We, the architects, are a special breed. We have very particular tastes,
dress in very particular ways and we even invented our own language.
For us, a pen can be even more meaningful than our computers, and you
might find yourself looking all around town for that perfect standard
notebook that you have used for ages. So we decided to compile this
special gift guide so you can find the perfect gift for your
Hope you like it! Feel free to share your gift ideas for architects on the comments below.
What: LEGO Architecture
Why: LEGO blocks are one of the most versatile pieces of design, usually bringing the architect we have inside (someone even built an actual house with them). Their architecture series designed by Adam Reed Tucker brings us classic buildings in a desk friendly size. I personally own the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center and the Empire Building (hint for the ArchDaily team: I’m missing the Seattle Needle). You can also find larger versions of other classics, including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces: the Guggenheim Museum and the Fallingwater House.
- LEGO Architecture Sears Tower
- LEGO Architecture John Hancock Center
- LEGO Architecture Empire State Building
- LEGO Architecture Seattle Space Needle
- LEGO Architecture White House
- LEGO Architecture Fallingwater
- LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- LEGO Architecture Rockefeller Center
Why: One of the most innovative portable devices, allows you to interact with a robust software platform by just using your fingers. This intuitive interface is perfect for creative minds like ours. Sketches, meetings with clients, presentations, your favorite books, CAD files preview and review on the go, document editing, and almost endless possibilities make this a great tool for architects. I highly recommend going for the 3G version that will give you Internet access almost anywhere.
What: Penultimate iPad App
Why: Perfect companion for an architect’s iPad. This app is perfect for sketching, and lets you organize your drawings to keep the ideas flowing in order. You can easily share your sketches in PDF.