procedure.

8 detailed phases lay out the path from initiation of a project all the way to the completion of a building and ribbon cutting.

The revised plan further includes a phase dealing with the occupied building and maintenance. 

Simplified Plan of Work 2013
  [RIBA Plan of Work Simplified]  – [Architecture for London]

The phases are

The phases are categorized in 5 areas of the project:

No architect is forced to follow the rules set out by RIBA, although it has become a universal standard. 

This guide will explain the most recent Plan of Work and provide a detailed explanation of each step. 

What changed?

RIBA's Plan of Work 2013
 [RIBA Plan of Work 2013]  – [RIBA Plan of Work]

One of the significant changes in the 2013 model is that it aligns to more than just the traditional procurement route. 

While the majority of architects still use the traditional contractual agreements other sorts, like the Design and Build forms of procedure have also grown in popularity. 

The new WoP is flexible to fit the new trends in the industry.
On the website of the RIBA it is possible to create a custom work of plan to fit the desired procurement route.

The 2007 RIBA’S Plan of Work consisted of 11 steps lettered from A to L. 
The 2013 RIBA’S Plan of Work is divided into 8 stages numbered 0-7, to avoid confusion to the previous phases. 

Adapting to the changes in the industry, the new phases are also BIM ready, mapping out the processes.
If you are unfamiliar with BIM, there are helpful videos explaining the process.

The Plan of Work introduces a new flexibility when it comes to (Town)-planning.

The 2013 recognized the need to make a plan adaptable to different sizes and scopes of projects to ensure the best experience for both ends of the contract. 

Through adjustable templates their website, the plan can be completely fitted to the scale of the project.

Section of RIBA's Plan of Work 2013
  [RIBA Plan of Work 2013]  – [RIBA Plan of Work]

The tasks marked *Variable can be adjusted to the 3 P’s Procurement, Programme and Planning.

The 8 Phases

To demonstrate the process of construction through a real life example, we will show the project Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architects in Edinburgh.

The project started in 2006 and has won multiple design awards since opening in 2012.

Some examples for the design process are not publicly available and will be shown through other project.

0 – Strategic Definition

Phase 0 RIBA's Plan of Work

One of the new additions to the 2013 Plan of Work is the first step of the cycle. 

During the strategic definition it is the suppliers goal to properly consider the clients Business Case and Strategic Brief, before creating the Initial Project Brief in Phase 1.

A Business Case is the client’s rationale behind the initiation of a new building project. 

This can be anything from a simple spoken request, to a detailed written proposal, explaining what exactly they want from this project.

The architect is to thoroughly go through the wishes and intentions of the client before they can work on the Project Brief

Together they are able to properly define the scope of the project and go into the preparation process more prepared. 

The business case often includes first cost evaluations and discussing the sites available for the project. This phase is particularly important in terms of sustainability, for example if it would benefit for a building to undergo refurbishment rather than be built new.

An example of a new refurbishment boom are first-tier cities in China.
There, no more land is being released for development, driving the industry towards refurbishment of old building instead. 
Factors influencing this can be aspects like budget, local planning policies and building context. 

Initial considerations of all team members for the projects are being considered, to create the best work force possible. 

The Project Program is also being established.

This outlines the projected length of the project and how briefing, design and construction phases are going to be distributed in this time frame. 

The only people involved at this stage are the client and the architect.
No information exchange with the government is necessary yet.

Summary Phase 0:

1 – Preparation and Brief

The main goal of the second stage, or Phase 1 (not to get confused) is to produce the Project Initiation Document (PID)

The PID includes the Initial Project Brief and a Feasibility Report, as well as the Client Brief and Business Case from the previous phase. 

The PID is what is being used to gain funding for feasibility studies. 

This stage is important to ensure that the Concept design in Phase 2 can be as productive as possible.

1.1 Objectives

The Initial Project Brief lays out the main Project Objectives, such as:

The quality objectives are the objectives that set out the quality aspects of the project.
Size and location of the project are defined 

The demanded project outcomes have been discussed in the first stage.

How long it takes to produce the PID fully depends on the scope of the project and special requests that need to be considered. 

Depending on the project it can be relevant to contact local authorities pre-appointment.This will make future engagement easier and help guide the design from early on. 
Local architect should be contacted to get familiar with local policies. 

