Smartphone Architect: 10 Android and iPhone Apps for Architecture Fans and Professionals

In the “hit-or-miss” world of iPhone and Android OS application adoption, finding specialty apps on your own can be tricky.  Finding useful and entertainingspecialty apps can be downright frustrating.

Davis Wince spent some time in the Android and iPhone marketplaces and came up with a variety of architecture and engineering apps, ranging from architectural photo guides and wallpapers, to BIM software apps and engineering formula tabulators.

Our search turned up a few gems:

Android

1.) World Architecture Quiz ($1.29)- Learn or review famous architects and their buildings and structures. The quiz gives you the architect’s name and you answer with the famous design.

2.) AndCAD ($9.99)- AndCAD has been described as “not a CAD replacement, but it makes a world of difference to the architect on the go who is inspired by something, or needs to get an early start on a project.”  The app enables the user to draw geometric shapes, text, and notes with simple or full layer features.

3.) Dizining (Free)- A worldwide architectural student portal providing students’ portfolios and work, blogs, news, competitions, latest technology, architecture entertainment, and networking between students and firms.

4.) Civil Engineering Suite ($8.99)- Contains several engineering applications including engineered channel flow, manning flow circular pipes, concrete beam design, and beam deflection calculations.

5.) Modern Architecture Wallpapers (Free)- Famous designs from New York, Chicago, and L.A.

iPhone & iPad

1.) Architecture by Makayama ($4.99)- Uses GPS to alert users about significant architectural landmarks nearby. The app’s index includes work from 165 architects in 270 different cities. Tells the story behind the building and the architect and displays two pictures for every project; gives you walking or driving directions.

2.) ICEvision (Free)- Allows images created in AutoCAD and Revit to be viewed in 3D formats. For iPhone, iPad, and iPodTouch.

3.) uSketchit ($2.99)- An easy-to-use application that lets you work with images on your hand-held device just like design professionals do. uSketchitcan load photos, screen captures, or drawings saved in a .jpg format. Lets you work in either portrait or landscape mode.

4.) Mark on Call by M.O.C. Interior Design, LLC ($2.99)- M.O.C.helps with space planning. Includes pre-loaded material palettes. Users may save a library of finishes to “skin” onto virtual rooms.

5.) Architect’s Formulator ($9.99)- Its 200 formulas help determine how many bricks a wall might need, the wind load of roofs, and the number of joists required for a home.

If you have recommendations for your favorite architectural applications, or any questions, please contact Jennifer Bobbitt  at jbobbitt@daviswince.com.

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