Gifts For Architects In 2017
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.
So here are my top picks for Gifts For Architects In 2017.
1. TaoTronics LED Architect Lamp
Any architect would be glad to have this beautiful lamp on his or her desk.
The LED's keep cool so you don't melt your hand if you touch the light and the swing arm is perfect for desk work. It even comes in at a reasonable price too.
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.
Simply select "GIVE AS A GIFT"
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.
Gehry's MasterClass includes:
15+ VIDEO LESSONS
In 15+ lessons, Frank teaches his unconventional philosophy on architecture, design, and art using case studies, sketches, and models.
A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and assignments.
Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Frank will also critique select student work.
LEARN ON ANY DEVICE
Your class will play in any browser.
Take the class at your own pace and in your own time.
Full refunds up to 30 days after purchase.
Select "GIVE AS A GIFT"
3. 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.
4. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds
For the third year in a row I am recommending the Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling earbuds. I have been using these for over a year now and I can honestly say they are absolutely worth it.
These earbuds do a fantastic job of blocking out background noise, whether I am walking around the city or at work it creates a very quiet experience. This not only creates a more peaceful environment but allows you to hear music or podcasts more clearly and at a lower volume.
The technology even does a great job of minimizing voices. If you are trying to focus in your cubicle, in studio or on a flight these are your best bet.
5. YOUKOYI A509 LED Swing Arm Architect Desk Lamp
I thought I would throw in one more lamp into the list just because this one is so cool.
6. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II (Carbon)
An awesome speaker perfect for the architect's desk or home.
- Big sound--with deep bass--for a full-range listening experience
- Wireless and ultra-compact so you can take Bose sound anywhere, Bluetooth Transmission Range Up to 30'
- Built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud; Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge
7. Cronometrice Unisex Architect L9 Watch
This beautiful, minimalist stainless steel watch with a leather band is a stunning timepiece at an affordable price.
8. Tumi Alpha Compact Laptop Leather Brief
A stunning leather bag perfect for bringing notes and drawings to meetings or for carrying a laptop.
9. 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.
10. Moleskine Sketchbook Black Hard Cover
Of course the must have notebook for any architect is the Moleskine Classic Notebook.
11. Lego Patent Blueprint
A cool piece of art showing a diagrammatic representation of a childhood staple.
12. Architect's Blueprint Paperweight - MoMA Exclusive
13. Architect Reading Material
Self explanatory. A fun read and a cool gift.
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.
A fun gift for any architect.
14. Architecture Career Guidance
Sorry, I have to include a shameless plug for my own products. If you know an aspiring or practicing architect that is looking to advance their career, check out The Complete Package.
I also offer personal one-on-one coaching services to help take their architecture career to the next level.
Thanks for reading, I hope these gifts for architects will help you find the perfect present.