I am back once again with my annual list of the best gifts for architects. We architects are a picky bunch so it can be a challenge to buy for us.
So whether your buying for an architecture student, an aspiring or veteran architect this should help you out.
UPDATED: December 10th, 2018.
So here are my top picks for Gifts For Architects In 2018.
1. LEGO Architecture Studio
The ultimate LEGO set for architects.
This isn't a toy, it is a design tool used by many of the top architecture firms in the world such as BIG and SOM. Includes an inspirational 272 page guidebook written by several leading architects.
2. Frank Gehry's Architecture and Design Course
Give a very unique gift. World–renowned Architect Frank Gehry teaches an architecture and design course through the online education platform MasterClass.
Frank shares his creative process and offers critiques on student work. Gehry will also share his philosophy on design and architecture from his enormous model archive, giving a glimpse into his creative process with case studies, progressive models, and storytelling.
Since it is all online it works great as a last minute gift!
Select "GIVE AS A GIFT"
3. Funny Architect T-Shirts
Great gifts for any architect, architecture student or aspiring architect.
I'M AN ARCHITECT: Sorry, I think your house is ugly.
4. Leica DISTO D2 Advanced Laser Measure 330 Ft
A must-have for any architect to get instant, accurate measurements. No more dragging a tape measure across the room.
5. Notre Dame Cathedral 3D Metal Model Kit
This is just one example of the dozens of different architectural icons from around the world offered by Fascinations.
Each model starts out as 4" x 8" metal sheets and you simply pop out the parts using wire cutters and follow the included directions to assemble your model. The cathedral is 3.2" x 4.6" x 2" when assembled. No glue or solder needed.
A fun architect gift.
7. Rotring 800 Drafting Pencil
The best drafting pencil the world has to offer, with full metal body and retractable mechanism.
8. Japanese Omoshiroi Block
The world’s coolest notepad. It starts out as a simple block of paper but as you pull of each layer it slowly reveals a model.
9. Frank Lloyd Wright Door Mat
Leave no doubt to whether there is an architect in the house.
10. Pentel Arts GraphGear 1000 Premium Gift Set
A beautifully presented set of drafting pencils for drawing and sketching.
11. Fisher Matte Black Space Pen, Gift Boxed
Since no detail is too small for an architect, for a pen I recommend using the all-metal Fisher Space Pen Bullet to reduce the risk of breaking and leaking all over the drawings. Includes a cool gift box and case.
12. Frank Lloyd Wright Luxfer Prism 14" Wall Clock
Frank Lloyd Wright designed and patented a series of 45 prisms of clear glass tiles to refract light for the Luxfer Prism Company building in Buffalo, New York, 1896-97.
The front and rear walls of the building were made entirely of these Luxfer Prisms. This clock incorporates two of the famous prism designs, including the flower design that was the only one that was ever actually produced.
13. Bamboo Alarm Clock
Any architect would be glad to have this beautiful clock on their desk or bedside table.
Wood texture alarm clock makes a statement in any bedroom. Comes in a variety of wooden finishes and LED light colors to suit any taste
14. BYB E430 Metal Architect LED Desk Lamp
This premium aircraft-grade aluminum-alloy lamp with sleek brushed finish is the perfect addition to an architect's home or office desk.
15. Zaha Hadid Vase
The design of the “Crevasse” Flower vase by one of the greatest architects of our time, Zaha Hadid, was obtained through a combination of rotating and inverting a single trapezoidal shape.
16. Feet & Inches Fraction Calculator
What is 1-1/16" + 3-3/8" + 7-1/4"?
This calculator is a huge time saver for adding and subtracting fractional dimensions.
17. 3D Mouse
As architects, essentially everything we design is now in 3D. This mouse makes it much easier and faster move around and edit the design model.
Works with all 3D applications--on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
18. TaoTronics LED Architect Lamp
This durable full metal body LED lamp would be a welcome addition to any architect's desk or side table.
5 color modes and 6 brightness levels
Memory function, 60-minute timer, night light, and USB port
Multi-angle adjustable head and arm
19. Rocketbook Reusable Smart Sketchbook
For the modern architect, this Everlast sketchbook combines the feel of pen and paper with the convenience of a digital record.
Simply save your sketches using the Rocketbook App. Can be used with any pen from the Pilot FriXion line. One is included and you can also get the pack of assorted colors erasable gel pens.
Erases easily with a damp cloth.
20. Wooden Folding Book Light
A book-shaped lamp with dozens of creative ways to display. It turns on when you open the book and turns off when you close it. The LED lamp charges via USB so it can be conveniently used anywhere.
21. Moleskine Sketchbook
The Moleskine Sketchbook is a must-have sketchbook for every architect and architecture student.
22. Flashforge Desktop 3D Printer
Have an architect on your list who has been extra good this year? They can create their own presents using the this desktop 3D printer. Possibilities are limited only by their imagination.
23. Alvin Black Aluminum Architect Scale
A serious upgrade from the standard plastic, this aluminum scale will last a lifetime.
24. Wonyered 40PCS Professional Sketching Set
No sketch is impossible with this pencil kit. Includes 12 drawing pencils, graphite and charcoal pencils, blending stumps, sharpeners, erasers and more in a compact zippered case.
25. Architect L9 Cronometrics Unisex Watch
Beautiful stainless steel case with Italian leather band.
26. Personalized Architect Pen Set
A cool, unique personalized gift.
27. Moleskine: The Hand of the Architect
Includes 378 autographed sketches by 110 internationally recognized architects.
28. Architect Reading Material
Here are a few of my top pics for architecture books.
To see my complete list check out:
This new release is on my own gift list:
An entertaining book for any past, present or future architecture student.
A fun read for any architect.
A very interesting and enlightening read on the future of architecture.
A must-have for any architect's bookshelf.
The fantastic text on the comprehinsive history of architecture.
An excellent overview of the profession for aspiring architects.
The go-to reference for American residential architecture.
Thanks for reading, I hope these gifts for architects will help you find the perfect present.