ARCHITECTURE PRESENTATION BOARD

September 22, 2021

An architecture board is one of the best tools for presenting your project, being a stage that needs a lot of attention.

It is important to develop a correct layout, which also obeys a fluid and inviting narrative, allowing you to express your ideas and enhance your proposal.

If you still have doubts on how to create an architecture board design this publication is for you. In this post you will find everything you need to know to make your boards amazing! 

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECTURE BOARD?

An architecture presentation board is a graphic representation of your project with a high visual impact; condensing all the ideas of your project.

The function of a presentation board is to create a narrative with the main information of your project in a self-descriptive way, allowing you to understand each of the proposed solutions.

Whether for graduation projects or for architecture contests, it is important that the information is transmitted clearly, providing both professionals and laypeople with a complete understanding of their ideas.

Synthesizing all this information is not a simple task, but with the help of a good layout, you can solve this problem easily.

HOW IS THE LAYOUT OF AN ARCHITECTURE BOARD?

ARCHITECTURE BOARD

Diagramming an architectural presentation board is a process for distributing and ordering all the graphic and textual information of your project, offering a complete overview of your proposal.

Diagramming is usually the main question when designing an architectural project board, and it is no wonder, diagramming is the centerpiece of a good project presentation.

A project is not just a single board, so it is important that the boards have a narrative, allowing the reader to understand not only the project but also the entire development process.

But how to condense plans, cuts, renderings, texts and several other graphic elements on a board? Check it out below!

HOW TO DIAGRAM AN ARCHITECTURE BOARD?

The great challenge of the diagramming process of a presentation board is to condense all the information of your project in a clear and orderly way.

ARCHITECTURE BOARD

Using a grid structure facilitates the organization of the visual elements of your presentation, helping you to create a fluid narrative of your project information.

There are several compositions that can be used, from square or rectangular grids, mixing texts, images, or even adopting a totally organic structure.

The grid is the basic structure for the diagramming, allowing to organize the space and the information that will be presented.

ARCHITECTURE BOARD

Each of the grid modules can be used individually or worked in special zones, allowing larger elements to be highlighted.

Remember not to overload your board with information, it is necessary to leave blank spaces and separate the information where we can use the separation guide rails.

WHAT IS THE IDEAL SIZE OF ARCHITECTURE BOARDS?

WHAT IS THE IDEAL SIZE OF ARCHITECTURE BOARDS?

In architectural projects we are used to the ISO 216 standard format, which establishes the standard series A, with the formats A0, A1, A2, A3 and A4, these being the most used.

However, for architecture boards we do not need to obey this standard, instead we can explore other formats which value your proposal.

The recommended thing is to consult if there are any requirements from the teachers or from the public notice, in the case of a competition, but other than these cases, explore the formats that best suit your project.

HOW TO ORGANIZE ARCHITECTURE BOARDS?

The composition of the architectural presentation is the stage where we synthesize the main ideas of the project, presenting only what is necessary for the understanding of what was proposed.

It is important to remember that you do not need to include absolutely everything, also taking care with the amount of texts and keeping the focus on the central idea of the project.

To assist in this process, let's check out some important points that must be worked on for you to leave your board impeccable! Check out!

COLOR PALETTE

COLOR PALETTE

Using a color palette provides a better understanding of the information, highlighting important elements.

But be careful, the colors must be used correctly providing a balance to your proposal.

If you are unsure of which color palette to use, you can access online palette creation solutions, such as  Adobe Color or Coolors.

EXPLODED VIEW

EXPLODED VIEW

Exploded views have a strong visual appeal, allowing you to understand the different layers that make up your project, in addition to providing a great highlight of your ideas.

Also known as an axonometric perspective, this is a very versatile resource, as it allows you to demonstrate from conceptual schemes to constructive details in a much more didactic way.

BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND

One should choose the background carefully, trying to be as simple as possible hence not becoming a distraction for the reader.

However, it is possible to obtain interesting results, especially when using images from the project itself, a feature that offers a lot of prominence for the proposal.

The use of photographs of the terrain and surroundings also creates a very interesting atmosphere, conveying the feeling of how your project integrates with the surroundings.

CONTENTS

CONTENTS

The architectural project presentation boards must be self-explanatory and easy to understand, conveying not only your proposal but also all your commitment and dedication to your project.

To ensure a good understanding, it is important that the following elements are present on your boards:

  • Descriptive memorial;
  • Internal and external images;
  • Perspective cut;
  • Diagrams or diagrams;
  • Volumetry studies;
  • Technical drawings (plans, cuts and details);
  • Isometric views and exploded views.

It is not necessary that all of the above items are present, as this varies greatly from one project to another, but as far as possible they are resources that facilitate the understanding of your proposal.

3 PROGRAMS FOR ASSEMBLING ARCHITECTURE BOARDS

The time has come to assemble your architecture presentation board, but architecture software does not always show good results.

To compile different types of images, texts and other information, there are specialized software that offer different editing and image processing resources, providing incredible results!

Let's get to know the best program options for you to assemble your architecture board!

PHOTOSHOP

PHOTOSHOP

Photoshop is one of the most popular and traditional image editing software, offering an immense variety of tools.

Have in mind that it is not a very intuitive program, this means that it requires some knowledge of the main tools before you are able to work smoothly.

But with a quick course or even a consultation with the thousands of tutorials available on the internet, it is already possible to achieve incredible results.


INDESIGN

INDESIGN

InDesign is behind most of the books, magazines, newspapers and advertisements that you see everyday, and is also widely used in the layout of boards.

Indesign's great differential is when it comes to merging images and texts, allowing compositions to be made entirely from scratch.

It also requires minimal knowledge to allow a good workflow, but your mastery can be a differentiator even in your resume.

CANVA

CANVA

Canva is a free and very intuitive graphic editor, allowing you to choose specific designs for you to develop your art.

Canva's proposal is that you can create your art without having to have prior design knowledge, offering thousands of template options for you to use as a base.

Of course we have some limitations, after all it is not a professional program like Photoshop or Indesign, but with patience and creativity it is possible to achieve incredible results!

CONCLUSION

An architecture board expresses all our synthesis and communication skills, so it is important that one can master its development process.

Every architect must understand how to structure a presentation board, organize both textual and visual elements, offer a narrative of the project's evolution and an easy understanding of the content.

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The author of the article

Luis André
Master of architecture, product designer and professor. Sharing professional content from leading architectural software for 10 years.
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