Things you can gift an Architect | Ar. Mohsin Sheikh

Picking up gifts for architects can be difficult and if you choose perfectly, you can surely win their hearts. People always get stuck as to what gift should one give to friends who are studying architecture, and as architects we tend to   have different requirements than other professionals.

The amount of craziness for stuff if I can explain, is by saying that architects can go crazy after looking at a particular type of a pencil, or a book or maybe just a Building.

Also, we have requirements ranging from pencils to technology and anywhere in between, because the course of Architecture is itself so diverse.

So, choosing between these can be a bit of a task, and hence here I am with my list of products which range from gifts for an Architecture Student to a Veteran Architect.

Here’s a list of 8 items which you can gift your architect friend by which he/she will be blown away.


In college most of us develop our design by sketching. I use to be that person who develops his design based on some sketch. I personally still enjoy sketching. But as technology took up fast, I am restricted to some software’s which I use for my personal and professional work.

I recently came to know about this device where we can sketch directly on screen. This device is compatible with almost all the software’s including 3DS max & Maya.


Ever since I have joined architecture, I have been a fan of Staedtler company and love their products, almost everything. And without exaggeration these are the best in-line products compared to other companies. As I have mentioned before my love for sketching, so while recommending this has to come on the 2nd position.


How many pencils are enough? I don’t think there will be a precise answer for this. From the stationary which I have right now, even when I have been away from college for more than 4 years, I still use different pencils on a daily basis.

These are like investments for architects, once you buy them, they are with you for years. The best part about this pencil specifically is that it acts as a touchscreen stylus as well. Nowadays everyone has a touchscreen phone and laptops, hence this can be used in so many different ways.


This is a new concept for me as well. While researching for this blog I found out this amazing product. We use Google Sketchup, 3DS MAX, Revit on daily basis and our work would get much easier by this product.

If your friend is someone who works more on 3D projects and is a Tech-savvy person, this is the perfect gift for him/her.


No matter how much you work in a day but it never gets finished. This will be something you’ll gift yourself. For all the sleepless nights this will be your companion. It is made with Aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. It has 18 adjustable light choices, 6 brightness levels and 3 lightning modes to choose from and non-flickering lightning ideal for work & study. There’s an input for USB port, you can charge you devices from that as well.


There are a lot of benefits of 3D-printers. A compatible 3D printer like this can change your design perspective and exemplify your personal and professional growth. Link for the detailed blog on 3D printing has been provided below, and to know more, you can read there.


If you’re not willing to spend more than Rs. 500/- and want to give something unique I have something for you as well. This battery-operated Eraser by Derwent is just something from the future. It is suitable for graphite, colored a pastel pencil. This is ideal for small areas and detail work without damaging the paper.


This magnifier was designed by Daniel Martinez. 2% of the proceeds of prism magnifier sales are donated to the Wikimedia Foundation. This magnifier is made by K5 crystal glass and is something you can keep on your table as small sculpture which can be used as a magnifier.

This was my list of gifts you can give your Architect friends. If you have some interesting gift options, you can comment down below and I’ll feature that in the next blog (just make sure it is available on Amazon). If you’re bored of making birthday videos for them in quarantine, you can gift something valuable which would be of use to them for years.

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Ever wondered what would happen if people of two opposites field meet and collaborate together. They are experts in their own set of skills but what about coming on the same platform and working on the same project, won’t that be interesting? We can get to learn so much more and we can teach about profession to someone else.

Some months back I got this amazing opportunity to work for a CANADA based innovation company “INNOWARE INNOVATIVE” who try to give a solution for the micro to macro problems we face in our day-today lives.

They have been involved in design and prototyping of some unique consumer electronic products such as wearable chargers, seawater desalination bottle, solar air conditioning system and many more.

There are many countries who create a platform for innovators to bring up an idea which can be designed, prototypes and implemented in the city for a brighter future.

One of this innovation events happen in Dubai called the Dubai Future Foundation. It was established in 2016 to play a pivotal role in shaping the future. This event takes place in collaboration of the government and private entities.

So, this is about January 2020 where I get approached from one of the innovators of INNOWARE INNOVATIVE. His name is Javed Shaikh and he has been working in the field of innovation for two decades now, his expertise ranges into many areas which are mentioned above.

This particular project was a PEDESTRIAN PAVEMENT COOLING SYSTEM. They were working on a modular solar-powered shading and cooling system called ‘Banyan’ to solve the problem of urban heat island effect, especially in tropical latitude countries. This was specifically for Dubai Future Foundation.


The system uses an umbrella-like shading system, solar panels, batteries and thermoelectric cooler modules to cool outdoor air at pedestrian level (between 0 to 6 feet from the ground) during daytime.

At night, rechargeable batteries run LED lights embedded in shading system to light up the pedestrian pavements. Additionally, the protruded umbrella-like design of the shading and cooling system could also be used to harvest and store rainwater during a rainfall event.


The technical aspects were already done, small detailing was remaining in terms of Ergonomics, Spatial Arrangement, Visual and Aesthetics of the prototype. The design is evolved from a Banyan tree and the major functioning also evolves from it.

The placement of the cooling system was derived from the human height and creating a soothing experience for the user. The shape of the shading device above was achieved from a concept of a ‘leaf’ hence it is visually pleasing and serving the purpose.

The basic framework was also transformed by me to make it more structurally viable. This a single vertical pipe above which there’s framework of the small pipe on which the leaf like shading device will rest and the placement of LED lights is seen.

The initial arrangement of the prototype was thought of in a linear pattern. A suggestion was made by me to place it in a staggered format. Now this decision was taken by me in regards to the sun path.

In the linear pattern the shadow castes in the same direction and can be applied only in morning or evening time. But in the staggered format it works in both times.

This is an Urban Landscape Project in which the cityscape is changed for good. Dubai’s weather is characterized by a tropical desert climate with hot, sunny conditions. Summer are very hot, humid and dry with temperatures climbing to 40°C and climbing.

For this type of climate making optimum use of the available resources is necessary. A shading and cooling device is the perfect ANSWER to this solution.

Although this design was not accepted by the DUBAI FUTURE FOUNDATION, but in this process, I learnt so many things and as Architects or as experts in the field we think in a particular direction.

There’s nothing wrong in thinking in a particular direction, but the result which we saw when we did collaborate with other experts is immense. A dialogue/ conversation is very important to be initiated, which opens up new channels for communication, and makes us more efficient in our lives.

Imagine having a format in which we are working with a group of different professionals, we can make the world more livable.

I feel blessed to get an opportunity like this at an early stage of my career where I got an opportunity to explore my potentials and learn from the masters of different field. Hence, I would like to take this moment and share with you guys something what Innoware Innovates Product Co. does, what their mission is and what is their commitment to the environment.

Their goal is to make a diverse range of Products, from drones and wearable to renewable energy systems and establish their products ecosystem in the global market.

They are concurrently designing, prototyping and validating several products in their labs. They are unique and extremely conscientious about our product’s environmental footprints.

Most of their products are designed to use recycled plastic and refrain from using materials that would otherwise be harmful for the environment.

If you liked this blog do visit Innoware Innovates website and say Hi to them. And if you’re someone who has an idea, they are ready for collaborations. Follow them on INSTAGRAM they go by the handle of “Innoware innovates”.

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