20 Websites To Visit If You Want To Be A Better Architect

I thought I would share a few sites that I use on a regular basis which really help me out. This list is a collection of websites, resources and productivity tools which, as an architect, I have found to be extremely useful.

Here are my top 20 websites to visit if you want to be a better architect. If I left out one of your favorites, let me know in the comments below. Enjoy!

1. Grammarly

Grammarly.com

I use Grammarly everyday. Whether I am writing an email or working on a new blog post it is great for eliminating mistakes. Other programs fix spelling errors but Grammarly does much more by checking contextual spelling and vocabulary.

Since it is a Chrome plugin it works anywhere you are writing online - Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn. The biggest mistakes I see on job applications are grammar errors, so this is a great tool for perfecting your resume and cover letters. Check it out! Grammarly.com

 
 

2. Evernote

https://evernote.com

Evernote it a great way to keep track of all of your writing, lists, notes and website snippets. Since it is cloud-based you can access your data on any device. 

3. Cold Turkey

https://getcoldturkey.com/

Cold Turkey is a cool site to improve your productivity and help reduce distractions by temporarily blocking you from social media sites, games, addicting websites and certain programs on your computer. 

4. Sanebox

https://www.sanebox.com/

Sanebox is an email productivity tool. As someone who gets an insane number of emails, I have found it to be huge time saver. It prioritizes important emails and helps to summarize less important email in a format that’s easier for you to view.

5. Autodesk University

http://au.autodesk.com/

Free tutorials from the people that produce the software all architects use.

6. Adobe Color

https://color.adobe.com/

A really nice tool from Adobe that helps you select a color palette for any design work. 

7. Doodle

http://doodle.com/

Doodle is a great scheduling tool to setup meetings. Since architects are always working with teams this is a must use resource. Use it to identify a few potential windows of time that work best for you, then ask everyone else to fill in what works for them within those windows. 

8. Mint

https://www.mint.com/

I often talk about personal finance around here as it is an important component to a successful career. Mint is the best tool I have found to organize your spending and budgeting. Not to mention it is free. 

9. Pocket

https://getpocket.com/

Pocket is a great way to save articles, videos or anything you find on the web to read or watch later. 

10. Unroll.Me

https://unroll.me/

A great way to manage and get rid of unwanted junk emails. 

11. Kayak

https://www.kayak.com/

To really be great at what we do, architects need to get out and see the world. The best site I have found for planning flights and trips is Kayak. The filters allow you to quickly adjust your preferences and find what works for you. Who wants to join me?

12. Great Buildings

http://www.greatbuildings.com/

Even though they haven't updated the website design since probably 1992, it is still a wealth of information for some of the most important buildings in the world. 

13. Visualizing Architecture

visualizingarchitecture.com 

Alex Hogrefe has some of the best tutorials out there on how to create stunning architectural visualizations. 

14. Evermotion

http://www.evermotion.org/tutorials/index/

Evermotion has a range of free step-by-step tutorials to help you create stunning images. 

15. Photoshop.Architect

Photoshop.Architect

Photoshop.Architect is a YouTube channel that has some excellent Photoshop tutorials as it relates to architecture graphics. 

16. Slack

https://www.slack.com/

I use this messaging tool everyday to communicate with my team and it is a great way to cut down on the flood of email. 

17. Google Drive

https://www.google.com/drive/

I assume most of you are familiar with Google Drive, however if not, the free tools that Google provides are fantastic. I particularly like the ability to share files and folders with multiple people while controlling who can view and/or edit.

18. Newforma

https://www.newforma.com/

A powerful tool that makes transferring, archiving and documenting all of your files a breeze.

19. Bluebeam

https://www.bluebeam.com/

A complete game-changer for marking-up PDF drawings. Anyone on the team can be given access to comment on the drawings. The comments are clearly organized and assigned a status. A must have for any architect. 

20. Glassdoor

http://www.glassdoor.com/

If you are doing research for your next job opportunity Glassdoor is the best site I have found for getting the "behind the scenes" of a potential employer.

I hope you enjoyed this list and that you already feel like a more productive architect.

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Good luck!

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

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