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Lidar scanning technology has been around for a while, but it was only available at high prices to experienced professionals. This is now changing as more and more people are using their iPhones to scan 3D objects and spaces to document such things as construction projects. With Polycam’s app and the mobile lidar scanner on your phone, you can measure spaces before the construction begins.

This is an excellent time-saver for contractors and designers. Limit the number of trips to the hardware store by more accurately calculating materials. Take for instance this recent floor repair in our rental property.


It’s not often that I feel like I have a lot of time. But sometimes I have this no-time feeling. It’s that feeling you get when you have all this stuff swimming in your head. Things you know you need to do. List after list. One direction then another. Too many things. If you’re like me and trying to build a writing habit when you get to this place of overwhelm, how can you invest the time to write? How can you not?

All those to-do’s swimming and floating around in your head are overwhelming when you think about them…


As an architect, you are often tasked with visiting new buildings before a tenant improvement project begins. Visiting the building is an important step towards scoping out any potential issues and help find ways to mitigate them down the line. If you don’t know what to look for, here’s a list of nine things that architects should be aware of when first visiting a building:

  1. Potential structural challenges
  2. ADA issues or challenges
  3. Number of existing exits and locations
  4. Is the building currently sprinklered
  5. Is there gas service
  6. Evaluate the electrical service available
  7. Will the ceiling heights impact your design ideas

The power of decluttering is a topic that has been widely published in recent years. It’s no secret that clutter can have an adverse effect on your mental state, and it also makes it difficult to find the things you need when they’re buried under piles of clothing or stacks of papers.

Often people will live in this state of overwhelm until they have just had enough. Something major has to change. Time to renovate to solve the challenges and anger caused by the years of clutter. …


What are digital humans? They are digital representations of real people. Either actual individuals or people of similar characteristics to the people you are designing for. Digital humans are the next step in design. The idea of designing for people as a species is what digital humanism is all about and it’s something that architects and designers have been talking about for years. Digital humans are an extension of this type of thinking, but with one distinct difference: we can now create them ourselves and experience spaces alongside them through virtual reality technologies.

Why use them in architecture? Do Architects…


Achieving a goal can be difficult, but getting and staying motivated is essential. There are many things that you can do to stay motivated- it all depends on what motivates you the most. In this blog post, we will discuss three strategies that work for different people and how they affect their productivity and stress levels.

Strategy # One: Find a Role Model to Motivate You. Some people are motivated by other peoples’ accomplishments and successes, while others like to follow what’s worked for them in the past. It’s important for you to identify which type of person you are…


Archviz rendering is a process of creating computer-generated images of Architectural designs. This process can be used to create photorealistic or non-photorealistic renders, but I tend to focus on the realistic approach. Essentially, the goal is to create an image that looks like it was photographed in real life. But how do you get the most out of your archviz renderings? And what are some things to consider when creating them? Let’s find out!

The world of architectural renderings is an exciting and creative process. It not only gives you the ability to visualize your project but also provides a…


We live, work and play in our buildings. Architecture is design for people. Yet most architects still draw their designs on paper or a screen without considering the people that will be using it every day. Digital humans can help architects understand their spaces much more as well as help them tell the story of their design. Architectural VR environments give people an opportunity to interact with architecture before construction begins which allows for better design decisions to be made during all phases of project delivery from schematic design through construction documents and site plan reviews!

When architecture is devoid…


If you’re an architect, chances are you’ve come across the term “3D scanning” before. Maybe you have the new iPhone, and you’re just curious what that extra camera can do. You may have heard about it from a colleague or read about it in a magazine article. But what does 3D scanning actually entail? What is the best app for architects? In this article, we’ll answer these questions and more!

A majority of the apps that offer this service are free to download and use, but some require an upfront purchase to unlock additional features or export options. The price…


The world of Architecture has changed dramatically in the past decade. The use of digital technology and new design techniques have allowed for buildings to be more efficient, beautiful, and sustainable than ever before. But what does this mean for architects? This article will explore how the rise of digital metahumans is affecting architectural design by looking at potential use cases.

Metahumans are digital realistic humans created by Epic Games. In this article Metahumans will stand in for any realistic digital 3D human. There are other software’s used to create such people like Character Creator 3 for instance. …

Marc Sawyer

I’m an Architect. My favorite thing to do is create stories through architectural design. Founder of Whitewash Studio architecture firm in Atlanta, GA.

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