Who’s in charge of creating the project team depends on the contract between architect and client.

1.2 Contract

The relationship is established as a Contractual Tree:

It is required to create an initial Risk Assessment

Once the Initial Project Brief and Feasibility Report have been completed the Project Initiation Document is finished and the project can move into the design phases. (2 – 4)

Client meeting with architects
  [First Meeting]  – [ByRawPixel]

Summary Phase 1:

2 – Concept Design

The project is now in the first of 3 design phases.

The goal of this phase is to produce a Final Concept Design.

2.1 First drafts

This is the first time the client gets to see a visual representation made from the Project Brief.

The visual can be anything from drawings to models designed to show the aesthetics of the project including:

General procedure is that the client receives 3 different concept proposals for the construction.
They can be similar or completely different.

Design sketch
[Sketch]  – [DPSDesign]

The client then gets to choose which proposal fits their needs the best by combining elements from all designs. 

2.2 Final Concept Design

When the final design has been agreed on the architects begin with the design.
This includes for example: 

The drawings should be 1 to 50/500 (Adjustable to project needs)

Ariel View of Masterplan for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Ariel View of Masterplan]  – [Edinburgh Government]

For example: 

Part of the drawings are: 

For example: 

Large scale drawings are helpful in seeing how a building is going to function in its location.

It is essential to revisit the brief during this stage and it should be updated and issued as the Final Project Brief as part of the Information Exchange at the end of Stage 2.

2.3 Hand In

The final design has to be prepared for hand in to the client. 
This includes:

The drawings move up to a scale of 1 to 100/200

Masterplan for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
[Masterplan]  – [Oberlanders]

Concept Design Checklist


Tells you how your designs to the surroundings.
Provides other information such as square meters, walls, size of plot, relation of what is indoor and outdoor. 

For Example:

Masterplan for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Masterplan]  – [Oberlanders]
Blueprint framework for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Framework Strategy]  – [Oberlanders]


Prodive the vertical visual aesthetic of your design
-It’s the exterior shell, the view from the outside

For example:

Elevation for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Elevation of New Fountainbridge 1]  – [Approved Development Brief]
Elevations for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Elevation of New Fountainbridge 2]  – [Approved Development Brief]


Future drawing (the design in context of what it would look like once it’s build)
-3D mock up

1 render of the building in colour:

CAD outside for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [CAD Outside]  – [Oberlanders]
Render Outside for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Render Outside Detailed]  – [7Narchitects]

1 render of the interior:

1 render of how it relates to the landscape and surroundings:

Render Inside for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
[Render Inside Detailed]  – [7Narchitects]
Design Street View for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Design Street View]  – [Edinburgh Architecture]
Render of Surrounding for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Render of Surroundings]  – [Edinburgh Reporter]

Situation plan:

What’s around it (access to it)
1 to 1500 to 1 to 5,000 (Adjustable to project needs)

-View from above showing the land around it

Location for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architect
 [Location of Fountainbridge]  – [Oberlanders]

The following types of design were not available from Oberlanders Architects and are shown by other project examples:


Provide you with the vertical elements of the building

For example:

Sections for Yale Art and Architecture Building by Paul Rudolph
 [Sections]  – [ArchDaily]


Technical 3D View of the design for the entire building Visualization of a plan 

For Example:

Axonometric View for Casa Sophie by A-53
[Axonometric View Casa Sophie]  – [A-53]

Physical models

Can be any size, helps demonstrate the final product in a more tangible way

Wood model for FCB Cornwall by FCB Studios
[Wood Model FCB Cornwall]  – [FCBStudios]

In the past years using Virtual Reality has been introduced as a way to show clients the designs in 3D. 
This might set of properly once the technology further advances.

2.4 Permits and permissions:

Local planning authorities need to be consulted to obtain permits and permissions needed.

Things to consider are:

Feedback from the consultations may result in changes to the design. 

The length of Phase 2 is depending on the scale and complexity of the project

2.5 Cost Plan

With the finished design the elemental cost plan for the project can be produced. This lays out all assumptions, abnormal costs and whole-life costs.

Summary Phase 2:

3 – Developed Design

The main goals of this phase are to produce a Final Design to be send to authorities and approved.

