While being a great designer is a must for having a successful practice, there are many other skills needed to run an architectural firm such as time management skills, project management, administration skills, and the ability to remember a million things. Now if you’re like me, these other skills might not come as second nature, but the good news is that just like there are programs and equipment dedicated to delivering design, there are many tools available that can help with the responsibilities an architect has other than design. The utilization of these tools can translate into higher quality work and better options for homeowners because the less time spent on the business side of things, the more time there is to spend on clients and design. This is the purpose of the “essential apps for architects” mini series, to feature the best tools for the efficient architect.


Wouldn’t it be great to have the memory of an elephant? To never forget a detail on any important drawing? In this fast paced world, it is very easy to forget the little details that seem to grow exponentially as time goes by. While they do not guarantee a perfect memory, there are many helpful apps to make forgetfulness a thing of the past.

Evernote is definitely the best of these apps; voted a Top 10 Must-Have App by The New York Times, Evernote allows you to store everything important in one place and sync your notes across all your devices. I constantly use it to take notes, make to-do and task lists, and capture images and voice memos. Evernote is the equivalent of having an unlimited number of project binders at your fingertips all the time.

What are your secrets to delivering design? How do you keep track of projects, clients, deadlines, meetings, and the like? Leave your comments below.

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