Architecture student equipment information.
“From students, for students”
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
ArchBox, an idea which was sparked during our time studying architecture at university. Architecture is an amazing course to take. Nevertheless it requires a lot of hard work, dedication and good time management. As we have been students ourselves, through our own experience we have identified certain hardships. These could have been taken care of so easily, but nobody was doing it at the time. So we decided to take the matter into our own hands and went ahead and create the ArchBox. The easiest and most economical way to get all your architecture essentials!
Being a first year student surely is one of the most exciting, but at the same time one of most nerve-racking experiences. Everything is so new. The course, the terminology, the friends, the halls, possibly even the country for so many of the international students.
Looking back, we always remember one of the biggest challenges was finding all of the equipment required for week 1 (stated by the “equipment list for year one architecture students“) which is provided by your university. The hardship was evident quickly. A large demand for a relatively small supply. This obviously resulted in very high retail prices! The perfect example for this, the stock of technical pens. These were sold out rather quickly by the local shops in town. This forced most of the students to seek for alternative solutions, such as amazon or other online retailers. However this for the most part resulted in even higher prices and longer lead time. A nightmare! This scenario pretty much repeated itself with various other supplies too, such as the A1 portfolios and the appropriate drawing boards.
With the ArchBox we would like to contribute to your university experience and make your initial steps of your new architecture journey as easy and most importantly as economical as possible, knowing how expensive the course can be.
The ArchBox is a collection of all the necessities needed for a year one student to start their journey.
Essentially, the equipment list you have been provided with by your university, put into a box and up to 40% cheaper than normal retail. The aim: easy, effective, and economical. This year a total of 250 ArchBoxes are available and can be ordered completely hassle-free online and delivered to your dorm. We are very happy to also announce that even 250 sets of technical pens from Rotring will be provided.
No running around in a panic trying to find all the required items on the list. Waving goodbye to paying higher prices due to the limited amount of products by a constant growing demand and no need to worry if you will be that student coming to the studio unprepared without the required equipment.
Comfortably order online, kick back & enjoy your freshers week & still show up to your first studio day being 100% prepared!
Simply open the box and start sketching!
EQUIPMENT LIST PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY, 2020-21 EQUIPMENT LIST for Year One Architecture students
You do not need to buy everything on the list immediately but you will need technical pens, a scale rule, a small amount of A3 tracing paper, a sketch book and a measuring tape in Week 1.
METRIC SCALE RULER for architects (showing scales 1:5; 1:10, 1:20; 1:50; 1:100; 1:200; 1:1250; 1:2500)
PROPELLING or CLUTCH PENCIL
DRAWING BOARD (A2 or A1 are most useful)
(a 6mm MDF board from a timber merchant with smooth, well-cut 90 degree edges is acceptable)
TRACING PAPER. A roll is cheapest when using large quantities. A roll 594mm width is useful
ROLL OF DETAIL PAPER for overlaying drawings while designing. A roll 297mm width is useful
SKETCH BOOK. Size and format according to your own preference.
SCALPEL and blades
STEEL STRAIGHT EDGE for cutting against
A2 CUTTING MAT. Cutting on tables and floors is not acceptable.
A1 PORTFOLIO: a secure case for transporting and protecting drawings flat (ie not rolled).Required for submission of work at the end of each studio module.
*FLEXIBLE CURVE or FRENCH CURVES (optional)
*COMPASS SET (optional) with attachment for correct make of technical pen.
*CAMERA (optional). Cameras are also available to borrow from the university.
Consumable art materials such as pencils, paints, brushes, cartridge paper, modelling materials etc are not specified in this list but will need to be purchased as required for your individual project needs.