The architectural, building services and structural engineering designs will be finished by the end of phase 3. 

With the Final design approved the Cost plan can be determined and aligned to the Project Budget.

It usually involved the planning application, but due to the flexibility of the 2013 PoW, it can vary across the phases. 

In phase 3 the design is further developed. 
Visualisations are moved to a 1 to 20/50 scale depending on the project scale.
The designs produced now are dimensionally correct and co-ordinated as CAD-drawings.

Models should show:

Building System Services:

Structure of the Building – Type Selection

Changes during this phase are usually documented. 

The chosen materials and dimensions can give an accurate estimate of the cost plan.

Changes in this phase are often made to adjust to the project budget.
The cost estimation is where things tend to go wrong.

Avoid these common errors for the closest estimate possible:

Phase 3 is usually when the planning application is being submitted to the responsible authorities. 

The detailed drawings and reports are to be included in the application.

A planning application can include:

Further factors depend on location and scale of the project.

Summary Phase 3:

4 – Technical Design

The goal of Phase 4 is to prepare the detailed technical designs for the building. 

In the end of the stage the designs should include all architectural, structural and building services information.
This includes any design for specialist subcontractors and specifications.

All designs are to align with the Design programme and Design Responsibility Matrix.

4.1 Detailed Drawing

The Lead and Construction architect come together to produce detailed drawings of the designs. 

The scale of detail now goes from 1 to 1 up to 1 to 20.

Technical Design by Red Squirrel Architecture
 [Example Technical Design]  – [Red Squirrel Architecture]

How detailed each designer has to get depends on whether the construction will be built according to the design team or based on information given by a specialist subcontractor.

The drawings now include things like electrical outputs, insulation and other specifics. 

Depending on the project, all needed engineers are subcontracted and work alongside the Lead and Construction architects.

At this stage the overall design of the building does not change anymore. 

The Design team is expected to work on their part individually, according to the designs set out in the previous stages. 

It is possible that the design team has to respond to queries that arise during the construction phase.

Once the detailed designs are finished the Architects hand it over to the Project Manager.

It is important to regularly check in with the authorities during this phase.

4.2 Tender

If the supplier has already been chosen it is their responsibility to create their own supply chain.

For this they have to prepare tender documentation and their own version of the employer’s information requirements

If the supplier hasn’t been chosen the tender documentation and pre-tender estimate now have to be produced in order to tender the construction contract. 

4.3 Contractors

All contractors are reviews, new ones are chosen, approved and contracted out.
Who is responsible for appointing all subcontractors depends on the original contract between Architect and Client.

The Lead architect and Project manager approve all selections of contractors and discuss these with the client for his approval. 

Summary Phase 4:

5 – Construction

The goal of phase 5 is the offsite manufacturing and onsite construction of the building.
All construction is according to the designs produced in the previous stages.

The Design Team still has to respond to design queries arising during this stage. 

5.1 Construction and Building

Construction site for Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architects
 [Fountainbridge Construction]  – [Valentin Hunzinger]

The Architect’s role during construction depends on the contract. 

Traditionally the client appoints the contractor who is responsible for the work onsite.

The architect firm usually offers a Contract administration service to oversee that the work is according to the programme through regular visits. 

The contract administrator deals with:

Completed Building Springside Fountainbridge by Oberlanders Architects
 [Springside Fountainbridge]  – [Oberlanders]

5.2 Health and Safety

Local inspectors review and observe the site to make sure all health and safety laws are being followed

Summary Phase 5:

6 – Handover and Closeout

The goal of phase 6 is the handover of the completed building and the conclusion of the building contract.

The client is now able to occupy the building.

For 6 to 12 months, also called Defect Liability Period, the contractor is still responsible for any defects on the property. 

6.1 Report

At the end of construction, a report is produced covering the contractors, errors, accidents, incidents of waste/loss. 

The contract administrator is issuing his final report on the construction. 

In some cases the client may keep a retention sum for the contractor unit the Defect Liability Period is over. This ensures that the contractor does his job. 

6.2 Inauguration and official opening

The completed site is visited by the client and other relevant parties. 

All members of the Project Team are invited and the building is officially ‘In-Use’.

Often includes an official Red Ribbon Cutting ceremony and champagne.

