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.


Have you ever landed at the airport only to find out your luggage hasn’t? And your plans are in the suitcase, which is who knows where. Well, Dropbox can’t help you with your clothes, but if you had your files on Dropbox you would have safe and secure access to them anywhere there is an Internet connection. Dropbox is a cloud storage website that is easy to use, easy to share, and easy to access. Here at Dylan Chappell Architects, we use Dropbox as our go-to Cloud storage for sharing files with clients and consultants and we have not had a problem with it yet.

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