Top 5 Tools for Architects

In a profession that is beaming with technological advancements, it is essential to stay up-to-date with the latest tools and resources to help you take your skills to the next level. While NCARB doesn’t endorse any specific tools, we’ve taken the time to search the web and look through our community’s feedback to compile a list of the best-recommended architectural tools to date. Whether you’re looking to learn more or bring your sketches to life, here are five tools that’ll make your life as an architect a bit easier and perhaps, more fun. 

Bluebeam® Revu®

In an industry that’s built on teamwork, it’s no surprise this software application is on the top of many architects’ lists. Bluebeam Revu’s built-in tools will allow you to create field reports, collaborate with project partners, and streamline document management like never before.

Show it Better

With over 154,000 subscribers, the Show it Better YouTube series provides you with walkthrough tutorials, plus tips and tricks for all things related to architecture including renders, collage illustrations, popular software programs, and resumes.

Paper App

Whether you’re looking for a creative outlet or working on a project, Paper provides you with a simple, yet effective sketching app that lets you treat your iPhone just like your handy notebook—but better. The best part? It’s free and ready for you to download!


This spectacular 3D architectural design software will help you properly visualize every detail on your projects, as well as impress your clients when presenting your projects through augmented and virtual reality. Sparked some interest? Begin bringing your sketches to life today with the free version.


Morpholio Trace

Created by and for architects, Trace “combines the beauty and speed of sketching with the intelligence and precision of CAD.” Designed to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of ideas, this free app (available on iOS) will provide you with an alternative and interactive solution to tracing paper.

If we’ve missed one of your favorite tools, let us know in the comments below.