Ribbon Cutting event for the opening of Treasure Island by Saint Paul Port Authority
 [Grand Opening of Treasure Island]  – [Saint Paul Port Authority]

Summary Phase 6:

7 – In Use

This is the second new addition to the RIBA’s Plan of Work 2013, and aims to provide an aftercare service to the client and the building. 

The service provided to the client can include for example:

Sometimes it’s necessary to pass on expert knowledge in order for the building to be used properly.

This especially applies when it comes to sustainability. 

The ‘end of life’ of a building can be part of Phase 7 or considered part of the Phase 0 of a new construction cycle.

In this case it’s considered whether the development can be reused by refurbishing it or has to be demolished.

This stage is what united the phases of the plan into a cycle of development.

Phase 7 Summary:

RIBA Plan of Work Concluded

The Plan of Work is recognised internationally as standard procedure.

While no one is expected to use it, by doing so you can play it safe.

“Unless they are inappropriate, use the RIBA forms of Appointment” – A Guide to Keeping out of Trouble.

The guide allows to simplify the project to both architects and clients, and increases the communication between both parties.

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We worked through the red tape and bureaucracy so you don’t have to.

In most cases you must complete some official forms for the Building and Residency Register (BBR forms) together with the building application for the municipality.

Visit your municipality’s website and find the correct forms to be filled in. Here, and at BBR.dk , you can also read more about the review and application for construction work.

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Dating an architect seems like the perfect find in the sea of love that we all fish in.

A creative genius who draws something and then actually makes it reality. 

Elegant ribbon cutting events for the newest addition to the city’s skyline. 

Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it.

The reality of dating an architect might involve more coffee than champagne, and looking at the same sketch for 2 months.
Ted Mosby had us dream of the hopeless romantic who builds the next Empire State building.
But looking back at even his depiction, being an architect often looks a lot different. 

We’ve compiled a list of 20 things you need to know before dating an Architect, to prepare you for the ride of your life.

1. Their heart is taken already

relationship status

One thing you need to prepare for when meeting an architect is that they are already taken by someone else.

Their job.

Architecture is the committed relationship they got in to when they first signed up to University.

There will be times where you get stood up for studio sessions or construction site visits. And you will have to deal with that.

Being passionate is one of their greatest qualities, even if it affects other parts of their life. 

Would you rather find someone who’s dull and directionless?

Probably not. 

2. They are (mostly) not rich

empty wallet

It is a common misconception that Architects make a lot of money. There are exceptions of Architects that made the big break.

Surely firms like Fosters and Partners don’t have to worry about paying rent with cashing over 2 million USD a year, excluding their highest paying project. 
Usual Architects mentioned in Forbes lists fall in the older age category.

You are more likely to come across a younger, less successful partner, who will not be cutting red ribbons any time soon. 

In reality, architecture doesn’t involve skyscrapers, but a lot of renovations.

The broke artist curse doesn’t spare the building designers. 

On the good side, this makes architects very good at handling the money they have.

This doesn’t mean they are stingy, just very specific. 

Tasteful limited finds will grace your bedside table. 

Time to say goodbye to your ikea shelf, because sundays are now for antique flea markets. 

3. There always will be pens around

The architect significant other comes with a new, never ending supply of pencils.

No matter if it’s black, blue or red, any colour you need won’t be hard to find. 

Having constant access to pencils can prove very beneficial.
Instead of putting everything on a phone, you can return to having your shopping list on paper.


If your architect and you have already made it to living together, beware of the laundry.

The endless supply of pencils often comes out of a black hole in their back pockets. Their dominantly black wardrobe is pretty much immune to any damage. 

Yours might not be.

Prepare to throw out some white shirts, and keep your socks away. 

At least the monotone wardrobe makes laundry sorting a lot easier. 

4. You get your personal Arts and Crafts store

architecture tools

The utensils supply doesn’t stop with the pencils. Any arts and craft stationery is likely to appear around your partner and their home. 

The issue of not having a glue gun around is now one for the past. 

Dating an architect can come in handy, as they often are, handy. 

Knowing your prospective partner can fix the basics themselves is reassuring.

Broken shoe? Superglue.

Your personal art supply store also pays off when festivities approach.

