How I Store Architectural Materials

See how I store architectural materials in the studio, learn how to begin building your own sample library, and discover all my favorite print, video and online material-related resources.
Favorite Books:
* Constructing Architecture (shown) –
*Detail in Contemporary Glass Architecture –
*Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture –
*Detail in Contemporary Concrete Architecture –
*Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovations in Modern and Contemporary Architecture –
*Fundamentals of Building Construction –

Phaidon series:

We’re all limited by the amount of space we have available to store things and material samples can take up a lot of room. I’ve seen many types of storage racks used in studios where I’ve worked and I’ve tried a number of things myself here in the studio – from metro shelving, to archival folios and wooden, felt and cardboard boxes and bookcases. Here’s the problem with all of these: they all keep the materials hidden. So although they’re great from an organizational standpoint from a creative standpoint they’re sort of stifling. I’m much less likely to grab a material while designing to help me solve a problem or during a meeting if I have to dig through boxes to find what I’m looking for.
So when I stumbled across this inexpensive baking cart: ( ) I wanted to try it out. The verdict? I love it so far.
Here’s why:
1) It’s intentionally limiting.
2) I like the archival almost surgical feel of this setup.
3) Easy access and it’s all in view.
4) It’s mobile.
5) It’s flexible and I can use it to store my studio essentials too.
6) The trays make great backgrounds for photography projects too.
7) It’s interactive allowing clients to choose appropriate samples alongside me.

Netflix Abstract Series, specifically the Ilse Crawford episode
30X40’s material video series (see cards)

*Harvard GSD Materials Primer:
*U of T at Austin:
*Material Connexion
*Stone Source
* (you can follow me: ericreinholdt)

I also discuss my tips for building and maintaining a small sample library of your own.

// GEAR I USE //

*Mavic Pro by DJI:

* Canon 80D:

* Canon 24mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 40mm f2.8 Lens:
* Canon 10 – 18mm f4.5 – 5.6 IS Lens:

* Rode VideoMic Pro (hotshoe mtd.):
* ATR-2100 USB (dynamic mic):

* Prismacolor Markers:
* Timelapse Camera:
* AutoCAD LT:
* SketchUp PRO:
* HP T120 Plotter:
* Adobe CC Photography (Photoshop/Lightroom) Plan:

* Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit:

Please watch: “Inside My Sketchbook + An Architect’s Sketching Tools”




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