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10 ESSENTIAL TOOLS/MATERIAL AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT MUST HAVE

Being an architectural student, there are various tools that are essential to your learning process which am sure most of you are familiar with, going through an architectural school I had tools which I hardly do without even though sometimes carrying them to the studio was a big job, so I came up with 15 essential tools every architectural student must have.

1. SCALE RULE

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“An architect’s scale is a specialized ruler designed to facilitate the drafting and measuring of architectural drawings, such as floor plans and orthographic projections. In scientific and engineering terminology, a device to measure linear distance and create proportional linear measurements is called a scale. A device for drawing straight lines is a straight edge or ruler. In common usage both are referred to as a ruler”. This is one of the most important tools a student should have.

2. PENCILS

Before the advent of various CAD software, pencils were the most important and relevant tool that describe you as an architect, being an architectural student it is certain that you would go around with a lot of pencils, has would be doing a lot of pencils drawing and sketches.

3. PAPER


Being an architectural student, papers are one of your best friends, this is one material you can’t do without, and it is an essential material.

4. CLUCTH PENS


At a point this was my best drafting tool and till date am fond of it, we’ll consider a clutch pencil to be any pencil with a lead-advance mechanism that pushes the lead forward in some way.

5. ADJUSTABLE SET SQUARE

This tool allows you to draft from any angle, it is an object used in engineering and technical drawing, with the aim of providing a straightedge at a right angle or other particular planar angle to a baseline.
The simplest form of set square is a triangular piece of transparent plastic (or formerly of polished wood) with the Centre removed. More commonly the set square bears the markings of a ruler and a half circle protractor.

6. PAPER STORAGE TUBE

Storage tubes hold rolled posters and other large documents providing protection when carrying and storing. Tubes are used by students to carry artwork to and from classes and architects to reference blueprint drawings.

7. STEEL RULE

The steel rule is a basic measuring tool. When used correctly, a good steel rule is a surprisingly accurate measuring device. Some people confuse rules and scales. A scale is a measuring device used by architects and engineers that assists them in making drawings to a scale other than full size.

8. T-SQUARE

The steel rule is a basic measuring tool. When used correctly, a good steel rule is a surprisingly accurate measuring device. Some people confuse rules and scales. A scale is a measuring device used by architects and engineers that assists them in making drawings to a scale other than full size.

9. ERASER

No much story on this but this am certain you can’t do without.

10. TRACING PAPER

Tracing paper is paper made to have low opacity, allowing light to pass through. It was originally developed for architects and design engineers to create drawings which could be copied precisely using the diazo copy process.(wikipedia.com)

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