Since some of us have been around since the dawn of Palladio, we figured it might be helpful to compile a ton of links together for you.  Whether it's Winter Break and you want to learn how to make curves like Zaha, or it's 10 minutes before your Review and you just need some people to plop in your rendering, this page is here to help!

Have a great resource that isn't listed?  Let us know below and we'd be happy to add it to our list!


Software & Design help

Arch Viz Camp: If you are beginning to learn 3DS Max or you want to refine some of your rendering techniques, this is your Youtube channel.  They have a handful of videos and each is really well taught as they walk you through the basics such as grass or atmospheric fog.

Black Spectacles: For all of the architecture design programs, Black Spectacles tackles them in a whole new way.  Taught by professional architects at some of the top firms in the world, Black Spectacles walks you through each program.  Discounts available for members.

Lynda:  Lucky for you, Penn State pays for you to use Lynda—one of the few benefits of the soul-crushing tuition you pay.  It is similar to Black Spectacles, except it isn't taught by architects.  Nonetheless still a go-to, and it's free!

Photoshop. Architect: This Youtube channel is a great resource for everyone.  If you don't know how to do post-production rendering in Photoshop—these guys will show you how.  They even do a couple of no-render style renderings if you loathe V-Ray like most normal people!

Visualizing Architecture: Covering everything from basic modeling, rendering, to portfolio design, Alex Hogrefe is a must for First through Third Year Studios.

Think Parametric: For those wishing to let their hair flow like Zaha, Thinking Parametric tackles the most complex forms of architecture.  Free trials and paid subscriptions available.

Show it Better: This amazing Youtube channel will show you how to "Show it Better".  They primarily use Photoshop, and cover topics of graphic representation.  This includes everything from plans, sections, and elevations; to those sexy B.I.G. style diagrams and collage style rendering.  Defiantly check it out and subscribe to to stay updated.


Entourage Sources

Some of us prefer to use the professors for entourage, however for when those monochromatic outfits just won't do, here are some options.  By the way, pterodactyls make great birds for renderings, just "fyi"—not like we've done that or anything.

Alex Hogrefe's Collection: Once again the god that is Alex Hogrefe made a phenomal list of entourage.  You should defiantly check out this link and bookmark every one of them because it's a gold mine.  If you meet him in person—please worship him for us—please and thank you.

Skalgubbar: Yeah, it's true.  The Sweds always seem to have everything figured out.  For your generic entourage, this is a go to.

Escalatina: Your professor is right, those Scandinavians look out of place in your public market in Mexico City. 

Nonscandinavia: Are you noticing a trend here?  Non, Scandinavians.  Get it?  Oh wait, you didn't look at the first link in this section.  Well here are you non-Scandinavians.

Site Analysis

In case you didn't know, keeping one master drawing of your site is key here.  Oh and the Borough of State College will not get back to you before the project is over. so just fudge it or give up—or swing up the not-so-scary 4th floor and literally ask anyone for help.  Trust me, the file is there somewhere.

Climate Consultant: If you are doing site analysis, you need this.  This gives you all of the climate data you could possibly need.  Sun angles, temperatures, ventilation strategies, best design practices.  It's amazing, actually it's a god-send.   

Google Earth Pro: This is a must.  If you can master exporting images and using the "elevation profile" to do site sections, you're golden.

Cadmapper: So this isn't the most reliable for Stuckeman projects—unless you're in Manhattan.  It's a good starting point but don't rely on it too much for detailed work.


Model Building

Because Elmer's and cardboard just won't cut it.

This to That: It's 3am.  You need to stick this material, to that material.  But what do you use?  Elmer's?  Zap-A-Gap?  Wood Glue?  Say no more child.  Bookmark this and let all of you modeling stresses melt away.  Just don't use Zap-A-Gap for acylic, that's just a no-no.

30x40 Design Workshop: Model Making Series: This awesome architect from New England, made a 4 part Youtube series on Model Making.  Keep in mind he has a lot more time than we usually do, but this will walk you through the basic styles of models, not necessarily the nitty-gritty stuff.


Puns, jokes, and destressers

We Are All Collage: Yeah, we don't know either.  Just don't bring up automotive coolant reservoirs around the upper years, please and thank you.