Learn more about design for safety — including key concept/process, hazards, risks as well as mitigation strategies.

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Design for Safety is a little known consideration for most young architectural designers who are just starting out.

Building regulations now state that designers must be aware and document hazards, risks and proposed mitigation measures to ensure that all safety concerns have been addressed for the construction, occupancy, maintenance and demolishment of the building.

In this post, I will share how design for safety is done, key definitions and design considerations.

Note 1 : This posts serves as a guideline. It is based on building regulations from Singapore, so please consult your country’s building codes as well. …


Learn more about buildability design — including key terms, calculations and design considerations.

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Buildable Design

Buildability is a little known consideration for most young architectural designers who are just starting out.

Unlike sustainability, who is the much louder cause from many senior architects — buildable design is easily achievable and is easy to understand.

In this post, I will share how buildable design is done, key definitions and design considerations.

Note : This post serves as a guideline. It is based on building regulations from Singapore, so please consult your country’s building codes as well.

Aspects of Buildability
Design Considerations
How to Calculate Buildable Score
Pro Tips…


Learn more about drainage design — including key terms, calculations and design considerations.

Drainage Components and Invert /Top Levels
Drainage Components and Invert /Top Levels
(above) Diagram indicating drain components and levels

Drainage design is a collaborative effort between architects and engineers.

Architectural designers typically comes up with a rough drainage concept for engineers to calculate and concur.

In this post, I will share how drainage design is done, including me providing you with key definitions and design considerations.

Note: This post serves as a guideline. It is based on building regulations from Singapore, so please consult your country’s building codes as well.

In this post:

Why Drainage Design?
Keys Terms
Types of Drains
Design Considerations
Pro Tips
Excel Calculator & PDF Summary…


Learn more about natural ventilation design — including key terms, calculations and design considerations.

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Overview of natural ventilation openings area requirements

Natural ventilation of rooms/spaces is one of the most important common design consideration in a building, at the detailed design stage.

The main purpose of natural ventilation is to ensure safe occupancy and prevent loss of amenity due to lack of fresh air.

As architectural designers, we should understand that the fundamental concepts, best practices and calculations for natural ventilation.

Keys Terms
Types of Openings
Design Considerations
Pro Tips
Excel Calculation Template & PDF Summary Download

Key terms

The following are key terms and definitions you should know while designing for natural…


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Staircase design is one of the most understated components of the building, being one of the most common form of vertical circulation.

The main purpose of staircases is to bring visitors from one level to another.

As architectural designers, we should understand that well-designed staircases are not only aesthetically pleasing, they have to be also functional.

Keys Terms
Types of Staircases
Design Considerations
Pro Tips
Staircase Calculator & PDF Summary Handout Download

Key Terms

The following are key terms and definitions you should know while designing staircases:

Tread — Horizontal portion of the step

Riser — Vertical portion of the step

Tread depth — Horizontal distance for each…


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Overview of visual analogies (image by author)

Have you ever found it difficult to explain a concept to someone verbally?

The next step will be to take a piece of paper and hopefully draw something that will help your friend understand better, right?

You pick up the pen and draw.

The pen isn’t moving.

What do you draw?

65% of the world’s population are visual learners. And for us designers, this means that we have to explain through the use of diagrams, or visual analogies.

For experienced designers, this might be up your alley.

Drawing quick shapes, charts, complex diagrams to show exactly what you mean might be your forte. …


Why it is important and how you can apply this to your design process.

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Left brain vs Right brain — Image by ElisaRiva via Pixabay

Design can be challenging, the problems that we face are demanding more complex solutions, most of the time beyond our own expertise.

Introduce the Dualist Mindset.

A mindset that requires and embraces creativity and analytics, and looks to qualitative and quantitative means to justify our design decisions.

Here’s why the Dualist Mindset is important and how you and I can apply it to our design processes.

1. Our complex world has issues that require complex solutions.

You and I know that our world is becoming more complex. Due to the greater polarisation of ideas and differentiation, people no longer wish to fit into the predefined boxes. …


Take these steps to train your design eye and solve complex design problems

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

As a young graduate from architecture school, I have always been interested in improving myself as a designer.

Over the past few years, I realised what was needed for me to appreciate design and become better in solving design problems. And I hope you might be able to take away some of these ideas too.

There are five key steps:

  • It Starts With You: Have a Manifesto
  • Absorb Like A Sponge: Read Widely and Often
  • Go Out, Observe and Question: Seek inspiration in the Ordinary
  • Compile Your Inspirations : Document your ideas
  • Be A Master: Teach others / Share your…

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Gabriel Chek

Making Architecture Accessible at ARCHLOGBOOK (archlogbook.co)

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