To make up for their smaller budget, they can craft the best presents. Wedding season seems a lot less intimidating now. 

And you won’t have to worry about buying your own laser cutter any longer.

What a relief.

5. New destinations

Eiffel Tower Paris

Architects can show you the world. 
And they will, no matter what the payment checks look like.

Just not the world by the ocean.

Or in the mountains.

They will show you the world of granite structures and stuck decorations.

If you like a good city holiday you are in luck because with an architect by your side a lot of those are coming for you. 

Prepare for treks on the path of architectural history with your personal tour guide. 

Rome, Paris and Athens make for good destinations and also offer delicious food if your guide allows you a lunch break. 

Did you know the Luxor Obelisk on the Paris Place de la Concorde is also the biggest sundial in the world?

After returning from holidays now, you certainly will. 

In the case you go on an actual guided tour, your architect might jump in to correct them.

Being a little embarrassed is okay.

It’s also inevitable to end up with a photo album full of pictures from your trips. Without you or your family in it.

Just a lot of buildings.

6. There will be a lot of books


If you manage to convince your significant other to join you on a trip to the beach, you will need a book to relax with. 

It will come in handy to have a whole library at home to chose from.

Strictly architecture content of course. 

Having every edition of the encyclopedia is essential.

So are any other architecture related publications from the last 5 centuries. 

Decorating your flat will prove a lot easier, as half of the space is already covered by books. 

7. And anything else architecture related

cartoon of man with globe and book

Besides books, the flat is also covered in anything other architecture related. 

Sketches flying around the rooms like paper planes, sometimes folded into one. 

Instead of buying vases or statues you can arrange your partner’s insane collection of models around the tables. 

Be careful when handling them. 

Breaking their models might break a bit of their heart with it.

8. You’ve now joined Architecture 101

architecture joke

Going on exclusively cultural holidays will eventually pay off. The good thing about dating an architect is that their passion and knowledge will rub off on you. 

Whether you want it or not.

After a couple months of coffee dates, you could easily pass architecture 101, without the endless all nighters.

Architects spend a majority of their early years learning the industry lingo

Selfless as they, this knowledge will be passed to you. You can start to learn about world famous architects and buildings!

Architectural jargon sounds like a mystery to outsiders but once you are in, you are in.

The longer you spend together, the more of their jokes will be understandable.

Still not all.

The world of architecture humor is almost as big as their heart.

9. They have a lot of patience

detailed sketch

Patience is key.

This counts for almost every relationship.

To make it through the hard times with your partner you will both need to show a lot of patience, working together.

Good thing, that architects are as patient as it gets. 

Spending years of their lives sketching the same floor plan over and over again, just to then do the same in modeling; makes you acquire a certain level of patience that can’t be matched.

Glueing 1000 miniature trees to a model requires fine tuning that will help your relationship as well.

If you are someone who likes to provoke conflict to get what they want, you might be out of luck with this partner.

It’s nearly impossible to be more annoying than their clients.

Learn to talk it out.

10. Any place is educational

road trip
Photo by Alex Jumper on Unsplash

You’ve learned about the educational trip abroad that await you. 

But when money is tight and the most travelling you are getting done is to the grocery store, you won’t be left empty handed.

An adventure down the road might include a history lesson on the embassy building you just passed. 

Or an in depth opinion on why the new bypass near your home is a technical disaster.

Driving through the countryside to visit families for the holidays won’t have much to offer for analysis. 

Fear not, there are more podcasts out there than you could ever possibly listen to.

Your architecture classes don’t end because it’s christmas.

11. They’re coffee snobs

coffee addict

Whether it’s the all nighters studying for the degree show back in college or staying up until the late night drawing for another project deadlines.

A humans best friends might be dogs, but an architects is coffee.

No matter the time of the day, they are always seen with a steaming cup in their hand.

This makes them excellent baristas. It’s like having your own brewery at home.

But the years of drinking coffee also makes them quite picky when it comes to the magical bean.

Prepare to make room for quality arabica coffee and wave goodbye to the instant sachets left in the cupboard. 

Coffee is an easy way to impress your date.

If you are still on route to dating an architect, do some research and suggest a date at a good coffee shop. Knowing 2 facts about coffee can go a long way.

