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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Have you faced difficulty in finding job as an ‘Architect’??

Have you wished for a networking website dedicated to architects??

Do you think that as an architecture firm, you don’t have a professional platform to display your work??

As a student do you feel incompetent of getting a job once you graduate??

After doing architecture do you want to explore as a designer??

For all the above questions this blog is the answer. Welcome back to the blog. We are here with yet another blog on an interesting topic. Now if you are a 3rd year architecture student or an Architect who has an experience of 3 years you might have faced one of the above problems.

If yes, then this blog is for you. If NOT, then we have other blogs which might interest you, just roam around the website and you’ll find something of your interest.

Let’s face it! As Architects, when we start thinking of Networking the maximum, all we know is call our dad’s best friend or some of our distant relatives, with whom we haven’t had a conversation, because architecture was keeping us busy.

So busy that while studying we merely got time to network ourselves and hence less/ no exposure to the community of architects.

Google definition of ‘NETWORKING’ is the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts

As a young architect job employment is another issue. Yeah, now people might talk about job portals, but frankly we all know how difficult cracking a job is.

We all have our imagination of what type of architecture we want to practice but due to the lack of knowledge about these firms we tend to find what is available and settle for what we get and not for what we want.

When it comes to management and know-how of a firm we know very less and mostly we learn through our bad experiences. Now let’s not talk about taxes!! That’s another topic which we’ll cover in some other blog, for now the focus of the blog is on networking and a platform for architects is current need of the hour.

While scrolling through internet I found this website called “ARCHITECTONICS.IN”.

My first impression of this website was quick, interesting graphics and simple. Most of the websites get it wrong in these basic criteria. After logging in this is what it looks like, where you can see projects uploaded by different architects.

When you login you are asked if you are a designer or design firm or a photography enthusiast. There are four categories the website is divided into. Let’s discuss all these one by one.

Managing our website and keeping people in our network updated about the latest work is difficult. This is quite simple on ‘ARCHITECTONICS’ because you are just a click away from creating a new project. Every quarter we might have a new project if specifically working in INTERIORS.

Design is an ever-evolving process, and a learning experience. The main advantage of this website is that it provides a platform for discussion on design, where other professionals can help you grow with advice, remarks, suggestions.

A healthy constructive criticism makes our design ideology stronger, and the whole point of the website is growing by minimizing the negative and maximizing the positives.

Architecture is a creative endeavor and we are not just restricted to buildings. Artwork, furniture design, photography, writing are some activities from many. Like in my case, I work as a Junior Architect and writing is my passion through which I explore my skills and learn by reading about different ventures.

Now this is a common phenomenon with architects practicing different art forms. There are platforms where you can upload your professional work and platforms where you can upload your hobbies.

In today’s world clients are not just looking for designer but a package in you as an architect, so when you display your art form on the same platform it emerges as an edge over other fellow architects. You can upload your work as a designer on this website, thereby adding more value to your portfolio.

You can surely design well but if it is not documented in different forms then you can’t survive in today’s market. In this, photography is the strongest medium I feel. You can display your skills by showing them the photographs of projects completed by you which will help you gain confidence of the client.

Now, here people will be of an opinion that 3D visualization can also help, but I’ll disagree to this as completed projects will have more weightage than a 3D render. A professional photographer is the Artist who can exemplify the design to another level.

Another aspect of the photography segment is that if you have a skill for photography then you can upload your ‘ARCHISHOTS’ which can be any photographs taken by you related to architectural photography.

They have something called as ATO STORE which is a merchandise store with products related to architecture. They have coffee mugs, t-shirts, pullovers. I personally liked the Grey Pullover, so if somebody from Architectonics Team is reading this blog you can get in touch with me for this. This site is a complete package of experiences.

Currently on the site we can experience designers, architects and photographers interacting on a dedicated platform. To sum up this we have a combination of different categories which were not available until now. I’ll suggest you to signup and experience it yourself.

If you are someone who has their own firm or you are a student of architecture, this website acts as a one stop solution. A diversified exposure to your startup can be achieved over here. If you are a student, you can help yourself with landing for an internship.

In my opinion this is the future for people in and around architecture. And if you are not part of the future then you are missing out on something interesting.

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