12. They can stay up all night

all nighter

What brought them to their coffee addiction in the first place are the allnighters they had to endure during their studies and continue on in their career. 

As a partner, you might be happy that they can  stay up all night doing more fun things, being used to the lack of sleep. 

But in most cases they are more likely to have already stayed awake the previous nights working, so on a day off their brain clocks out at 7pm 

All night action is reserved for pen and paper.

13. You only have architect friends

Dating an architect comes with the free addition of new architect friends.
Like other profession, your partner often attracts people from the same industry.

Good that you’ve picked up some of the lingo, this will help you blend in to the group.

After an hour of discussion on the sustainability of the new opera house being built even the most dedicated partner can zone out. 

Don’t be surprised if by the time you zone back in the topic still hasn’t changed.

Architects never run out of things to say.

14. They’ve got a wandering eye

Dreaming of long walks in the city with your loved one. Staring into each others eyes in the moonlight. Sounds pretty romantic. 

Until you notice they aren’t looking at you but at the bridge behind you.

Architects are prone to have a wandering eye. Not in a bad way. 

They won’t get distracted by other people during a date. 

Walking past a new refurbishment is another story.

15. They do a lot of overtime

Overtime cartoon

As you may have guessed from their lack of sleep and coffee addiction, being an architect involves a lot of overtime.

Not paid overtime.

This might be where the misconception about their wealth comes from. Someone who spends all weekend in a studio surely are paid back for that sacrifice. 

The issue of overworking interns has become so widespread that in 2016 a new federal law was passed in the USA demanding that companies pay their employees time and a half for their overtime.

With 90-hour weeks leading up to competitions, an architects schedule can be insane. 

Previously unpaid as well.

Prepare for some lonely nights, and have an open ear to complaints.

16. Architecture is everywhere

Pent house New York City
Spider-man penthouse by Architectural digest

For architects, the job doesn’t end once they leave the office. They have the power to connect everything around them to architecture. 

It’s possible to use this to your advantage.

Want to watch a movie genre they don’t particularly like? Chose one that plays in an architecturally interesting location. Luckily almost every rom-com plays in New York with sufficient scenes of the Empire State building. 

And no spy movie misses out on London.

17. They talk a lot without saying

cartoon man with brain

If you are familiar with How I Met Your Mother you will know the architect looking for love, Ted Mosby. His portrayal is said to be one of the most accurate when it comes to showing the struggle in the industry. 

His character, while lovable, has a habit of talking around the point, and constantly correcting his friends about everything. 

To survive in a studio, architects have to be very good at giving their opinion. 

They have a way of making you question your own.

Don’t be fooled by their talking around the point, they don’t know everything.

If you want to win an argument, prepare to justify every statement.

Opinions that are not backed up have little value to an architect.

Good luck with the fighting. 

18. Gifts are easier than ever

Architects being so passionate about their job makes gift shopping a lot easier.

Although you might have found enough pencils in your flat to last a lifetime, they won’t see it like that. 

Architecture related things are a very broad category.

Books, notebooks, pencils, pens.

More glue for the glue gun.

Another encyclopedia.

Or maybe get them subscription to a new software tool to play around? ( we have a list with 140+ tools for architects )

As creative individuals, they will appreciate a creative effort from you as well. 

It might be hard to master their humor but once you get it, you will nail every present.

(Coffee machines work wonders)

19. They are never satisfied


After spending a lot of time with an architect, it will become clear that they don’t love anything that already exists. Every construction could’ve been done differently. 

They would have designed the bridge much better themselves. And the colour your neighbours are painting their house doesn’t compliment the original style of the building. 

They will talk about projects they like, but always systematically criticize it at the same time. Often in the same sentence.

If you appreciate honesty, you’re in luck.

They’re not scared to give you helpful critique when you ask for it. 

20. You won’t need to worry about the future

Your new home

If you manage to get yourself to date an architect and dealt with the 19 things mentioned above, you are looking towards a bright future.

How convenient that the one by your side can design that future for you.

When it comes to starting a family and eventually getting your own house, your architect will make sure it’s the best home you can find.

Whether it’s finding the best offer on the market or even building it themselves.

You won’t have to worry about it.

They will do enough of that for both of you. 

Do you recognise the architect in your life, or yourself in this list?